For this week's Signal to Noise, we've got some selections from a very special guest: Soul Clap. Known individually as Eli Goldstein and Charles Levine, the Boston-based DJ/production outfit has attracted a dedicated following from its tasteful edits, deep remixes, and catchy originals. Last year, the duo teamed up with Wolf + Lamb to drop Wolf + Lamb vs Soul Clap, one of the best mixes of 2011. Now, Soul Clap is headed to Monarch this Friday in support of E-Funk: The Album, its full-length debut (stream it for free here, and buy it here). In anticipation, the duo wrote up and sent over five favorite moments in Bay Area music history.
"Weekend Girl," by PillowTalk
San Francisco's latest break-out sensation, these guys have been earning it for years and now they're burning it down! With releases on our beloved Wolf + Lamb Music as well as Rome-based Life and Death records, PillowTalk gives funk, soul, and R&B a dance-floor-straight-to-the-bedroom flip made possible by the minds of street corner crooner Sammy D, psychedelic keyboard extraordinaire Ryan Williams, and studio wiz Michael Tello.
"Sad Piano," by Justin Martin
This star child, born of his mother's East Coast womb (Connecticut) blossomed into the funky monster he is today living and breathing San Francisco. Back in 2003, at a tender age of 24, "Sad Piano" was his first release on Ben Watt's (of Everything But The Girl) Buzzin' Fly records, and it launched him into international orbit, where he has been thriving for almost 10 years now. An essential component of the Dirtybird Records collective, Justin's newest album will drop this year on the same label, as he continues to push the boundaries of American-based dance music with his signature booty-jungle-ghetto-house-breaks.
"The Who (A-Plus Remix)," by Hieroglyphics
Remember mixtapes? This one used to get the rewind until the tape practically shredded because of that OUT COLD Ahmad Jamal sample. Can you believe that this will be Hiero's 20th anniversary and they're still doing it? Talk about underground heroes. Led by Del The Funky Homosapien, this is real hip-hop... Young folks bear witness!
"I Hope I Don't Go Back," by E-40
What would any Bay Area list be without a E-40 song? He's the godfather of hyphy, who ushered in a new era of West Coast hip-hop. Truer words were never spoken E Fonzerelli... Glad you're makin' mayo these days fighting the good fight!
"Work It Out," by Joshua
From 2002 to infinity, "Work It Out" is one of Joshua aka Iz's smoothest jams to date. As says the song, Life can get all up in your ass, so DJs please do us all a favor and keep playing this one we can werrrrk it out.