Review: "Back & Forth" is the collaboration between Chi-town legend DJ Sneak and Miami booty-bass hero Jesse Perez. It is a dope hip-hop jam that features vocals from KE and reminiscent of the '90s with its broken drum beat and spoken word lyrics. Sneak himself says that he wanted to create 'a street smart dance floor track with powerful latino sounds and all the right ingredients for a club banger'. Young Brazilian talent DJ Lukke is first to remix it, co-produced alongside Blakkat aka Mark Bell goes for a bass-heavy reggaeton influenced bounce while the legendary Ricardo Villalobos goes deep into the afterhours with his hypnotic minimalist rendition that is as idiosyncratic as ever,
Review: Miami's Jesse Perez follows in the tradition of his hometown's musical legacy ie: seriously bass driven dance music for freaks. He teams up with the west coast don of electro Egyptian Lover on "Cell Phones" fuelled by some fierce and funky breaks beneath a collage of hip hop samples that will appeal to a wide cross range of DJs. "Twerk Machine" will have you doing exactly that, right after the sick drop; bumpy and funky minimal tech house in the vein of Jamie Jones or Jey Kurmis plus those breaks make a welcome comeback. Finally "The One Two Checka" re-asserts that breakbeats are his main strength once more, these ones come at you fierce like a wall of sound; check it!
Review: Hot Creations signing Jesse Perez returns to the I'm A House Gangster imprint with another devilish bundle of tech-house melters for strict DJ tool use. The title lead "This Ain't No Rave" is a swinging affair, mashed up with twisted vocal shots, mutant bass and an abrasive percussion knot, while "Too Many DJs, Not Enough Hoes" is undeniably more 'gangstah' and a lil' more tribal. "Learn How To Spin" goes for an old-school flavour thanks to its quasi-breaks and circling rave sonics. Jackin'!
Review: The slight misspelling of a famous 80s haircut aside (note to Jesse Perez: it's JHERI curl), this newie from uber-cool house imprint Hot Creations is undeniably fun. The lead cut is decidedly wonky - the main organ seems to enter the fray out of time, before getting locked in to the groove 20 seconds later - but bristles with late '80s hip-house intent. It has a real late night, warehouse party feel, and will no doubt prove popular with anyone who plays all night raves at illicit, backstreet locations. Flipside "Dejen De Corner Tanta Pinga" offers a darker, murkier take on late '80s Chicago house, all pitched-down vocals, bumpin' 909 bass and clattering analogue percussion.
Review: Whatever you think about Hot Creations - and opinions are, of course, divided - you can't deny that Jamie Jones and Lee Foss's label has been a game-changer. Their combination of contemporary house grooves with classic house, disco, boogie and garage influences now dominates dancefloors the world over. This label retrospective tells the story of their runaway success between 2011 and 2012, offering up three hours of unmixed floorfillers from the likes of Waifs & Strays, Miguel Campbell, Burnski, PBR Streetgang, Jamie Jones and Lee Foss, plus a smattering of lesser-known gems. For those who missed the label's formative years, there's also a tasty bonus mix of early material from Russ Yallop.