… and George fuckin’ Clinton!
There have been a lot of electronic acts to break out of Boston in recent years—Passion Pit and Steve Porter come immediately to mind—but it would be hard to argue anyone is doing anything close to as cool as what Soul Clap has been up to.
The Boston-bred duo of Eli Goldstein and Charles Levine have been holed up in studios in Florida and Los Angeles over the past few months
laying down tracks for an EP with none other than the Godfather of Funk himself, George Clinton.
“It’s fucking crazy,” Goldstein told the Dig from L.A. this week. “We went to his studio in Tallahassee, Florida in November and started jamming out on these tracks. At first it was a little intimidating. But he’s really mellow at this point.”
“He sat down and Charlie started playing him this song with all these samples of these Parliament/Funkadelic tracks. George was tripping off that. And he just started rapping and doing his singing, poetry thing.”
The session went so well that they decided to do more songs and are recording a full EP together. Clinton even called in the heavy artillery—funk king Sly Stone—to play on a track.
It may seem odd to some for two DJ/producers from Boston to be jamming out with two of history’s greatest funk figures. But Soul Clap—who named their last album E Funk as a tribute to Clinton’s P-Funk—say it’s a natural fit to merge the old school with their unique brand of psychedelic electro house.
“We learned from all the funk that George built and we went off on our own direction. And now these two versions of funk are meeting in the middle,” Goldstein explains.
“It’s bringing funk into the future. I think it will open up our fans to their music and hopefully open our music up to their fans.”
Despite their busy recording schedule with Clinton, the duo will be headed home to Boston for a pair of gigs during Together. They’ll reprise their beloved Dancing on the Charles parties Sunday, the festival’s last day, with the Crew Love BBQ, a [recently-updated outdoor boat party -Ed.] with Wolf + Lamb, Tanner Ross, and Slow Hands. The New Boston ships out at 2:30 p.m. Sunday from Rowes Wharf, so make sure you get there at 2 p.m. and don’t be late! The Crew Love parties have been packing venues around the globe, including recent events in Barcelona and Miami, and are Soul Clap’s special gift to their beloved hometown.
“It’s going to be great to be back in Boston,” Goldstein says. “Getting to see people DJ and see how people have progressed is really cool.”
As for the festival as a whole, Goldstein, who was one of the first artists involved in Together’s first year, is impressed with how it’s grown and is excited about its fourth edition.
“It’s really cool to see it blossoming,” he says. “To have all these artists coming to Boston is really major. It’s a big deal to have this kind of lineup coming to our city.”
DANCING ON THE CHARLES PRESENTS:
CREW LOVE BBQ — ON A BOAT!