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

In Search of Techno: Alex Bau

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August 28, 2013

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Every time I play a track from Alex Bau I remember why he’s my favorite Techno artist (with Blawan now being a close second). At a house party last weekend I played “Red Chromosome (Flashback Mix)” which is featured in my Decibel Festival 2012 DJ set. It gets my blood pumping with it’s rumbling bass and whip snapping sample. I was able to snag Alex Bau for a Disco Droppings interview last year. I feel like this feature was missed, and Alex is just too good to ignore. Hopefully, some of you will be intrigued by his words and sounds.

This German dude is on some ominous vibes, and I’m all about it.

Alex Bau – Twitter Facebook Soundcloud Discogs

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Ghostek – No Way Out EP (Preview)

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August 5, 2013

 

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Lurking in the shadows, Ghostek prepares his new EP for release on 9/30/13. No Way Out comes via the brand new sub label of Project Squared, fittingly called Sub Squared. My headphones are rumbling as I listen to these four track previews. Names like “Jaws” and “Vampires” match the release titles theme with ominous precision. Ghostek has become a favorite artist of mine. His production skills are top notch, with the ability to create dark environments that are rhythmically, very inviting. I focused my attention on him recently, as I gathered research for his Disco Droppings interview. He doesn’t grant these conversations very often, so I made sure his feature was packed with fresh questions and links to all things Ghostek.

Ghostek – Facebook Soundcloud Twitter

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Surkin & Todd Edwards Make Magic On EP

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July 2, 2013

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Ah, two of my favorite producers joining forces. I have a huge crush on Surkin. In addition to being super cute, he’s a highly talented producer from France. I always feel like he’s overlooked in America, and I explained this in my 2012 Disco Droppings feature, profiling his USA debut album. I love his playful, energetic production style; songs that sound like a radio show from the past, while still containing new modern twists.

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Arctic Gets Grimey on Shook EP

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June 19, 2013

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Last month I wrote about the March’85 compilation Tracks 4 My Mom, which featured an acid track from Arctic. Well he is at it again, this time with his own Shook EP on Coyote Records. This release sits in the grime realm. I wanted to catch up with Arctic, whose been on my blog many times. So I hit up my Australian buddy and organized this new Disco Droppings interview. I take you inside his recent artist activities, which include collaborations with Seattle local Kid Smpl, London’s Rinse.fm and the DJ/producer Brackles.

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Blawan’s Dark Shaman Rhythm Magic

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May 13, 2013

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I’m writing this post at about 11pm on a Monday night. And if there’s one artist with the ability keep you bugged out for the rest of the night it’s Blawan. Since first being exposed to his nasty productions I’ve become a rabid supporter, playing them out often and demanding that people check him out. There is just something about his work that drives me insane. I wrote a detailed analysis of my affection for Blawan on Disco Droppings late last year. For Bottom Forty I just wanna’ start you off with some musical goodies and let you explore more on your own.

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March’85 – Tracks 4 My Mom

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May 9, 2013

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Came across this compilation and you guys gotta’ make it yours. Showcasing an impressive range of styles; from acid to 2-step, garage, house and techno, this collection of tracks comes from the label March’85. I’m working on a Disco Droppings interview with the label head Ghostek, and my research led me to this release. Happy to see that my friends Arctic and Minerva are featured in the tracklist. Arctic opens the compilation with “Kings”, a track I heard on his Soundcloud a while back, hyped to see it get a proper release. A stand out favorite for me on Tracks 4 My Mom is Ed Motion’s “Everyday”. Perfection.

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Wheez-ie – Let’s Get Weird

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April 22, 2013

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I say it’s time to raise the tempo here on Bottom Forty. One artist bringing some serious heat in the juke realm is Wheez-ie. I’ve been carrying his tracks around a lot these days; including “Keep Yer Chin Up” in my set for Decibel Festival 2012, and using the acid juke wonder “Dreamz” at parties. I did an extensive interview with him for Disco Droppings last week, so if you’re enticed and wanna learn more, I got you.

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Go Deep with Henry Krinkle

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April 11, 2013

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Reconnected with my buddy Henry Krinkle a few days ago. We talked on Disco Droppings back in April of 2012, and I’m now happy to say I’ve received a bunch of tracks from the man himself. He’s got a very deep and lush style, easily heard in “Stay”, which incredibly has over 5 million views on Youtube. I hope to bring him back onto Disco Droppings soon, and possibly collaborate musically in the future. Enjoy the tunes, and if you wanna hear them in a night life setting, come check out my upcoming shows..

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Mirror State – Into The Night

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April 4, 2013

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Although Mirror State resides in Melbourne, Australia, his tracks channel the hazy, water-soaked environments of the Northwest. Over the years I’ve followed this dude, building many features for him on Disco Droppings, most recently this interview. His ability to reinterpret Garage and 2-Step has remained fresh. It feels like very personal music, close to the heart. You can grab his most recent EP below, been playing this out in my car and in DJ sets, brilliant work.

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For best results, listen to Mirror State while it’s raining and/or at night.

P.S. He has his own show on Sub.Fm which you can stream Saturday’s from 11pm-1 Pacific Time. He later uploads many of the sets to his Mixcloud page.

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Mirror State – Facebook Twitter Soundcloud 

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Nacey Faves

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April 1, 2013

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Recently I featured music from Misun on Bottom Forty. Now I want to focus on Nacey, a Misun member and the band’s producer. A few of his remixes have been favorites of mine lately. His reinterpretations of Kingdom Feat. Naomi Allen’s “Take Me” and Ana Criado’s “Afterglow” are lovely. Both available for free download..

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Nacey – Facebook Twitter Soundcloud 

 

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