Friday is going to be a great night for funk. DJing duo Soul Clap returns to Decibel Festival after several years, accompanied by their label buddies Wolf + Lamb, for an evening of dance floor-shaking beats and quirky interludes. Although it’s been awhile in Decibel-years, these guys are often seen performing live tag-team style. Although the festival blocks of chunks of stage time for scheduling purposes, it wouldn’t be too surprising for any one of the four (or all of them!) to hop up onstage at any point.
Opening things up for the fantastic foursome is San Franciscan metrosexual Nick Monaco. Last year, he warmed up the crowd for the Decibel showcase featuring dance music heavy-hitters Juan Atkins and The Orb. A relative newcomer to the scene, his laid-back, fun-loving character was snapped up by Soul Clap. Although he is able to add professionalism to tracks that are seriously good, he has a natural penchant for being silly. Check out his creeper-style dance moves in “The Stalker”.
Wolf + Lamb are part music production, part record label, and all community. Always on the lookout for freewheeling fresh talent, they take advantage of their urban pressure-cooker environment. Despite each artist’s unique take on the funk genre, members of the label work well together to form a cohesive brand and make it look effortless.
Headliner and crowd favorite, Soul Clap will likely play a free-form live set that is unforgettable. Expect a few throwbacks, perhaps some well-timed recordings from old TV shows and movies, a little hip-hop, and whole lot of soul. No matter what you pull from this mixed bag, it will be a fun night to make some new friends under the disco ball.
Even while keeping up a fun-loving feeling, Soul Clap’s sound can also take a darker turn with more polished tracks like this addicting remix of a song by rising star Art Department. For an original tune (which has made it into full-length mixes before), check out this original cut, “Extravaganza”: