We’re elated to be announcing our newest member of the Bottom Forty team. First coming onto our scope with our most well received podcast, and then bringing absolute heat to the Bottom Forty Interior Revival party, this gal has been blazing across the city leaving behind a trail of pure happiness, love and body twirling house music, and it’s that energy and joy for DJ’ing that we love so much. This gal is none other than HYASYNTH!
There’s an important statement to be made here as well. Bottom Forty is a queer collective, but there is no need to confuse the word queer with gay. Up until today we may have been all homoz, and there was a reason. We wanted to show that homo DJ’s in this city can do so much more than turn out the latest radio tunes or tribal circuit parties. We have shown that, and while queer to me really only translates to “friendly, ally, or in this together”, we welcome in our newest member lovingly, because above all, top-notch music selecting, love and inspiration and bringing our dancing community together is paramount to us.
To celebrate, we just went live with Hyasynth’s live recording from the first Bottom Forty!
Please join all of us tonight (Saturday 9.13) at Kremwerk for our second installation of Bottom Forty, featuring Vin Sol! (EVENT INFO HERE)
The time is almost here! Tomorrow night the Bottom Forty crew is joined by San Francisco’s very own Vin Sol at Kremwerk. Our countdown includes a daily sneak peak into our stash of tracks we’ve been gathering just for you. Today’s track is a syncopated house banger by Berlin’s FJAAK called Seven Miles High and was selected by Nark. Enjoy and we’ll see you tomorrow night at the klurb!
We’re just two days away from the Bottom Forty Interior with Vin Sol this Saturday at Kremwerk. Our musical salivary glands are dripping with anticipation so we’re giving you a daily sneak peek into our record bags. Today’s track was selected by spaceotter and is called In The Box by Andreas Saag. It’s a minimal tech house jam with a few old school breakbeats thrown in for good measure. Enjoy and we’ll see you this Saturday kittehs!
Just three more days until the Bottom Forty Interior this Saturday at Kremwerk! So to help you keep track, we’re giving you a sneak peak of what we have on tap for you. Today we have a vocal hook-heavy deep house jam by Borrowed Identity selected by Nark!
Only 23 years young, Borrowed Identity resides in Germany but original hails from Romania. Even at his tender age, he seems to have a well seasoned ear with no less than eight releases under his belt.
Ok listen up, the Bottom Forty Interior party is this Saturday Sep. 13 at Kremwerk and we have the amazing DJ/producer Vin Sol on hand to shake us down! All the Bottom Forty residents will be on hand to contribute their signature sounds to the night as well. What can you expect to hear you ask? Well first off, you can be assured that everything you’ll hear will be qual-i-tee.
I’ll give you a little sneak peek of what’s in my virtual record bag for this weekend. Starting with a track from Moiré out on the Werkdiscs imprint. It’s a moody and acid tinged jam that bounces around your head like an atom under the influence of hallucinogens. The B40 crew will surly serve it up propperly this Saturday!
Bonus! Here’s a mix Moiré put together for Fact Magazine last month.
How does one get from point A to point B? For West Coast producer and DJ, Vin Sol, it’s been a linear progression. When Sol began to build his collection, he jumped in head first, hitting swap meets in Oakland California searching for anything soulful or rhythmic. Armed with stacks of soul 45′s and funk LPs it became evident that it was time to do something with all these gems. With the cash made from local DJ gigs Sol threw down and got his first sampler and began to chop away adding the Roland TR-909 to his arsenal in the process.
Slowly his attention shifted away from soul and funk towards Disco, House, Techno and Italo. The need to expand his collection landed him in New York City where his crates and production began to grow as well as his love for House and Techno music. In shops like A1 Records Sol’s taste for stripped back, raw, emotional House and Techno began to dilate. Sol knew it was time to build a proper studio to make and release music that was rooted in the records and gear of the past while still maintaining a futuristic yet stripped back feel. That vision became Soo Wavey Records that was birthed with comrade Matrixxman. In 2013, Sol broke out with a myriad of 12″ singles beginning with Edges Of A Vortex on a split 12″ with Drexciyan DJ Stingray. “Edges” received spins from the likes of Bodikka, Kevin Saunderson, Serge from Clone, and Waze and Odyssey with its heavy Chicago vibes and raw drum machine grit. That was followed by 2 white label 12″ remix releases with Matrixxman of the high priestess of Balearic soul, Sade. These 12″s received play from a wide spectrum of top dj’s from Seth Troxler to HNNY, showing an ability to make stripped back jacking house to sultry soulful house. Next up was his 12″ It’s House featuring Chicago House pioneer Tyree Cooper, which garnered support from the likes of the legendary Larry Heard, Len Faki, Gerd, and Sasha.
VIN SOL Will be our special guest at the BOTTOM FORTY INTERIOR II, September 13th at Kremwerk, RSVP // INFO
Based in San Francisco California
Bottom Forty: Why do you play music?
Vin Sol: I have been djing wax since the late 90′s before that I was making pause mix cassettes. I have aways loved sharing new and odd music, and at the same time I am collector so it just works for me.
BF: What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
VS: My role is to share music and positive experiences. I am lucky to have my label with Matrixxman, it is the perfect vehicle to do that.
BF: Favorite label or artist from the past year?
VS: Clone, Delft, L.I.E.S, Mood Hut, Trilogy Tapes, Local Talk and countless others, we are living in a great time for dance music there are endless jams to be had!!!
BF: What are you looking forward to most this year?
VS: I have a couple rad records coming out in the next couple months so that has me juiced and of course coming up to bang the box with the Bottom Forty crew.
I may be a little late to the Sidney Charles game, but man am I glad I joined up! With his recent trio of excellent EP’s and boatload of quality remixes, he’s proven to be quite a House Gangster.
I first heard one of his Tribal Sessions mixes about a month ago and it’s been on heavy rotation ever since. His original productions and remixes glow with a warmth and style that’s been lacking in current house music as of late. So it can easily be said that he is a breath of fresh air in the sometimes stagnant house scene.
Have you ever wanted to teleport to another city and check out a couple DJs or a club night only because of what you’ve heard? Take for example, A Digital Needle (ADN), Dylan and John are the two masterminds who make ADN the recognizable team that they are. I have come to find that both their musical selection and sound quality is exceptional. Their edits are indeed something to look forward to and covet. So if I had teleport capabilities I would put “Beam Me Up” on the top of that list. First stop, Toronto, Ontario.
Last time I saw Juan Ramos I was wandering the halls of Berghain basically spanging for change or a drink, after having spent every last euro I had in my short (according to locals) 12 hours of time in that maze of sex drugs and techno. It’s only fitting that the next time I see his face would be smattered across the internet via the release of his EP The Mariner. The tracks offer up an interesting combination of spacey softness and gut punching techno jabs, creating a versatility from home to headphones to dance floor to that sunrise moment. It’s also another great addition to the new and queer, but certainly flexing their underground quality, Friends With Benefits Records, run by the Two Dudes in Love (David Sternesky and Mathew Dos-Santos) as well as Trevor Sigler.
“With ties to both the European techno-elite and the American brotherhood of queer dance floor preservationists, Juan Ramos is an extraordinarily talented producer and DJ who is poised on the tipping point of international acclaim. On his debut EP ‘The Mariner (For G.G.),’ available on Friends With Benefits Records, Juan Ramos plays with organic polyrhythms that also pack a visceral punch, swaying brazenly into rollicking techno. His ethereal textures and effortlessly rising and falling melodies are punctuated by dissonant cacophonies that heighten both tension and release. ”
Check out the stream below, and grab a free download of The Mariner track over on XLR8R,
The news is out, after months and months of work, planning and rebranding, we are so completely thrilled to announce the revival of Bottom Forty as an event and dance experience. Please join us on the 2nd Saturdays at Kremwerk, starting on August 9th, with special guest headliner and one of our top podcasters, Hyasynth.
As always, Bottom Forty’s inspiration comes from the travel and adventures of our crew, the video above was compiled from clips from my travels over the past year.
RSVP your first and last name to BottomFortySeattle@gmail.com and we’ll give you a free Bottom Forty t-shirt upon arrival (while supplies last), if we run out, your cover charge will be halved.
Join our Facebook invite here and get ready to get lifted.