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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Soft Metals is a live duo with two members, Patricia Hall & Ian Hicks. They hail from Portland, Oregon and have recently relocated to Los Angeles to further pursue their craft of acid-drone proto-house synthesizer dance music. Patricia lays down siren style vocals over Ian’s warehouse inspired electronic musings to create a one of a kind sound.

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Soft Metals – The Cold World Melts (EP Version)

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Mushy – No More (Soft Metals Remix)

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Soft Metals – Psychic Driving

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Located at:
4253 Martingale Way
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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Soul Clap is Charles Levine & Eli Goldstein and they are coming all the way to OC from Boston. Soul Clap had their first productions released on AirDrop Records and were later picked up by Crosstown Rebels and DJ Kicks. They also have a couple releases on Double Standard with Gadi Mizradhi of Wolf + Lamb. They have really picked up steam as of late and we are lucky to catch these guys while they are riding their wave success. Expect to hear some fresh and diverse tunes over at Focus when these guys play.

They may have only gotten their feet wet in the production world but they are completely immersed in DJing. They really know what is up with music, don’t just stick to one camp and know how to tailor the sound to a crowd. They do musical consulting work for a wide host of companies, yeah never would have thought huh? I usually feel weird about that sort of work but I can’t really hold anything against these guys, they make some good tunes. Have a listen for yourself.

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Soul Clap – Grown-N-Sexy (Excerpt)
(I vividly remember playing this record at Avalon Bar and someone calling it elevator house music, hahaha. I would love to party in an elevator to this!

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Bad Rabbits – She’s Bad (Gadi Mizrahi & Soul Clap Edit)

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Trickski & Soul Clap – Members of the Clap

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OC is getting a fresh new weekly headed by none other that Adult Contemporary & American Standard label head Kumar. If anyone in OC should be taking on a weekly it should be this guy, he is an absolute vinyl junkie who is constantly on the lookout for the peculiar delights.

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Here are some free versions of two of Sylvester’s tracks. If you don’t know already, Sylvester is an iconic figure in the legacy of disco. Sylvester is the embodiment of all that was flamboyant and theatrical in the disco scene. He was a true diva by nature. First track is an edit of “Do You Wanna Funk” by Disco Syndicate. Next up is a house track off the label Balance, sub-label to Prescription and distributed by Cajual. This one samples “You Make Me Feel” and is from ’95.

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Sylvester – Do you wanna funk (Disco Syndicate’s Chopshop special)

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C.V.O. – Mighty Real Groove

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Two of Habituate’s favorite producers, Jay Shepheard and Tad Wily, team up for the 7th release on Retrofit. Jay and Tad ease on in to things with steady pieces of boogie and 80’s proto house. Track A2, “The Electric Model,” really showcases the unique sound of this duo, the out of tune brass synthesizer that chirps in and out of this piece sounds like Tad’s style and the melodic progression sounds like Jay’s doing. The biggest tune on this release is definitely B2. “Hefty Done Me Right” (TW Dub Cut) is a kitschy funked out late night romper. It blends the perfect amount of sexiness and friskiness. If you are wanting more, keep on the look out for a Shep’ N Wily full length album scheduled for release this year.

Some test pressings still available for a really good price Here.

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The following are excerpts.

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A1: Hefty Done Me Right

A2: The Electric Model

B1: One Night In Puzon

B2: Hefty Done Me Right (TW Dub Cut)

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A highly under appreciated moment in night life is the walk to the venue. It’s where one has a chance to reflect alone, with a date/lover, or with a few intimate friends. It’s where the character of a party is developed; the surrounding neighborhood says a lot about a perspective night out. A city at sleep, an industrious work horse at rest, or a desolate back alley in darkness brings out the creeper. The creeper is the social context of a night of dancing. Are the party goers marginalized subcategories in need of release or are they status-quo in decay? Are they youth in search of absurdity or are they veterans of a scene guarding the gates to their paradise? Perhaps they are over stimulated youngsters who gained access to a hyper specific identity through the internet, there to spectate but hardly participate. Whatever it may be, when you walk the night, it’s always something to remember.

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Have a listen to the original 1979 version by the Skatt Brothers and the 2012 remake by The Phenomenal Handclap Band. Also included is a mix by Frankie Knuckles that opens with “Walk the Night,” at none other but the birth place of house music, The Warehouse.

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Skatt Bros – Walk the Night (1979)

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The Phenomenal Handclap Band & Peaches – Walk The Night (2012)

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Frankie Knuckles live @ The Warehouse 1981

Skatt Bros. – Walk The Night
Giorgio Moroder – I Wanna Rock You
Debbie Jacobs – Don’t You Want My Love
Modern Romance – Salsa Rappsody
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Dynasty – I’ve Just Begun To Love You
New Birth – Deeper (Instrumental)
Ashford & Simpson – It Seems To Hang On
Geraldine Hunt – It Doesn’t Only Happen at Night

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Just caught wind of a a Brooklyn based label called Dither Down that put this quirky piece of boutique dance music out on 12″. Somewhere between jack beat and italo this one crept it’s way into my psyche and planted its firm little feet. Hope to hear more unique tid-bits coming out of Brooklyn. It’s pieces like this that keep my crate unique.

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