Between featuring on a Pete Tong Essential Mix or headlining Fabric Room 1, nothing in the electronic music world seems quite so institutional as taking on an edition of the prolific and recently reopened club’s compilation series.
It’s the dance music equivalent to getting your star on the walk of fame. On the Fabric 93 mix, Soul Clap have brought every ounce of their shimmering, distinctive chic to the compilation series previously mixed by the likes Groove Armada, John Peel, Craig Richards, and Goldie.
The mix opens on a touching note with a tribute to the late Derren Smart on a record by Scott Grooves. Smart was a close friend of the Brooklyn duo and tragically passed away in 2014, after years of working behind the scenes on treasured events in London’s scene such A Night With and Shoplifter. Picking up the tone, Soul Clap flow through kaleidoscopic flavours of house and disco, drawing on their troves of typically soulful music from the likes of Jay Daniel, No Regular Play, and of course one or two deep and bouncy numbers from their own characterful productions. This cool, laid back sound is what Soul Clap have built their temple to good vibes on, and you’d expect nothing less from their own personal stamp on Fabric. Smooth disco with hints of jazz, well-selected R&B, a touch of electro and world music are blended expertly into decades of funk history in the hour and fifteen minutes of this Fabric CD.
This is music for solo listening to get you going in the morning, something to draw on when the party needs to get pumped up, or in a romantic encounter with a gorgeous stranger you met earlier that night under the glittering lights of the dancefloor. Music that is this carefully selected and full of life goes down well anywhere.