New York’s indie disco freaks Phenomenal Handclap Band are back with a second single on Toy Tonics: “Jail”. With remixes by Detroit’s Waajeed and Marcel Vogel of Lumberjacks in Hell. Including a club edit by Toy Tonics head honcho Kapote.
The band was responsible for one of Toy Tonics’ biggest tracks in 2018: “Judge Not”. The Ray Mang versions became a hit on open minded dancefloors around the globe. With support from DJs like DJ Harvey, Cassius and Gilles Peterson (who put it in his „best tracks of the year“ list) but also more house DJs like Berlin’s Keinemusik Crew, Soundstream or Superpitcher.
The band members are kind of heroes to many connoisseurs of the funk/ disco scene. The band leader Daniel Collas was playing keys in Amy Winehouse’ legendary backing band. Other members are connected to Mark Ronson’s crew or San Francisco’s Stones Throw universe.. just to give you the bigger picture. With Phenomenal Handclap Band they blend the unique vibe of 1970ies Power-Soul in the tradition of Charles Stepney and Rotary Connection with today’s new disco vibe. Parcels, Toro Y Moi, Roosevelt are not that far.
Important fact: All played live, no samples. Mixed by the champs at DFA. The band is part of Toy Tonics’ masterplan to expand their dancevibes into more live played scenarios.. stepping out of the strict DJ context.
Fun fact: Paul McCartney wrote the band a letter saying how much he loved their music when he first heard the band on BBC Radio 1.