Over the past few years, the two DJ teams have carved a new niche for house music in the US, thanks in part to the Wolf + Lamb label and its parties at The Marcy Hotel in Brooklyn. Both outfits push a sound that's a bit slower and sexier than what you're likely to hear in a European club, a vibe that Soul Clap's Eli Goldstein dubs "gentle and deep." After a couple of European tours and a series of big EPs, the foursome have settled in Miami for the winter and gotten to work on their first major compilation, which aims to encapsulate their trademark sound by highlighting many of artists from their enclave in the Northeast.
"The concept for this mix was originally going to be to use our favourite tracks from the last two years--y'know, classic stuff," Wolf + Lamb's Gadi Mizrahi says. "But then we thought it might be a stronger idea to do something that was about our world. We have such a strong sense of collective about the way we do things at the Marcy Hotel and on the Wolf + Lamb label... We figured if we could bring that to a mix and keep it in the family, with people who've released on the label we would have something special."
This means loads of new material by Wolf + Lamb regulars, such as Deniz Kurtel, Slow Hands and Greg Paulus of No Regular Play, plus Zev and Gadi themselves. Meanwhile, Soul Clap pay homage to their hometown of Boston with exclusive tunes by Tanner Ross and SECT. Goldstein makes his solo debut as Eli Gold, while Charles Levine (Soul Clap's other half) tries out his vocal talents on "Lonely C." Friends of family like Lee Curtiss and Benoit & Sergio fit into the tracklist as well.
According to Charlie Levine, there's one thing you can specifically expect not to hear on the mix: pop edits. "For Soul Clap, a lot of what we've done that has been hyped over the last couple of years has been edits," he says. "Now we're looking at all original material released on !K7. It's a timeless label and DJ Kicks is one of the oldest compilation series. It totally legitimizes Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap and this new sound."
01. Greg Paulus - My Man's Gone Now (Intro)
02. Greg Paulus - Yellow Sky
03. Tanner Ross - Goodbye, Summer
04. Deniz Kurtel & Wolf + Lamb - Love Triangle (Interlude)
05. Double Hill - Everytime I Go
06. Charles Levine, Deniz Kurtel & Gadi Mizrahi - Stay Home
07. Michael J. Collins - You Lose (Interlude)
08. Greg Paulus - Suchashame (Soul Clap Remix)
09. Deniz Kurtel & Gadi Mizrahi feat. Camburn - Crank It Up
10. Eli Gold - Throw That (Interlude)
11. Soul Clap - 3 Wheel E-Motion
12. Lee Curtiss - South Aphrika
13. Soul Clap feat. Charles Levine - Lonely C
14. H-Foundation feat. Aion - Tonight (Wolf + Lamb Remix)
15. Eli Gold - Slow Down (Interlude)
16. Nicolas Jaar - Don't Believe The Hype
17. SECT feat. Ben Westbeech - In The Park
18. Slow Hands - Rough Patch
19. Nicolas Jaar - Can't See What Is Burning There
20. No Regular Play - Takin' U Back
21. DJ Harvey Presents Locussolus - Next To You (Soul Clap Remix)
22. Wolf + Lamb feat. Smirk - Therapist
23. Zev feat. Greg Paulus - We All
24. Seuil & Le Loup - Nautil Us
25. Gadi Mizrahi - I'll Set Your House
26. Benoit & Sergio - Walk And Talk
27. Voices Of Black - Fridays With Her
!K7 will release Wolf + Lamb vs Soul Clap DJ Kicks in March 2011.