October 31, 2011


“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…”

So begins the bio for the duo made up of Eli “Elyte” Goldstein and Charles “Cnyce” Levin, otherwise known as Soul Clap, two eclectic, genius level dudes from Boston. Their bio is fun and a great read as far as bio’s go, but then you hear them in action and really do start wondering if they are from another planet.

Goldstein and Levin were already DJs and hard core ravers when they met in High school in the 90’s, but it wasn’t until a chance encounter in 2001 that their paths would intertwine, this time permanently. Both were establishing their own careers as DJs separately, Goldstein rocking his hometown of Boston, while Levin had moved out to LA, when the two were booked to spin the same gig in Washington, DC. Instead of getting into a brawl in the DJ booth, or playing rocks, paper, scissors, they jumped on the decks together. This must’ve been the moment Sun Ra’s light beam, or something, did it’s thing, resulting in the group we now can’t get enough of, Soul Clap.

Ever since this magical moment occurred all those years ago, Soul Clap has been providing Earthlings with some bonafide good music. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say they are casting some of their own magic on us. They weave a lucid tapestry of old and new, Deep House, Soul, R&B, Electro, their own Efunk sound, and much more, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they sere throwing in some subliminal sounds as well.

If Soul Clap was in fact injecting secret alien funk in their sets, I wouldn’t mind; their mixes are works of art, and their own productions, which they are relatively new at -having released their firsts works as recently as 2003- are just as memorable, ‘The Definition EP,’ the single ‘die Ente’, ‘Puppy Crack’, ‘We Call Love, with Art Department feat. Osunlade, are all diverse tracks, and each hint at the range and reach of these two cats, er aliens.

Soul Claps’ studio work simply keeps getting better, and their sets are something you have to experience for yourself, but another great thing about the duo is their entrepreneurial nature and their commitment to the culture of dance music. These cats actually teach college courses on dance music!! How cool is that? They also are available for workshops and provide consultation services for corporations looking to add music or perhaps a DJ to their campaigns and so on. These guys are not just DJs, they are spokesmen for the culture, or perhaps aliens, either way, Dance music is lucky to have them. Now, let’s press play on the following mix and get ready to get probed, your mind probed that is.

Soul Clap – Live at Movement 2011 by Soul Clap & FreE.P.




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