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!
Very intrigued by Walton’s debut album on Hyperdub. I respect hearing several styles and genres placed together in a distinct new way, and Beyond is a perfect example. You’ll catch some pieces of underground dance music; house, grime, garage and bits of R&B. But it’s the overall Beyond package and effortless execution of these elements that dazzles me. Walton has created his own environment, with enough diversity to attract a wide range of listeners.
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.
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.
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.
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