The CONDUIT // 023 – Briski


// Briski //

Briski does the Re:Body parties in San Francisco along with Nolan Haener and is really bringing the mid-tempo, disco influenced sound back to the SF underground – right where it belongs. These guys even had Art Department out our way long before the album blew up and the duo became ART DEPARTMENT and that’s what put Briski on our radar. This guy represents the kind of laidback, low key, in-the-know kinda musical vibe that we’ve come to love and respect in our fellow Northern Californians and here he offers us a sweet, funky mix to kick the summer off in fine style.    – Sean-Michael Yoder

// Tracklisting //

00-Sf Muni Sound Byte
01-01-In Flagranti-Worse for Wear-Codek
03-Azari & III-Hungry for the Power(Art Department Remix)-Turbo
04-T Bone-Black Heart(Duckbeats Remix)-Extended Play
06-Richy Ahmed-Suck It-Hot Waves
07-Kris Wadswirth-Mainline(Jimmy Edgar Remix)-Hypercolour
08-Valerie Pacella & Mild Bang-Toi Et Moi-Loco
09-Lnk-Secret Point-Poker Dust
10-Guti & Ryan Crosson-No Problems-Desolat
11-Hot Natured-Nino Brown-Hot Waves
12-KiloWatts-The Ringing Spheres-Thoughtless
13-WhoMadeWho-Every Minute ALone(Michael Meyer Remix)-Life and Death
14-John Tejada-Tropical-Kompakt
15-Cosmic JD-Hollographic Lust-Anusual

// Bio //

Briski is that short tan kid you’ve seen around your town cutting a rug, djing parties, and promoting undergrounds. Whether it be in Leeds/London England , Dallas Texas, Miami Florida, or San Francisco, he strives to inspire and be inspired by the surrounding underground music scene. He has since reconnected to his original roots in San Francisco, where he now resides and involves himself in the same activities, now at new levels. With his nu classic taste in House/Techno/Disco, he has been a resident within Rythmatik; an ongoing House party thrown in SF, Miami and Seattle, and has moved on to his new creation Re:body, a SF based underground extravaganza. He also threw an eclectic b-side warehouse party called VHS(with guest Paul T) but nowadays has mainly been involved in the new project, Re:body(with last guests being Linkwood & Art Department). The energy and fresh vibe he brings to the turntables has brought him in front of crowds at numerous parties in Dallas( playing with the Cosmic Cocks, Maetrik, Egyptian Lover and Doc Martin), the Bay Area(playing with the Djs like Jeno, Sammy D, Conor, Solar) and at more undergrounds soon to be coming. He would agree that “hype is whatever”, so just let the vibe speak for itself.

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The CONDUIT // 018 – Bells & Whistles


// Bells & Whistles //

We happened to catch this young San Francisco duo opening for Nicolas Jaar and Eric Cloutier at an As You Like It Party. It’s always a bit of an ordeal getting to San Francisco where we live, similar to the pilgrimages that kids from Nebraska and Iowa make to Minneapolis to see their favorite artists –  a from middle-of-nowhere to the big city trip that takes the entire weekend (mostly travel time – BTW). So the delight on our faces was instant when we saw Zack and Yanick trading turns on the deck playing happy, soulful house music with huge grins on their faces. The vibe these guys create is a good one and their attitude is by no means jaded or ego-drive. It comes with great delight to share an exclusive mix Bells + Whistles on The CONDUIT.  – Sean-Michael Yoder

// Bio //

Bells & Whistles is the musical collaboration between Zack Yakovlev and Yanick Rieffel. Djing separately around San Diego where they both grew up, it was not until they met up in San Francisco that they started working together. Having moved to The City to pursue their own musical endeavorers, living across the hall from each other, the daily mix slowly became a tag team event. As each got their own gigs in the city, a friendly competition arose, each trying to keep up with the other. The friendly tag team became a serious daily event in which they showed off the latest tracks they found, and new ways to mix it all together. It was not until an underground party in the SOMA of San Francisco, where the pair played together for the first time, that they knew that they had something special.

Shortly after joining forces and taking on the moniker “Bells & Whistles”, the two started their first monthly party on the 21st floor of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. With shimmering chandeliers, a breath taking view of the entire city, and a service staff dressed in tuxedos and bow-ties, DRESSCODE offered a new home to a sound often kept underground. Bringing in artists like Bruno Pronsato, Claude Vonstroke, Catz N’ Dogz, Alland Byallo, Justin Martin, Franklin De Costa, Tim Green, Maetrik, Jan Krueger, J. Phlip, Soul Clap, and Mikael Stravostrand to name a few; DRESSCODE quickly became an established and respected party in San Francisco. While Djing will always be at the heart of Bells and Whistles, it is music creation, not performance, that has been taking much of their recent time. Both currently finishing school with an emphasis in audio recording and production, being able to create the sound they share is the main focus for the young duo.

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The CONDUIT // 014 – Javaight


// Javaight  //

David Javate is the only artist in our series to date that has no productions out, rather than a liability it’s a testament to the guy’s amazing skills as a DJ. Starting back in 1992, the guy has played records in Washington, DC and now San Francisco for nearly twenty years – as both a professional and as an enthusiast. Javaight still cares about the art form and focuses his music and events around the music, as cliche as it might sound. There is a real sense of purpose and energy in his CONDUIT mix and it sends a respectful vibe out to all the lifers, the ones who still find the passion and dedication long after the impetuous follies of age and ego have faded and continue to develop as an artist. Keep an eye out for this guy in 2011.   – Sean-Michael Yoder

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Jalebee Cartel, Pawas- Baffled- Ostwind Records
Kapuchon, Benny Rodrigues- And Again- Push Communications
Nudisco- Violet (Daneile Papini Remix)- Sensual Sounds
Mihai Popoviciu- Second Scale- Highgrade Records
Christian Morgenstern- Moment of Truth Pt 2- Sub Static
Christian Burkhardt- Chanel- Cocoon Recordings
Bryan Zentz- Double R (Todd Bodine Remix)- Amam
Hermanez, Massimo Girardi- 11.11- Monique Musique
Reference- Best Day in Detroit- Planet E Communications
Alex Cellar-Montagu Bay- Area Remote
Alex Dolby- Xstatic- Rawthentic Music
Marino Berardi- Expression in E-Dub- Forced Recordings
Frederic Hecker- Le Grand Bleu- Off
The Gathering- In My system (I:Cube remix)- Silver Network
Ryan Davis- Loophole- Traum

// Bio //

David Javate aka dj Javaight (pronounced Juh-VAYT) aka JV8 is a San Francisco based dj, producer and event promoter. As a veteran DJ from Washington DC and lifelong dance music aficionado, David’s love has always been towards the deeper side of house and techno. As is evident in his contributions to SF nightlife with the deep house night,Staple, and the techno oriented events Killswitch and Optimal, David continues to showcase deeper styles with a DJ style which acknowledges house and techno’s pioneers while also welcoming today’s innovators. Showing the diversity of being able to play during different moods of the night, David always strives to take the listener on a journey, and make an audio collage which moves the mind and body.

As a founding member of Washington DC’s Dirty Crew in the mid-90s, David quickly became a regular on the East Coast rave circuit. On top of coordinating his own series of Dirty and Filtered parties, he also played for promoters such as Buzzlife, Ultraworld, Sonic Soul, 2 Tuff, Catastrophic and The Circle, in addition to playing for Spundae in California, Pleasure Force in Canada and other promoters in Florida and Colorado.

Feeling creatively limited in Washington DC, David moved to San Francisco in 1998. In San Francisco, he started the Optimal Group to explore the gray area between house and techno. He coordinated a successful string of parties called optimal, featuring Derrick May, Stacey Pullen, Ken Ishii, Mike Dearborn, John Tejada, DJ Pierre, Kenny Larkin, Gemini, and EBE.

After optimal David reunited with Dirty Crew DJ Fil Latorre to coordinate a number of events under the Staple moniker. The duo have thrown a number of events at the Endup, 222 Hyde, Rx Gallery, Anu, the Transfer and Wish. Focusing on what the pair call “Future house and Deep Techno”, Staple has featured djs such as Mark Henning, Kenny Larkin, Mike Huckaby, Kate Simko, John Tejada, Pepe Bradock, Jeno, Glenn Underground, Lance De Sardi, Theo Parrish, Mark E. Quark, Markie, and Alton Miller.

Recently, David teamed up with Black Market Techno DJ dCOY, to produce the weekly event Killswitch. Killswitch focuses on Bay Area house and techno talent and has featured talented artists such as Alland Byallo, Dave Aju, Drumcell, Clint Stewart, Keith Kemp, Safety Scissors, Solar, Joshua Iz, Limacon, Kit Clayton and Sutekh.

Currently, David continues to DJ regularly, and holds residencies at Darkroom, a monthly Staple event, Killswitch, Redlight and Afternoon Delight, and is also a frequent guest at a number of SF nightclubs and underground events. When not Djing, David is in the studio working on solo projects and collaborating with a number of San Francisco producers.

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