Soul Clap - Social Experiments 002The past few years must have been a wild ride for Charles "Cnyce" Levine and Eli "Elyte" Goldstein, the fun-loving duo known to fans of woozy disco, house and R&B as Soul Clap. It's a trip that's seen them morph from local Boston party-starters to international superstars—or at least as international-superstar as guys who make and play woozy disco, house and R&B are gonna get. Some of their current cachet is undoubtedly due to their proximity to the still-burning-hot Wolf + Lamb boys; their scene-dividing R&B Edits came out on the Wolf + Lamb Black imprint, for instance, and the two teams regularly produce and DJ together. (Of course, one could argue that it was Soul Clap boys who enhanced Wolf + Lamb's rep, softening the latter's perceived air of seriousness and serving as the floppy-eared foils to the W+L formalists.) The relationship between the two camps has been further cemented by the recent release of the well-received DJ-Kicks compilation. But it would be a shame if that mix overshadowed Soul Clap's own new session, Social Experiments 002, on Jonny White's No.19 label.
In some ways, Soul Clap on their own eclipse the DJ-Kicks mix, which—deep and beautiful as it is—can feel a bit insular and claustrophobic. Social Experiments 002 doesn't stray too far from the template (it's got that same dreamy, creamy vibe in spades), but whereas the former set drifts into chin-stroke, head-nod territory at times, the latter is strictly for the get-down crowd, albeit a get-down crowd with a willingness to accept some out-there sounds.
Ghostly R&B is a recurring theme, with tracks like Puente & Rosch's "Serious Compassion" and "H.T.A.D." by SECT—Levine and Goldstein with Sergio Santos and Tanner Ross—referencing '80s dance-radio material in various zig-zagging ways. (The set's penultimate track, Teeloo's "Sooo Oooh," goes so far as to lift the vocals of Howard Johnson's 1982 hit, "So Fine.") Lee Foss, Art Department, Benoit & Sergio, Deniz Kurtel—the kings of new-school deepness are all accounted for, and while their appearance on an Soul Clap mix is hardly a shock, these artists are all at the top of their game right now. Soul Clap is as well, and they prove on Social Experiments 002 that they can stand there on their own.
Before today there was yesterday and after tomorrow is the future. Elyte and Cnyce's paths were crossed for all time when a Sun Ra light beam sent from Saturn collided with the P-Funk Mothership and sent them tumbling to earth. Now, Soul Clap time travels on a musical spaceship of dopeness... View the full artist profile