Review: There seems to be a pleasingly simple idea behind Richy Ahmed's "Sneaky Acid", the Hot Creations regular's first single of 2014. Put simply, the original is a clear attempt to blend the smooth swing of Hot Creations' wide eyed take on deep house with the roughneck feel of original acid house. It's a blend that works well, particularly on the alternative Dub version, which puts greater emphasis on Ahmed's twisted 303 lines and dense, dancefloor-friendly percussion. There's more tough retro-futurist fare with the two-part "The Bells". Both sound a little like a contemporary take on Brown Album-era Orbital, and feature looped synthesizer riffs reminiscent of the latter's "Remind".
Review: Andrea Oliva is one of Europe's rising tech-house stars - and with good reason. Following releases on labels like Cadenza, Saved and Be As One, he drops Trust for Hot Creations. The title track is a hypnotic tribal house affair that rolls to the sound of a hypnotic female vocal, features a mushed acid break down and a soaring bass that sounds like it was recycled from an old hardcore record."Soho Nights" is a tighter, jacking affair; it revolves around a steely rhythm a surging bass and the kind of siren-led riffs that will ensure it causes mayhem wherever it is dropped.
Review: Star producer Andrea Oliva is back on Jamie Jones' always reliable imprint, with a brand new set of sturdy tech house numbers sure to rock the house. This release following up some tough grooves on Circus, Saved and Rawthentic. In typical Hot Creations style "Upside Down" is aimed squarely at the main room dancefloor and bounces away in near bombastic fashion, to get the crowd into the zone a bit earlier in the night "Piano Not Piano" works a treat with its dubby and hypnotic elements, as does "Sound Like That" with its use of strong swing and its catchy vocal refrain.
Review: Hot Creations are back everyone; look out! Continuing on with their modus operandi, it's business as always: punchy and summery tech house for hedonists. Who better to tap for such a track than Leeds via Ibiza troublemakers and Gruuv head honchos Audiojack, with a bit of help from Kevin Kanpp. "Vibrate" is a bit more restrained than their usual stuff but it's still a killer. Deep, druggy and funky for the warm up or post-peak time alike. There's a couple of remixes of said track by Berlin's ReYou and m_nus affiliate Barem; it's the latter's which stands out the most, keeping it in the trippy and warped after-hours tempo. Second original track "Random Matter" keeps things on the deeper spectrum, sounding like a mid-noughties Innervisions jam in a way. Nice one!
Starfucker (The Martinez Brothers remix) - (6:32) 132 BPM
Need Your Loving (original mix) - (5:25) 128 BPM
Review: Matthew Dear lands on Hot Creations under his notorious Audion moniker. At the top of his game for over a decade, the talented artist has also released successful albums under his original name and performed with a live band; opening arenas for Depeche Mode, Interpol and more. In true Audion style, "Starfucker" takes a series of unexpected turns and the groove propelled track is made to shake up big rooms. Audion's second original "Need Your Loving" is equally intoxicating, with subtle vocals and driving drums. Over twenty years into his career and Ian Pooley is still releasing on the biggest and cutting edge labels, with recent appearances on Innervisions, Ovum and Tsuba. He packs the swing into his remix and adds his signature style with a touch of class. The Martinez Brothers remix is bursting with energy and demonstrates the duo's understanding for how to work the main room.
Review: Hohenreglar main man Basti Grub is up next on Hot Creations, following up a string of killer tracks/remixes in recent times for Mobilee, Bouq Records and Bedrock. The Frankfurter's new killer is "Darling" - an emotive and pop-inflected groove that is right in line with the sonic vision of Jamie Jones' label and featuring some soothing vocals by one Crase Johnson. On the remix is FUSE London stalwart Rich NxT doing what he does best on this tough rolling, swing-fuelled and well funky expression in tech-house - that is aimed squarely at main room dancefloors.
Review: Ascendant British DJ Ben Sterling was resident for Rulin' at Ministry Of Sound at the age of 18 which led to some some giant impacts, supporting alongside labels such as Subliminal and Defected in the house. Shortly after, he signed his first EP "Besides Me" ft. Jacquie Smith to Josh Butler's Origin Records. Fast forward to now, after a couple of great EPs on Repopulate Mars, his new set of hot jams come courtesy of Hot Creations on the Energy EP. From the trippy and bass driven late night groove of "Surrender", the intoxicating yet tough rolling funk of "The Energy", or the perfect main room bounce of "Apathetic Behaviour" that's just right to lead into the peak time.
Review: Ben Sterling is quickly becoming a respected artist in the house music sphere, named as Danny Howard's first Future Fire guest of the year on BBC Radio 1 in 2019. At the tender age of 18, his residency for Rulin' at London's Ministry of Sound marked him out as one to watch. He's no stranger to Jamie Jones' sphere, having appeared previously on Hot Creations in addition to Hottrax and Repopulate Mars. Acid house definitely plays a central influence on Sterling's new effort "Fantasee" with its sleazy first wave Chicago style groove. This is followed by the bass heavy bounce of "Melania Please" (which could have been equally at home on a label like Dirtybird) and a tough rolling disco house makeover by Jansons (Circus/8 bit) which is aimed squarely the main room at peak time.
Review: After releases on Spectral Sound, Visionquest and DFA; Benoit & Sergio debut on Hot Creations with the A Bridge So Far EP. Harnessing their synth pop sensibilities, the title track opens with a DJ friendly beat in, subtle white noise fizzes and cut up vocals which give way for an up-beat and dominating bassline, extended vocals and sunshine synths for a freezing European winter. The brooding bassline of "$100 Bill" in comparison makes up the track's centerpiece, flanked by shorter and sultrier vocals, danceable melodies and post crescendo claps that cut right through the mix.
Review: Since making his debut in 2014, Bontan has made a serious impression. This first outing on Hot Creations follows much-played material on Madtech, Circus, Toolroom, Cajual and Suara. "The First Time" is retro-futurist in feel, featuring as it does a combination of undulating, acid-style motifs, jacking Chicago-style drum fills, bouncy tech-house beats and a drowsy, seemingly sampled spoken word vocal. "Personal Question" takes a similar sonic approach, utilizing a bolder, Adonis style bassline, nagging bleep noises, and delay-laden vocal snippets to conjure a sweaty, late night mood. Both tracks are solid rather than sensational, but undoubtedly have the right blend of ingredients to cause major dancefloor devastation.
Review: Hot Creations team member Miguel Campbell drops his debut on the label replete with a remix from Richy Ahmed. "Baby I Got It" simply belongs to Hot Creations; summer vibes, modern house, simple b-line and undeniably primed for a sweaty dancefloor. Second up "Something Special" goes down a luscious route with long, drawn-out synths, groovy bass and more summery female vocals. Mr Ahmed meanwhile takes remix duties for "Baby I Got It" and attacks with dark piercing twists and eerie turns.
Review: One of the many highlights of his Back In Flight School album, Miguel Campbell's understated deep house workout pulses with confidence and subtlety. Adding his own spoken word vocal is a risky move but it's one that pays off, adding a new dynamic on the breakdown. Remix-wise Alexis Raphael goes for an angular electro riff while Crooked Man Crooked Colours takes a leaf out of Benoit and Sergio's book and does loads of Balearic scribbles on it.
Review: Campbell delivers some proper party music on "Beats". The groove is housey and the vocodered vocal somewhat daft, but the refrain "we're rocking Ibiza" ensures that it remains memorable. The Shadow Child remix is a different proposition, thanks to its lithe break beats and mournful melodies, inspired by MANDY and Booka Shade. "Not That Kind of Girl" features a soulful vocal sample combined with an electro funk bassline and heavy claps to re-create the party sound of 80s Miami. Meanwhile, the MAM version primes the track for modern dance floor usage, with straighter 4/4 drums underscoring the soulful vocal.
Review: Ecuador's Carloh made a smashing debut last year with a release on Loco Dice's Desolat imprint and returns with his sophomore effort (in equally impressive fashion) for Jamie Jones' label: Hot Creations. The tough stomp of "Sound Pump" is fuelled by the signature bounce of the TR-808, jacked vocals and Plastikman style snare attacks. Second offering "It's Like Before" is definitely more a change of pace, going deeper with its hypnotic melody, boompty bass and diva vocals.
Review: Spanish producer Cuartero has been on a roll at the moment, with a succession of great releases on top labels like Saved, Repopulate Mars and Desolat. He reappears here for Hot Creations, following up some great ones for the label a couple of years back. Featuring the rolling, main-room people mover "Moon Crash", jam packed full of swing-fuelled rhythms, big bassline and trippy samples galore - this one's guaranteed to the rock the White Isle this Summer. "Moon Crash" (Sneak & Tripmastaz SP1200 Fire mix) sees both the original house gangster with the Ukraine's most underrated producer teaming up for some really loopy and infectious shenanigans. Second original offering "Kool Luv" gets deeper and dirtier on this sleazy little number destined for the afterhours dancefloor.
Review: Delivering his first piece of solo produced music for more than a decade, Hot Creations welcome the legendary Danny Tenaglia with "Don't Turn Your Back" - a sweltering and hypnotic tribal tech house workout that calls to mind the seminal sounds he was responsible for at the turn of the millennium. On remix duties are some equally legendary figures of electronic music: Harry "Choo Choo" Romero of Subliminal fame injects some latin flair into the track, while the larger than life Carl Cox delivers not one but two renditions - the tough and functional main remix with dub techno inflections, and a slinky rolling groove on his "ASW" remix.
Review: Having spent 14 years building up his reputation via releases on an impressive list of underground house and techno labels, Leeds lad Darius Syrossian has earned his shot at the big time. That chance comes via the mighty Hot Creations crew, who has decided to make this two tracker their first vinyl release of 2018. The real killer is A-side "Moxy", a bustling beast built around the kind of booming sub-bass pulses that were once a big feature of house and techno tracks created in the producer's home city. Combine these with Syrossian's rolling beats, foreboding stabs and a breakdown full of sharp beat edits and weird noises, and you have a proper peak-time beast on your hands.
Review: Already road-tested at his Ibiza residency during the summer, Syrossian says that "Danzer" was made in response to his frustration at modern house and techno. Certainly, its stream of consciousness vocal sample, shimmering chords and massive, filtered disco riff will endear it to any one who has grown sick of by the numbers gloomy techno. On the 'Techno Tool' take, the chords are deeper and more intense, while the bass booms powerfully. The other interpretation, offered by Adesse Versions, is markedly different. It see him lower the tempo, add in steely drums and drop a wiry acid line that niggles and nags like a Mediterranean matriarch.
Review: Sometime Play It Say It artist returns to Hot Creations following last year's Jamie Jones collaboration, "Doctor Zouk". It's the New York-based producer's first solo EP for the imprint and looks set to amplify his profile no end. He begins with the all-action bounce of "Airplane To Madrid", an excitable chunk of disco-tech marked out by prominent bass guitar, sweaty vocal snippets and just the right amount of mind-altering percussion. It's a driving, thrill-a-minute affair that sounds like a dancefloor hit in the making. Elsewhere, "Talkin' About" is a tough, acid-fired chunk of rolling tech-house funk, while "Acid Souls" sees Berrie wrap mangled TB-303 lines around live-sounding drums, chunky acid bass and female spoken word snippets.
Review: Demarzo has been a busy boy of late, dropping notable releases on such labels as Noir, Nurvous, This IS Recordings and Glasgow Underground. Here he transfers to the big leagues and the hypetastic world of Hot Creations. Predictably, he's provided three typically heavy bangers that fit the HC formula to a tee (think pitched-down vocal samples, booming basslines, powder house grooves and just the right amount of woozy chords). With its wobbly bassline, hip-wigglin' grooves and '90s deep house melodies, "Draw A Line" is probably the highlight, though the similar "Connect Yourself" and boompty-influenced "When They Come For You" are almost as good.
Review: Fresh from fine outings on Desolat and Robsoul Recordings, much-loved Canadian producer Demuir debuts on Hot Creations. He sets the tone with "Samba and the Elf", an energy-packed, boompty-style house bumper driven forwards by sweaty drums and a brilliant punk-funk bassline, before dancing shirtless towards disco-house pastures on cheery title track "High. Alive. & Dirty". "Rawness Beat 3" doffs a cap to both classic hip-house and the muscular, disco-fired loop-house of DJ Sneak, while "Eerbawdy Wants To Deeeszko" is a fired-up romp through high-octane house grooves and filtered disco samples. To round off the EP, Demuir delivers a tight and driving "Dub" of that celebratory workout.
Review: It is indeed time for a "West Coast Revival", as it seems to be a hotspot for electronic music at present - but we're preaching to the choir really. Its well known that Los Angeles is a second home of sports to label bosses Jamie Jones and Lee Foss, and one of the very inspirations behind their Hot Creations label - now running on eight years strong. Middlesbrough-based producer James Denney (Saved, Relief, Knee Deep In Sound) certainly subscribes to the west coast is best coast mentality too, as heard on the track's deep, funky and lo-slung groove. Who else was best suited to the remix that one of the main proponents of the west coast tech-house sound himself: Hipp-E. The Californian veteran applies his unmistakable hypnotic sounds on the remix, as well a funked-up and percussive rework by man of the moment Mele from Liverpool - in his idiosyncratic style as always.
Review: After making a brief splash with an appearance on International Deejay Gigolos back in 2006, Brazilian duo Digitaria are back in action and this time buffed and polished for a strut on the Hot Creations catwalk. There's plenty of electro-pop moves being played out over lead track "Shine", setting up Morgan Geist for a sure shot remix that panders to his love of bombast a la Storm Queen and yet still comes off as a more minimal end result. "Mystic Flow" has a slightly more moody dancefloor tone, although still on the lighter end of the production spectrum, while Waff gets busy with a remix of "Shine" that does a safe and steady job of working the original into a deep house track.
Review: Brazilian duo Digitaria are back in action on Hot Creations following their label debut earlier this year with Night Falls Again Daniela Caldellas and Daniel Albinati's third long player. As you'd expect there is plenty of hook laden electro pop and minimally minded house music to be found amidst the 12-track album as Digitaria effortlessly weave through moments of introspection ("End Of Line" makes for an icily atmospheric opener) to more outright dancefloor-focused tracks ("Golden Leaves", "Plastic Population" and the wonderfully named "Shopping Centre Soundtrack" are highlights) . The vocals from Daniela Caldellas throughout the album lend proceedings a compelling degree of moodiness too.
Review: Brazilian duo Digitaria follow-up their recent Night Falls Again full-length with a deserved single release of "Favourite Addiction", one of that set's strongest moments. The original version - produced alongside Turbo and Hot Creations regular Clarian - is typically atmospheric, with dreamy, touchy-feely vocals and spitting electronics riding a shuffling, saucer-eyed deep house groove. Fast-rising star Jey Kurmis offers up a tougher, darker and altogether more energetic remake, where the original vocals ride a wave of pumping percussion and off-key electronic noises. Finally, '90s survivors Groove Armada provide the standout version, a swinging, nine-minute epic that adds a little vintage late night hustle - via sparse pianos, chunky bass and delay-laden vocal samples - to the original's key-wielding powder house bounce.
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: It's been another prolific year for Hot Creations, with Jamie Jones' label slamming out nine EPs and an album already, the latter being from Popof. In the interests of keeping dancefloors the world over fuelled with that distinctive sound, here comes the next bomb from the label, and Doorly and Hauswerks are the brains behind it. "The Illusionist" takes the lead with a brooding, heads down style that prizes subtlety over dramatic fireworks, until that is the trumpet-laden breakdown rears its head. "Swamp Donkey" meanwhile keeps the funk up and then whips right into an audacious bass-rich melt-out that should get the crowd itching for that impending drop.
Review: New York based DJ and producer Max Eskuche has appeared previously for the likes of Repopulate Mars, Deeperfect and VIVa MUSiC - so he definitely has the credentials. The Gradus Records boss now spends most of his time on The White Isle and that sure is evident on his new killer for Hot Creations. The sleazy late night bounce of "Activator" is perfect to set the mood when they turn the lights down the low - and sweat starts to drip from the walls. Second offering "Pleasure Beat" is a more powerful and jacking affair, with a certain acid house influence throughout and sure to work on the dancefloor - it's definitely our pick of the two.
Review: It is certainly a big week for Jamie Jones' powerhouse Hot Creations, with a right banger by Mancunian Joseph Edmund, and now this riveting new EP by Italian native Fabio Neural - who teams up with growing Columbian talent DJ Fronter on the Brr Baby Brr EP. Some of you may remember their last track "Remeniss" on Toolroom a little while back. More surefire party starters on this one we can assure you: from the deep down and dirty rolling drama of the title track (which is perfect tackle for the afterhours), to the ravey peak time banger that is "Silver Star" (sure to cause some madness in the main room) and the pummelling dancefloor fury of "Downtown" which could have equally been at home on a label like Drumcode or Suara.