There’s an emerging trend where inserting a classic into a set is the new ‘cool’; However, if you take a look at American duo Soul Clap’s offering for the next in the Watergate series, it is one that is filled with iconic genre-defining releases, and it kicks off with the jazzy ‘Taxi Luv’. This gives off the distinct impression that Watergate 19 will be taking a jazz-funk-disco route, a complete 180 from Butch’s psychedelic influenced Watergate 18. Breaking away from the monotony of the deep and tech-house influenced mixes, Soul Clap’s compilation is a special vinyl-recorded set at one of the club’s open-air parties. From the onset it seems like this one’s got a lot of promise as it gives off this nice, daytime vibe, which from time to time is a nice change from the very many gritty, warehouse sets that have become the staple of the cool kids.
Impressively, the duo has managed to switch things up unexpected moments as is evident when they transition from the timeless ‘Sweet Nothing’ by LawnChair Generals to the percussion-laden, freakish ‘Say That You Love Me’ by AK to the vocal-heavy Mike Dunn classic ‘Dance You Mutha’. Here’s where things started going a little astray though. The compilation takes a rather synth-infused, sinister and cosmic space like turn with Idjut Boys ‘Implant (Full Frontal)’, which in the grand scheme of things is absolutely unnecessary in this more percussion laden mix.
Moving back to the tribalesque and jazzy house sounds, the selection thankfully doesn’t take any more twisted routes as it steers back to the classic house groove with Chez Damier’s ‘A 2 ½ Step’ followed by Scott Grooves’ ‘Expansions (The Pyramid Jazz Fusion Mix)’ with Rob Ayers.
Rounding up the compilation is the sublime ‘Traveler’ by Ron Trent, which, truthfully speaking is a pretty perfect way to end off an almost flawless set.
The mix tick marks virtually all the boxes – a well thought out mix, a practically spot-on track selection, a near-perfect consistent style of sound, and technically sound execution. However, it falls short of being an essential type of mix – just by a small margin though. It’s still one you’d be able to get up and groove to, without wanting to take a break, which, is pretty damn impressive.