In an industry largely dominated by males, Perrine La Fraicheur is one of those female producers who stands above most simply with her talent and perseverance alone. La Fraicheur releases her first EP of 2016 on the Friends With Benefits imprint today. The title track is a gorgeous slice of deep tropical house that shimmers with warmth. Also, Bottom Forty’s own Nark delivers a remix of the flip side which utilizes smartly placed synth percussion to add additional complexity to original’s dark and brooding vibe.
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La Fraicheur also recorded an exclusive mix for Bottom Forty about two years ago(!). You can stream and download here:
There’s a certain fire in the air lately and it’s the reverberations of things new and old coming together. Friends and artists have been devoted to their work, all the work that goes behind the shimmery shield of social media, that you have no idea about. Ten years of personal perseverance and over five years of Bottom Forty perseverance, regardless of who fired us for not being mainstream enough, has helped made this release happen and it is just one of many debuts to happen this year, not just for me and Bottom Forty, but for so many of the people you know and the people that have kept you dancing, prancing, fucking, connecting and growing for years. Please, from the fragile, artistic hearts of all those in the Bottom Forty crew, come join us this Saturday at Kremwerk to celebrate the N.D.S.F. release!
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Read the love from Resident Advisor!
Justin Gg Green, based in Stamford Uk (the most undisco town ever)
why play music ??
my family weren’t very musical, although early memories of my mother listening and singing (poorly i may add ) were happy ones…. Petula Clark was a favourite, i had two auts that took me clubbing at the age of 13/14 ( those that know me will imagine the size of me.. i got into over 18 venues easily ) they usually left me to find men, so i was alone on the d’floor, … just taking it all in and dancin for hours until they found me and went home.
when i went to College 89/90 i had decks and an old (new then) Numark mixer with the inbuilt samper… i played all the bar nights there and set up parties mid week too… i left there to get a few warm up residency nights in Lnd but the allure of women took it toll and rolling in late led to unhappy promoters and club managers… oh to be young and invincible .. hahahah
role in music
i really don’t see i have a role in music. i just like to play upfront, brand new releases on my radio show for people to enjoy and get to hear whats being put out there…. i buy 99.9% vinyl, i have a tremendous record pimp, Ed Davies ( check him on discogs http://www.discogs.com/seller/daviesed/ profile ) – that hooks me up with everything i want…
i have that addiction to share great music. simple.
Fav label – Artist
wow…. thats hard…. Lay Far is heat …
there are way too many labels to pick one or two out…. but maybe Glenview… Banoffee Pies… Fatty Fatty Phonographics… Red Motorbike… just to pluck a few out the hat…. you can’t forget PPU… or AOTN… so so many.
Midnight Riot ( Andy Yam) has just set up an Agency which i’ve been signed up to and MR have recently sealed a monthly venue in Ldn too which i’m honoured to be a part of. Hopefully the MR brand ill bring some great gigs, and nights at our little venue….
whatever comes my way is a treat.
i don’t follow fashion or trends, i was brought up a diet of disco, soul and hiphop, its in my genes.. i can’t play anything else. i try and play the best in new releases, supporting as many artists and labels as i can, through my weekly live shows on back2backfm.
Growing up on an eclectic diet of country music provided by his parents’ record collection, Kobalt Severa is hard to pin down musically. Inspired by his brother’s love of eclectic music and tastes, Kobalt, began making mixes as a creative outlet. It was only a few years later that Kobalt dove head first into House Music and began performing at local house parties, basements and abandoned warehouses.
Now a regular fixture of Seattle’s nightlife/club scene Kobalt has shared the stage with such well-known and beloved DJs such as Colby B, Derek Pavone, Almond Brown, Spaceotter, Brian Lyons, Karl Kamakahi, LA Kendall and Nark.
2015 looks to be a busy year for Kobalt with his first residency at local hot spot The Eagle and as he continues to work on making more music. Look for Kobalt coming to a dance floor near you soon.
Where are you based?:
Why do you play music?
It’s what my soul led me to. Once I started, I couldn’t stop.
What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
I’ve got some ideas for a night I’d like to start.
Favorite label or artist from the past year?
Cristoph has really been catching my ear lately.
What are you looking forward to most this year?
Watching Seattle’s House Music Scene come together and grow.
Olivier Giacomotto, Los Paranos – Talker (Olivier Giacomotto Mix)
Dropboxx, Guilherme R. – Sculpture
Prok & Fitch – Little Dance
Justin Martin, Ardalan – Function feat. PartyPatty
Waze & Odyssey – Everything (You’re Made Of)
Raumakustik – Raider
Trent Cantrelle – I Get A Rush
Cristoph – Reachin’
Paride Saraceni – Words
Patrick Topping – Forget
Christian Smith – The Exchange
The New Sins – Lights Down (Waze & Odyssey Remix)
Yvette, Drop Out Orchestra – I Got It (H.I.M.W.O.L Remix)
David Penn, Toni Bass, Deux – What I Like ft. Sheilah Cuffy (Dub Mix)
Argy, Mama, Argy & MamaRecluse (Hot Since 82 Remix)
Reunited – In the Music (Neo Mix)
Inspired by beats from around the world, Seattle’s J-Justice has dedicated more than 15 years to music with soul—from house to boogie, disco to jazz, techno to hiphop.
Best known as one of the founding members of acclaimed DJ crew SunTzu Sound,
J-Justice is driven by a faithful following in Seattle and beyond. His tireless efforts have made him an indispensable participant in Seattle nightlife.
Along with fellow Seattle DJ, Atlee Treasure, J-Justice has served as weekly host of Friday night’s City Soul radio show on KBCS 91.3 FM since 2004. The weekly show connects the dots between genres and highlights a variety of underground sounds.
J-Justice has performed at major venues in Seattle and across the country including The Showbox, Chop Suey, Q, Cielo and The Pawn Shop. For five years, he was a resident at TRUST, a roaming monthly party created with Kid Hops and Atlee, that fans called one of the best dance parties in Seattle.
Where are you based?
1) Why do you play music?
I originally wanted to be a music journalist. In college, I started DJing parties at the same time I started writing for the local alt-weekly. I quickly learned that I was more interested in being involved with making music and parties happen instead of reporting on them. I was better at it too.
2) What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
My role has been, and always will be, curator of quality music. Whether through my radio show or DJ sets, I want to expose listeners to great, new music across all genres and to juxtapose styles in a way that excites the ears. History is important too, so I’m always digging for older selections that will easily fit with tunes from today.
3) Favorite label or artist from the past year?
I feel like Ninja Tune deserves a special shout out for consistently releasing great music for over two decades. Once the home of all things downtempo, they’ve remained relevant by expanding their roster to include artists such as Machinedrum, FaltyDL, Moiré, Dorian Concept, Kelis, and Seven Davis Jr.
4) What are you looking forward to most this year?
DJing during the summertime. Every year I anticipate performing outside in the beautiful Seattle weather.
BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Stark’s Reality
Dorothy Ashby – Drink
Minnie Riperton – Inside My Love (Doc Adam Edit)
Pools – SKATE
Candi Station – You Got The Love
Steve Reich – Nagoya Marimba (HNNY Edit)
Jungle – The Heat (Joy Orbison Remix)
Daniel Avery – All I Need (Roman Flugel Remix)
Shamir – If It Wasn’t True
Raumakustik – Raider
The Carter Bros – Loving You Is Easy (Tom Trago Mix)
Bok Bok & Tom Trago – Pussy Trak
Beesmunt Soundsystem – How I Wish
Daphni – Usha
Jordan Fields – We Can Make It
Hugo Barritt – Penumbra (Tuff City Kids TDK 90 Mix)
Sasha – Deepest America (Moodymann Remix)
Mass Production- Welcome To Our World (Joey Negro Remix)
Universal Togetherness Band – Ain’t Gonna Cry
Dee Edwards – I Can Deal with That
Karl Kamakahi is one of the gold standards of house music in Seattle. Founder of Seattle’s De La Creme crew, Karl learned to DJ in 1989 in his home Pearl City, Hawaii, taught by legendary Hawaiian DJ James Coles. He began experimenting with freestyle, transitioned into techno, and eventually felt the most at home with house music in the early years of the house movement in 1992. Playing parties and residencies Minneapolis, Denver, San Francisco, Portland, Madison, and St. Paul, Karl’s latest efforts in Seattle caught the notice of Brian Lyons and Wesley Holmes of the world-renowned Flammable crew. Karl was asked to join as resident DJ several years ago, and released the first ever mix CD to represent Seattle’s flagship house music party, now the longest running house music night on the west coast, nearly 20 years of house magic.
In Seattle, Karl has played and created terrific parties in venues such as Re-bar, The Woods, The Cuff, Electric Tea Garden, Expansions on KEXP, The Underground, The Baltic Room, Havana, The Monkey Loft. In addition to Flammable Sundays at ReBar, Karl is the creator of Seattle house pillars like Proper at Baltic Room and Soft Option at Monkey Loft.
It should be no surprise that we here at Bottom Forty are totally enamored with Sidney Charles. He was Resident Advisor’s Top 100 Most Charted Artists of 2013 and has been consistently churning out jam after jam.
So imagine our delight to learn his buddy Sante‘s label Avotre released the phenomenal compilation House Lessons. A 16-track LP that includes tracks either written and performed or remixed by Sidney Charles. It also features tracks by Pan-Pot, Hot Since 82 and includes remixes by Kalyde, Darius Syrossian and Patrick Topping.
Do yourself a favor and head over to Beatport Pro now and get this entire release. You can’t go wrong with the techno throbbers Silky Thread and TXL or smoother tech house joints like 303 Love Story or Horny. Pure magic here, open sesame!