Watergate 19

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For the 19th installment of Watergate's mix series, the label has arranged a special mix from a duo with which it has shared close ties since 2010. Hailing from the USA, the duo Soul Clap are well known for their blend of funk and soul with house, techno, and everything in between. From peak-time sets on the main floor to sun-soaked closing sets on the water floor, the pair of Bostonians, Eli Goldstein and Charles Levine, are a DJ's DJ duo. Selecting from a vast array of genres spanning time and tempo, the duo have carved out a niche for themselves as unique artists with a stylistic flair in both the music they play and the way the present it. Watergate 19 takes a leap away from Watergate's normal protocol, as it's a live mix -- the first in the series -- recorded on July, 26, 2015, at an installment of the FLY Watergate open-air series in Berlin. It was late afternoon when Soul Clap dropped an all-vinyl set on the beach stage, and the vibe was electric. The set kicks off with the sound of the crowd and the duo's introduction as the 1995 classic "Taxi Luv" by Chocolate City instantly lays down the SC touch with the perfect blend of classic house and jazz before smoothly sliding into Alexander East's soulfully stripped-down "Hazy Shade of Love." From there, it's a ride through the lush, soulful house of Jake Childs's "Back to Basics" and the time-honored LawnChair Generals' "Sweet Nothing." The duo soon switch it up and effortlessly dive into freakier territory with the vocal-heavy "Dance You Mutha" by Mike Dunn and Jori Hulkkonen's wildly psychedelic North-African-inspired acid rework of Fédéric Galliano & The African Divas's "Koukou Lé." Soon the drums come front and center and the sounds of Idjut Boys' "Implant (Full Frontal)" move the vibe into the cosmic spaces before grooving back into more classic house anthems like Chez Damier's "A 2½ Step." Closing things out in style is the disco-infused love jam "Traveler" from Ron Trent, which winds down the experience with a slick blend of powerful piano chords and infectious vocals as the crowd's applause grows and a final "thank you" and "peace out" echo into the distance. Also includes tracks by Roy Davis Jr., To-Ka Project, AK remixed by François Kevorkian and Eric Kupper, Leo Young & E Vineenzini, Francois Dubois, and Scott Grooves feat. Roy Ayers.