honey soundsystem met october (aka jules) while on a one-night affair in bristol in which he immediately dragged us from an artist dinner to the saddest bear bar in the uk. after a few pints, vetting his taste for drag, boys, and girls that make love to boys who make love to boys, jules confessed he has always wanted to release on hnytrx. and so the hazing began, a year of torturing yet another sexy-stranger into refreshing, reminding, and refining a flurry of demos into the army of skeleton soldiers you now have in possession. money drops, midnight withdrawals, 4 crisp singles: this is the pay day ep gonna make that dance-floor cha-ching bitch! a lot of people hate october so... that is why we are releasing this record in september. but seriously though, upon cracking open this 4 track ep you might wish you had saved the vacuum seal just a couple days longer, keeping these ghosts contained until the month where screaming winds strip trees nude
you see, vin and hny have history and to make this marriage official we needed it to be just right. big daddy vincente might be known around the world for his sure-fire dance-floor bombs, but not as commonly known for his queer ally reputation in san francisco. using his production prowess and dj knowledge to help bring up the bay area gay dance scene has built him a fanbase of all walks of life. we think this might be his most accomplished musical work to date, not just because it is for our label, but because it s a labor of love. the ep reads like a metaphor for the two sides of the city where it was made. moonchild and electrical storms reminisce the mystical and spiritual love affair san francisco has had since the 60s while patronize and bondage taped reference the sexually adventurous side the city indoctrinates to all its visitors. this record feels big to us and mostly because it reps our home and a hometown hero so hard. enjoy.
* kickin in*, an epic 12-minute journey through disco, that patrick cowley recorded in 1978. the song encapsulates the hi-nrg dance music that patrick became known for. it was an * up* sound for the gay disco scene, music that would compliment and sometimes enhance all night dancing. on the flip are two earlier songs produced between 1975-77 featuring basslines by college classmate and studio mate maurice tani. both songs feature patrick narrating erotic gay sex fantasies inspired by san franciscos leather bars, back rooms and bathhouses. these songs show the sleazy side of cowleys slow burning, oozing electronic creations
no money, no honey goes the saying. so with that in mind, honey soundsystem returns to the aisles of your favorite (and least favorite) record stores with a money shot 12 inch, four tracks that bring all dance floors into states of full release. honey soundsystem has been on the road seemingly non-stop, visiting foreign cities and meeting delightful characters on the way. this ep is a tour diary of sorts, 4 tunes that we have been road tested to the 9th degree and now we want our friends, fans, and foes to have them too. a1 features a track by san franciscos sepehr - the most id requested track from our chapter 10 boiler room finally revealed. a2 is by stockholmʼ,,s henrik bergqvist, a tune jackie got his hands on after a crazy night of rolling and accidentally voguing on top of henrikʼ,,s computer bag. derrick carter approved the use of his voice as long as it said snatched from dc thanks derrick! b1 is by the twink-porn worthy bio-brothers from berlin: morven son - a horny moderne electro classic featuring a secret sample from one of the more fabulous 90s movies about a sex worker. b2 is a hidden gem demo from bogotas lunate. while visiting bogota to play a gig at the legendary video club, locals kept pointing fingers at one guy when referencing the man in town making the music we needed to hear. that guy was lunate and this one of those beautiful and simple tunes you can play at the beginning, middle, or end of any night. the best news about this release? everyone behind these tracks are genuine people with great hearts. the honestly comes through when listening and playing them out, youre gonna love the way you they sound, i guarantee it.
when octo octa sent us the demos for her first full-length record since 2013, we were floored by how many tracks were single worthy. but, there was one that stood out as something entirely on its own, a song that in many ways sounded like nothing maya had ever released. since the beginning, we always knew we wanted to do something special with adrift, the 8+ minute space-age synth-dub techno tune. when we asked maya about doing a 12inch with remixes we were blindsided to learn she has never had any of her music remixed before. with some remixers in mind, she asked two of her favorites and they said yes. so, here we are to present hny-016 octo octa adrift, remixed by avalon emerson and dorisburg.
ahead of the release of a full length album by the same title, honey soundsystem records presents 3 breakout tracks on 12- vinyl from octo octa s -where are we going?-. side a features the -new school- breaks pumper -move on (let go) (de-stress mix) and the peak-time synth heavy tear jerker -on your lips.- on the flip we share the 9 and a half minute aquatic house opus -where are we going? pt. 2- “do you feel better?” — is the line maya bouldry-morrison aka octo octa repeats like a mantra on the final track of “where are we going?” her newest and second studio lp. “it was the question every single person asked me after coming out as transgender,” she told us “overall i do, but no, i don’t feel better at every moment, which is why the track slips out with a dour bass drone in addition to a beautiful pad. these days, both emotions are ever-present for me.” it is precisely this candor and intensity that immediately drew us in when maya sent over the lp to consider for the honey soundsystem label. as djs we are always looking for music that can speak in our sets, not just the highest caliber productions, but songs that represent the changing landscape of the queer dance-floor. “where are we going?” reads like a diary. with track titles like “no more pain (promises to a younger self)” and “move on (let go) (de-stress mix)” you can’t avoid the autobiographical messages of these songs, but maya leaves no booty un-shaken - this is still 9 four-to-the-floor house and techno beauties to rock your body. her willingness to even model for the cover art of this lp, proved this is a side to octo octa we ve never seen or heard before, an artist ready to let her fans experience an intimacy as deep as the synths and lead lines she has gained notoriety for. applying her years of international dj’ing, this album flows with intention and has effortlessly found its way back into our headphones and home stereo systems repeatedly - pro-tip: you can even have sex to it. needless to say this is the first time in a decade honey soundsystem has thrown itself at a contemporary lp and we know once you hear it, you will know where we are goin
a multi-instrumentalist, robert was trained in saxophone starting at age 10, before moving onto a fender telecaster after high school. after being exposed to southern california rave culture in the late 90s, he moved onto djing and collecting records. by the time he planted his roots in san francisco in 2005,robert had built an impressive analog synth-based studio, which also serves as the creative hub for his riveting live performances.
crystal is cudmores debut 12inch single. raw, rough and ready to rumble, crystal marries snaking acid lines and bouncy grooves to a sample from cult underground film classic the queen.on the flip is detroit-bred and bunker resident dj mike servitos 730 reshape, that gives the wiggly worm vibe harkening back to the early days of transmat, warp and the minimalism of dan bell s dbx project. l.i.e.s. mainstay gunnar haslam provides his dekalb avenue remix made while living in new york, a modular synth cruise with the top down. all tracks have been mastered and eqed for vinyl by george horn at fantasy studios in berkeley and labels are as pink as crystals lipstick.
since 2010, jackie house aka jacob sperber has been driving the a&r side of the san francisco dance-music troupe running the hnytrx label and producing remixes with other members under the honey name. putting label duties on hold in 2013 sperber cocooned into his music studio, entering as a brave brunette and exiting as an ambitious blonde. * stydive * is jackie s debut to wax and has as much house-party in it as it does warehouse 4am. with a vocal sample nod to punk s past, * stydive* pogo dances to dusty and stuttering live/analog drum rhythms and skips along a rude and infectious bass-line. bound to find lovers of all persuasions for its dub-esque qualities, instantly recognizable hook, and open relationship with house music, this tune begged to have it s own side. that said, there is always room for some matrixxman who takes stydive to a strobe lit south of market darkroom in his remix on the b. spurting erotic lazers around a cavernous kick, this tune finishes off even the most experienced edger.
over the past years bézier has seen releases under the dark entries record imprint with the most recent telomeres ep this year. the title track 皆,,,, or pronounced * mina* translates from japanese to * everyone*. mina is a journey through space with the initial ascent marked by a moody window of time in which uncertainty dominates the mindset of the passengers. once they break through the atmosphere and are proceeding as planned they land on the final destination, an interplanetary discotheque. mina was recorded this year with mark pistel on the helms for mixing and features sf drummer kevin woodruff of tussle fame providing live drumming for the last portion of the track. along with the title track the b-side includes tracks previously released on compilations but appear here for maximum record playing enjoyment. * serengeti drive* which appeared on honey soundsystems earlier hnytrx compilation of queer dancefloor artists is the slow burner of the group. * mysteries of the deep* which appeared in the jacktone cassette compilation of bay area electronic stars is the soundtrack to an underwater expedition. both tracks were recorded, produced and mixed by robert in his home sf studio in 2009.