For the next instalment of our mix series, we’ve arranged a special mix from a duo which we have shared close ties with for the last five years, having them regularly at the club as well as a couple of our infamous open airs at Rummelsburg in Berlin. Hailing from the USA, the stateside duo Soul Clap have been at the forefront of the dance music scene for over half a decade now and are well known for their blend of funk and soul to house, techno and everything in between. From peak time sets on the main floor to sun soaked closing sets on the water floor, the pair of Bostonians, Eli Goldstein and Charles Levine, are a DJ’s DJ. Selecting from a vast array of genres spanning time and tempo, the duo have carved out a niche for themselves as unique artists with a stylistic flair in both the music they play and the way the present it.
As with all of our Watergate mixes from the series, each one embodies the heart and soul of the club in a unique way. Whether its proper techno, deep house or somewhere in-between, the mixes, like the club, are obtuse in spectrum with a wide array of style and presentation. With our most recent mix, we are definitely taking a leap from our normal protocol and have not only chosen an incredibly eclectic artist, but a live mix recorded on the 26th of July, 2015 at our Fly / Watergate open air series in Berlin. It was late afternoon when the stateside duo Soul Clap dropped an all vinyl set on the beach stage and the vibe was electric.
Being the first mix in the series that’s a live recording it kicks off with the sound of the crowd and the duos introduction as the 20 year old classic “Taxi Luv” from Chocolate City instantly lays down the Soul Clap touch with the perfect blend of classic house and jazz before smoothly sliding into Alexander East’s soulfully stripped down ‘Hazy Shade Of Love’. From there, it’s a ride through the lush, soulful house of jakes Childs’ ‘Back To Basics’ and the time-honored LawnChair Generals’ ‘Sweet Nothing’. In true Soul Clap fashion, the duo take no time in switching it up and effortlessly dive into freakier territory with the vocal heavy ‘Dance U Mutha’ by Mike Dunn and Jori Hulkkonen’s wildly psychedelic, north African inspired acid rework of Fédéric Galliano & The African Divas’ ‘Koukou Lé’. Soon the drums come front and center and the sounds of Leo Young & E Vineenzini’s ‘Mr. Cosmico’ and Idjut Boys’ ‘Implant (Full Frontal)’ move the vibe into the cosmic spaces before grooving back into more classic house anthems like Chez Damier’s’ ‘A 2 1/2 Step’ and Scott Grooves – Expansions feat. Roy Ayers (The Pyramid Jazz Fusion Mix). Closing things out in style is the disco infused love jam ‘Traveler’ from Ron Trent and it winds down the experience with a slick blend of powerful piano chords and infectious vocals as the crowds applause grows and a final ‘thank you’ and ‘peace out’ echo into the distance.
With each Watergate mix you can experience a night at the club, but now, with this mix, you can relive a moment from our summer open air series at home in Berlin with this live, all vinyl mix from Soul Clap. We are thrilled to present you the latest in the Watergate Mix Series and hope you can travel back in time with us to a sunny beach in Berlin.