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Exclusive Mix 051 :: Sappho

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April 10, 2016


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Sappho was born and raised in the nerdery. Fed a steady diet of prog-rock and musical factoids, it’s no wonder that she is a consummate record collector. She began their journey into the world of techno & house music in 1991 when she attended her first rave in Dallas, TX with the most excellent Deee-Lite as the showstoppers. From that moment on, Sappho was hooked. Throughout the 1990s, you could usually find her scouring record bins looking for gems and in front of the speakers at events from Portland to Vancouver BC. Armed with her music collection, in 1999, Sappho made the jump from dancing party-goer to DJ. Sappho played alongside such international artist as Green Velvet, Soul Clap, Tiger & Woods, Slow Hands, Leon Vynehall, Peanut Butter Wolf, Isolee, Matthew Dear, Toshaya Kawaska, Robert Yang of Honey Soundsystem and Ambrosia Salad. She’s a vinyl lover that always brings her love of forward thinking music and community to the dance floor. Currently she is throws and djs for the Portland parties Stranger Disco, Yes Please and Playground.



Based out of
Portland, OR

1) Why do you play music?
It made the most sense for me to be in the dj booth.

2) What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
I want to continue the path I have been on, finding and sharing music I am passionate about with others so we can all have a lot of fun partying.

3) Favorite label or artist from the past year?
Red Axes

4) What are you looking forward to most this year?
Playing alongside Lady Miss Keir for my Playground Pride Party (and also, 40th birthday soiree) in June.

5) What is your favorite beverage while DJing?
Steigl Radler

Dreams (Edit) – Marvin & Gay
The War Inside – daWad & Mokic
Loon – Medlar
Nihilist-Easy – Disco Nihilist
Needle on the Record (Lipelis Remix) – Naomi
Abdul Abbas – Pepe Bradock
Invasion – The Chica
Pure Blue (Tunnel Signs Remix) – Splashh
O Vad Det Låter Bra – Ishi_Vu
Life is a Jungle (Discodromo Edit) – Kikrokos
Meine – Daso

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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?:


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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Exclusive Mix 041 :: Alinka (Twirl, Chicago)

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January 6, 2015

Over the course of her 14-year career, Alinka has played alongside a wide array of artists, including: Mark Farina, Jesse Rose, Claude VonStroke, Toro Y Moi, Derrick Carter, DJ Heather, Peaches, Kim Ann Foxman, Crystal Castles and countless others. In 2013 she and Shaun J. Wright started their monthly residency Twirl at Berlin Nightclub in Chicago. The party has since featured guests such as: Derrick Carter, DJ Heather, Eli Escobar, Lauren Flax, JD Samson, and The Carry Nation. In addition Alinka is currently a resident at the successful party, Nü: The Outer Space Disco Dancing Society of Chicago at Neo.

The last two years have been particularly fruitful and rewarding for Alinka, due in large part to her friendship and musical partnership with singer, producer and DJ, Shaun J. Wright. Wright, whose rich, resonant voice has lended soul to music by Hercules and Love Affair, and Stereogamous, met Alinka in 2012 and the two instantly bonded over their love of Chicago House music. It wasn’t long before their evolving friendship resulted in what would be the first of many musical collaborations. Their first EP, “Twirl Vol.1,” was promptly signed to Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon’s esteemed house label, Classic Music Co. The EP went on to be lauded by the likes of Chris Duckenfield, Tensnake, Joyce Muniz, Hannah Holland, Doc Martin, Simon Baker, and many more. The release was followed by a 12” remix compilation with remixes from Derrick Carter, Neville Watson and Chris E. Pants. The EP’s lead single, “Love Inspired,” was featured on Defected Records Compilation “Defected Presents The Closing Party Ibiza 2013,” as well as Defected’s In The House Radio show. In addition, Alinka and Wright have collaborated on a plethora of remixes for Hi Fashion, The Carry Nation, JD Samson & MEN, and Baby Alpaca. The pair also recently completed “Twirl Vol. 2” for Classic Music Company which will be out early 2015.

Wright and Alinka recently launched their label Twirl Recordings. Their first release titled “Journey Into The Deep” features remixes by Kim Ann Foxman, and Stereogamous, and received support from a wide variety of artists including Groove Armada, Danny Tenaglia, Kenny Glasgow, Annie Mac, Robert Owens, Matt Toldfrey, and many more. The EP got DJ Mag’s approval with a 9.0 rating, and was also featured on Annie Mac’s show on BBC Radio 1 dance radio.

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Interview and track list after the jump

Category: Downloads

Exclusive Mix 039: Juan Ramos (Berlin)

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November 26, 2014

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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.

read more …

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Lyn Collins – Rock Me Again (ET Extension)

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October 5, 2014


A while back we asked one of our favorite selectors Eugene Tambourine to edit Lyn Collins’ Rock Me Again and he exceeded all of our expectations. We’ve been sitting on this edit for a while and have occasionally dropped it as our last track of the night. Judging by the reaction on the dance floor, ET has nailed this one.

The original track is about 3.5 minutes but 2.5 into it, the song abruptly ends with a boing sound then restarts. It’s an odd production that really disrupts the energy of the track. ET thankfully removed that strange interruption and extended the track in a true to the sound fashion. Here for the first time is an exlusive download of ET’s edit, please enjoy!

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Oh, and here’s the original..

Category: Downloads

Exclusive Mix 037 : Vin Sol (Soo Wavey Records)

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September 3, 2014

How does one get from point A to point B? For West Coast producer and DJ, Vin Sol, it’s been a linear progression. When Sol began to build his collection, he jumped in head first, hitting swap meets in Oakland California searching for anything soulful or rhythmic. Armed with stacks of soul 45’s and funk LPs it became evident that it was time to do something with all these gems. With the cash made from local DJ gigs Sol threw down and got his first sampler and began to chop away adding the Roland TR-909 to his arsenal in the process.

Slowly his attention shifted away from soul and funk towards Disco, House, Techno and Italo. The need to expand his collection landed him in New York City where his crates and production began to grow as well as his love for House and Techno music. In shops like A1 Records Sol’s taste for stripped back, raw, emotional House and Techno began to dilate. Sol knew it was time to build a proper studio to make and release music that was rooted in the records and gear of the past while still maintaining a futuristic yet stripped back feel. That vision became Soo Wavey Records that was birthed with comrade Matrixxman. In 2013, Sol broke out with a myriad of 12″ singles beginning with Edges Of A Vortex on a split 12″ with Drexciyan DJ Stingray. “Edges” received spins from the likes of Bodikka, Kevin Saunderson, Serge from Clone, and Waze and Odyssey with its heavy Chicago vibes and raw drum machine grit. That was followed by 2 white label 12″ remix releases with Matrixxman of the high priestess of Balearic soul, Sade. These 12″s received play from a wide spectrum of top dj’s from Seth Troxler to HNNY, showing an ability to make stripped back jacking house to sultry soulful house. Next up was his 12″ It’s House featuring Chicago House pioneer Tyree Cooper, which garnered support from the likes of the legendary Larry Heard, Len Faki, Gerd, and Sasha.

VIN SOL Will be our special guest at the BOTTOM FORTY INTERIOR II, September 13th at Kremwerk, RSVP // INFO

Based in San Francisco California 

Bottom Forty: Why do you play music?
Vin Sol: I have been djing wax since the late 90’s before that I was making pause mix cassettes. I have aways loved sharing new and odd music, and at the same time I am collector so it just works for me.

BF: What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
VS: My role is to share music and positive experiences. I am lucky to have my label with Matrixxman, it is the perfect vehicle to do that.

BF: Favorite label or artist from the past year?
VS: Clone, Delft, L.I.E.S, Mood Hut, Trilogy Tapes, Local Talk and countless others, we are living in a great time for dance music there are endless jams to be had!!!

BF: What are you looking forward to most this year?
VS: I have a couple rad records coming out in the next couple months so that has me juiced and of course coming up to bang the box with the Bottom Forty crew.

Category: Downloads

Jefferson Celestino!

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April 21, 2014
Jefferson Celestino

Jefferson Celestino

Jefferson Celestino was featured on Bottom Forty last month with his collaborative mix of Don Downing’s Doctor Boogie with his mate Carlos Francisco. Jefferson is also a member of Juicy! Agency a specialized disco & nu disco Brazilian booking agent for worldwide artists including Alkalino, 80’s Child, and Los Charly’s Orchestra among others.

His bio reads, “Just a dinosaur spinning his records for love since 1992″, that’s the way the Brazilian but Frankfurt-based Jefferson Celestino likes to describe himself. Since he left his retirement in 2011, he has dedicated his efforts in spreading the disco/nu disco cultures wherever he is invited to play.

However, his musical influences allow him to flirt with different styles during his sets, from bossa nova to jazz, from soul to funk, from Latin/Brazilian to African stuff. Yes, definitely a complete mess!
A vinyl lover, he is still one of those crazy guys who still appreciate the struggle of carrying heavy record bags full of gems, old and new, only for the pleasure to feel the real thing.

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Interview and tracklist after the jump

Category: Exclusive

Yvonne Fair gets “Funky”

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March 20, 2014
Yvonne Fair

Yvonne Fair

Yvonne Fair was always a favorite of mine, her brashness, hutzpah along with that hardened raucous voice resonated deeply with me the first time I heard…
It Should Have Been Me”. I was in Portland; OR. at a friend’s house and right there in front of me was “The Bitch Is Black”, a solo recorded LP and a must for any record collector. Get it now.

I contacted Eugene Tambourine in Brooklyn to see if he’d be interested in doing an exclusive rework for us of Yvonne’s classic “Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On”, the result is (E.T.’s Loops of Fury) which has been described as the definitive version of the song. “It’s very loopy, but kinda organic and structured at the same time. I was inspired by the groovy space between her main vocal bits actually.” says Eugene.

Another little known tidbit Diana Ross’ Lady Sings the Blues from 1972 watch it again; Yvonne Fair is in it as is Isabell Sanford and a slew of others. Enjoy.

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Category: Downloads

Exclusive Mix 029 – Robin Simmons (Odyssey SF)

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March 2, 2014
photo credit: Sunshine Jones

photo credit: Sunshine Jones

At only 26 years old, few have the chance to run, operate and perform at their own exclusive underground dance venue with their own set of rules, teach aspiring DJs at UC Berkeley, play in clubs before they could go in clubs, or any number of the incredible opportunities in my life. I have been blessed with supportive friends, family and musical mentors — from my first gig as an anxious ‘deep house’ 11 year-old until this very day. A lifelong student of the Paradise Garage, the Loft, the Sound Factory, and so many other special spaces in that legacy, I hope to increase joy in the lives of others through my continued work as a DJ, a promoter, and of course as a dancer.

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Interview and tracklist after the jump

Category: Downloads

Exclusive Mix 028: Jacques Renault (Let’s Play House, On The Prowl)

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February 26, 2014


Jacques Renault was a post-punk Washington, D.C. native who moved to Chicago in 1997 to continue his studies of viola, but in turn got an education in dance music. Tapping into the well-established Drum ‘n’ Bass scene, he held a residency at Smart Bar and became a buyer at the legendary Gramaphone Records. This broad, raw exposure to House lead him straight back to the classics of Disco and to its heart, New York City, where he landed in 2002.

As a DJ, Jacques has held residencies at New York’s famed venues Happy Endings, APT, Tribeca Grand and 205 Club, and has been a guest around the globe in venues like Tokyo’s Womb, Rio’s D-edge and London’s Fabric and Plastic People. With his remixes, edits, original tracks and collaborative project Runaway, he has released music on internationally acclaimed New York labels DFA, Chinatown, RVNG INTL, Throne of Blood, Italians Do It Better, Editions Disco, and Wurst, as well as Tokyo’s own Mule Musiq & Crue-L, Parisian imprint I’m A Cliché, Munich’s Permanent Vacation, Sydney’s Hole In The Sky & Future Classic and of course London/Berlin’s Rekids.

Along with his Runaway partner Marcos Cabral, Jacques has launched the new label On The Prowl, and OTP Party Breaks featuring their own material as well as original and remix work from Andy Ash, Simoncino, Brennan Green, TBD, Cosmo Vitelli, The Revenge, Azari & III, Tensnake, Nicholas, Coyote, & Kaos to name a few. Jacques has also taken up production duties for a number of artists including Warp Records’ the Hundred In the Hands, which also featured Richard X, Eric Broucek and Chris Zane.

After nearly a decade of playing for others in NYC, Jacques, along with good friend Nik Mercer, began producing his own series of events called Let’s Play House. The duo has brought in guests from abroad like Horse Meat Disco, Mugwump, Mock n’ Toof, Cosmo Vitelli, and Kaos as well as local talents DJ Spun, Morgan Geist, TBD, Beg to Differ, Brennan Green, Midnight Magic, and Dan Selzer to name a few. Let’s Play House is a moving party that uses Brooklyn warehouses, Manhattan ballrooms, hotel lounges, and everything in between for its regular events.

Thanks to Jacques Renault for this gorgeous forty minute mix, download it NOW, you’re going to want this with you everywhere!

1 – Red Rack’em – In Love Again (Fast) – Wolf Music
2 – Mastercris feat. Kathy Diamond – You’re The One (Matthias Vogt Dub) – Blossom Kollektiv
3 – Beaner & Pipo Vitch – Twin Futures (Terrence Parker’s Deeep Detroit Heat Mix) – Art Feast Records
4 – Arto Mwambe – Nokout Extend – Permanent Vacation
5 – Palms Trax – Equation – Lobster Theremin
6 – Crystal Maze – Decay – Echovolt Records

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