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)
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Preorder the We Got Luv EP here
I had mentioned some of the live Burning Man 2013 sets on our Bottom Forty Facebook Group, but I wanted to highlight one that’s been making the otter-rotations on my digital devices lately.
UK’s Elite Force (aka the lovely Simon Shackleton) is one of the playa’s big superstar DJs, usually tearing down DISTRIKT or one of the other large venues with one of his famous barnstorming sets usually comprising of his own personal edits of both club classics and current bangers. This was the closing set for Tuesday’s DISTRIKT day party, and it’s clear that he’s not only spent a long time preparing his own edits for his set but also using a large degree of harmonic mixing to keep all of the tracks in compatible keys. The intro sampling Queen’s “Bohemian Rhaphsody” is especially appropriate to the experience of the desert: “Is this real life? Or is this fantasy?” Great stuff and really got me moving. read more …
I’ve been on mute for a minute from Bottom Forty…for little other reason than my hair has been on fire. For those who don’t already know, I’m a founding member of a mixed-gender and -orientation Burning Man theme camp by the name of Conception, which has grown to be one of the larger sound & arts camps from the Pacific Northwest on the playa. This year, I was the logistics lead/CEO (“Chief Executive Otter”), as well as music co-chair, treasurer, and communications lead (playfully dubbed “Lt. Uhora”) for a camp of 50 people from 8 states and 4 countries. Our extended tribe of over a hundred campers over the years remains connected, some of whom took the year off or have drifted off to form their own camps and projects. As such, August is the peak of my year, and I find myself working and planning and communicating most days and nights until I desperately need a drink but it’s already 4 hours after my bedtime and I just drop from exhaustion instead. read more …
The B40 crew is traveling a lot lately! Last weekend, I had the pleasure of joining friends in Vancouver BC for a long overdue visit, and we hit up some of the bigger dance venues they had been glowing about. Primary among these was Space Five Sixty for Vancouver’s edition of Bearracuda, which has become the largest of the Bearracuda party franchise, serving bears and their friends dance beats. As expected, the crowd was a sea of beards and furry chests, and the space was gorgeous and multilevel with amazing projections and solid sound. Just as the party was warming up with local support from Jay Douglas, word came through that Chicago “chunk house” headliner Ted Eiel had been turned away at the Canadian border. Ouch.
So imagine our surprise when our dear friend DJ Matt Stands from Seattle took the headlining slot in his place. Matt is a Seattle resident DJ at the Cuff, BarMyx Everett, the west coast Bearracuda and Strapped parties, and my musical co-conspirator from the basement raves that eventually evolved into Burning Man Camp Conception. A true professional, Matt took the last minute phone call, packed the car, drove up and saved the party like a DJ superhero.
One of my first and favorite nights of tour was at Honcho in Pittsburgh. Those homos know how to get down, keep pushing on the scene Pittsburgh!!
I also drop that Tornado Wallace track in here, you might think it a bit early but this set didn’t start until after 2am, seeing as we were playing above a bath house house and all. Sexy parties!
If you are a Pittsburgher (is that what you are called?) go check out Honcho next month with Luke Howard of Horse Meat Disco (which you know we are mega fans of).
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.