Wednesday, 19 August 2015

A mix celebrating the 'Batty Bass In Retrograde' EP by Hannah Holland

Made for Shadow Child's Rinse FM show Aug 2015

Wednesday, 22 July 2015


It's been awhile, but we're back with a new EP 'Batty Bass In Retrograde' - A collection of music from the family Hannah Holland, Mama, Josh Caffe, Shaun J. Wright & Alinka, Sasha Perera, The Carry Nation & Kindbud. Out Aug 3rd. Big BB lovin' X

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Jonny Woo's Alternative Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

Batty Bass' Hannah Holland, Mama and Josh Caffe join up with a host of amazing East End clubs, DJs and performers for this fundraiser warehouse party presented by Jonny Woo. The event coincides with Russia's Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, a place where laws have been brought into place to take away human rights from LGBT people, causing widespread violence and fear. The proceeds from the event go to The Peter Tatchell Foundation, who fights for LGBT rights worldwide.

Buy Tickets Here
Facebook Event

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Monday, 20 January 2014

Caffe Culture Part 2 - OUT NOW!!!

We're proud to present Caffe Culture Part 2! 'As I Look' by Josh Caffe & David Newtron is OUT NOW!!!! in all good stores, with stellar remixes from Snuff Crew & Capracara . supported by Trevino, Louie Balo, Erol Alkan, Huxley & More!!! 

Josh Caffe and David Newtron deliver Part 2 of the awesome Caffe Culture series. Josh Caffe sings out 'As I Look' from their unique style and blend of HOUSE. 

Snuff Crew smashes the floor with an 808 blinder. Proper old skool vibes, this remix is a dancefloor demon. 

Capracara hits us with an acid tinged runway work out, dubbed out vocals and an infectious bline. 

We’ve been hammering these tracks with great reception. 

Big love 


Buy 'As I Look' on Beatport

Monday, 16 December 2013

Batty Bass New Years Day @ The Star

Yes Yes the Batty Bass familia are back for our traditional New Years Day celebration!!! 

Smokin Jo, Hannah Holland, Mama, Josh Caffe & Deboa are here for all your dancefloor needs and to blast you into 2014 in style >>>>>> beats, bass & Mama live show! X

We start at 5pm - 12am and it's free til 7 then £5 after.

Big Lovin 

Friday, 22 November 2013

Hannah Holland's Live It EP is out 25/11/13 on NY's Get Up Recordings - London and New York join forces for this underground dancefloor package featuring clubland legends Xander & Josh Caffe with remixes from The Carry Nation, House Of Stank and The Cucarachas.

NYC Downlow by Alex Shaw

Take a look at Glastonbury's NYC Downlow, through the eyes of Alex Shaw, to the sounds of Josh Caffe & David Newtron's 'Let Love Ruin' (The Carry Nation Remix)

Let Love Ruin - Josh Caffe & David Newtron (The Carry Nation Remix) from alexander shaw on Vimeo.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Batty Bass sounds in New York!!

We're very excited to be going to New York today! hope you can join us if you're in the Big Apple X

Monday, 7 October 2013

Let Love Ruin - Josh Caffe & David Newtron OUT NOW!

We welcome Josh Caffe & David Newtron into the Batty Bass Records familia with their debut synth infused bouncy house number .. 'Let Love Ruin'.

Remixes from The Carry Nation, Leo Zero and label boss Hannah Holland.

"I met Josh on a dancefloor 10 years ago, he is a total legend and things have never been quite the same since! We've shared decks all the way from endless after parties at my house, earning DJ strips at every basement in East London to playing b2b at Glastonbury in the legendary Block 9 field and resident for our Batty Bass parties and beyond, culminating along the way his own unique strand of HOUSE. The fact that such a character can now be emblazed forever on pieces of music makes me very happy and proud to put out his debut release with David Newtron (AKA Jeroen "Papillon" De Pessemier of The Subs) on Batty Bass. Welcome to Caffe Culture Part One.." -H.H.

 Batty Bass NYC family, The Carry Nation, bring an infectious bassline and bouncy groove to werk you into the night - All night long baby!

 Leo Zero takes the mix off into playful direction with an upbeat bouncy edge. A dancefloor flirt.

 Label boss Hannah Holland's slightly crazed take on the situation involves bleeps, bass and snare rolls. Jealous lover?

 DJ love & support from Brett Johnson, Erol Alkan,  Benoit C, Moxie, Timo Garcia, Severino, Rushmore, Sean B + more !!!

 Big Love  Batty Bass X

 out today exclusively on Juno Download

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Hannah Holland Activathuh Mix

Changry - Ashowth (Native City) Triangle - Auntie Susan (forthcoming Batty Bass) Tone Alone - Cormac (WetYourself! Records) Cash Soup (Aggborough Remix) - Ashworth (Native City) Love Inspired - Shaun J Wright & Alinka (Classic Music Company) Oracle (Dub) - The Carry Nation & The Cucarachas (Tribal Records) Let Love Ruin (The Carry Nation Remix) - Josh Caffe & David Newtron (Batty Bass) I'm Goin' Under (Hannah Holland Dub) - Christy Love (Get Up Recordings) Activate ft Cari Golden - Brodanse (Danse Club)
Alex Noble.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Classic X Paris' Acid Ball @ Dalston Superstore

Batty Bass sister party Paris' Acid Ball team up with legendary label Classic!! 7th Sept.. Don't miss.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Louie Balo Interviewed by Niall O'Conghaile Featured in Faith Fanzine

Niall O'Conghaile aka CNUT TR4XXX interviewed the legendary Louie Balo ahead of the brand new The Ride Committee ft. Roxy EP “Guess Who” out on Batty Bass.

It goes without saying that I love house music. The rhythm, the sounds, the energy, the emotions, everything about it. I love house so much, you can even find me grooving to the background music in a Clairol advert. Sometimes. But beyond what we perceive as being the main tenets of house music, one of the reasons I love it so much that it has validated gay and queer identities in the public consciousness. For real. It may seem outlandish to some, but I am convinced that being shouted at, and sung to, by various drag queens and obviously "queer" vocalists throughout the Nineties is partly responsible for the recent Marriage Equality Bill that passed in the UK (where many of these songs were regularly in the charts). 

One of my all-time favourite draggy house vocalists is Roxy, best known for tracks like "Get Huh" and "Accident" with the Ride Committee, released on the legendary Tribal label in the mid 90s. So it came as a very pleasant surprise to find out that the next release in the Batty Bass' "NY Series" label would be the return of Ride Committee ft Roxy, with the pumping "Guess Who". It kinda makes sense though, what with 90s house sounds being back in vogue (literally) and also with New York's current "gay revival" and the re-queering of house music in general. With all that in mind, and also wanting to get the low down on the current NY club scene, the legendary Tribal label, Ms Roxy herself and the Ride Committee's comeback, I reached out to the man behind the act, DJ/producer Louie Balo, who was kind enough to answer my barrage of questions: 

How did you get into djing? 

I started djing around the age of 12. My dad owned a social club, and had two complete different stereos, and I would not allow the music to stop. I didn't even use a mixer, ha ha, and I remember that one set of the speakers on one of the hi-fi stereos sounded better than the other. It was spanish music, but eventually it moved into 80's r&b, dance, party music, etc...  When I finally got two turntables (with a mixer) and a mic, it was popping.

How did you get into music production? 

As many dj's do, I wanted to transition from playing other people's music to playing my own. So I bought a keyboard, synths, and a drum machine. 

What do you use to produce now, and how is that different from what you started producing music on? 

When I first started I had external equipment - which means there were no plug-ins, everything was rack mounted equipment. Now everything is computer based. There is a certain quality with analog synths and equipment where you can actually tweek them, I miss that. The original beat makers would understand. 

What were your big formative influences?

I had a lot of ndifferent influences growing up, but I would say the big ones were Santana, Curtis Mayfield, Sade, old school break records, and rare underground grooves.  I was always drawn to music or tracks that would make me say, "Damn!!!", ha ha! 
What are your all time top 3 favourite records? 

"The Bottle" by Gil Scott Heron, "The Message" by Bobby Konders, and a specific mix of an underground gem called 'Take A Chance On Yourself'. Not sure who made that one, but it's fly!!!

And what is your own favourite record that you have produced or remixed? 

Well I am well known for producing "Love Commandments" by Gisele Jackson on Waako which I dig, ha ha!!!
But I also really like what I do, so it's hard to pick any individual tracks. Maybe my Boogie Balo E.P. series, my Tribal stuff, and my funky tracks like 'Activator'. Oh, and the Roxy material! 

How did you get hooked up with the Tribal labels?

I worked at a company called Eightball Records in the East Village, NYC. It was a record company and record store, and a lot of people visiting didn't realize that, while they were in the store, I was upstairs in the studio.  I was eventually introduced to Rob Di Stephano through the label (or the store, I don't remember exactly when or where) but we met, the rest is house music history.

Do you still have any contact with them?

I am in contact with them yes, but their label has transitioned from an actual office space to primarily being in the online world. So it's not like before when we used to visit each other's label/offices, grab a bite to eat, and have person to person meetings. 

Were you already a fan of theirs? If so what's your favourite Tribal release? 

I was a fan of what Tribal was doing, it was a part of IRS records, but at the time, I felt like I had something different to offer, so when they took a chance on me, I became a big fan of theirs, ha ha!

Roxy seems like quite a character! What is Roxy like in real life?  

The same. Roxy is a character, funny, loyal, cool to hang out with!

How did you two meet and what exactly led you to collaborate in the beginning? 

We were neighbours. Roxy lived across the street from me in what we call here, the sticks. A group of us lived nearby and we all liked house music and going out, so between the cook-outs, and the beer and cigarette runs, we became friends....

And why the decision to re-team now? 

We never really stopped working together. We have so much material that we made throughout the years, we were just (like many other artists), dealing with the whole file sharing thing going on, dealing with shrinking budgets, and record labels closing left and right.

How did you get hooked up with Batty Bass? 

My friend DJ Will Automagic from The Carry Nation put me in contact with Hannah Holland, who at the time was working on a song with Josh Caffe called 'Play with the Maid'. So I asked if they were looking for stuff, and she said yes, and here we are!

Will there be more Ride Committee & Roxy releases coming soon?  

Most definitely!!! Yes!!!!

As someone who's been heavily involved in house music for quite a while now, how do you think club culture has changed since you first started out? 

It has changed a lot. People used to be fixed on one club, and you would always see them at the same spot all the time. You became friends with these people and eventually they became your hang out friends. So the scene goes through re-generation, the people may have changed, but the scene itself is the same; music, liquor, and party!

What, do you think, are the good and the bad ways it has changed since the mid- 90s? 

The music hasn't changed much, that is why the 90's sound is so hot right now. There is only so much you can steer away from the sound of house before it becomes something else. The clubs have become smaller venues now, and the age of the superclub no longer exists, which is fine with me! I always dug tight, smaller, good systems-based clubs, with a great staff and cool promoters. They're out there!!!

What's coming up next for Louie Balo? 

I own my own label called BATTLEWAX RECORDS, so I have my third album that I am working on and going to be releasing. 

Watch this space!

Niall O'Conghaile (CVNT TR4XXX / CVNTY blog)
Artwork Alex Noble 
Pic Ves Pitts

"Guess Who" The Ride Committee ft. Roxy (Batty Bass) out now 

'Guess Who' The Ride Committee ft. Roxy DJ Feedback

Heidi "love the hannah holland and dan beaumont mix.....fierce. xx"
Luke Howard (Horse Meat Disco) "Welcome back Roxy & The Ride Committee. Love Love Love!"
Discodromo "solid release. love all the versions!"
Matt Walsh "great groover from the master man Justin!"
Moxie "Thanks for sending, some good club tracks on here :)"
Tom Stephan "LOOOOOOOOVE IT!!!!!"
Lady Blacktronika "Yes loving this return. Just upset I wasn't asked to remix it. LOL"
P-Play (Honey Soundsystem) "FUCK YES RIDE COMMITEE FT. ROXY - lets get in an akkkkkkkksident with the CARRY NATION MIX and my girl Dan B! "
Smokin Jo "Some great mixes here x"
People Get Real "SO SO GOOD...seriously pick a favourite at the moment....fantastic package!"
Hector Romero "Justin keeps the groove with his remix."

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

The Ride Committee ft. Roxy 'Guess Who'

Batty Bass return with the final part of the label's New York trilogy. The phenomenal double act of The Ride Committee  "Love To Do It" "Get Huh" (AKA legendary house producer Mr. Louis Balo) and the distinctive sounds of vocalist Roxy are making a dramatic return to dancefloors. "Guess Who" is a classic bitch track that fuses Balo's peerless off-kilter production with Roxy's undeniably unrivaled vocal shade.

Remix action courtesy of Peace Division's Justin Drake, The Carry Nation, Maria Dark + Dan Beaumont & Hannah Holland. Covering dancefloors all the way from DC-10 via Dalston to NY Lofts and Ballrooms.

It's an honor for us to have NY house heritage once again join the label and share with you such tuneage. Enjoy!


BB x

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Batty Bass & Hot Boy Dancing Spot Present An Intimate Warehouse Party!

Hannah Holland & The Lovely Jonjo have doubled dutched to bring you an intimate warehouse party with NYC's finest
THE CARRY NATION together with an East End family lineup, in a brand new space, round the back of a theatre in Hackney Wick...!

Line Up

Magical dancefloor gold dust The Carry Nation are the potent combination of Will Automagic & Nita Aviance leading the new wave of NYC's house heroes. Releasing on Batty Bass the classic trax 'This Bitch Is Alive' & 'House Like This' we can'T wait to have them burn HB Dancing Spots.....with the legendary Severino plus papi's Josh Caffe & Borja Pena B2B and brother and sister in curl Hannah Holland & The Lovely Jonjo.

This cosy warehouse venue has a funktion one and a court yard by the canal .. iz a family thang, come join us ♥ ♥

Sat June 22nd

Facebook Event

The Hive Project, The Yard Theatre, Unit 2A, Queen's Yard, White Post Lane, Hackney Wick, London E9 5EN

Monday, 20 May 2013

Josh Caffe Mixes

Here's a couple of gorgeous mixes from our resident papi Josh Caffe...who's deep in the studio getting ready to release his debut EP!

Friday, 12 April 2013

Johnny Dynell - Legendary

To celebrate the release of 'Marie Montana', Batty Bass caught up with Johnny Dynell for Faith Fanzine about NYC past and present...
Published on April 11th, 2013

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a very small town on the border of Canada. As soon as I got out of high school I was out of there. Living in New York was always my dream.
What was New York like when you first ever started going to nightclubs?
I arrived Downtown New York in the late 70s. It was a very exciting place to be. Art, music and fashion were exploding and it was all happening in nightclubs.
How did your DJ journey start ?
My first job as a DJ was at the legendary Mudd Club. I was in art school and not really interested in DJing but it was a job. I didn’t know how to mix and didn’t even own a record. All of my records had recently been stolen by my junkie next door neighbor. You would think that this was an unlikely job for me but the Mudd Club was all about anarchy and it made perfect sense. I had absolutely no experience as a DJ but I guess I played fun music because I continued to get DJ jobs and eventually learned how to mix. I grew to love DJing
What were the kind of tracks you were playing at the time?
At the time, I was playing bass in arty Punk Rock bands at CBGBs and Max’s but I was also going to clubs like The Loft, The Paradise Garage, Crisco Disco and a lot of the other downtown Discos. So even though I was in a Punky environment I always DJed Disco and Funk. That was the music that I loved. My first night playing at the Mudd Club someone threw a bottle at me shouting, “Take this nigger music off”! My soundtrack back then featured songs like “Sex Machine”, “Soul Makossa” and anything by K.C & The Sunshine Band who I worshipped.
How did your first track Jam Hot come about?
In the late 1970s I started going to see the early Hip Hop DJs like Kool Herc, Grand Master Flash and Afrika Bambaataa. They blew me away with what they were doing. They were taking bits and pieces of old records and creating whole new soundtracks and rapping over them. I saw them as the great grand children of Marcel Duchamp. Kids were rapping, break dancing, bombing trains with graffiti, all to this new sound. The whole scene was really new and electrifying. In 1980 I wrote “Jam Hot”. “Tank, Fly Boss, Walk, Jam, Nitty Gritty, Talking’ bout the boys from the big bad city” was a tribute to those kids. “Tank”, “Fly Boss”, “Walk” etc. were all break dancers and graffiti kids that I knew. In 1983 I was working at Danceteria. Fellow Danceteria DJ Mark Kamins, hot off his success signing coat check girl Madonna, signed me as well. Mark, along with Kenton Nix, who was hot offhis success with the revolutionary song “Heartbeat” produced “jam Hot”. It’s such a crazy song. It’s out of tune, out of time and off the wall but it still gets sampled to this day. A few years ago the the term “Jam Hot” made it into the Urban Dictionary.
You’ve been involved in some legendary collaborations, tell us about working with Larry Levan !
I’ve been lucky to have worked with some very creative people like Malcolm McLaren, Arthur Baker and Larry Levan to name just a few. Larry was a very intense person. He always reminded me of a warlock. He had magic. I remember him editing my song “Rhythm Of Love”. Back then it was done with tape and razor blades. He was also working on the Padlock EP by Gwen Guthrie. He had literally thousands of tiny little pieces of recording tape stuck to the wall. Some were from my song, some were from Gwen’s songs “Padlock”, “Peanut butter” and “Seventh Heaven”. These thousands of tiny pieces of recording tape were totally identical to me but Larry would just reach out and pull one off the wall and it would be the exact piece he was looking for.
How did your initiation into House Of Xtravaganza come about?
DJ David DePino, who I knew from the Paradise Garage, brought me into the house sometime in the late eighties.
What was the ballroom scene like around the late eighties / early nighties?
The ballroom scene changed a lot in the eighties, especially the Voguing and Runway categories. I think that because a lot of the “carrying on” happened in public places like the Pier and Washington Square Park there was a lot of interaction with the straight breakdancing scene. Voguing became much more aggressive and showman like. Voguers started forming circles on the dance floors in clubs the way that the break dancers did. Voguers and Breakdancers also picked up moves from each other. I think that this was when “Old Way” and “New Way” split.
How much did it overlap with the club scene?
The ballroom scene and the club scene were very connected. In the early days, you would see ball children at the Paradise Garage. Later, clubs like the Tunnel, Sound Factory and especially David DePino’s and Danny Krivit’s Tuesday night at Traxx were ground zero for ball kids. The end of the night was always especially fierce for Vogue and Runway battles.
Whats the story behind Elements Of Vogue and Marie Montana?
In the eighties I was involved with Malcalm McLaren on his New York projects like “Duck Rock” and “Fans”. After “Fans” Malcolm was in LA working on this surf punk idea. I told him about the whole Ballroom scene in New York and about Voguing etc. At the time I was trying to help Jennie Livingston get money to finish “Paris Is Burning” and I (foolishly) sent Malcolm a video tape of her movie to show him what the scene was all about. Of course he just lifted sound bites from the movie. I told him about songs like “Love Is The Message” and “Love Break”. He used all of these ideas for “Deep In Vogue”. My wife Chi Chi Valenti wrote the lyrics. A few months later I was approached to record another Voguing record. David DePino, David Ian Xtravaganza, Chi Chi and I flew to London to record “Elements Of Vogue”. After immediately finding a cruise park and having a fling with a very famous fashion designer, David Ian bought a rhyming dictionary and wrote like twenty pages of rhymes which I boiled down to three verses. David Ian was a genius.
After recording the vocals for “Elements Of Vogue” we were all just kiki-ing in the vocal booth. Ian was busting David DePino’s balls about this ugly jacket that he had bought on 14th street. The label said “Montana” in big letters. “Is it Claude Montana “? Ian asked. No. It was Marie! We lost it and Marie Montana was born. Marie Montana became the girl at the ball who just doesn’t get it. Her face is wrong, her clothes are wrong, her moves are wrong. She’s the girl who gets chopped. One time at Traxx Claude Montana came up to David DePino in the DJ booth and screamed, “So who is this Marie”? It was very funny.
How did the legendary Club Jackie come about?
Basically we needed a place to go so we created one. The rest is Herstory.
How would you describe NY clubland today?
As someone who has been around for a thousand years I've seen New York go through lots of changes and we are definitely in a transition now. There is a really fun new House scene happening downtown and in Brooklyn and like all great scenes it started with a group of friends. Underground house parties like Wrecked, Spank, Westgay and The Carry Nation are changing the flavor of even mainstream club and circuit events. When I saw that the DJs for this year's Black Party in New York were Tom Stephan, Honey Dijon and The Carry Nation I knew that the planets had shifted. This scene which seems to have happened over night has been bubbling under for years and it's not a coincidence that this  group of DJs play together and produce and remix each other's songs. 
In the late 80s we were suddenly bombarded by this brand new electronic disco coming from Chicago and Detroit. It eventually was called House and Acid House. I first heard it at the Garage where Larry's friend Frankie Knuckles would bring him records from Chicago. These Chicago House people were all friends. Larry and Frankie were friends and had actually started their DJ careers together. A scene happens naturally (and magically) when like minded creative people are put together and left to simmer for a few years or decades. For instance, I did a mix of The Carry Nation (Will Automagic and Nita Aviance) song "This Bitch Is Alive" featuring Viva Ruiz. That made perfect sense since the very young Viva was one of our House Of Domination daughters at Jackie 60. I met the 16 year old Will Automagic when a friend brought him into my DJ booth at Jackie 60 and I've known Nita Aviance since he was a puppy. Tom Stephan and Honey Dijon were also regulars at Jackie 60. Pretty much all the people involved in this new house scene have long standing friendships and connections that go back years. Fate plays a big part in this chemistry as well. When Australian DJ Sveta Gilerman came to New York she somehow landed right in our lap at the infamous party Mr. Black and it was love at first sight. Mr. Black was a sort of nursery where DJs like Nita, Honey and the House of Stank (W. Jeremy Pelser and Christy Love) were bringing House music back to New York. Sveta could have ended up anywhere but she was ours. The same is true with the Horsemeat Disco boys. They fit in perfectly with the New York scene. Of course the fact that they are crazy party animals didn't hurt. Record labels like Batty Bass in London and Get Up Recordings in New York are at the head of this parade leading the way. The next few years are going to be interesting as the scene starts to gel.

Marie Montana ft. David Ian Xtravaganza - Johnny Dynell. Out now on Batty Bass