Bottom Forty

Bottom Forty is a mirror ball in New York, a basement in Chicago, a cruise in L.A. and a night in the desert.

Rest in Peace: Frankie Knuckles, Godfather of House Music

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April 1, 2014

10154923_10152724115698047_544042162_nAll 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.

Category: Downloads

Sister Glo’s World AIDS Day Playlist

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November 29, 2013

Sister Glo Euro N'Wei

Sister Glo Euro N’Wei

Sister Glo Euro N’Wei is 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.

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Playlist after the jump

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Otterotation: Jëno’s San Francisco CD (1996)

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November 25, 2013


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 …

Category: Downloads

Otterotation: Alex Agore “The Never Gonna Be Released Agore Hip Hop Beats Chronicles Vol.3”

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August 6, 2013

Remember the days when hip-hop wasn’t pop? Yeah, if you’re young enough, you probably don’t. So let Berlin deep house producer Alex Agore takes us back to the days when hip-hop had more in common with underground soul, jazz, ethereal samples and delicious grooves than gangsters or commercial bullshit. I was talking to Flammable’s Karl Kamakahi today about missing some proper soul and this one popped up in my SoundCloud feed and straight knocked us both flat. Check it:

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Category: Herstory

Queen Champagne

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July 14, 2013

The Debras

Sometimes on a legendary night, Like the closing of the Paradise Garage, When the crowd is calling down the spirits, listen and you will hear all the houses that walked there before.
Malcolm McLaren

Recently I sat down with Marcus Brown aka Natosha “Queen Champagne” from the legendary House of La Face. The Debra’s as they came to be known dominated House Ballroom culture in Seattle nearly 25 years ago.

Interview after the jump

Category: Herstory

Exclusive Mix 009: NICOLATRON

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May 27, 2013


DJ NICOLATRON Bio: I’m just a naughty robot with an itch to make you shake your groove thang. I love to set dancefloors on fire a wide array of genres, but house music has my heart.

Where are you based?  Albuquerque, New Mexico. The land of vast desert and beautiful sunsets.

Webpage(s): Facebook / Soundcloud / Website

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Category: Downloads

Time in New York: Jacques Renault, Justin Miller, and Tornado Wallace

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May 23, 2013

One of the hardest parts about spending two weeks in New York is that some of my favorite people were playing music somewhere every night, and among pumping out my own gigs and general exhaustion, my fear of missing out kept me on the streets of Manhattan night by night. No adventure out on my own, however, could have given me more of an eargasm than hitting up Cielo (pictured above) and it’s sexy sexy soundsystem.

After whisking around the upper west side a bit, and maybe a few too many tequila shots, I emerged from a cab in the Meatpacking District in a sea of girls in flowing dresses with their loose fitting denim boyfriends, everyone was shiny with a layer of grease on another hot muggy New York night, but there were no complaints after what I imagine was a long winter. I found my way into Cielo and was quickly greeted by one of my favorite smiling faces around, Jacques Renault– oh, did I mention Jacques, Justin Miller AND Tornado Wallace were the gents behind this soundsystem tonight? Quickly swept into the dj booth and handed a drink, Jacques, Justin and Luey (Tornado) were in a whiskey fueled tag team session, Justin was playing this song and I danced with the DJ girlfriends until the lights came on.

As any proper night, it ended in sunrise bagels in Brooklyn and me finding my way back to Bushwick in broad drunken daylight. After the jump below, Justin and Jacques share some new releases with us, including Justin’s new label release uploaded to Soundcloud just for us at Bottom Forty, and I’ll share my favorite Tornado Wallace track, a secret weapon I’ve been using to kick a few dancefloors square in the balls lately.

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Category: Herstory

Of All the Things I Did in New York…

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May 22, 2013

I somehow missed THIS.

Giorgio Moroder’s first ever DJ set, luckily, is available to stream HERE.

Updates and music from the road coming soon!

Category: Herstory

I never made it to Tugs, says Dan Savage.

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April 21, 2013

Tugs was a bellwether that’s for sure. Tugs Belltown more so. Originally we (Tugs) were going to be at Pine and Boylston where R-Place is, but Phil Smart yanked our agreement. So we moved to the corner of Pine and Belmont. Everything we had been working on had to be pulled and put into storage.
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Category: Herstory

80’s Flashback

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April 12, 2013

Gym attire has changed so much over the years. Big Hair, silk shorts, bulges and bulging biceps and the longest intro to porn ever what more could you ask for? I ask you, how could you not love this crazy video from 1982. Dutch artist Vanessa exposed here for all of you to see and hear was picked out of obscurity and totally by accident from a demo tape heard by a recording executive. See demo tapes do work. “Upside Down” (dizzy does it make me) has an Italo feel with a pumping bass line. I guess an environment is critical when shooting a video. Who knew that Gold’s Gym would play such a significant role in Vanessa’s career? Ah Europa.

Category: Herstory