Episode 43 - Perfect Lovers & David Sylvester

Inspired by his years spent in the underground music scene of Buenos Aires, Perfect Lovers returned to Vancouver, Canada to participate in the burgeoning queer electronic movement there. An integral part of Vancouver Art + Lesiure – a queer collective of DJs, artists, and promoters notorious for the Backdoor party series – Perfect Lovers is rooted in the weird and psychedelic pulses of dark disco and techno. Currently residing in Mexico City, his mix for Friends with Benefits is a 100% showcase of the Latin American techno scene, focusing on artists from Argentina, Chile, and Mexico.

Maria Caos --- apunada
The Chica --- se que te gusta
Rimbaud  --- Salsa feat the Chica
Rous --- Morboso
Little Dragon --- killing me (djs Pareja Remix)
Theus Mago --- Dog is calling
Rebolledo --- Pow Pow
Carisma --- Que linda tu pradera
Los mekanikos --- viene viene
Bufi—Cosmoattack (Mijo Remix)
Vincente Sanfuentes --- Bodytalk (djs pareja remix)
Rous --- Delirio Magico
Rumanians --- Soy Amor (Carisma Version)

David Sylvester's mix was recorded at the Playground party in Portland, OR on August 13, 2016. 

Episode 42 - Barebacchus & David Sylvester

"Ever since stumbling upon Armageddon Dildos and Donna Summer in their mother’s music collection as a wee faggot, Seattle's Barebacchus has harbored a love for music and dancing that has remained unchanged through their life. Getting their start in DJing at the beginning of 2016, they have played for Cathedral's Pride party and for Stranger Disco in Portland. With a variety of interests within dance music, they hope to branch out to different types of parties for people of all walks of life."

Episode 41 - David Sylvester at Downlow Masquerade, Vancouver Pride

Episode 40 - David Sylvester at Harry Klein

David Sylvester at Harry Klein in Munich, Germany. Recorded March 30, 2016.

Episode 39 - Octo Octa

Our guest is New York DJ and producer Octo Octa, with a mix recorded at the July edition of Playground right here in Portland.

Octo Octa broke through in 2011 with a release on 100% Silk, and since then she’s also released on Argot and Running Back. Her track “Cause I Love You” was named one of the 50 Best Dance Songs Of 2014 by SPIN Magazine, and she’s played at incredible venues like Panorama Bar, Live at Robert Johnson, and Barcelona’s Sonar Festival.

Photo by Guarionex Rodriguez, Jr.

Episode 38 - David Sylvester Opening Playground July '16

"This mix was recorded last weekend at the Playground party, where I opened up the floor. It was an honor to play with our guest DJs Octo Octa and Andy Warren, and of course my co-resident Sappho. This mix features dub techno, minimal, and hypnotic percussion grooves, and it’s essentially bookended with two tracks from one of my all time favorites, outspoken trans producer DJ Sprinkles."

Episode 36 - Pure Noise

Pure Noise is a fresh new talent on the Portland queer scene with a distinctive style that's all his own. Growing up playing the drums, his love of electronic music began at a very young age as soon as he heard his first house beat. His taste reaches across the entire spectrum of electronic music, and his style is colorful, hyper-melodic, and maximalist, combining everything from dub techno and psychedelic disco to vocal house and pop. His sets typically thread together his love for the cutting edge as well as classic gems, and usually feature one of his custom techno-pop mash-ups.

He has played at numerous venues around the city including Holocene, Crush, and Moloko for parties such as Yes Please and Dance Off Pants Off alongside talented DJs like Sappho, Chelsea Starr, and Coast2c.


1. Intro: Seekae - My Sun
2. Classixx - Grecian Summer
3. Nicolai Toma - Minifloat
4. Underworld - Eclipse (Leo Re-Edit)
5. Chateau Flight - Baltringue
6. Rishi K. - Green Room
7. Lord of the Isles - co2o / Leon Vynehall - Beau Sovereign
8. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Feels Like (Orlando Dub)
9. Mohn - Reboot The Vibe / MRI - Deep Down South
10. Affkt - Oxi
11. Kings of Leon - The Immortals (Röyksopp Remix)
12. Booka Shade - Right on Track
13. Marcus Worgull - Spellbound / Daniel Avery - New Energy (Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve Re-animation)
14. Sunscreem - Love U More (Journeys By DJs Vocal Mix)
15. Röyksopp - What Else Is There? (Trentemøller Remix)
16. Ost & Kjex - Queen of Europe (Solomon Remix)
17. Dense & Pika - Airless (Grain Remix) / Dusky - Ingrid Is A Hybrid
18. Benjamin Damage - Up / Scissor Sisters - Invisidub
19. Kerrier District - Techno Disco (KiNK Remix)
20. Eats Everything & Green Velvet - Monegros
21. Filterheadz - Rise Up
22. Digitalism - Open Waters
23. Orbital - Halcyon (Tom Middleton Re-Model)
24. Elon ft. Maceo Plex - Bummalo
25. Bwana - Muscle Power's Final Hour
26. Crystal & S. Koshi - Break the Dawn

Episode 35 - David Sylvester @ Playground Pride

This show is the recording of David Sylvester's set opening the Playground Pride party at Holocene last weekend.

With the tragic shooting targeting the Pulse gay bar in Orlando, the set focuses on uplifting music with messages of hope, healing, and perseverance. We will not go back into the closet: we will keep dancing and keep fighting for our rights.

Episode 33 - Sappho & David Sylvester @ Playground

This mix is a back-to-back set by Sappho and host David Sylvester. It was recorded at the May edition of the Playground party, at which Sappho and David are resident DJs. Sappho kicks things off, and they each played two songs per turn for the duration of this set. 

Next Saturday, June 18, Playground is celebrating Pride with a party at Holocene featuring a DJ set from Lady Miss Kier of Deee-Lite. Presale tickets are available now via Resident Advisor. 

Episode 32 - Night Visitor

Justin Screendoor aka Night Visitor has been DJing and promoting parties since 1997. He now runs and A&R's his independent label Disposable Commodities aka DIS.CO. He produces under a number of aliases for the label and has several releases from others most notably the artist Doubt. There are currently 6 releases with another 5 planned for release this year. Check out https://disposablecommodities.bandcamp.com/ for vinyl or digital and you can find vinyl locally in Portland at Beacon Sound Records on Mississippi. The first release by Doubt was licensed by renowned London clubbing institution Fabric for inclusion on their Fabric Mix CD series.

Originally from the Midwest, and influenced heavily by Chicago Acid House, Detroit Techno and Midwest Hardcore, Justin now resides in the Portland area. The record label is his current focus but over his nearly 20 years in underground music he also owned and operated a DJ vinyl record store from 2004-2008 and also was heavily involved in promoting underground disco, dub, ambient, house and techno events in club, loft and festival spaces opening for artists such as Richie Hawtin, Matthew Dear, Dan Bell and many many more.

Friends with Benefits Radio Tracklist::
Norken - Gates (Hydrogen Dukebox)
Mr. Tophat & Art Alfie - 12 Minutes of History (Karlovak Chrome)
DJ W!LD - Dream of Me (RKDS)
Doubt - Cliffhanger (Disposable Commodities)
Cliff Lothar - Ringleader (Viewlexx)
Mathew Jonson - Behind the Mirror (Sub Static)
Tim Xavier - Rocket Science (LTD400)
Swedish Naan Boys - Overcharged (SAND)
Levon Vincent - DJ SF II (Novel Sound)
Ben Sims - I Feel It Deep (Sandwell District Remix) (Drumcode) 
Lyfe - Asshole (Disposable Commodities)
Lyfe - Angry People (Raw Demo Version) (Disposable Commodities) (Unreleased)
The Exaltics - The Midnight Connexion (Solar One Music)
Mike Dunn - I Wanna B House (Johnny Aux Edit) (Moreaboutmusic)
Randomer - Percussion Workout 2 (Clone Basement Series)
Plaid - OI (!K7 Records)
Paranoid London - Paris Dub 3 (feat Paris Brightledge) (Paranoid London)
2 AM/FM - The Ace of Spades (Spectral Sound)
Electric Deluxe - Electric Deluxe (Plus 8 Records)
Jeff Mills - Alarms (First Mix) (Purpose Maker)
i - L.T.B.C.Y.B. (Recognition)
Tahnja - Untitled (Pussy Licks)
Aphrohead - In The Dark We Live (Dave Clarke's 312 Mix) (Bush)
Vril - V3 (Music Man Records)
Fennesz - Fa (Mark Fell Remix) (Editions Mego)
Achterbahn D'Amour - JX3 (Frank Music)
Murat Tepeli - Workinstrugglin (Philpot)
Aphex Twin - Xtal (R&S)

Episode 31 - David Sylvester

I recorded tonight’s mix during a small birthday celebration at our house. It’s mostly vinyl and covers an eclectic range from house to techno to acid to 80s pop classics. At one point you can hear the vibrations from people dancing through the needle - people were having a good time!

Episode 29 - Chris Camplin & David Sylvester

Chris Camplin began DJing many years ago in the heart of London’s vibrant club scene, putting forth a blend of techno, house and electro with a deep soulful edge. 2015 was his most successful year to date, both at home and on the international circuit, packing dance floors in Vancouver, Seattle, Helsinki, Prague and Milan to name but a few. This year, Chris has a busy schedule of international gigs, plus the continued success of TUSK, his club night at Dalston Superstore with James Baillie and Ant C. Chris has also been busy behind the scenes producing his own music.

Chris Camplin Tracklist:
Chris Camplin - Remedy
Model 500 - Hi Nrg
Art Crimes - Show Interest
Dexter - Fat Skinny People
Mike Huckaby - Baseline 87'
Boo Williams - Eternal Mind
Big Strick - Buckle Up
Achterbahn D'amour - My Demands
Morphosis - Too Far (Marcel Dettmann Definition)
Model 500 - Storm
Jimmy Edgar - This One’s For The Children
Dj Bone - It's All About
Drexciya - Water Walker
Dj Bone - The Music (dj Bone Remix)
Omar S - Just Ask The Lonely

Episode 28 - Daddi Dario & David Sylvester

Daddi Dario is a DJ from Seattle. Having grown up enamored with 80s dance and electro, he’s particularly obsessed with classic queer dance labels like Razormaid and Megatone. Lately he’s diving deeper into house and techno and developing a unique, eclectic style all his own. He is currently enjoying a residence for BANANAS at Seattle’s notorious gay bar Pony, as a guest of Portland-based DJ Vera Rubin.  

Episode 27 - Ant C & David Sylvester

Ant C is a self-described “beardy music nut and clubber turned DJ.” The London-based DJ and promoter discovered house and dance music in the late 80s - he attended his first rave at age 15 in 1990. Along with Chris Camplin and James Baillie, he’s a co-founder and residen at TUSK, a club night at Dalston Superstore which turned 1 year old in February. TUSK is a mixed club night in every sense - gay and straight, male and female, young and and old - all are welcome. he uniting factor is the music - house, techno, disco, acid and all that's in between. That’s also a fitting description for the mix that Ant C has prepared for us.

Episode 26 - Jason Douglas

Jason Douglas is one of the best DJs on the West Coast. With years of experience playing vinyl, in San Francisco and now in Portland, Jason effortlessly distills everything that’s exciting and important about West Coast raving. This mix showcases his range and depth, along with his impressive technical skills. He weaves together a mind-expanding combination of deep house, acid, disco, and experimental electronica, but the music never abandons its prime directive: to get your body moving. 

Photo by Pocho's Cosas for Flight. 

Episode 24 - Victor Rodriguez & David Sylvester

Victor Rodriguez has been spinning in the LA club scene since the late 80s. As the 90s progressed he was associated with legendary clubs White Chocolate, Plastic Passion, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, and Beige.

With his DJ partner Chris Bowen, known together as Critter Collective, he’s continued to have a major impact on the queer LA club scene. Their downtown party Shits & Giggles brought guests like Andy Butler, Horse Meat Disco, Daniel Wang, and Tim Sweeney. Today they are focused events like Cub Scout and the seasonal “Bears in Space” parties, which have hosted the likes of DJ Harvey, Split Secs, and Lovefingers.