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5435William Bottin is an incredible talented dj and producer from Venice, Italy, who also makes music and sound design for advertising, film and interactive media. He played and worked for artists and cultural institutions such as the Cannes International Film Festival, the Villa Manin Center for Contemporary Arts, Centro Internazionale d’Arte e Cultura Palazzo Te di Mantova, Fabrica, Speak Truth To Power, Kennedy Memorial Foundation, Fabbrica del Vapore di Milano, Lucio Dalla, Richard Dorfmeister, Donatella Rettore, Chambao, Todd Verow, Bangorfilms and many others. He was sound designer for the Spanish Pavilion by Antoni Muntadas at the 51st Biennale in Venice. He also composed the soundtrack for the feature film “The Boy With The Sun In His Eyes”.

After several releases on Irma Records, Italians Do It Better and Horror Disco, Bottin is going to release his brand new full-length called “Horror Disco” on Stevie Kotey’s Bear Funk imprint (release date: 07.08.2009).

The “Horror Disco” concept all started with the chance loan of a noisy, old, incontrollable, 70’s Farfisa Syntochestra synthesizer. This proved to be the weapon of choice for several of the tracks on the album (“Mary Lewis”, “Magnetic Cat”) with Bottin building up hand-played layers old school style. A few tweaks of the Farfisa led him to the world of sounds he grew up to: the soundtracks of Italian slasher B-movies (like those by Lucio Fulci, Bava, Argento & Alberto Martino), but also futuristic horror scenarios, cosmic travels and close encounters with space vampires.

“Horror Disco” melds these soundtrack and aural ideas with a 100% disco album. One that drifts away from most of the soulful elements of disco and one that is dirtier, warmer and less polished than contemporary Scandinavian nu-disco. The album is wide and varied – “Slashdance” gives us a Goblin-esque robo-vocoder-disco, “Roger Bacon” is pure cosmic groove, whilst the Italo-disco-thriller “Disco For The Devil” features the vocals of Italian-based, UK-born session master Douglas Meakin – who back in the day was lead vocalist in Simonetti’s Easy Going and Crazy Gang cult disco projects.

The film influence is ever present too, “Horror Disco” is the Giallo intro opener. “Venezia Violenta” is the imaginary soundtrack to a futuristic cowboy flick, “Westworld” and the closing track “Endless Mother” is pure John Carpenter 1982 vibe, rejuvenated by a screaming synth ostinato. The well-received, recent, single and Italo chunker “No Static” is also included. “Horror Disco” is an impressive album with a rare attention to detail. We hope you like it as much as we do.

Bottin’s Top 10:

01. Solange – Robots Are Un American (Italians Do It Better)
02. Roots – Bananasmania (Derby)
03. Clap Rules – Buio Omega (Dissident)
04. Faze Action – I Wanna Dancer (Faze Action)
05. Zdravko Čolić – Light Me (-)
06. Ilya Santana – You Are The One (Rare Wiri)
07. Rogue Cat – Magic Journey (Tiny Sticks Records)
08. In Flagranti – I Hadn’t Screwed Around Before (Codek)
09. Cloned In Vatican – Antartide (Disco Volante)
10. Bottin – Disco For The Devil (In Flagranti Remix) (-)

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