Philadelphia has always been a hotbed of soul, funk and disco artists. Some of the most notables being The Trammps, Gamble & Huff and McFadden & Whitehead. DJ Apt One is yet another artist from Philly who will soon be ranked up there with the more recognizable names.
DJ Apt One first came to our attention as a contributor to one of the more popular music blogs Dollar Bin Jams. We had the luxury of hosting him in Seattle at JACK at Seattle Eagle this past summer. We then coaxed him into making an exclusive mix for Bottom Forty which you can check out right here!
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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.
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..
This Maze release of “Color Blind” from 1977 was the B-side of a 7”that also appears on their self-titled debut Lp “Maze feat. Frankie Beverly”. The Scratchandsniff guys do simple cuts and paste edits with nothing added to stay true to the original material. The extended guitar lick is definitely true to a smooth steppin’ funky soul groove.
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Gloria Lavern Collins, better known as Lyn Collins’ single “Take Me As I Am” gets a subtle re-work from Sweden’s Disco Tech. Released in 1973 Lyn is most famous for her massive hit “Think (About it) also with Godfather of soul Mr. James Brown. This slow space/sleaze groove comes in at a whopping 82bpm, perfect for that last track of the night.
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You know I’m a sucker for raw soul and cover songs. But put them together and you get Spanky Wilson doing Sunshine of Your Love in 1969. Originally performed by Cream in 1967.
And here’s an honest edit of the track courtesy of Chezz via SoundClouds.
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Call him a rare disco revivalist, San Francisco’s champion of “The Golden Age of Gay” or “The Godfather of Bathhouse Disco.” Or, just call him DJ Bus Station John, that’s his name after all. Currently helming such successful parties as Love Will Fix It, Disco Daddy at the SF Eagle and the long-running (ten years next spring) mother of all sleaze disco parties, Tubesteak Connection, BSJ is one of the most prolific and devoted DJ’s to happen to disco.
DJ Bus Station John comes to Seattle next weekend for the most celebrated gay holiday, Halloween! He spins Friday October 25 at the Seattle Eagle, then Saturday October 26 at Pony for STIFFED!
I don’t post the disco edits as much as Pavone, but I stumbled across this Whispers edit on Soundcloud and it rocked my world. So instead of hoarding this secret weapon all to myself, here you go. Free download…Get. It.
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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.
Came across Washington D.C.’s Misun via Nacey, who produces and plays in the band. This three piece group is also comprised of Misun Wojcik (vocals) and William DeVon. Love the vibes here; Misun has a retro feel with a modern twist that’s very ideal to my ears. “Battlefields” is my favorite track from the band so far, with “Harlot” being a close second. These along with “Darkroom” and “Sharpshooter” are clues into their upcoming album, which has no release date announced. This new release will follow their The Sea EP, put out by T&A Records in July 2012.
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