Some New York City house & techno headed Seattle’s way tonight at Rebar’s place! I took the time to listen up on some mixes and wanted to share what I heard.
Levon has been hanging out in Seattle this past week, gaining inspiration for some new music from our town. To quote Decibel’s/High&Tight’s Cody Morrison, “Levon was the buyer for Halcyon records in NY for many years before he left to make and play music full time. He’s a risk taker in sets [and] kind of a throw back in terms of mixing style.” His Resident Advisor mix is dark, full of unusual textures…definitely not a sound we get a lot of:
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Hippy technoise from the playa 2013. One of the most unusual sets I’ve heard from Robot Heart.
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Bulgarian producer, remixer, and DJ KiNK (aka Strahil Velchev) has been on the radar for a while to many of us in the know. After recent performances at Decibel 2013, VIA 2013, Honey Soundsystem’s NYE party in 2012, it’s been great to have more United States audiences in the fold to his fantastic productions. His music features odd, trippy experimental textures and lo-fi percussion with house, techno and psychedelic edges. read more …
The B40 crew is traveling a lot lately! Last weekend, I had the pleasure of joining friends in Vancouver BC for a long overdue visit, and we hit up some of the bigger dance venues they had been glowing about. Primary among these was Space Five Sixty for Vancouver’s edition of Bearracuda, which has become the largest of the Bearracuda party franchise, serving bears and their friends dance beats. As expected, the crowd was a sea of beards and furry chests, and the space was gorgeous and multilevel with amazing projections and solid sound. Just as the party was warming up with local support from Jay Douglas, word came through that Chicago “chunk house” headliner Ted Eiel had been turned away at the Canadian border. Ouch.
So imagine our surprise when our dear friend DJ Matt Stands from Seattle took the headlining slot in his place. Matt is a Seattle resident DJ at the Cuff, BarMyx Everett, the west coast Bearracuda and Strapped parties, and my musical co-conspirator from the basement raves that eventually evolved into Burning Man Camp Conception. A true professional, Matt took the last minute phone call, packed the car, drove up and saved the party like a DJ superhero.
One of the hardest parts about spending two weeks in New York is that some of my favorite people were playing music somewhere every night, and among pumping out my own gigs and general exhaustion, my fear of missing out kept me on the streets of Manhattan night by night. No adventure out on my own, however, could have given me more of an eargasm than hitting up Cielo (pictured above) and it’s sexy sexy soundsystem.
After whisking around the upper west side a bit, and maybe a few too many tequila shots, I emerged from a cab in the Meatpacking District in a sea of girls in flowing dresses with their loose fitting denim boyfriends, everyone was shiny with a layer of grease on another hot muggy New York night, but there were no complaints after what I imagine was a long winter. I found my way into Cielo and was quickly greeted by one of my favorite smiling faces around, Jacques Renault– oh, did I mention Jacques, Justin Miller AND Tornado Wallace were the gents behind this soundsystem tonight? Quickly swept into the dj booth and handed a drink, Jacques, Justin and Luey (Tornado) were in a whiskey fueled tag team session, Justin was playing this song and I danced with the DJ girlfriends until the lights came on.
As any proper night, it ended in sunrise bagels in Brooklyn and me finding my way back to Bushwick in broad drunken daylight. After the jump below, Justin and Jacques share some new releases with us, including Justin’s new label release uploaded to Soundcloud just for us at Bottom Forty, and I’ll share my favorite Tornado Wallace track, a secret weapon I’ve been using to kick a few dancefloors square in the balls lately.
I somehow missed THIS.
Giorgio Moroder’s first ever DJ set, luckily, is available to stream HERE.
Updates and music from the road coming soon!
Robot Heart is my favorite deep techno roving art car on the playa at Burning Man, or pretty much anywhere. Hosting techno talent on the playa each year all week on their speaker-lined bus, their deep playa sunrise parties are the stuff of legend. In 2011, when my theme camp Conception took Flammable resident Karl Kamakahi to the playa for the first time, he returned Saturday morning around 10 am, dusty and wide eyed with wonder from an all night dance bender. When asked, he reported that Lee Burridge‘s sunrise set had just changed his life and was the most excited he’d been about music since he started DJing twenty years before. “One of the top memories of my life with the sound and the sun blending together as it rose over the ridge and on to the playa … Fucking AMAZING !!!” Burridge is a London DJ and playa superstar, and has recently released a remastered version of this 2011 set, which has become implanted in my phone as if it’s now in charge of the thing. read more …
As you may have noticed, a lot of my Bottom Forty posts are intertwined with my blog, Disco Droppings. I’m an evangelist for the artists I feature, through blog features, DJ sets and in conversation with friends. Brooklyn’s Sleepyhead first came to me through Mirror State, a producer based in Australia with a show on Sub.Fm. One day I was tuned into their streaming app, and caught him playing “Nothing Changes”, off Sleepyhead’s My Lyf / Together release on Embassy Recordings. It’s a deep and hypnotizing song, one that really stays with me. He’s also got the fantastic Motions EP on Trouble & Bass. Love the warmth and depth in Sleepyhead’s productions. “Late Nights” is available for free download, just click on the track name in the Soundcloud player..
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Great music the horizon for those attending Black Party next weekend in NYC. P-Play’s (of Honey SoundSystem) “LUTHER” party, of IML fame, is back with an opening set from Chicago’s Harry+Jpeg. I’d heard about H+J’s work from friends around but was delighted to discover it was deep as sin. Present tense Chicago–listen, download, get in.
Don’t you look at peoples cd’s to see what they are listening to? I do. I appreciate well-crafted instrumentals and the dubs of the early 80’s; basically I like all forms of music. Here are some of my heroes and heroines for our readers and diggers out there in the internet space.
I miss the Pointer Sisters, June, Bonnie, Anita and Ruth’s Blue Thumb recordings from 1973-1977 are great; please consider adding some of these funky gems to your collection.
Continuing on the funky R&B vein is Touch and the title track from their album Energizer as well as their instrumental version of Love Hangover is wonderful. I love music with a message; the lyrics on Energizer are a great balance with the horns and a funky 1977 synth to take you up real high.
Warren Schatz is famous for composing, producing, arranging, and conducting the orchestra for such mid- to late-1970s disco recording artists as Vicki Sue Robinson; Evelyn King and The Brothers track Under The Skin featured here, watch.
I mentioned earlier the 80’s dub scene NYC’s Futura2000 was a covert graffiti artist working with The Clash on several projects. Check out the video.
I love it when different art mediums collide and create something that still sounds great today as it did back then.
Nigeria’s Babatunde Olatunji surely influenced Candido to record Jingo but the original from 1957 is amazing!
Now to veer off into a totally different direction, Minnie Ripertons Come to My Garden from 1970 was recently re-released get it, the album is produced by Richard Rudolph her husband with some mighty fine guest spots such as Maurice White of EWF and Ramsey Lewis. Minnie passed away from cancer in 1979 but left us her music and her lovely daughter comedienne Maya Rudolph of SNL.