Bottom Forty

Bottom Forty is a mirror ball in New York, a basement in Chicago, a cruise in L.A. and a night in the desert.

New release: Luke Mandala’s “Infinite Inspiration” (on Innerflight Music)

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March 10, 2014


As you probably already know, I’m a big fan of both the Seattle Innerflight Music crew and Luke Mandala. Luke just released a great new EP on Innerflight today–check it out! Great tunes and went straight to my shopping cart at Beatport (

Favorite so far is the original mix of “Snap Intuit” featuring Molly Ponkevitch.

Category: Music

Otterotation: Elite Force Live at DISTRIKT, Burning Man 2013

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November 11, 2013


I had mentioned some of the live Burning Man 2013 sets on our Bottom Forty Facebook Group, but I wanted to highlight one that’s been making the otter-rotations on my digital devices lately.

UK’s Elite Force (aka the lovely Simon Shackleton) is one of the playa’s big superstar DJs, usually tearing down DISTRIKT or one of the other large venues with one of his famous barnstorming sets usually comprising of his own personal edits of both club classics and current bangers. This was the closing set for Tuesday’s DISTRIKT day party, and it’s clear that he’s not only spent a long time preparing his own edits for his set but also using a large degree of harmonic mixing to keep all of the tracks in compatible keys. The intro sampling Queen’s “Bohemian Rhaphsody” is especially appropriate to the experience of the desert: “Is this real life? Or is this fantasy?” Great stuff and really got me moving. read more …

Category: Downloads

Fatboy Slim & Riva Starr: “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat”

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July 15, 2013


Dropped this guilty little pleasure this weekend at the Burners Without Borders Seattle benefit at Re-Bar.  I suspect it might not wear well but in the meantime I’m going to giggle my ass off every time I hear it. I love a playful track.  read more …

Category: Music

Exclusive Mix 007 : Doc Sleep

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April 5, 2013

Dr. Sleep has been DJing and making music since 2002 in San Francisco and Minneapolis. Over the years, she has been a resident at Dial Up, Hot Pants, Darling Nikki, Dirty Talk, Gaywad, She Said, and So Emotional to name too many, with guest slots at many of San Francisco’s underground party institutions. She has helped produce events such as Bring Your Own Queer (BYOQ) in Golden Gate Park, Folsom’s Official After Party – Deviants, and a new fundraising dance party for queer librarians, Que(e)ry. She produced film scores in a synth band called Paperboats with DJ Campbell, and also has a radio show with DJ Bunnystyle called Dots and Loops, which is now broadcast via Mixlr on a quite-irregular basis. She co-runs a record label called Jacktone Records with Exillon and dabecy, and, is also working on her own productions.

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interview and tracklist after the jump

Category: Music

Booka Shade – Blackout White Noise EP

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March 28, 2013


Germany’s Booka Shade have been releasing well-crafted tech-house since 1995. A friend turned me onto them with their 2006 release Movements. I was struck at how precise yet warm and human their sound was. The album flowed nicely and carried a narrative throughout the entire listen.

Their latest release “Blackout White Noise” features vocals by Chelonis R. Jones. The EP also includes two previously released tracks “Glory Box” and “Karrera”, the latter is a sonic mind-fuck techno jammer (headphones required). And lastly a remix of the title track which strips the vocals and leaves an atmospheric beat that is just hypnotizing.

Booka Shade comes to North America next month for only 6 dates, make sure to catch them in a city near you..

Apr 13, Coachella Festival, Indio, USA
Apr 16, Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC
Apr 17, Showbox, Seattle, USA
Apr 18, Sound, LA, USA (DJ SET)
Apr 19, Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA, USA
Apr 20, Coachella Festival, Indio, USA

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Category: Review

Tuesday Paranoia: Shonky and Jennifer Cardini

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March 19, 2013


shonky-cardiniI always think about this little track from Paris, France’s Shonky and Jennifer Cardini (on Crosstown Rebels) after a weekend of particular indulgence: “Monday. Fuck Monday. Tuesday: Paranoia.” Most of us have been there at some time.

Both Shonky and Cardini were part of the stripped-down minimal techno & tech house sounds that rolled across Europe in the recent past, bringing a bit of spare Berlin into the studied refinement of Paris. I love the gorgeous, drifting textures that accompany the words–a spaceotter classic.

Buy DJ quality version at Beatport in .mp3/.wav/.aiff

Buy listening quality .mp3 at iTunes

Here’s some of Shonky’s more recent work, featuring that same relaxed, mellow Parisian sophistication:

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And some recent mid-tempo techno, tech-house and nu disco goodness from Jennifer Cardini:

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Last, I used the “Tuesday Paranoia” track above in one of my first bedroom mixes a few years back, an experiment in various electro, progressive, and techno textures. It’s a shaker, and a favorite. Listen after the jump, and free download if you like:

Happy Tuesday Paranoia.

Category: Downloads