In an industry largely dominated by males, Perrine La Fraicheur is one of those female producers who stands above most simply with her talent and perseverance alone. La Fraicheur releases her first EP of 2016 on the Friends With Benefits imprint today. The title track is a gorgeous slice of deep tropical house that shimmers with warmth. Also, Bottom Forty’s own Nark delivers a remix of the flip side which utilizes smartly placed synth percussion to add additional complexity to original’s dark and brooding vibe.
Stream and order the release here:
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La Fraicheur also recorded an exclusive mix for Bottom Forty about two years ago(!). You can stream and download here:
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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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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.
The time is almost here! Tomorrow night the Bottom Forty crew is joined by San Francisco’s very own Vin Sol at Kremwerk. Our countdown includes a daily sneak peak into our stash of tracks we’ve been gathering just for you. Today’s track is a syncopated house banger by Berlin’s FJAAK called Seven Miles High and was selected by Nark. Enjoy and we’ll see you tomorrow night at the klurb!
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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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Last time I saw Juan Ramos I was wandering the halls of Berghain basically spanging for change or a drink, after having spent every last euro I had in my short (according to locals) 12 hours of time in that maze of sex drugs and techno. It’s only fitting that the next time I see his face would be smattered across the internet via the release of his EP The Mariner. The tracks offer up an interesting combination of spacey softness and gut punching techno jabs, creating a versatility from home to headphones to dance floor to that sunrise moment. It’s also another great addition to the new and queer, but certainly flexing their underground quality, Friends With Benefits Records, run by the Two Dudes in Love (David Sternesky and Mathew Dos-Santos) as well as Trevor Sigler.
“With ties to both the European techno-elite and the American brotherhood of queer dance floor preservationists, Juan Ramos is an extraordinarily talented producer and DJ who is poised on the tipping point of international acclaim. On his debut EP ‘The Mariner (For G.G.),’ available on Friends With Benefits Records, Juan Ramos plays with organic polyrhythms that also pack a visceral punch, swaying brazenly into rollicking techno. His ethereal textures and effortlessly rising and falling melodies are punctuated by dissonant cacophonies that heighten both tension and release. ”
Check out the stream below, and grab a free download of The Mariner track over on XLR8R,
Berliners Chopstick and Johnjon, real names (Chi-Thien Nguyen & John Muder) are behind the label Suol. The pair along with DJ sets, production, remixing and a discography that is ever expanding, is not afraid of the lower spectrum of the BPM range 80-116. They have a new album scheduled for release in April titled “Twelve”. This free download is a driving house beat on the meaty side certainly drawing from their influences of Funk, Soul and Hip Hop. “John, the Heavy weight Champion of arrangements, always knows how to identify the main theme of a song right away” says Chopstick). “Listen” and Enjoy.
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While everyone is posting lists of their favorite albums, movies, etc. of the year, I decided to list the Ten Best Guest DJ Adventures of the year. Since all my experiences with visiting DJs this year were phenomenal, I will list my Top Ten experiences is chronological order.
Baby…because she’s in Berlin, and she can.
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