Review: Following his debut release Dreams To Reality, which dropped on Hot Creations in 2019, rising star Joseph Edmund is back onboard with "Baewatch". It's one seriously boompty and minimal groove peppered with infectious R&B vocals atop, that is perfect tackle for the warm-up or after hours alike. Second offering "Aphrodites" is a tougher and more bass-driven tech house tool aimed squarely at the main room dancefloor, in the tradition of the classic Freak 'N Chic sound. Edmund's sound makes him unquestionably one to watch, with a plethora of unreleased tracks being sent out to key labels for the remainder of this year.
Review: &Friends label head, former Radio 1 and now Defected Radio host, A&R consultant for Atlantic Records and all round electronic tastemaker, Lucy Monkman aka Monki sure keeps busy. She makes her debut on Hot Creations here with "Yurican Soul", which will hypnotise you with its slinky and hypnotic acid groove. This is backed up by "Ring Ring" featuring the vocals of award winning American poet and songwriter Rosemarie Wilson aka Queen Rose, who has previously collaborated with Luke Solomon, Eli Brown and Yuksek. This one hits with more power, mainly coming from its driving bassline.
Review: Originally from a small island in the gulf of Naples called Ischia, Blackchild is the artist name for Italian artist Gennaro Filisdeo. He now lands on Hot Creations with the Groove Dealer EP, featuring three heavy duty club rollers, moulding his early influences with a contemporary flare. From the tough, groove-oriented minimal funk of the title track and its infectious saxophone solo calling to mind a certain classic, to the jazzy and funked-up 'boompty-boomp' of "Siempre" reminiscent of early noughties Chicago, and the ferocious closer "Inmydreams" which injects an austere dub techno element into proceedings beneath its soulful vocals.
Review: Stuttgart's Ninetoes has garnered a catalogue of great releases and remixes on acclaimed labels such as Crosstown Rebels, Saved, Suara and Mobilee of late, in addition to running his own outlet Head To Toe. He can now add the ever reliable Hot Creations to the list, where he brings his best on the sun-kissed and mesmerising loops of "Same Same", with its addictive vocals and infectious keys hypnotising you into submission. A second offering arrives in the form of "Feel It", a tough rolling UK tech house inspired cut which is aimed squarely at the moon room dancefloor.
Review: It was in March last year that ascendant British youngster Josh Hvaal released his debut EP on Hot Creations, soon gaining support from top names in the industry such as Joseph Capriati and Andrea Oliva. He followed up with promising efforts on Circus Recordings, Distortion and Hot Creations' offshoot Hottrax. It's more of the same on the Derby-based producer's latest banger called "The Sound", with it's ravey and strobe-lit style of bounce that's aimed squarely at the main room dancefloor at peak time. This is followed up by "Stan Smith" featuring classic house music tropes including jacked vocal samples, Todd Terry style horn stabs and swing-fuelled rhythms.
Review: With previous releases on Snatch! Records and Glasgow Underground, in addition to running their very own imprint Siena label, Disaia are a prolific pairing in Madrid's electronic music scene. Of their new release titled "Cubbe", the pair described how they 'tried to merge several styles of older tech house, using the percussion as a reference to follow the original line of Hot Creations.' That statement is fairly on-point, it's an infectious and sweltering tribal house groove in the tradition of fellow countrymen Chus & Ceballos. The dubby and bass-driven "Everybody" channels the sound of late '90s west coast tech house (not at all a bad thing) and closes it out with the contemporary flavour of swing-fuelled banger "He Was Out".
Review: He might be Dateless, but certainly not desperate when you consider recent offers to release on W&O Street Tracks, Solid Grooves and ViVA Music in recent times. Real name Xavier Smulovitz, he now adds Hot Creations to the list where he presents his latest track "Bee", and The Los Angeles-based producer's brand of sunny and punchy tech house is right at home here. Add to that the pumping energy of tripped out minimal funk jam "Line In The Dirt" which totally nails that west coast vibe with its massive bass-driven bounce. There's all you need right here to rock the afterparty.
Review: One of contemporary house music's most established pairings, Prok & Fitch make their much anticipated debut on Hot Creations here with a two track EP. "Tease" continues a stunning 2020 that has seen them release on sister imprint Repopulate Mars as well as Solid Grooves. With its deep and sleazy afterhours themed bounce which sees them collaborate with London vocalist Kyozo, it is backed by second offering "Smack" - an equally druggy affair packed full of swing that'd go down a treat on Sunday morning as well. With this one, the Brighton-based duo continue to carve out an impressive standing in the electronic music sphere.
Review: Italian mainstay Ruggero Di Gianvito aka Leon, resident at Music On and co-founder of Chelsea Hotel Records and D-Floor, makes his long awaited debut on Hot Creations after some hot releases on Crosstown Rebels, Toolroom and Elrow. Taking inspiration from the late '90s American disco house scene popularised by seminal imprints such as Subliminal and Soulfuric, as best heard on the ultra funky title track "Disco 3000" with its infectious loop that will get you locked into the groove. He goes deeper on the sensual late night mood music of "Groove It" and closes it out with the bass driven dub of "T-House".
Review: Hot Creations continues to pioneer a contemporary house sound, with two of the scene's most established talents collaborating on their debut release together. Label chief Jamie Jones teams up with MOOD Records boss and techno mainstay Nicole Moudaber here for "Pepper Shake", a tough rolling tech house jam aimed squarely at the main room dancefloor with the peak time in mind. Second original offering "Bubble Ride" is a more straight ahead affair in the vein of classic UK tech house. Moody and bass-driven, this functional cut is equally worthy of being played in the early evening or the morning hours alike.
Review: Hailing from the Dutch-Carribean island of Curacao, brother-and-sister duo Andy & Dorothy Sherman have become one of electronic music's most well loved pairings. With previous releases on Defected and Dirtybird, the ascendant duo now add the ever reliable Hot Creations to the list. From the swing-fuelled Afro house bounce on "Bon Bini", to the boompty and jazzy deep house of "OK Cool Aight" featuring ConQuer Jones, to the wonky and disorienting afterhours jam of "Breathe" featuring Agent Sasco - there's all you need right here!
Review: Aussie Kane Dignum aka Little Fritter has been a regular on the electronic music circuit for more than a decade. Having had his first release back in 2008, the Gold Coast mainstay has released on labels as diverse as Affin, Catwash and One Records to name but a few. He's really hit the big time now, if this release on Hot Creations is anything to go by. There's echo drenched dancehall sound system vibes abound on the fittingly titled "Dub Riddem", while "Puff Puff" goes for a wonky boompty-boomp kind of vibe that's perfect for getting weird at the afterhours. He ends things on a sweltering tribal tip with the hypnotic polyrhythms of "How Lucky Should We Feel?".
Review: Pumping out the bangers like Corona ain't no thing, Darius Syrossian returns to Hot Creations after making his debut back in 2018 with the Moxy EP. The lead track, defined by its crunchy warehouse boom and stuttering 909 percussion, sees a subtle bassline hold down a major groove while various vocal snippets and narratives of bravado fill in the gaps. "Boujee B" on the flip opts for an instrumental, tribal and tech house alternative, full of heavy offbeat percussion, keys, progressions and pumping club vibes.
Review: The ever reliable Gavin Lynch aka Matador has been a known staple of Richie Hawtin's Minus/Plus 8 imprints, in addition to running his own successful Rukus operation. Now he makes his debut for Hot Creations with the 'Wildside' EP, which the label best described themselves as featuring 'two contrasting tracks that stay true to the ethos of the label, synonymous with White Isle hedonism' and showing off a much different side than we're used to from the Irish producer. With that in mind, the quarantine party begins with the funky and tough rolling title track, packed full of swing fuelled rhythms and hypnotic vocal loops, followed by the slinky and hypnotic summer bliss of "Sweet Release".
Review: Sanity boss Cuartero began producing at the age of 15 and shot onto the world stage in 2012, DJing over five continents and releasing on labels such as Desolat, Moon Harbour, Saved, Circus and Hot Creations. In 2015 he was named Best Newcomer DJ at the DJ Awards and in 2017 he won best tech house artist and artist of the year at the Vicious Music Awards. His new one for Jamie Jones' ever reliable Hot Creations features the deep, down and dirty minimal afterhours groove of "What Luv", followed by by the funky tough roller "Open Ended" - which is reminiscent of mid noughties sounds by Konrad Black or Troy Pierce - nice!
Review: It has nothing to do with the 90s dance-pop act of the same name, but this collaboration between Skream and Tom Demac is also destined to receive widespread attention. Issued on the high-profile Hot Creations imprint, EMF draws heavily on underground electro. Centred on a menacing swinging bass and ominous synths that wouldn't sound out of place on a Sterac Electronics release, it shows why these collaborators are viewed as the UK's most talented dance producers. Label owner Jamie Jones delivers a clubby, techy reshape that draws on the original version's menacing bass, with deft filter drops sure to add to the original's dance floor appeal.
Review: Shaded, Orange County's finest, brings his inherently balmy and sun-kissed vibe to a staple very welcome to such aesthetic - Hot Creations. Following up some standout releases on Senso Sounds, Turbo and SCI+TEC, the now Barcelona-based live act makes his debut on Jamie Jones' imprint. He presents "Mad Stacks", a pummelling chugger with a roaring arpeggio bassline and cheeky vocal loops all making for an infectious track. There's also a remix featured by rising Torontonian Demuir (Kwench/I'm A House Gangster) who takes it down a housier route albeit a tough, funky and rolling one for added dancefloor dynamics.
Review: It's been a fruitful hustle over the past 10 years for London's East End Dubs, a producer that from relative obscurity in 2012 has built a small empire around his own 'east-side' sound and vision, bringing clubby, dubbed-out and minimal club tracks to the other side of the English channel. This time East End Dubs goes transatlantic and lands on Hot Creations with a well deserved, functional, and select run of bassline tracks. Tighter grooves can be found in "Dis" with its early morning vocal and dreamy atmospheres, with its rhythm given a tougher, turned out variation in "Staines Groove". The master track here, "LFO", brims with a classic UK bass sound tipped by club music percussion to get you through to the after party, and hotel lobby.
Review: Up next on the ever reliable Hot Creations is Manchester-based Mason Maynard. This ascendant producer has surfaced on Sola, Relief and Repopulate Mars in recent times and has proven himself as one to watch. His new thriller entitled "McLovin" is a tough rolling tech house banger with intermittent disco loops which just add to its infectious groove energy. Second offering "Remedy" features the vocal talents of American legend Ursula Rucker and is a much more moody and heads down affair, where Rucker's unmistakable style of spoken word performance is backed by syncopated rhythms reaching near tribal moments and a humming sub bass.
Review: Hot Creations head Jamie Jones teams up with friend Alan Fitzpatrick of We Are The Brave - a fellow resident at the former's Paradise party. The result is "Fairytale Frequency" - a stunning two-track collaboration from two of electronic music's most in-demand talents. The end result is an outstanding offering that showcases both artists at their best. From the sweltering tribal energy of the title track, complete with strobed-out 303 acid psychedelia, they then turn up the heat some more on the euphoric classic house vibe of "Sundancing". This one, like its name suggests, is perfect to kick off the Spring season - and is sure to be one you'll be hearing a lot of in 2020 and beyond.
Review: UK tech house hero Seb Zito is more commonly associated with London based party crew Fuse, but makes his debut here for Hot Creations. He runs his own highly praised imprints Seven Dials and F&Z, in addition to a slew of well received EPs on Play It Say It, Edible, ORIGINS, Rawax & Kaos Theory. The Catch My Drift? EP features three rolling and hypnotic cuts: from the tough and funked-up acid jack of "Nut In Your Mouth", or "Flow" hammering the message home in peak time style/swing-fuelled fashion, and finally riding it all the way home to the after party with the tripped-out street level sounds of "Put Your Phones Down" - this one's featuring Woodzy on the mic.
Review: 2020 looks set to be a big breakthrough year for 24 year old Josh Hvaal, as he makes his mark on the underground dance music scene. After catching the eye of Jamie Jones with his original and unconventional productions, the Derby based DJ was immediately signed for this debut release. From the supercharged peak time groove antics of "The Sound" to the infectious bounce of "Stan Smith" with its classic house tropes in full effect - first impressions count and Hvall certainly sets the bar high. With planned releases on Hottrax and his label Forum records still to come, expect to hear much more from him as the year unravels.
Review: Does James Burnham ever find time to sleep? The Leeds-based tech house hero has been churning out his trademark grooves for the better part of 15 years as Burnski, where he was a staple of top labels like 20:20 Vision, Dessous and Real Tone before moving on to head up his successful Constant Sound - the current 'go to' label. He's no stranger to Jamie Jones either, having released on both Hot Creations and sister label Hottrax previously, but he's back under the lesser known alias of James Solace here for the 'Mind Music' EP. It features the deep, down and dirty Reese-driven action of "Keep On", the sunny peak time thriller "Catalyst" which we can imagine having the crowd going mental on The White Isle this summer, and the tunnelling after hours shenanigans of "Groove" - which works that TB-303 to perfection.
Review: The ever reliable Hot Creations are back, and how's this for a collaboration: Romanian newcomer Paco Wegmann - hot off a release for sister label Hottrax - follows up equally promising efforts on Elrow, Viva Music and Kwench. He teams up with French DJ Sirus Hood, he of Sankeys Ibiza and Ministry Of Sound fame, for the new thriller "Rip Tide". With its old school 909 bounce, complete with Todd Terry style stabs and cheeky jacked vocals - this one absolutely reeks of summertime on the White Isle. This is followed by the second offering "Rush Hour", a tough rolling, bass-driven groove tool that's aimed squarely at the main room for peak time.
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.
Review: Joseph Edmund is an underground house and techno DJ/Producer from the musical city of Manchester. After starting to DJ at the age of 19, he began playing at his hometown's best venues including Gorilla and Sankeys. First spotted by Hot Creations label boss Jamie Jones last year, when he debuted on sister label Hottrax, he's back with a couple more killer tunes here on the Dreams To Reality EP - which are aimed squarely at the main room at peak time. From the druggy, bass-driven minimal tech house of "Norrr" with its addictive pop vocals atop, followed up by the tough rolling banger "Fuego" which follows in the proper traditions of UK tech house.
Review: Shadow Child aka Simon Neale returns with a bang to Hot Creations. The title track is a wild techy banger, peppered with the type of high-pitched squelches that Timo Maas used to specialise in during the early 90s. Underpinned by a tough but bouncy bass, it makes for a superb piece of party techno. On "Get Busy", Neale delivers a stripped back but equally effective track; powered by rolling snares and featuring an insistent vocal sample at its heart, once again, the use of surging bass is sure to keep dance floors busy. Mark Broom also weighs in with a remix of "DBG", turning it into a rolling, filter-heavy techno track that is infused with incessant disco stabs.
Review: Originally from Croatia but now residing in Serbia, Goran Paradinja aka Reblok is one of the best newcomers to the scene. He has released an already impressive back catalogue of music on some of the biggest labels including Elrow, Sola, Toolroom and Repopulate Mars to name but a few. His new banger "Smile" is a pop inflected peak time anthem that's sure to rock the house with its infectious vocal. This is followed by the rolling and hypnotic UK tech house thumper "Roots". What more can we say? The man from Novi Sad continues to bring the goods and we can't wait to hear what he has in store for 2020.
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: Hot Creations welcome a four way collaboration with the house scene's most talked about artists all teaming up. Featuring Jean Pierre (Cuttin' Headz, Defected and Desolat), Jesse Calosso (Cuttin' Headz, Tuskegee), Harvard Bass (Relief, Turbo Recordings, Saved and VIVA Music) and Kid Enigma - who has previously collaborated with Mat.Joe and Nathan Barato. The result is the vocal-driven, dirty and low down bounce of "Krispy". Equally booty house influenced is the sleazy and bass-driven groove antics offered up on "Bogus" up next.
Review: Jholeyson is beginning to make real waves in the scene. Having produced standout releases for the likes of Posh Records, Harvibal and 1994 Music, it was in 2018 that the young Colombian DJ launched his own imprint: Sticker Music. Fast forward a year and this EP for Hot Creations marks another strong milestone in Jholeyson's ever-flourishing career. From the deep and tripped-out afterhours acid of "Discow," through to the tough rolling and hypnotic "Plenty" which is reminiscent of the classic UK tech house style - Jholeyson is definitely one top watch in 2019 and beyond.
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: 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 Sola, Hedonism and Toolroom, Dresden-based duo Raumakustik are back on Hot Creations. The duo were responsible for the underground summer anthem '"Raider" which went on to be one of the biggest tracks of 2015. Their new thriller entitled "Animal" is a generous serving of bass-driven and swing fuelled tech funk featuring maximum dancefloor dynamics. This is followed by label chief Jamie Jones' edit of "Waves" going for a funked-up and polyrhythmic tribal house workout, reminiscent of the legendary DJ Sneak's Sneaky Trax from the mid '90s - super hot!
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: 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: The pairing of Sammy W & Tobus first came to label boss Jamie Jones' attention back in 2011. Their fresh approach to DJ sets has garnered support from some of the scene's top DJs, and their their seamless blend of tech-house, funk and hip-hop has been released music on 8bit, Repopulate Mars and Brock Wild, as well as running their own labels Tobus X and Tobus Limited. Following on from last year's Bump It EP, the pair join forces once again on the Acid Terrace EP. Kicking off with the dirty, tough rolling funk of the title track with its jacked vocals, followed up by the rough and ready/Todd Terry influenced old school flavour of "Shake It" plus the druggy minimal shuffle of Jam Tight".
Review: Canadian tech house hero Nathan Barato is up next on Hot Creations, stepping away from his usual tough rolling tech-house sound for this full length. One half of duo The Roaches (with fellow Torontonian Carlo Lio), Barato has also released for the likes of Rekids, Cajual, Saved Records, Snatch and his very own Roots And Wings Music. He brings with him an old-school, energetic bounce throughout Past Forward, inviting some top names to join him for the ride. Kicking off with the early Chicago vibe of "Over You" featuring Montrealer Wayne Tenant, the freaky "She's A Rockstar" featuring Room 303, through to some hyper-boompty antics with Keith Rafael Perez, better known as Kid Enigma on "In Ya Soul" and even moments of super sexy deepness - as heard on "Don't Say It" featuring Mikey V.
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: "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: Sizeup is the the alias of one Jamie Burley, a York based producer/DJ who has had a passion for electronic music from a young age, hauling bags of vinyl to his school discos with choice selections from legendary producers like Frankie Knuckles, Kevin Saunderson and Todd Terry. He follows up releases on Material, Moon Harbour and Underground Audio with this new scorcher for the always reliable Hot Creations and he was a good choice - his sound is right in line with the label's punchy and summery tech-house vibe. This is rather apparent on the title track, with its disco tinge reminiscent of classic NYC house from the late 90s. Speaking of which: the fittingly titled next track "Don't Know Disco" indeed goes down more of a dirty, boompty tech-house route, much like the following track "Dertober".