Danish duo Laid Back made a most surprising comeback to the clubs in 2010 with "Cocaine cool". Not that they had ever been really forgotten: Their electro pop classic "white horse" remained a sure shot in clubs for the thirty years after it's release 30 years back and a constant inspiration to boatload of diverse artists from techno to hip-hop. "cocaine cool" was recorded at the same session but the ironic vocals ridiculing label executives blowing up their frail ego with the chemical substance were deemed to risquee at that time, so the recording collected dust in some box until last year. Bostons "Soul Clap" another duo hailed as one of the hotest things in clubland known for their eclectic funk-rooted taste. They opt for a cool sparser arrangement leaving out the "white horse"-like chords. A loose, dry electro funk beat, hpynotic one-note synth, few dub effects and additional vocoder vocals do the trick bravorously. Besides an instrumental version there's also a harder jacking dub take sounding like early chicago house edits. And while the boys are add it they also re-edited another huge one from Laid Back: "baker man" that managed the unlikely balancing act of not only hitting it bigtime in the charts but also in the emerging balearic scene. this 12" is cool in every which way!
Published: 31st March 2011