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!
As a long standing member of the Northwest DJ community, the name ‘Gene Lee’ has become synonymous with quality, forward thinking music. Large venue or small, Gene’s sets are always intimate, heartfelt and his energy on stage is rarely matched. His eclectic taste in electronic grooves has left him on the cutting edge of every genre he plays, making him a long-time favorite of electronic music connoisseurs worldwide.
As a Producer, Gene maintains a very busy schedule. Not limited by genre, Gene’s appreciation for all types of music has given him the ability to work with a variety of artists from wide array of genres. His collaborations with artists include: The Lost Boys, Sean Majors, Donald Glaude, The Lawnchair Generals, Jon Lee and Wesley Holmes.
After spending endless hours in the studio with long time friend, Sean Majors, the two decided to create the record label, Pound Music as a way to output their studio creations. After launching at the beginning of 2007, Pound Music has maintained a steady schedule of releases. By consistently infiltrating playlists and topping the charts of some of the worlds most renowned DJs, Pound Music has made its mark on the global dance music community.
In 2011 Gene Lee partnered up with longtime friend, Wesley Holmes for several collaborations. Their love for the newly evolving genre Nu-Disco prompted them to make a studio mix which encapsulated their favorite songs. “Nu-Phase” generated over 20,000 downloads in a few weeks time and is still popular with Nu-Disco fans today.
Cody Morrison and Carlos Ruiz, aka High & Tight, took us on a really special journey at the January 2015 Bottom Forty (2nd Saturdays at Kremwerk), the feet didn’t leave the floor until 4am. It’s not every DJ that can really set a mood and vibe like this, put together music that plays out more like a story than a beat. Thanks again guys!
We’re really looking forward to getting turnt up with Sean Majors, Gene Lee, Banger Sisters and Blueyedsoul this weekend for the Valentines Day and Kremwerk 1 year anniversary edition of Bottom Forty! Join us Saturday at the Krem!
Hey kids, I hope your New Year has been crack-a-lacking so far!
About seven months ago, I started a new party at the Seattle Eagle where I play nothing but techno, acid and electro. I stepped up to the challenge and left all my disco at home and brought everything else. Following is my latest mix from the night, and boy oh boy is there some fire in here! Downloads enabled, enjoy!
Over the course of her 14-year career, Alinka has played alongside a wide array of artists, including: Mark Farina, Jesse Rose, Claude VonStroke, Toro Y Moi, Derrick Carter, DJ Heather, Peaches, Kim Ann Foxman, Crystal Castles and countless others. In 2013 she and Shaun J. Wright started their monthly residency Twirl at Berlin Nightclub in Chicago. The party has since featured guests such as: Derrick Carter, DJ Heather, Eli Escobar, Lauren Flax, JD Samson, and The Carry Nation. In addition Alinka is currently a resident at the successful party, Nü: The Outer Space Disco Dancing Society of Chicago at Neo.
The last two years have been particularly fruitful and rewarding for Alinka, due in large part to her friendship and musical partnership with singer, producer and DJ, Shaun J. Wright. Wright, whose rich, resonant voice has lended soul to music by Hercules and Love Affair, and Stereogamous, met Alinka in 2012 and the two instantly bonded over their love of Chicago House music. It wasn’t long before their evolving friendship resulted in what would be the first of many musical collaborations. Their first EP, “Twirl Vol.1,” was promptly signed to Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon’s esteemed house label, Classic Music Co. The EP went on to be lauded by the likes of Chris Duckenfield, Tensnake, Joyce Muniz, Hannah Holland, Doc Martin, Simon Baker, and many more. The release was followed by a 12” remix compilation with remixes from Derrick Carter, Neville Watson and Chris E. Pants. The EP’s lead single, “Love Inspired,” was featured on Defected Records Compilation “Defected Presents The Closing Party Ibiza 2013,” as well as Defected’s In The House Radio show. In addition, Alinka and Wright have collaborated on a plethora of remixes for Hi Fashion, The Carry Nation, JD Samson & MEN, and Baby Alpaca. The pair also recently completed “Twirl Vol. 2” for Classic Music Company which will be out early 2015.
Wright and Alinka recently launched their label Twirl Recordings. Their first release titled “Journey Into The Deep” features remixes by Kim Ann Foxman, and Stereogamous, and received support from a wide variety of artists including Groove Armada, Danny Tenaglia, Kenny Glasgow, Annie Mac, Robert Owens, Matt Toldfrey, and many more. The EP got DJ Mag’s approval with a 9.0 rating, and was also featured on Annie Mac’s show on BBC Radio 1 dance radio.
Philadelphia has always been a hotbed of soul, funk and disco artists. Some of the most notables being The Trammps, Gamble & Huff and McFadden & Whitehead. DJ Apt One is yet another artist from Philly who will soon be ranked up there with the more recognizable names.
DJ Apt One first came to our attention as a contributor to one of the more popular music blogs Dollar Bin Jams. We had the luxury of hosting him in Seattle at JACK at Seattle Eagle this past summer. We then coaxed him into making an exclusive mix for Bottom Forty which you can check out right here!
Hailing from Bridgeport, Connecticut, Juan Ramos grew up in a Puerto Rican household where his family nurtured him on a healthy diet of Latin Jazz, Hip-Hop, and early crossover dance music. His fascination with music grew with age as he experimented with making electronic music and later on joining various local bands from his home state. At the age of 19 Juan started to experiment with laptop DJ’ing but quickly bored and transitioned to vinyl for a more challenging approach.
As the story goes, after a holiday to Berlin in 2012, he felt the pull of a place that could provide more than his small rural hometown. Resident now since summer ’13, Juan has devoted his daily life entirely to crafting his music, centering loosely around a house format that caters for references to the rich palette of influences which have fueled his path through music. His first release “The Mariner” released with San Francisco based label Friends With Benefits garnered positive reviews and featured on XLR8R.
His texturally rich and eclectic selection has gained him the support and attention of some of Berlin’s more interesting circles and 2015 looks to be a fruitful year for the young talent.