Crosstalk Intl picks up Hard Ton 'We Got Luv' 12" for Global Distro!

We are thrilled to announce that the Hard Ton 'We Got Luv' 12" has been picked up for global distribution by Crosstalk International!

Based in Chicago, Crosstalk has been distributing electronic music on vinyl for over two decades.  They are the exclusive worldwide distributor for labels like Argot, Dance Mania, Pittsburgh Track Authority and more.

On this special EP, Matrixman (Spectral Sound/Dekmantel/Ultramajic) delivers a submerged reimagining that world-premiered on XLR8R. Severino (of Horse Meat Disco) and Hifi Sean deliver a galloping "Up Yours" remix, and Rotciv (Unterton/Luv Shack) adds funky basslines to his "Outta Sight" version. 

The limited-edition 12" is hand stamped and hand numbered, and a large, heart-shaped Hard Ton sticker is included with every copy. 


BREAKING NEWS FROM THE WAR ON FUN: Hard Ton Turned Away by U.S. Customs.

After a grueling 8-hour detention in Seattle, the U.S. government successfully stopped the queer XXL disco queen, Hard Ton, from entering the United States on Wednesday, July 30. To say that we are crushed is an understatement. Hard Ton is everything Friends With Benefits Records stands for: beautiful music, fabulous outfits, and the celebration of being your own authentic self. Hard Ton was so excited to play the West Coast – and we will bring them back someday. We promise.

What now? The show must go on. It’s what Hard Ton wants us to do.

July 31, 2014 – Seattle: Ononos and The Tempers will be rocking the stage at Chop SueyTwo Dudes in Love and Nark Magazine will bring you groovy beats in the side room. Tickets will be $10 at the door—we’ve also released more $8 tickets for presale. Come party with us!

August 3, 2014 – Vancouver: Truckerdisco will be on fire with Two Dudes in Love, Futurewife, and DJ Taffi Louis. Celebrate Vancouver Pride Sunday at *the* best house and techno party Vancouver Pride Sunday has to offer.

August 7, 2014 – Los Angeles: Bears in Space and Friends With Benefits will be rescheduled for a later date.

August 9, 2014 – San Francisco: Come dance the night away with an amazing DJ line up, transformative visual installations, and fierce interpretations of Hard Ton’s music. More details soon.
We will reach out to people who have bought presale tickets and issue refunds for anyone who wants one for Seattle, Los Angeles, or San Francisco.

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"James Broughton: The Music Of His Dance (Vol. 2)" out June 17

San Francisco-based dance label Friends With Benefits Records today releases James Broughton: The Music Of His Dance (Vol. 2). The compilation is presented in conjunction with the award winning documentary film Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton.

Seven dance music artists—including Heartthrob (Isnisnt, Minus), Hard Ton (Killekill House Trax, Toy Tonics) and Lady Blacktronika (Sound Black Recordings)—created new, original songs that incorporate archival audio of James Broughton reading his poetry. By bringing Broughton's poetry from the page to the dance floor, this unique compilation carries the message of Big Joy to an entirely new audience.

Mastered by Trevor Sigler. 

Cover art by Ultra (Comfort & Joy)

Cover art by Ultra (Comfort & Joy)

FWB #CuddleCast ep. 3: Nark

The third FWB #CuddleCast features Nark from Seattle! 

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FWB CuddleCast Ep. 2: Robin Simmons & Elaine Denham (Odyssey)

Friends With Benefits Records is back with episode two of our webcam cuddle puddle, featuring guest DJs Robin Malone Simmons and Elaine Denham! 

Follow us on Livestream so you'll never miss our live events. You can rewatch the 'Cast on Livestream or on YouTube. 

Two Dudes in Love played an opening set and Robin and Elaine took over the decks an hour later with their uplifting disco-influenced house sounds. 

Join us in the fun as you watch our friends (with benefits) sit, pose, kiki, cuddle, or otherwise just have a good time. Expect beardy nuzzles, friendly cuddles, and lots of LOVE. 

#CuddleCast #BonerRoom #AllCuddlesNoTroubles

This event is dedicated to the memory of Shain Alexander.

Trevor Sigler Debut LP Out Now

Although he is much younger than many other aspiring DJ/producers in San Francisco, Trevor Sigler already has a fully mature reputation for cutting-edge dance music. He’s known for seamlessly combining West Coast bass music, sultry deep house, and uninhibited techno in his DJ sets for the likes of Honey Soundsystem, Gays Hate Techno, BAAAHS (Burning Man sound car), Bubble, and his own SQURRRL crew, whose parties are notorious in both San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Photo by Shot in the City

Photo by Shot in the City

As an original producer, Trevor displays a fully realized and mature understanding of deep house with his self-titled, eight-track album. It delivers edgy melodic basslines, complex percussion, and deep driving rhythms. Listen and discover why Trevor has quickly established himself as a formidable DJ and producer in San Francisco's underground house and techno scene. Hear three songs from the EP right now on SoundCloud:

Cover art by Brian Mangin

Cover art by Brian Mangin

Buy Trevor’s LP now at your preferred digital music store:

This past Sunday, Trevor graced the decks for the first-ever Friends With Benefits CuddleCast. He DJed some of his favorite new tracks while our friends hugged it out in the background, and it was all broadcast live on the web via video stream. Think Boiler Room, but gay and beardy! A video highlight reel is coming soon, and you can hear the whole DJ set on SoundCloud right here:

FWB CuddleCast Ep. 1: Trevor Sigler

Trevor Sigler has a new album out on April 22nd via Friends With Benefits Records. To celebrate, we will be live-streaming Trevor's DJ set at 2pm on April 20th, and you can tune in from anywhere in the world.

The CuddleCast is our new spin on podcasts. Join us in the fun as you watch our friends (with benefits) sit, pose, kiki, cuddle, or otherwise just have a good time to the awesome soundtrack. Expect beardy nuzzles and bass-heavy dance tunes. The live broadcast starts at 2pm PT.

Pre-order Trevor's self-titled LP on iTunes now. Also available everywhere you buy music on April 22.

Tune in here! 

Robot Bomb Shelter: Beyond the Shadow EP

Robot Bomb Shelter, the production alias of Jake Brower, delivers a four-track EP of dense, dark techno for Friends With Benefits Records. Drawing on his 20+ years of experience as a fan, producer, and live performer of electronic music, the Beyond the Shadow EP evokes fantasies of nocturnal catharsis in secret, sweaty concrete bunkers equipped with brutally powerful soundsystems. For fans of Function, Perc, Sandwell District, Silent Servant, Recondite, Rødhåd, Gary Beck, Rrose, and Ben Sims.

The Beyond the Shadow EP is available April 8 at your preferred digital music store.

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