Review: Newcastle-based producer Patrick Topping made his debut on Hot Creations last September, impressing with his skewed take on bass-heavy, tech-tinged deep house. Here he returns to Jamie Jones and company's label for a third time. There's much to admire, from the stripped-back pumping wonkiness of "Schwicked" (think rising and falling bass, sturdy US garage drums and curious noises), to the watery electronic fills, disjointed vocal samples, warm bass and shuffling percussion of "Boxed Off". Best of all, though, is "Forget", which laces attractive vocal samples and disco cowbells over another impressively bass-heavy big room house groove.
Review: Trick is Patrick Topping's new label, and he has set it up as a platform for his own productions and to showcase the work of emerging artists. It gets off to a flying start with this three-tracker. On the title track, Topping weaves a crackling electronic riff over stomping kicks and a buzzing rhythm. It's an intoxicating combination - exactly the kind of material you'd expect to hear in one of his DJ sets. On "Tasty on the Cobbles", the UK producer drops a party track that resounds to high pitched bleeps as well as chant samples and wild rave riffs, while he rounds off this fine label debut with the rolling, filtered "Clamped".
Review: It sounds like Hot Creations regular Patrick Topping has been listening to a lot of classic soul. On the title track of his latest release for the label, he fuses a sultry female vocal - similar to Aretha Franklin - over a bass-heavy, walking groove and incessant, hypnotic horns. It's the type of infectious, upbeat tune that'll be championed by big room DJs. "Track Change" marks a different approach: the UK producer opts for a more reduced, stripped back groove, and even though he uses a vocal sample, its robotic and repetitive, and fits perfectly with the tough rhythm, acid belches and metallic percussion that support it.
Review: Newcastle-based Patrick Topping recently launched his Trick label ( and an equally successful event series of the same name) and he's back with its next instalment, featuring the electrifying retro jacker "Turbo Time". This is followed by the tunnelling peak time banger "Let Wa Gan" and getting back to the program in neon-lit fashion on the glittering synthpop thriller "Galaxy" featuring Liset Alea on vocals. After recent appearances on Unknown To The Unknown and Hot Creations, Topping continues with his rather impressive musical output of late.
Review: Two heroes of the new breed kick off a new mix series for Jamie Jones' esteemed Hot Creations imprint. Jones began Paradise at DC10 (Ibiza) five years ago and it's gone on to be a huge success, inviting the biggest names in the business to come play alongside his crew of residents. The first mix is courtesy of Toronto's Nathan Barato, a frequent collaborator with local heroes such as Carlo Lio and The Junkies and whose career has been on the rise with releases on Cajual, Saved, Circus and Defected. Highlights include the Derrick Carter classic "Where Ya At?" (Mix Originale), Makam's brooding "Loleatta" and Jared Wilson's rusty acid odyssey "Girl, I'm Waitin". UK talent Patrick Topping this year completed his third summer as resident at DC10 in Ibiza for Paradise. Here Topping showcases the sound and style of his sets with high energy from the word go. His mix features several of his own productions guaranteed for maximum dancefloor impact, as well as Metaboman's lo-slung and exotic "Next Please" through to Dave Clarke's massive remix of Jark Prongo's "Movin Thru Your System".
Review: There's a distinctly old school flavour to this compilation as Thee Cool Cats take to the controls. Patrick Topping's "Forget" sees the fast-rising producer serve up insane rave stabs and diva vocal samples over insistent cowbells and slamming beats, while Catz'n'Dogz mine a different part of 90s music culture. The duo's "Booty Comes First" is inspired by the rude and raucous sound of ghetto house, as pre-orgasmic moans and a slamming rhythm reinforce the vocal that "yo booty comes first". At the other end of the emotional spectrum, Tough Love impress greatly with the acid-laced, soulful house of "Dreams", while the next generation of Detroit techno, fronted by Dantiez Saunderson and working with Altus Project returns to early 90s US house with the vocal-led "I Need You".
Review: Judging by Toolroom's latest mammoth collection, the sound of the White Island in 2014 will be uplifting house music. Granted, there are some diversions on this compilation thanks to Eric Sneo's rattling minimalism and Doorly's jacking "Thunder Clap", but these are few and far between. Even Kelis gets in on the vocal house sound, with Breach chopping up the singer's vocals on his tracky version of "Rumble". Breach faces stiff competition from his peers though, with Tensnake turning London Grammar's "Hey Now" into an epic vocal anthem. However, the stand out contribution comes from a real veteran and MK's piano-led take on Lancelot's "Givin' It Up (feat Antony & Cleopatra)" recalling classic KMS.