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.
New York native Jaymz Nylon is a name that’s been in the mix for more than a couple of years. Heralded as the godfather of Afro-tech, Jaymz’ reputation as a sought-after sound designer, producer, and remixer has continued to grow since his breakout release, “Ofunwa ‘It All Begins Here’,” thrust him into the global limelight in 1993.
The larger than life Italian disco diva Hard Ton has teamed up with our pals at Friends With Benefits Records to release a summer house anthem EP called “We Got Luv.” The EP will be released in early September and features remixes from Severino + HiFi Sean, Matrixxman and Victor Rotciv.
Hard Ton will be landing on the west coast Thursday, July 31st and hitting the following cities:
• Seattle – Thurs July 31st at Chop Suey with Ononos, The Tempers, Two Dudes In Love and Nark (Facebook event)
• Vancouver BC – Sunday Aug. 3rd at Electric Owl with Futurewife, 2DIL, and Taffi Louis (Facebook event)
• Los Angeles – Thurs Aug. 7th at Monte Cristo with Chris Bowen, Victor Rodriguez, Trevor Sigler and 2DIL
• San Francisco – Sat Aug. 9th at F8 with Trevor Sigler, 2DIL, Robin Simmons & Elaine Denham (Facebook event)
Preorder the We Got Luv EP here
Originally from Sydney and currently based in San Francisco, Goodyear has been headlining the world’s highest-profile clubs and parties for over 25 years. His style encapsulates an incredible range. During his sets he combines tech house, latin beats, dynamic disco and soulful house to create a signature style all his own. With many artists struggling to stay relevant as musical trends come and go and technology changes the playing field, Paul has shown a remarkable gift for not just staying abreast of these trends, but for contributing to them and shaping them himself.
The Pied Piper (PP) is the elusive alias of the UK Record Producer, Arranger, DJ, songwriter, Composer, drummer, percussionist, Mixing & Mastering Engineer, Re-Mixer, editor and multi-instrumentalist that stands behind numerous studio projects and concept releases spanning genres such as: Deep House, Nu-Disco, Disco funk, Disco House, House, Jazz House, Nu-Jazz, Jazz Funk and so much more.
A psychedelic scorcher from Rhines of the Innerflight crew, his live closing set from closing our recent Seattle party with Elite Force (Stereophoenix, One Series, DISTRIKT, London UK). If you missed it…I’m sorry. It was really, really good. Elite Force smashed it and Rhines in came in with acid to dissolve the pieces.
You can also download it for deeper listening on your device of choice (right click and save):
Poolside will be in Seattle on Friday July 25 for the Capitol Hill Block Party, and if “Stir It Up” mixtape 5 is any indication of what might be on the horizon, I’m all in. It’s genuinely a fine summer brew of Latin flavored beats such as Gilberto Gil, La Charanga 76 alongside such ec-lectric deliciousness as Regional Garland’s “Chillin Out”. It’s an ultra-hypnotic set certainly not disappointed here.
So whether you’re near a pool, lake or another water way visualize yourself diving in with them this summer. Enjoy!
Freda Payne’s LP Hot was released in 1979 on Capitol records, produced by John Florez & Dr. Cecil Hale.
Savin It! is an ode to love in a save and spend culture of the 1970’s when the country was in a recession.
Although Ms. Payne is probably best known for her hit “Band of Gold” she has recorded an infinite amount over her career, always embracing her Jazz, R&B and Pop roots.
“Unhooked Generation: The Complete Invictus Recordings’ is a must, every single recording that Freda Payne did for Invictus is here including “You Brought Me Joy” and “Deeper and Deeper” and an alternate version of “Band Of Gold”.
Dennis Coffey is an American guitarist, composer and producer from Detroit, U.S.A.
Another Time, Another Place was released in 1978 on Westbound Records’ LP “A Sweet Taste of Sin”.
This full on soul regroove and repro-delight by Pied Piper is indeed wonderful and the sound quality is just incredible. I also hear elements of 1975’s Nowhere by Hokis Pokis.
The production of Mr. Coffey’s track is splendid and constructed in such a way that it beckons to be heard on a system that can serve it justice. If you like this you may want to check out Mike Theodore Orchestra’s and other collaborations/releases also on Westbound Records. Enjoy!