Bottom Forty HBIC Narky Nark laid down the acid house cuts last Friday at the Seattle Eagle. LET’S JACK.
I know I talk about Lee Burridge a lot, but chiiiiiiiillld…I was running around Seattle’s Green Lake in the sunshine on Thanksgiving to this recently released sunrise mix from Robot Heart, Burning Man 2013, and was nearly having visual hallucinations. That’s how deep this mix is. Just press play–for real.
Sister Glo Euro N’Weiis an HIV educator and gay men’s health advocate. She is drawn to sparkly objects and believes that glitter and the transformative power of love in action are necessary to gay men’s health and wellness.
We at Bottom Forty are happy to collaborate with Sister Glo on this download which we believe is reflective of the last 30 years of HIV/AIDS and its impact not only on us as individuals but also as a global community. A special shout out too Kurt B. Reighley, WHAM Project, Sister Glo and all our fellow warriors past, present and future.
This past weekend I had the extreme pleasure of playing an all-vinyl set with the man behind Smokecloud Records, DJ Osmose (aka JB, aka John Bailey). He dropped a few records on me from his label while he was here. And man, I’m talking quality stuff here. One of the highlights is a new split 7 inch from him and nu-disco purveyor, Sleazy McQueen.
The A side starts off with a banging edit by Sleazy McQueen called “TTOF”. The B side slows things down a bit with an edit By Osmose called “Do What Cha Doin”. When I first heard Sleazy McQueen drop “TTOF” at the Seattle Eagle a few months ago, I went running to find out what it was. He proudly announced that it was his own edit to be released on Smokecloud in early December. Well, that date is nearly here, next Tuesday to be exact. US customers can pre-order over at Crosstalk International. Or you can sign up to be alerted when these go on sale over at Juno right now. You better act fast, because these limited edition, hand-stamped gems will fly off the shelf quicker than $2 turkeys at Walmart.
Rave history moment: those who know me well know my reverence for Wicked–not the revisionist tale of the witch, or the Bostonian expression of delight (though those are good too), but the San Francisco party crew by that name. When the early 90s electronic music movement broke on the left coast, Wicked (along with Dubtribe, Basics, Funky Techno Tribe and others) were primary among the crews throwing amazing parties up and down the coast, notably their free full-moon parties on the beaches around SF. Wicked, composed of DJs Jëno, Garth, Markie Mark and Thomas, also have the designation of being the first soundsystem on the playa at Burning Man, though they haven’t been in years to my knowledge. read more …
Blancmange was one of many synth-pop bands coming out of the UK that help to propel the likes of Depeche Mode, New Order and others into mainstream culture. “Feel Me” was release in 1982, but if you were one of the cool kids Blancmange was certainly on your playlist. “Feel Me” only made it to 46 on the charts so it’s perfect for all of us here at Bottom Forty. This remix is from Greg Wilson and it is perfection. Thanks to Mixmag and Greg….enjoy!
Odd how we stumble over stuff sometimes. My housemate Scott Burdette randomly found this techno mix from Perm, Russia and it kind of blew both of our minds. Starts pretty good but gets really deep and dark around 20 minutes in and continues into mind-blowing psychedelia from there. Download link on the page. Cheers & enjoy (sorry–couldn’t get Mixcloud to embed for some reason).
The husband and wife team of Ashford & Simpson (A&S) brought us so many wonderful songs. They really helped to craft some of those most memorable sounds from the 70’s and well into the 1980’s that certainly helped define my life. This edit comes from Valique in Moscow, Russia. I hope you like it as much as I do. Enjoy!
Hyasynth (aka Karen Baskett) fell in love with records at a young age, and her obsession with music has manifested itself in several forms. A professional dancer and instructor, her sense of music has been called “innate and seemingly effortless” while her mixing is always precise.
Karen began as a DJ in 2000 while living in New York City pursuing her Broadway dreams. She moved to Seattle in 2004 and started an all-female DJ weekly residency at See Sound Lounge called ‘Grace’, then gained more exposure to the local scene by booking gigs at major venues in Seattle and Portland. She joined the De La Crème crew in 2006, played the Bellingham Electronic Music Festival in 2008, and has since been a frequent headlining guest at favorite Seattle spots such as Flammable Sundays, the Train Car House Party, Electric Tea Garden, Q, and The Woods.
Hyasynth has released several mixes, opened for legends such as Doc Martin, Colette, Ben Watt, Rick Preston, and Andrew Riley, and has lost countless calories dancing her heart out behind the decks during her energetic sets.
Seattle’s Innerflight crew is making moves. They just hosted their last DROP party at the soon-to-be closed Electric Tea Garden with DJ Markie from SF’s (truly, no fooling) legendary Wicked crew–now moving to second Saturdays at the Monkey Loft in SoDo. And today, their associated label, Innerflight Music, released Centrikal’s “Faze” EP, full of the spacey bloopy techno beauty you would expect from the eclectic Innerflight crew. Count me in.
I had mentioned some of the live Burning Man 2013 sets on our Bottom Forty Facebook Group, but I wanted to highlight one that’s been making the otter-rotations on my digital devices lately.
UK’s Elite Force (aka the lovely Simon Shackleton) is one of the playa’s big superstar DJs, usually tearing down DISTRIKT or one of the other large venues with one of his famous barnstorming sets usually comprising of his own personal edits of both club classics and current bangers. This was the closing set for Tuesday’s DISTRIKT day party, and it’s clear that he’s not only spent a long time preparing his own edits for his set but also using a large degree of harmonic mixing to keep all of the tracks in compatible keys. The intro sampling Queen’s “Bohemian Rhaphsody” is especially appropriate to the experience of the desert: “Is this real life? Or is this fantasy?” Great stuff and really got me moving. read more …
Claude VonStroke (aka Barclay Crenshaw) has been making music for a while in San Francisco with his crew and label at Dirtybird Records as well as his Mothership label. His productions bear a notable playful, organic footprint, often integrating unusual body and animal sounds into goofy booty bass lines, but occasionally stretching into the sublime, and the Dirtybird parties in Golden Gate park are the stuff of local legend.
You know I’m a sucker for raw soul and cover songs. But put them together and you get Spanky Wilson doing Sunshine of Your Love in 1969. Originally performed by Cream in 1967.
And here’s an honest edit of the track courtesy of Chezz via SoundClouds.
You know, I grew up in Dallas, Texas. I had relatively mild exposure to electronic music as a child, I was more concerned with not getting the shit beat out of me in school. When not crying alone in my room, I remember listening to the radio on Saturday nights and being obsessed with what I found to be the relatively erie and haunting sounds played out in da clubz.
At the age of 19, I found a glorious group of fizzled out Club Kids in Dallas, and got pretty hooked on Deee-Lite and other light-hearted party genre acts such as S’Express and Opus III – basically I came out of the closet. I eventually moved to San Diego, and after a relative dearth of any music or community I find acceptable in a nightlife situation, I decided to take parties into my own hands and became a DJ.
I have since lived and thrown parties in San Diego, Copenhagen, Provincetown, and now San Francisco. My tastes have ebbed and flowed through many of the sub-genres contained in House, Disco, and Techno, and overall my fascination is making people feel emotions through music on the dance floor. I don’t use my facial expressions to communicate emotions anymore, I just play music and dance.
Call him a rare disco revivalist, San Francisco’s champion of “The Golden Age of Gay” or “The Godfather of Bathhouse Disco.” Or, just call him DJ Bus Station John, that’s his name after all. Currently helming such successful parties as Love Will Fix It, Disco Daddy at the SF Eagle and the long-running (ten years next spring) mother of all sleaze disco parties, Tubesteak Connection, BSJ is one of the most prolific and devoted DJ’s to happen to disco.
DJ Bus Station John comes to Seattle next weekend for the most celebrated gay holiday, Halloween! He spins Friday October 25 at the Seattle Eagle, then Saturday October 26 at Pony for STIFFED!