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25 Jul 11
Review: Hotflush switch the focus to the next generation of talent bubbling out of the forever fruitful Bristol area, welcoming mans like Arkist and Kidkut for a double drop of try and pin a genre on it electronic excellence. Both have impressed our ears with independent goodness for Apple Pips amongst others, and the decision to lock thought processes in the studio has clearly paid off, hitting the right note from the very first few seconds of "One Year Later". Typical West Country approaches to rolling rhythms are present, yet it's the sombre, searching tone that arises and locks hold which truly impresses. Pretty much sounds like Larry Heard if he grew up in the St Pauls area! Complementing this, "Vanilla State" lays slick vocal edits and frosted textures over glitched out swinging drum patterns, and operates with bass warmth cranked up to eleven.
23 Apr 12
Review: Paul Rose's Hotflush imprint continues to expand operations in pleasantly refreshing directions, turning to fledgling production talent Beaumont for their latest offering. The young Scottish producer caused a fuss in all the right places last year with the neon infused Blush Response EP on Kinnego, and the four tracks on Never Love Me retain this approach and sit neatly alongside his new labelmate Jimmy Edgar, though the music is obviously a lot less smutty in execution. Lead track "Never Love Me" sets the tone, the stop start rhythm gradually succumbing to the intoxicating waves of neonized speaker box funk. "Uptown" commences in decidedly cinematic tones before bursting into fluorescent life atop a sick beat, the only possible criticism being the short duration. Up next, "Rendez-Vous" slowly fizzes into life via increasingly expansive atmospheric tones before dropping into a naggingly excellent steppish array of clacks, soft focus stabs and undulating rhythms that poke gently at Beaumont's exaggerated vocal tones.
12 Sep 11
Review: Having already contributed to two Sepalcure releases for Hotflush, Praveen Sharma adopts his Braille guise for a debut solo outing on Paul Rose's increasingly multi faceted label. Fans of Sharma's unveiling of the Braille sound via that illuminating release for Rush Hour's Direct Current release will be rightfully excited by the four tracks here. Continuing to explore Sharma's love for the house sound, there's a vintage soulful element inherent throughout though it's flushed with the kind of frosted futurist slant that makes the Braille sound so appealing. The undulating rhythmic swerves of "Riverbed" in particular stand out, not least for little satisfying production nuances such as the intermittent cracks of a kick drum. Elsewhere delicate samples mangle with brilliantly loose drums on the cavorting "Breakup" whilst "Chain Gang" mutates brilliantly from the early expert sample manipulations into an explosion of soaring textures filled with glorious colour.
17 Dec 12
Review: With a series of just four self-released untitled white labels, Dense and Pika have really grabbed the techno community's attention. The hype is reminiscent of Sandwell District a few years back, and the on-point Hot Flush have been wise to give them their first proper signing. "Crispy Duck" sits pretty on the border of house and tech with a sludgy, almost Chicago beat structure. "Coil", meanwhile sounds like an old Dave Clarke joint circa "Red 2". "31" meanwhile is an ice-cold marriage of Berlin and Detroit. All three are fine examples of pure, undiluted techno.
17 Jan 11
Review: George FitzGerald first came onto our radar last year with superb "The Let Down/Weakness". Here he makes a welcomed return to the airwaves and a bright start to 2011 with his next release on Scuba's ever-exciting Hotflush imprint, backed with an edit from the man himself on the flip. Two-step meets future garage in the title track with a repeated Ramadanman style vocal punctuating the beats and rolling, undulating b-line below. Enticing and insatiably good, this certainly whets the appetite for more to come from the hotly tipped producer this year. Over on the flip Scuba dons his SCB alias for a pared down version of the original, which will leave Berghain veterans drooling. Big.
05 Dec 11
Review: 2011 has really seen young producer George FitzGerald come into his own, with exceptional releases on Hotflush, Aus, and his own ManMakeMusic imprint all helping him to develop his silky brand of garage-leaning bass music into a trademark sound. His final release of the year sees him return to the Hotflush stable for Shackled, the title track of which will already be familiar to those who have heard Scuba's DJ-Kicks mix. It revolves around a lush ever-intensifying chord sequence and twitchy acidic synth line and is perhaps his most effective dancefloor weapon yet. However, it's the following two tracks which provide the real delights; "Feel Like" is a foray into a housier terrain, with an organ melody that evokes some of Marc Kinchen's NY garage productions of the 90s, while "Friends In High Places" sees FitzGerald traverse moodier waters with a slow burning affair, bringing its loose beat in slowly over a wash of pulsating synths.
20 May 13
Played by: Homegroove Project, Low Slung, Juno Recommends Deep House, Marcus Marr, Pan-Pot, Jeremy Glenn, Sccucci Manucci, Simonlebon, Coco Cole, Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: It's been some two years since Shackled, George Fitzgerald's last outing on Hotflush and it's fair to say the landscape both occupy has shifted some in that period. Both artist and label are fully entrenched in the current UK house explosion and Fitzgerald's return to Paul Rose's label with Thinking Of You seems primed to reverberate across festivals, Croatian beaches and warehouse spaces as the summer months roll on. A prominent track in Fitzgerald's recent Essential Mix, "Thinking Of You" sees the producer continue to refine an approach to forthright house music shown on recent dalliances with Aus Music and Hypercolour and feels almost proto fidget in execution. The techier accompaniment "Nighttide Lover" is drawn from a similar fist pumping palette and features rolling vocal manipulation reminiscent of Switch in his heyday.
28 May 12
Review: After his sterling turn on Untold's Hemlock label last year, Guy Andrews follows many of his peers in graduating to the dizzy heights of Hotflush with this new EP. "The Wait" is a taut stomper, featuring more of those dense rhythms that got people taking notice in the beginning, while measured dub techno chords pace underneath. It's a moody track throughout, but immaculately produced so that every nuance of percussion shines through. "Hands In Mine" opts for a more broken beat, with some gnarly stabs of melody and a steady pad underneath the myriad elements.
05 Nov 12
Played by: Kirsten Sees, Peter Edison, Recloose, Shadow Dancer, Pete Tong, Ave Blaste, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Murray Richardson, Allmostt, Cosby (Car Crash Set)
Review: Having received considerable acclaim for his releases on R&S offshoot Apollo, George Fitzgerald's Man Make Music and Hypercolour offshoot Losing Suki, Jack Dixon makes the move to Hotflush for probably his finest offering to date. "E" combines the clean, rhythmic mechanics of garage with a warm deep house sound that never feels derivative, leading to a melodic drop that sits alongside Scuba's similarly 90s referencing sound. "Find Shelter" is a subtly jazzier cut, placing stray chords around a deep bass pulse, subtly glitchy vocal samples and vinyl crackle, all leading to a masterful breakdown at the mid point.
11 Jun 12
Review: Jimmy Edgar decamping on Hotflush was a tantalising move and it paid dividends with the recent release of the Detroit artist's Majenta album on Scuba's imprint. Given Edgar's recent move towards fusing his usual atmospheric, ocean-deep synth funk with greater elements of British bass music, it made perfect sense too. This follow up EP presents the tough, vocoder laden 4/4 funk of "Heartkey", but of more interest is lead cut "Let Yrself Be", a highlight from the aforementioned LP. Its stuttering, pin-sharp synths and cut-up vocals are pure Hotflush, while the clattering analogue drums recall vintage house and even noughties garage. It is, then, exactly what you'd hope for from such an intriguing artist-label hook up.
07 May 12
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Lpz, Daniel Kyo, Tom Central, Vermelho, La Royale, Groove Armada, Moon Runner, Andre Vii
Review: The chances are if you're signing up for a Jimmy Edgar album, you know what you're in the mood for, and there's plenty of that sleazy funk to sink your teeth into on Majenta. There are points where it feels like Edgar is trying less to show off his considerable skills for micro-edits, instead just trying to make something a little more simplistically feel-good such as the tellingly-titled "Let Yrself Be." There's still plenty of edge to be found elsewhere, as on the marginally steppy feel of "Indigo Mechanix (3D)". The recent meeting point between dubstep, electro and juke couldn't be better typified than right here, but most pleasingly it comes off sounding like vintage ahead-of-the-game Edgar
08 Oct 12
Review: As one of the hookiest slices of audio sleaze on his recent Magenta LP, Jimmy Edgar's "Sex Drive" gets the remix treatment from a choice pair of producers, getting the slick electro tones rounded into equally hot-blooded forms. Jon Convex is up first, keeping much of the essence of the original but working it into an electro house template and layering in some choice big room dynamics, while his dub mix simply ditches the vocal turns leaving the track in its raw form. John Talabot takes a thoroughly different tact, issuing forth dramatic piano tones and poised drums that turn Edgar's track into an emotionally wrought nine-minute epic.
26 Mar 12
Played by: DJ Agent 86, Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Santero, Rotciv, Homegroove Project, Mmdrec, Justin Miller, Neighbour, Kid Who, Brisa, Alkalino, Juno Recommends Deep House, Leri Ahel (Mutant Disco Radio Show), Martin Brodin, Giovanni Pasquariello, Resident Advisor, The Time And Space Machine, Da Movelt Nasty Show, Heidi
Review: News of Detroit native Jimmy Edgar signing to Paul Rose's Hotflush imprint for Majenta, his fourth studio LP, might have come as a surprise when it was announced, but it makes gradual sense given both reside in Berlin and the increasingly broad nature of the Hotflush release schedule. On the basis of lead single This One Is For The Children, Edgar fans will be more than satisfied with what the forthcoming LP has to offer, with Jimmy showing little distaste for the smut-edged electrofunk that has served him so well to date. Sounding very much like a track that was worthy of play in Trash's heyday, "This One Is For The Children" sees Edgar intone sarcastically over a snapping mainframe and gurgling analogue arpeggio. "Switch Switch" meanwhile sashays down the same sort of doe eyed lovers future boogie that Mr Bashmore did so ever briefly as Velour.
21 Mar 11
Review: Like most of the artists on Hotflush, Peter O'Grady understands that diversity is key to longevity. Having scored a huge breakthrough with 2009's "Hyph Mngo", it would have been relatively easy for O'Grady to retrace his steps, sit back and wait for the dollars to roll in. However, he's chosen to do the exact opposite, and this follow-up for Paul Rose's label, delivered under the truncated Joy O moniker, is a less immediate affair. If "Ladywell/BB" signalled his intentions to take a house-centric turn, then "Wade In" is O/Orb/Orbison tackling Detroit in his own inimitable style. There is a return to more familiar territories on "Jels", but with a twist; the stop-start drums resemble "Hyph Mngo" as does the breathy vocal sample that mouths the word 'turn' throughout the arrangement. Once again though, O'Grady looks to other sources and the evil acid line that climaxes in unison with a series of doubled up claps, is lifted straight from the Chicago house producer's handbook.
12 Oct 09
Played by: Ennio Styles (Stylin Radio Show), Mj Cole, Robert Luis (Tru Thoughts), Makoto, Toyboy & Robin, Shadow Dancer, Bam Bam Dealers, Sinden, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Rob Da Bank, Mr Scruff, Gilles Peterson, Resident Advisor, Annie Nightingale, Chamboche, House Of Traps (Firecracker), Caspa, R1 Ryders, Dubstep Forum Awards, Dubstep Forum Awards, Gareth Bilaney
16 May 11
Review: Lazer Sword don Lando Kal steps out for a solo endeavour on the always crucial Hotflush imprint and it's a bit special. "Further" takes a US garage swing and twists it round a swathe of cavernous twilight hypnagogics coated in frosted atmospherics - ably assisted by the emotive twinge of the heavily diced titular vocal refrain. The distinctive melding of transatlantic references bodes well for future solo output from LK. Check the B Side for the more urgent juke throb of "Time Out", which swerves brilliantly through several different directions as it descends uneasily towards the run out groove. More please sir!
09 Apr 12
Review: Returning to Hotflush after the label helped his solo breakthrough last year, Lando Kal is here with more of that hybrid house music which he is fast making his own. There's a key sound that seems to be emerging with his productions of late, a kind of ring modulation that Kal is slapping on his synths that makes them both warm and eerie in the same note. "Rhythm Sektion" plays off this duality perfectly, making for a seductive mid-paced dancefloor jam. "Inquisition" goes deeper on the details, with some intricate percussion and a bouncy bassline filling a mildly bleak atmosphere.
25 Feb 13
Played by: Thang, Chris Coco, Juno Recommends Minimal/Tech House, Silicone Soul, Resident Advisor, Daft Punk
Review: Locked Groove adds bulk to his Hotflush Recordings discography with the Heritage EP for Scuba's dance music major. The Belgian opts for a basic blend of bass lead, looped vocal breathes and warm to cool synth flushes on the opening track "Do It Anyway", "Wear It Well" pairs Delano Smith house production with UR sounding jazz flaunts, while the stomping of "Firefall" adds to the EP's dancefloor strength. Heritage retreats from hands up to heads down in "Lost"; a linear and melodic production, while "Night Time At The Garage" verges on a kind of nu-disco meets nu-jackin italo vibe. Finishing off is the undoubtedly trance-inspired "Dream With A Dream", a real Tiesto stadium closer.
18 Jun 12
Review: Since his Hotflush backed emergence via a spot on Scuba's DJ Kicks and subsequent EP, Belgian producer Tim Van de Meutter aka Locked Groove has been widely embraced for his obvious floor fusing talent. Subsequently welcomed into the Turbo fold as part of Tiga and co's latest zeitgeist acknowledgement, Locked Groove returns to Hotflush in triumphant form with the Keep It Simple EP. You might presume Van De Meutter is doing just that on the opening track "Keep Running", which seemingly focuses on a core progression of rattling percussion and acidic bass stabs before a mid point swerve sees an increase in euphoric builds for a more propulsive finish. On the flip, "Aller Simple" adds some more swing to the percussive equation while playfully toying with the stabbing melodic qualities, and "Even" winds down the relentlessness with a nice spot of introspective beatdown caked in crackly atmosphere.
16 Jan 12
Played by: Justin Miller, Joachim Spieth (Affin), Shadow Dancer, Juno Recommends Deep House, Juno Recommends Techno, Enzo Canale, Mike Hindle - Immersed Audio, Resident Advisor, Bobby Champs
Review: The news of a new album from label boss Scuba is just the tip of the iceberg on what promises to be another watershed year for the Hotflush imprint. And they get off to an excellent start with this label debut from Belgian producer Locked Groove, displaying an obvious talent for the sort of floor fusing music Hotflush are becoming increasing renowned for. Lead track "Rooted" is notable for the effortless way in which it builds from the gliding textures of the early moments and morphs into a bumping rhythm lead brilliantly by the analogue bass and skittering syncopation before switching back again. Having premiered on Scuba's DJ-Kicks contribution, "Drowning" appears here, mercifully allowing us a chance to fully immerse in the plunging rhythms and foundation worrying kick drums. "Change" closes the EP, showing a talent for subtle mood filled arrangements too - all skittering rhythms, deft vocal samples and deep pad infractions.
21 Jul 11
Played by: Visti, Mixmastermorris, Shadow Dancer, Ryoma Takemasa, Juno Recommends Leftfield, Max Cooper, Fromage Disco, Enzo Canale, Nrk1, Liz-E, Modo Fractal
Review: Mount Kimbie's "Carbonated", with its breathy sidechained intro, understated organ tones and R&B vocal has already found its way into the hearts of many, but here it finds itself on an EP of unreleased material and remixes. The unreleased tracks certainly don't feel like album offcuts; "Flux" begins as a more downbeat number but unexpectedly erupts into life with an 808 cowbell, leading into a sea of cut-up vocals, whilst "Bave's Chords" is like classic Four Tet, utilising an eastern string sample to great effect. Klaus provides a lurching remix of "Adriatic" which transforms the folky original into an ominous, expansive wasteland, while Airhead creates a similarly eerie take on "Carbonated", taking the intro and extending it to the point of breaking before it explodes into a brief blast of guitar fuzz. Peter Van Hoesen meanwhile morphs "Carbonated" out of all recognition, creating a techno version of the original that leaves only snatches of delayed vocals.
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Review: This new Hotflush release from mysterious duo NeferTT - apparently a meeting of minds between two familiar bass music producers - comes on like a thoroughly inebriated version of Sepalcure. Throughout, the EP offers a delicious blend of intricate melodies, woozy warmth and full-bodied bottom end. Whether reviving the bagginess of break-based '89 house (see "Blue Skies Red Soil"), reinventing instrumental hip-hop ("Cleo's Spot") or celebrating rush-inducing deepness ("Pyramel"), NeferTT's compositions are never less than picturesque.
24 Oct 11
Review: In a year where Hotflush have come out with some big releases this is a notable twelve still, pairing the legendary Paul Woolford with the equally big name in the techno game duo Psycatron! The trio have worked together before, having released on Vath's Cocoon last year which makes their arrival on Paul Rose's label all the more illuminating. In "Stolen" they deliver a potent nine minute excursion through techno that rises and dips in all the right places, building a head of steam over snarling bass before the arrival of some well placed vocals signals the onset into what you think is the main thrust. The subsequent explosion of gnarly acid should prove devastating in the correct environment. Check out the more percussively inclined Dub version which is no less potent.
01 Oct 12
Review: The lastest release on Scuba's label reaffirms its status as a fine curator. Like Sigha's work, Recondite's "Drgn" succeeds in fusing ominous synths with hissing, building percussion and a powerful, humming bassline. The addition midway through of ominous synths only serves to heighten the sense of unfolding drama. "Wist 365" is as understated, but has a more melodic feeling. Over a one-note bleeping bass its chiming chords and wave upon wave of lush yet fragile hooks builds to a heady but irresistible climax. Like Nathan Fake mixed with Sandwell District, it sees Hotflush take another step into the unknown.
16 May 11
UK Funky/UK Garage
Review: Back on Hot Flush (having recently joined FaltyDL, dBridge and Boxcutter on their excellent Back and 4th compilation), UKF's king of kings is on fine form with these two huge beats. "Error Code" is simply incredible - a tune that only a man at the peak of his game could make. Simple yet mesmerising, it rocks four huge, rhythmic chords that wash over the track like a wave while his trademark beats add bounce. It's relentless stuff. "Abrupt" is a little more on the subtle side, with a fleshed out electro kit backing a wispy, haunting melody that'll melt your ears in the nicest way possible.
24 Oct 11
Review: Paul Rose has been pretty busy of late, overseeing numerous releases this year on Hotflush - including a showcase compilation, several artist albums and numerous EPs - as well as running his Sub:Stance night at Berghain and compiling a DJ Kicks mix. Amidst all this, he's still managed to knock out a few releases of his own, and his return to the rarely used SCB alias comes swiftly after that massive Adrenalin twelve. If Rose was in playful mood on that Hotflush twelve, he's switched back to more familiar heads down endeavours here. "Mace" is befitting of its title, all claustrophobic 4/4 filled with jittering percussive touches and menacing acid. The sweeping pads provide the requisite rhythmic undulations on this functional basement bumper. The more substantial rhythms of "Overlay" impress; the TRG esque hollow kicks and rusted stabs laying down the core thrust, whilst Rose moulds layers of growling white noise.
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26 Sep 11
Played by: Darren James, Scenery Records, Da Funk, Dirt Crew, Roberto Rodriguez, Commodore 69 (Hot N Heavy), Ali Tillett (Warm Agency)
Review: This EP is the first material from Paul Rose in his Scuba guise since last year's Triangulation, and it's likely to surprise a lot of people with its direction. It seems to mark Scuba's acceptance of the slower house tempos which he flirted with in Triangulation, and has been experimenting with further under the SCB alias. "Adrenalin" is in much the same vein as his excellent "Loss" released earlier this year on Aus; a clattering kick and simple bassline give way to a vocal which slowly reveals itself amidst moody pads. It's unashamedly euphoric, and it works. "Never" meanwhile is like a Berghain take on 90s UK garage, as a snappy 2-step rhythm and pitched vocals collides with emotive synth strings. Finally, "Everywhere" is the biggest surprise; undoubtedly the most colourful thing that Rose has produced, it takes a less big room approach from the other tracks, instead taking an 80s pop sensibility and marrying it with Rose's approach to rhythm. Possibly one of the most unexpected reinventions of the year.
30 Nov 09