Jefferson Celestino was featured on Bottom Forty last month with his collaborative mix of Don Downing’s Doctor Boogie with his mate Carlos Francisco. Jefferson is also a member of Juicy! Agency a specialized disco & nu disco Brazilian booking agent for worldwide artists including Alkalino, 80’s Child, and Los Charly’s Orchestra among others.
His bio reads, “Just a dinosaur spinning his records for love since 1992″, that’s the way the Brazilian but Frankfurt-based Jefferson Celestino likes to describe himself. Since he left his retirement in 2011, he has dedicated his efforts in spreading the disco/nu disco cultures wherever he is invited to play.
However, his musical influences allow him to flirt with different styles during his sets, from bossa nova to jazz, from soul to funk, from Latin/Brazilian to African stuff. Yes, definitely a complete mess!
A vinyl lover, he is still one of those crazy guys who still appreciate the struggle of carrying heavy record bags full of gems, old and new, only for the pleasure to feel the real thing.
The Jammers released “Be Mine Tonight” in 1982. It’s an electro-funk track via Salsoul Records, produced and arranged by Richie Weeks of dance group Weeks & Co. and mixed by Shep Pettibone and was a moderately popular dance record.
This vinyl edit download is from Chris Baron who currently resides in Australia. In honor of record store day this vinyl edit is perfect for you Bottom Forty followers it’s sexy and flirty, so “Be Mine Tonight”. Enjoy!
Bottom Forty proudly presents a limited engagement screening of an important snapshot of American dance music history. Love Is The Message – A Night At The Gallery 1977, directed by Nicky Siano, takes the viewer back to the heyday of dance music for one night at New York’s famed club, The Gallery. The film will have just two screenings in Seattle at Northwest Film Forum, June 6 and 7 at 7pm.
This download courtesy of, R. Rossa & Tom Tom Disco, have offered up a tune titled “Funky Music”. It’s a fine example of Slo-Mo Disco and this can serve as that certain cut that will begin to elevate a crowd.
Ju-Par Universal Orchestra was released in 1976 and Bruce Swedien is credited as co-writer and production who later went on to become the main engineer for Michael Jacksons studio recordings for more than two decades. Enjoy!
“Sisters & brothers! Here´s another one for you, Easy to love!” (Tom Tom Disco)
Linda Hopkins started singing Gospel early in her father’s church only to be discovered by Mahalia Jackson at age 11 and then touring with Jackson’s Southern Harp Spiritual Singers. Later moving into Jazz after hearing greats like Bessie Smith aka Empress of the Blues remains to this day her main inspiration. Linda’s 1977 release of “It’s In Your Blood” on Columbia lends itself brilliantly to Linda’s vocal range and that bass line is right on. Linda has starred on Broadway and continues to tour to this day and has her own star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Enjoy!
All of the house heads are in mourning today as we lost one of our forefathers, Frankie Knuckles, who died unexpectedly at age 59 yesterday afternoon, reportedly to causes related to Type II diabetes. Frankie was beloved worldwide for both his music and his spirit.
From the Guardian, UK:
One night in 1981, Chicago DJ Frankie Knuckles was driving through the city’s suburbs with a friend when he saw a sign in a bar window: “We play house music.” “Now, what’s that all about?” he asked. “It means music like you’re playing at the Warehouse,” his friend replied. And that’s how Knuckles realised he’d inadvertently invented a new genre.
Knuckles had begun his residency at the westside club in 1977 at the height of disco fever, but by 1980 a backlash had swept the craze away. Knuckles began playing obscure imports and re-editing oddball disco records for maximum dancefloor impact. The crowd, overwhelmingly black and gay, went nuts for this new style, which became known as “house” as the new underground style spread to clubs across the city. Knuckles’s and fellow pioneer Ron Hardy’s merging of Salsoul classics with mutant disco, electro and European synth-pop paved the way for the first tailor-made house tracks in 1984. Six years later, Knuckles proudly described his creation as “disco’s revenge”.
Frankie is probably most known for the Whistle Song:
Personally, I loved “Baby Wants to Ride”:
A recent mix (thanks to Timothy Latz):
And thanks to Xan Lucero for the graphic.
Wes Baggaley was found abandoned in a field somewhere in the north of England in the mid 70′s and raised on a diet of lipstick and eye shadow by a pack of transvestite wolves. At the age of 12 the feral tranny Wes was captured by a group of leather clad homosexuals and forced to listen to nothing but Hi-Nrg and disco for 4 years. When he finally escaped at the age of 16, he was picked up whilst hitch-hiking by a group of bug-eyed ravers and taken to the Hacienda. That evening the DJ collapsed from a poppers overdose and Wes jumped over the DJ booth and played the best set the clubbers at the Hacienda had ever heard in their lives. Rumour has it, Wes invented acid house in the late 80′s trying to communicate by emulating the sound of the wolves howls and the disco and hi-nrg music as these are the only noises he had ever heard. Wes is still unable to speak proper English so instead he communicates through the medium of acid house and techno at various sleazy, poppers fuelled parties around the U.K. such as Hotwired, Recon, Little Gay Brother and Tranarchy.
Don Downing’s “Doctor Boogie” gets a rework/nu-disco groove from the Brazilian team of Carlos Francisco & Jefferson Celestino. This slo-mo disco track from 1978 boogies its way in a hypnotic groove coming in at 99 BPM. These guys will fit right in with the likes of Get Down Edits and Luxxury along with others on the low end. This free download provided as a kick off to a Brazilian DJ collective called Juicy! Agency, get it and dance with your favorite sexy somebody. Enjoy.
If you don’t know Flammable’s Wesley Holmes, you should. And if you do, you know Wes will be serving the children gorgeous house music with fat, chunky basslines for days.
I downloaded Wesley’s new mix “Resistance4″ this weekend, co-produced by his eminence and homie’s homie Gene Lee, to my phone and found myself screaming in my car when the bass hit. Great stuff–GET IT. Love these boys…among Seattle’s finest and a credit to our burgeoning electronic music community.
Yvonne Fair was always a favorite of mine, her brashness, hutzpah along with that hardened raucous voice resonated deeply with me the first time I heard…
“It Should Have Been Me”. I was in Portland; OR. at a friend’s house and right there in front of me was “The Bitch Is Black”, a solo recorded LP and a must for any record collector. Get it now.
I contacted Eugene Tambourine in Brooklyn to see if he’d be interested in doing an exclusive rework for us of Yvonne’s classic “Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On”, the result is (E.T.’s Loops of Fury) which has been described as the definitive version of the song. “It’s very loopy, but kinda organic and structured at the same time. I was inspired by the groovy space between her main vocal bits actually.” says Eugene.
Another little known tidbit Diana Ross’ Lady Sings the Blues from 1972 watch it again; Yvonne Fair is in it as is Isabell Sanford and a slew of others. Enjoy.
Good morning! In honor of our 30th podcast, we are excited to release our first ever group mix, representing Bottom Forty and it’s five contributing DJ’s. Bottom Forty is a mirror ball in New York, a basement in Chicago, a cruise in L.A. and a night in the desert, and our goal with this mix was to take you to each place.
1. Alien Alien – One by One (Rodion Mix)
2. Two Dudes in Love – Schizophrenic (Lilly Ackerman Remix)
3. German Brigante – Black Bull
4. DKDS – Don’t Stop
5. Tigerskin – On the Corner
6. Danny Daze – When The Freaks Come Out
7. Arthurs Landing – Miracle 2
8. Miroslav Vitovs- NY City (ET 2014)
9. Outlander – Zero Days
10. Greeen Linez – Hibiscus Pacific (Jacques Renault Remix)
11. Alixander III – In A Vacuum
12. Chymera – Tidal
13. Billy Disney – Rum Punch
14. TCTS Feat. Shivum Sharma – These Heights (Detroit Swindle Mile High Club Remix)
15. Laszlo Dancehall – Gave Up
The term Balearic is often thought of as being on the slower end of the BPM spectrum always drawing from a laid back selection of not only electronic dance music, but also jazz, soul, rock, dub and world both past and present. I thought I would draw upon all of those elements while being a little adventurous in some of my selections. Call it laid back; call it chill, or even lounge, it’s really more homage of a soundtrack playing while celebrating with friends.
So picture yourself on a beach somewhere on an island or just off the beaten path where you can close your eyes and relax and think of warm weather. Enjoy.
I first heard of DJ Apt One from the amazing and ever replete music blog Dollar Bin Jams. As it’s name suggests, you can find rips of all kinds of obscure vinyl here, plus a deluge of funk and soul edits from DJ Apt One, Shawn Ryan and the other DBJ contributors.
Mr. One likes to keep many irons in the fire; touring, making edits, contributing guest articles and now authoring a foodie blog for Vice Magazine keeps his hands from being too idle. He was kind enough to take some time out of his very busy scheduled to answer a few questions for Bottom Forty.
A mix from London, UK’s Chris Camplin, Live at Little Gay Brother – The Slumber Party at Dalston Superstore. I’ve been hanging out with this mix a bit lately and it is SOLID. Deep, housey, and a touch of techno.
Great work, Chris! (Photo by Joseph Sinclair.)