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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.

Bottom Forty Exclusive Mix 055 by DSKE

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September 30, 2016

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Our newest mix comes in from Tokyo! A gorgeous mix of deep vinyl from the lovable DSKE.

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1) Why do you play music?
For fun!

2) What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
support for a good party

3) Favorite label or artist from the past year?

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4) What are you looking forward to most this year?

I will take my new party “Motorpool” to Contact Tokyo. it’s so exciting! 😀

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Exclusive Mix 054 :: SPRKLBB

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July 21, 2016

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Next up on the Bottom Forty mix series is this relentlessly fierce vinyl mix from New York’s SPRKLBB, this one really pushes you fucking hard and it feels so good, a definite favorite from us! More info below-

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Brooklyn-based SPRKLBB is Andy Egelhoff, a vinyl-only DJ and a founding resident of New York’s Ostbahnhof party. His current nightlife project is a new experimental dance party and afters series called Collapse Factory, where he is a resident selector alongside Lauren Flax of CREEP and Kimyon of Metroplex.

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Why do you play music?

Playing music and collecting vinyl are sort of a hand-in-hand process for me. I collect records in this sort of parallel space of my emotional life and the events happening in the world, and after doing that for years I started to see these sorts of patterns and narratives building up. There’s these areas of darkness and stretches of just sluttly thoughtless fun. I love it. Records are like my diary, and playing music is just this abstract storytelling method. I show up to the club, get a little buzzed, and let the dance floor know where I’m at today. And the best part is that it’s a totally collective journey. When you’ve got one hundred people dancing in front of you the mood swerves and turns and by the end everything you thought you were feeling is just a collection of new emotions. It’s like therapy.

What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?

I think that one of the reasons I began doing this was one that’s been shared by a lot of DJs and that’s this sense that what you want to hear isn’t being represented in the spaces that you frequent. I definitely feel that in the last decade a lot of gay scenes have been sort of shepherded into consuming music that isn’t very substantive, and I see myself as a part of a resistance pushing against that trend and encouraging a more underground sound. It’s just more in line with the history of this artform and the culture that surrounds it. But I’m also interested in raising awareness of the history of this craft, and playing vinyl is a huge part of that.

Favorite label or artist from the past year?

The Corner has had some really great releases the last few years, but I still have Beau Wanzer and Shawn O’Sullivan’s joint project Civil Duty in my play bag a year out. I think I heard Phil Moffa did some technical work on the album as well. It’s just such a terrific set of tracks, especially if you find yourself in a club or party where the line between techno and house is a bit blurry. It’s hard hitting and straightforward but surprisingly melodic. The whole album has so much subtlety and nuance, and one tiny EQ shift opens up all these other tones and sounds. It’s genius. I always have it with me and it never gets old.

What are you looking forward to most this year?

I’m excited to see where my sound is going to travel, because I’ve been moving a lot the last two years, from trash pop to vocal house, and then to industrial house to this Berlin darkroom vibe. I’ve been moving to mostly contemporary music the last few months and am pretty happy with that direction, but I think I’d like to start figuring out how to bring some of the trash pop flares back into my work. One of the reasons I love music so much is that the major music scene of my generation was this epic commercial machine that churned out all these impossible pop stars and inevitable tragedies. That stuff can really sound like nails on a chalkboard when you play it in a club, but I think there are some themes in there that might be worth exploring. I’d like to start producing techno and industrial house using that kind of material as a starting point, and I’m really looking forward to making some of my own music this year.

Tracklist
RR Cook “Road Recordings” Series – Aboard the USS Columbus
Cory James – Stairs
Dub Tech Soundsystem – Aridium
Mike Dehnert – Star Base
Atom™ & Tobias. – Physik E7532
Mike Huckaby – Wavetable No. 9
Idriss D – Rip Ouarda
Young Male – All R
Anthony Parasole – Intel
Spencer Parker – Rights for Men (Adriana Lopez Remix)
Sterac – Primus
J Slusher – Artificial Scarcity
NJB – Untitled
Vapauteen – Fully Automated
Will Azada – Illuminati Traqckx
Phil Moffa – Elevation
(reprise) RR Cook “Road Recordings” Series – Aboard the USS Columbus

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Exclusive Mix 050 :: Rafael Cancian

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February 25, 2016

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Short Bio:
Founder of About Disco Records label, his mixes reveal essences of Jazz, Soul, Funk, Disco, Afrobeat and House. Several of his productions have been sold and downloaded in more than 50 countries in Europe, South America, Central America, North America, Africa, Asia and Oceania.
Rafael along with the About Disco Records have been supported by some of the biggest names in the scene such as: Greg Wilson, Danny Krivit, Horse Meat Disco, JKriv, Faze Action, Max Essa, Dicky Trisco, Pete Herbert , DJ Reverend P, Stéphane Deschezeaux and others.

Where are you based?:
I’m based in Sao Paulo

Webpage(s): https://soundcloud.com/rafaelcancian

Questions:

1) Why do you play records?
I started playing house music, and the history of house music had to Disco Music as a starting point. I got interested and researched a lot of DJs as Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan, Danny Krivit, which made me jump headlong into the Disco Music.

2) What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
I hope to lead the Disco Music music to different places, I want to show the world the values of this genre in Brazil as well.

3) Favorite label or artist from the past year?
My favorite label was Midnight Riot and my favorite artist was Fouk.

4) What are you looking forward to most this year?
2016 began as a very good year for me and my seal. In May I’m going to the USA to do my first international tour. This is motivating me to organize a European tour in october, and visit other countries that are in the plans as Mexico.

5) How is the disco scene in Brazil?
The Disco Music in Brazil is still a small scene, but I see good growth in through projects and parties as Mareh – BABEL, Gop Tun, Soul.Set, Selvagem, in São Paulo. There are movements, DJs and parties that has grown at a good pace also in other cities such as Curitiba, Florianopolis, Rio de Janeiro…

Track list:

01 – Grace Jones – Pull Up To The Bumper (Joey Negro Bumper To Bumper Mix)
02 – Pontchartrain – Nasty
03 – Tiger & Woods – Fox In The Box
04 – Joutro Mundo – Roller Shake (Original Mix)
05 – Crown Heights Affair – You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me (DJ Vas Rework)
06 – Judy Hipps – Summertime (TZ Remix)
07 – Seamus Haji, Re-Loved – Ode to Walter
08 – Eddie C – It’s Not A Fantasy
09 – KRL – Say You Will (Henderson)
10 – Andy Hart – Keep On (Original Mix)
11 – Disco Dub Band – For The Love Of Money
12 – Marcos Valle – Estrelar

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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

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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.

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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.

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Jefferson Celestino!

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April 21, 2014
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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

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Exclusive: Bottom Forty Official Group Mix, I Feel Like Being You

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March 19, 2014

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Good morning! In honor of our 30th podcast, we are excited to release our first ever group mix, representing Bottom Forty and it’s five contributing DJ’s. Bottom Forty is a mirror ball in New York, a basement in Chicago, a cruise in L.A. and a night in the desert, and our goal with this mix was to take you to each place.

Our track list was compiled by each member, Nark, SpaceOtter, Pavone, Tony Radovich and Riff-Raff and was mixed by hand by Nark. We hope you enjoy going on this journey with us!

Tracklist:
1. Alien Alien – One by One (Rodion Mix)
2. Two Dudes in Love – Schizophrenic (Lilly Ackerman Remix)
3. German Brigante – Black Bull
4. DKDS – Don’t Stop
5. Tigerskin – On the Corner
6. Danny Daze – When The Freaks Come Out
7. Arthurs Landing – Miracle 2
8. Miroslav Vitovs- NY City (ET 2014)
9. Outlander – Zero Days
10. Greeen Linez – Hibiscus Pacific (Jacques Renault Remix)
11. Alixander III – In A Vacuum
12. Chymera – Tidal
13. Billy Disney – Rum Punch
14. TCTS Feat. Shivum Sharma – These Heights (Detroit Swindle Mile High Club Remix)
15. Laszlo Dancehall – Gave Up

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

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February 26, 2014

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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!

Tracklist:
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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Exclusive Mix 024 : ChipMint

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October 18, 2013

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You know, I grew up in Dallas, Texas. I had relatively mild exposure to electronic music as a child, I was more concerned with not getting the shit beat out of me in school. When not crying alone in my room, I remember listening to the radio on Saturday nights and being obsessed with what I found to be the relatively erie and haunting sounds played out in da clubz.

At the age of 19, I found a glorious group of fizzled out Club Kids in Dallas, and got pretty hooked on Deee-Lite and other light-hearted party genre acts such as S’Express and Opus III – basically I came out of the closet. I eventually moved to San Diego, and after a relative dearth of any music or community I find acceptable in a nightlife situation, I decided to take parties into my own hands and became a DJ.

I have since lived and thrown parties in San Diego, Copenhagen, Provincetown, and now San Francisco. My tastes have ebbed and flowed through many of the sub-genres contained in House, Disco, and Techno, and overall my fascination is making people feel emotions through music on the dance floor. I don’t use my facial expressions to communicate emotions anymore, I just play music and dance.

interview and tracklist after the jump…

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