Various Artists ‘Soul Clap Social Experiment Sampler 2’

Various Artists / Soul Clap Social Experiment Sampler 2 


No. 19 Music / Released July 2011


What does it sound like? 

For those who enjoyed Soul Clap’s rather infectious, groove driven Social Experiment compilation earlier this year No.19 music have kindly acquired licenses to deliver a package containing some of the highlights therein, in DJ friendly versions. And what a treat it is.

Soul Clap’s own Fried Chicken opens in stereotypically sexy fashion, falling somewhere in between hi-tek funk and cosmic disco before dropping in a bumbling bassline and wailing refrain to create a constant crescendo of house. In contrast Hurt Me reveals Gadi Mizrahi’s track to be a kind of dark downtempo garage outing, made even more intriguing by the earthy chimes that create its hook. Then there’s Serious Compassion, Miguel Puente & Sishi Rosch’s ravey vocal electro breaks outing, the alt dubstep offering that is Glenn & Boo, and Soho 808’s skulking flat four, Just To See.

Where would I dance to it? 

This is the sound of Britain and America’s contemporary underground. At least that’s what people who have tired of deep house, minimal, or any other ‘trending’ sub genres have been telling us. Whether it’s true or not this sound is immediately danceable, female friendly, and accessible to almost everyone (nodding to Chicago and Detroit in the same breath as Michael Jackson). As such any of these tracks could be played just about anywhere.

What highlights can I expect to hear? 

Sometimes it’s best to throw caution to the wind, risk reputations, and repeat yourself. With that in mind, just like when the album was given the once over, we feel unable to resist nodding to Soho 808’s dirty, low slung tech outing, Just To See, its perfectly timed vocal stab and waves of warm, immersive synth. Then again Art Department & Soul Clap’s impressive Glenn & Boo is still a firm office favourite, mainly because it melds a rude UK low end with an uptempo stepping beat and distorted, soulful lyrical flairs (with the odd camp Chi-town refrain), resulting in a marriage of sorts between deep house and the future bass of Hessle Audio.

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