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Exclusive Mix 056 :: Stormy Roxx

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October 18, 2016

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Our newest mix comes in from Portland! This dark and dancey mix was provided by Stormy Roxx.

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Webpage(s):
SoundCloud
Website

StormyRoxx is a Portland, Oregon based DJ who has been playing for about 20+ years.
Many of those years include producing &/or curating for several successful queer-based events as well including Booty, Jack, Blow Pony, Portland’s Red Dress Party and Stranger Disco. He has played several events in other cities along the west coast and at Burning Man for many popular camps including Tectonic Camp, BAAAHS, Comfort & Joy, Duck Pond and Lil’CrackWhore Camp.

Coming from a background of punk rock shows, clubbing and cabaret art scenes, his music style reflects a diverse and constantly evolving range of musical interests.
His sound is a blend of unusual electronica with organic nuances, exquisite layers of percussion and emotive melodies poured over a solid and hypnotic beat. His music triggers a cerebral reaction as well as a physical and primal response. The result is a deep, psychedelic, sexual, fun and adventurous experience on the dance floor.
Being a lover of music and dancing, DJing came naturally. StormyRoxx extends his invitation to all to come dancing!

1) Why do you play music?
I’ve always had a deep love for music. I consider it a divine form of art and expression.
It’s a constantly evolving and morphing concept. One can choose to be spoon fed corporate “pop” music or choose to never listen to music beyond the 80’s or 90’s, but they are missing out on an exciting multi-verse of sound and expression that unites people from all over the world.
I play music because I not only love and wanna share my love for music, but also because I wanna turn people on and bring them together. I wanna connect with them.

2) What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
I have been DJing and throwing events for quite some time now. I wanna go further with that. I plan to promote myself further, continue producing events (large and small), collaborating and involving people from further reaches around the globe.
I also plan to start producing my own material to add my own sparkle to the universe of music.


3) Favorite label or artist from the past year?

Since I can never rest on one favorite of anything here’s a few of each.
Labels who I find consistently put out unique, inspired and quality productions…
Correspondant
Multi Culti
Kill the DJ
Bahnstieg

Newer artists I’m really turned on by…
Red Axes
Rebolledo
Alien Alien
Autarcik
Barnt
Fango
Markus Gibb
Kris Baha
There’s really so many…


4) What are you looking forward to most this year?

More of everything but better. I’ve got some new regular events in the works which I’m excited about and will be kicking off soon. I’m also excited to be DJing some bigger events I’ve been invited for such as the Vote to Dance NYE event put on by Beloved that is coming up.


5) Where do you see the Portland scene in the next 10 years?

I’ve seen the scenes in Portland evolve over the past 25 or so years. Portland is growing exponentially and the music reflects that. With that kinda growth there will continue to be a more diverse and international interest in music. While a lot of Portland still loves its retro pop, tribute bands and karaoke, there is a flourishing community of music freaks for many genres.
In the electronic/DJ scenes I have a feeling we will see/hear more people actually producing their own material and more collaborations between artists and various promoters. We are already seeing collaborations from promoters of different scenes to produce special events. The separation of queer and straight is blurring in these scenes in a really cool and positive way. I hope to see more of it.

Tracklist
(Intro) Mark Korven …………….Banished
Vox Low ……………………………I am a Strange Machine Sometimes
Sordid Sound System ………..The Baron
Richard Rossa ………………….Hypno Vox (Thomass Jackson Remix)
It’s A Fine Line ………………….Cardiogram featuring Olivia de Lanzac
FLXXX …………………………….Funeral (Alda remix)
Jonathan Kusuma …………….Automatone
House of Black Lanterns ……A Girl Called Desire
Markus Gibb …………………….Tang Hash
Reinhard Voigt ………………….The Buddy
Christian S ……………………….Under the River
Fango ……………………………..Rectum
DJs Parejas ……………………..Si Senor (Los Mekanikos Remix)
Proxy ………………………………Indian Film
Red Axes …………………………Waiting For a Surprise featuring Abrao (Kris Baha remix)
Fango ……………………………..Dritto (Rebolledo’s Action Sequence)
Pale Blue …………………………Distance to the Waves
Low Manuel ……………………..The Octopus
Vox Low …………………………..I Wanna See the Light (Ivan Smagghe Version)

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Bottom Forty Exclusive Mix 055 by DSKE

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September 30, 2016

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Our newest mix comes in from Tokyo! A gorgeous mix of deep vinyl from the lovable DSKE.

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Webpage(s):
SoundCloud
Website

1) Why do you play music?
For fun!

2) What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
support for a good party

3) Favorite label or artist from the past year?

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4) What are you looking forward to most this year?

I will take my new party “Motorpool” to Contact Tokyo. it’s so exciting! 😀

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Exclusive Mix 054 :: SPRKLBB

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July 21, 2016

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Next up on the Bottom Forty mix series is this relentlessly fierce vinyl mix from New York’s SPRKLBB, this one really pushes you fucking hard and it feels so good, a definite favorite from us! More info below-

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Brooklyn-based SPRKLBB is Andy Egelhoff, a vinyl-only DJ and a founding resident of New York’s Ostbahnhof party. His current nightlife project is a new experimental dance party and afters series called Collapse Factory, where he is a resident selector alongside Lauren Flax of CREEP and Kimyon of Metroplex.

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Why do you play music?

Playing music and collecting vinyl are sort of a hand-in-hand process for me. I collect records in this sort of parallel space of my emotional life and the events happening in the world, and after doing that for years I started to see these sorts of patterns and narratives building up. There’s these areas of darkness and stretches of just sluttly thoughtless fun. I love it. Records are like my diary, and playing music is just this abstract storytelling method. I show up to the club, get a little buzzed, and let the dance floor know where I’m at today. And the best part is that it’s a totally collective journey. When you’ve got one hundred people dancing in front of you the mood swerves and turns and by the end everything you thought you were feeling is just a collection of new emotions. It’s like therapy.

What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?

I think that one of the reasons I began doing this was one that’s been shared by a lot of DJs and that’s this sense that what you want to hear isn’t being represented in the spaces that you frequent. I definitely feel that in the last decade a lot of gay scenes have been sort of shepherded into consuming music that isn’t very substantive, and I see myself as a part of a resistance pushing against that trend and encouraging a more underground sound. It’s just more in line with the history of this artform and the culture that surrounds it. But I’m also interested in raising awareness of the history of this craft, and playing vinyl is a huge part of that.

Favorite label or artist from the past year?

The Corner has had some really great releases the last few years, but I still have Beau Wanzer and Shawn O’Sullivan’s joint project Civil Duty in my play bag a year out. I think I heard Phil Moffa did some technical work on the album as well. It’s just such a terrific set of tracks, especially if you find yourself in a club or party where the line between techno and house is a bit blurry. It’s hard hitting and straightforward but surprisingly melodic. The whole album has so much subtlety and nuance, and one tiny EQ shift opens up all these other tones and sounds. It’s genius. I always have it with me and it never gets old.

What are you looking forward to most this year?

I’m excited to see where my sound is going to travel, because I’ve been moving a lot the last two years, from trash pop to vocal house, and then to industrial house to this Berlin darkroom vibe. I’ve been moving to mostly contemporary music the last few months and am pretty happy with that direction, but I think I’d like to start figuring out how to bring some of the trash pop flares back into my work. One of the reasons I love music so much is that the major music scene of my generation was this epic commercial machine that churned out all these impossible pop stars and inevitable tragedies. That stuff can really sound like nails on a chalkboard when you play it in a club, but I think there are some themes in there that might be worth exploring. I’d like to start producing techno and industrial house using that kind of material as a starting point, and I’m really looking forward to making some of my own music this year.

Tracklist
RR Cook “Road Recordings” Series – Aboard the USS Columbus
Cory James – Stairs
Dub Tech Soundsystem – Aridium
Mike Dehnert – Star Base
Atom™ & Tobias. – Physik E7532
Mike Huckaby – Wavetable No. 9
Idriss D – Rip Ouarda
Young Male – All R
Anthony Parasole – Intel
Spencer Parker – Rights for Men (Adriana Lopez Remix)
Sterac – Primus
J Slusher – Artificial Scarcity
NJB – Untitled
Vapauteen – Fully Automated
Will Azada – Illuminati Traqckx
Phil Moffa – Elevation
(reprise) RR Cook “Road Recordings” Series – Aboard the USS Columbus

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Exclusive Mix 053 :: Vera Rubin

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May 25, 2016

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Vera Rubin is a DJ, visual artist, writer, and weirdo. Her musical focus is in international new wave, dance industrial, and techno. Her residencies include Stranger Disco in Portland, Bananas in Seattle, and Shadow Cruising her weekly radio show on xray.fm.

Where are you based?: Portland, OR

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1) Why do you play music?
I really can’t imagine doing anything else. Whether or not it is in a formal club, alone, with a friend, on the radio- this is something I have been doing as a strange child who is now a strange woman. I will be on a hunt for all kinds of music and will be experimenting with music until I am no longer able to do so.

2) What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
Ambitiously, I am hoping to set a queer techno path for dark queens across the globe. I think collectively- the iron is hot now for clubs to become integrated high concept spaces with queer and straight people who are obsessed with the night and are audiophiles. However; for this to work in a way that is fun and beautiful I feel that queer people need to be at the front of building these spaces and need integrated spaces to be on queer terms. Queers historically have created culture and aesthetic and I am hoping to create a new one in this lineage. Quite simply, I am hoping to institutionalize and advance queer arts and music that builds a night all of us didn’t even know we have been dreaming about and have been hungry for it forever. I want all walks of life there of course, just on queer terms.

3) Favorite label or artist from the past year?
Dark Entries.

4) What are you looking forward to most this year?

There are so many things. I am taking my artistic installations more seriously and am taking that as an essential part of building club spaces. I want to see the nightlife that is cinematic, that is alive, that breathes, that is insurgent, and whose scenes and landscapes are as dynamic as the music. My future projects this year will be high concept raves based off of Alejandro Jodorwosky’s Holy Mountain and Slava Tsukerman’s Liquid Sky; a queer industrial/dark music/techno/art collective called Gay Death Cult, and seeing my current collective Stranger Disco challenge itself, be humble, be righteous, and grow.

TRACKLIST
Kuruki- Such a Liar
The Neon Judgement- Fashion Party
Lunapark- Lederhosen
Jean Conflict- One Day I Smile
Siam- Dont Want to Understand
Hard Corps- Porte Bonheur
Vicious Pink Phenomena- Ccccant You See
Borghesia- Jaz
XYZ- Hey You
Mark Lane- Who’s Really Listening
Ronny- If You Want Me To Stay
Twinkling Stars- Nine Circles
To Get Inside- Minimal Compact
Yell-O-Yell- Imitation of the Reel
Metro Decay- ?
The Cabinet- Das Cabinette
Land of Giants- Cannibal Dolls
Saada Bonaire- More Women

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Exclusive Mix 052 :: Ertönen

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April 26, 2016

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Where are you based:
I am based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Webpages:
Facebook / Facebook

1. Why do you play music?
I have always played music for as long as I can remember. From playing the piano, and violin for 11 years during my childhood, along with classical music theory, playing music came at an early age. Why do I do it now? To continue my passion to bring the best music my eclectic tastes to an equally intelligent and varied audience.

2. What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
This year I celebrate 20 years as a DJ. I started when I was 18 in London. As time moves on, I see my role moving more towards remixing and production as well as expanding with my new techno-alter ego into performing live with a greater range of styles.

3. Favorite label or artist from the past year?

There have been so many labels and artists of interest, I have been truly overwhelmed with new names and labels. One that truly sticks in my mind is “Tale of Us” and their techno productions. Emotional, moody, romantic techno that feels lovingly crafted as it is a cold, industrial sound.

4. What are you looking forward to most this year?
I’m looking forward to another crazy summer traveling. I’ll be heading back to the United States for three weeks in May covering four cities, San Francisco, Seattle, Fort Lauderdale and Chicago, leaving on Monday, arriving Tuesday morning back in Frankfurt, then leaving again Wednesday for a week in Tel-Aviv for Pride. Life on the wing can be a lot of fun. Tiring, but fun!

5. What do you like to wear to bed?
I don’t wear anything to bed. J

Ertönen – The Vocal Selection – tracklisting:
Popof – Medusa Kiss feat. Arno Joey (Original Mix)
German Brigante – Sooner or Later (Olivier Giacomotto Remix)
Kollektiv Turmstrasse – Melodrama (Original Mix)
H.O.S.H & Ost & KJex – Hamburg Night (Original Mix)
German Brigante – Forever – (Original Mix)
Thatmanmonkz – Take U 2 My House (Jimpster Remix)
Lars Wickinger – One of Those Boys feat. Skelly (Original Mix)
Andreas Henneberg – No Place To Hide (Original Mix)
Denney – Low Frequency (Original Mix)
U So Witter – Black Snake (Original Mix)
Technasia, Green Velvet – Suga (Original Mix)

Ertönen plays the Seattle Eagle Sat May 21st.

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Bottom Forty Becomes a Record Label!

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January 6, 2016

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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!

Stream and pre-order here:

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Pre-order on Bandcamp.

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Exclusive Mix 049 :: Justin Green

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October 3, 2015

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Justin Gg Green, based in Stamford Uk (the most undisco town ever)

web pages:

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Mixcloud
Midnight Riot

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.

This Year.

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.

Spirit

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.

Tracklist

coming soon

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Exclusive Mix 048 :: Rob Winter

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September 12, 2015

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Bio and track list after the jump

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Exclusive Mix 047 :: Kobalt Severa

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August 23, 2015

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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?:
Seattle

Webpage(s):
Soundcloud
Mixcloud
Facebook

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.

Track List:
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)

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Bottom Forty Mix 046 :: J-Justice

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August 6, 2015

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Bio:
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?
Seattle, WA

Webpage(s):
http://www.citysoul.org

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.

Tracklist:
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

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