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!
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I may be a little late to the Sidney Charles game, but man am I glad I joined up! With his recent trio of excellent EP’s and boatload of quality remixes, he’s proven to be quite a House Gangster.
I first heard one of his Tribal Sessions mixes about a month ago and it’s been on heavy rotation ever since. His original productions and remixes glow with a warmth and style that’s been lacking in current house music as of late. So it can easily be said that he is a breath of fresh air in the sometimes stagnant house scene.
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This past weekend I had the extreme pleasure of playing an all-vinyl set with the man behind Smokecloud Records, DJ Osmose (aka JB, aka John Bailey). He dropped a few records on me from his label while he was here. And man, I’m talking quality stuff here. One of the highlights is a new split 7 inch from him and nu-disco purveyor, Sleazy McQueen.
The A side starts off with a banging edit by Sleazy McQueen called “TTOF”. The B side slows things down a bit with an edit By Osmose called “Do What Cha Doin”. When I first heard Sleazy McQueen drop “TTOF” at the Seattle Eagle a few months ago, I went running to find out what it was. He proudly announced that it was his own edit to be released on Smokecloud in early December. Well, that date is nearly here, next Tuesday to be exact. US customers can pre-order over at Crosstalk International. Or you can sign up to be alerted when these go on sale over at Juno right now. You better act fast, because these limited edition, hand-stamped gems will fly off the shelf quicker than $2 turkeys at Walmart.
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.
Our friends over at PYT Records just alerted us to a funky new release now out and available for free download on SoundCloud. Fukuyama is an odd Norwegian duo who’s love of Japanese culture and disco music has culminated in this outstanding and immensely entertaining EP called Boiling.
I have a real treat to share. This recently released compilation from Z Records out of London is brilliant.
The double CD is packed full of wonderful songs praising the almighty. I have also found that there is also a certain degree of cultural awareness too with violence, poverty and oppression, we are all human beings on this great Earth.
Volume 3 brings us a very rare collection of dusty disco and eccentric electo jams. Glass selects oddities like Wayne/Jayne County‘s Backing band The Electric Chairs to the funky stomper “Do The Beat” by Sweet Talks.
And now for something new, well not completely new. V (aka Valique) who’s real name is Valentine Golovachev, hails from Moscow, Russia. He’s been turning out rock-solid and tight as hipster jeans edits for quite a while. His 5th volume of edits was recently released, and I must say it’s his best effort so far.
Bottom Forty’s own spaceotter turned me onto Valique last year when we were throwing our weekly party at The Cuff. He dropped V’s edit of Betty Wright‘s “Slip And Do It” which immediately sent me running up to the booth to find out who was behind this masterful edit. The original is an absolute classic, but Valique added his razor-sharp touches and extended all the right parts to make one of the best soul edits ever made.
If you haven’t watched your Tivo of Monday’s exciting conclusion of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Season Five yet, it’s time to do that and stop claiming people are “spoiling” it for you. At this point it’s public knowledge that Seattle’s team Jinkx took the crown of America’s Next Drag Superstar! Yeah, of course we’re thrilled.
Just in time for this is a new single “Schizophrenic” by our friends and B40 Podcastees Two Dudes in Love (David Sternesky and Mat Dos Santos) featuring Jinkx Monsoon. The track begins with her iconic giggle, and eases into gorgeous deep tech textures while she inhabits the character of Little Edie as she did for RPDR’s “Snatch Game.” The track evolves throughout to a surprisingly lush emotional landscape, which David and Mat say was inspired by “the range of emotions in Jinkx’s performance.” Indeed.
The other day my disco den mother and fellow Bottom Forty contributor Tony Radovitch mentioned he’d picked up this amazing collection from P&P Records called “Hits Hits Hits.”
While I’m very familiar with Patrick Adams, I wasn’t clear as to the extent of his contributions to disco music. Along with Peter Brown, they released some of the best disco singles between 1975 and 1977. Songs like “Atmosphere Strut” by Cloud One, “E.S.P.” by Four Below Zero, “Charlie’s Angels” by Oral Caress and “African Rock” by Licky. All of these records are essential to any disco aficionado.
Now for the first time, the entire P&P Records catalog is available as a 15 disc set. All tracks have been gloriously remastered and packaged in an attractive box. There’s also a Serato version that includes colored time code records along with both WAV and MP3 versions of all the tracks. My only complaint is the lack of any literature in the collection. But I guess that allows the music to speak for itself, which it most certainly does.