Hot Creations is a well respected British dance music label co-run by Jamie Jones and Lee Foss. Since 2010, the label has gained ‘global notoriety through pioneering a new and unique sound born of its founders’ deep affinity with old disco records and soulful beats’. From deep house, to tech house, to funky house and disco, Hot Creations has seen sunshine-drenched releases from names including: Patrick Topping, Miguel Campbell, Clarian, Popof, Route 94, Audiojack, Nathan Barato, Phil Kieran, PBR Streetgang, and both Jamie Jones and Lee Foss themselves. Hot Natured, Hot Waves and Hottrax are all sub-labels to Hot Creations and set up to help encompass a wider breadth of the electronic music spectrum.
Review: Kane Dignum's first Little Fritter outing on Hot Creations, 2020's 'Dub Riddem', was a booming, dancehall-influenced tech-house anthem, so hopes are high for the Aussie artist's belated follow-up. This time round, the influence of soundsystem culture is not as prominent, though the throbbing bassline underpinning lead cut 'My People'- a crunchy, stripped-back, peak-time ready big room tech-house excursion rich in soulful male vocals and warehouse-ready synth stabs - is pleasingly weighty. The Gold Coast-based producer takes things up a notch on 'Fry High', an energetic and sweat-soaked, rave-igniting number that joins the dots between big room funky house, breakbeats and the disco-house surge of late '90s 'French touch' tracks.
Review: The London-based DJ/producer Joshwa, keeps on rising since he made waves in 2022 with high-profile collaborations alongside Lee Foss, CID, and Martin Ikin. He is now set to make his label debut on Hot Creations with his two-track EP, 'Bass Go Boom.' The EP, featuring two lively and heavily requested productions that showcase Joshwa's signature sound. First 'Bass Go Boom' is designed to ignite the dancefloor with its powerful drop, swing-fueled rhythm, and stuttered vocal, all perfectly complemented by a massive bassline. 'Supersonic' is another peak-time tech house jam with infectious grooves that will keep the dancefloor moving.
Review: Fresh from the release of the Slow Down single on Catch & Release, Sosa UK joins forces with Floorplay founders Prok & Fitch for a collaborative EP on Hot Creations. What's on offer is weighty, sweaty and big room ready, particularly title track 'Dance Lapse' - a rolling, sub-heavy chunk of peak-time tech-house built around crunchy drums, fuzzy aural textures, booming bass and eyes-closed vocal snippets. The trio moves further towards mind-mangling tech-house territory on the glitchy, wobble bass-sporting, lightly UKG influenced wonkiness of 'Sweat', before reaching for urgent, excitable, delay-laden electronic lead lines on the similarly sub-heavy chunkiness of 'Footsteps in the Dark'. Big music for big rooms that boast suitably big sooundsystems.
Review: Hot Creations delivers a combined EP by French producers Malikk (Hottrax/Toolroom/Solotoko) and Chicks Luv Us (Desolat/Viva Limited) bridging the gap between tech house and dub techno in a bright and playful style. First up is the tough main room groove of "Can We Dance" followed by the rolling, heads-down affair "Makelene" and finally Malikk goes solo on the latin rhythm infused minimal house groover "Talkie Walkie".
Review: Sometime DFTD and Relief Records regular Mason Maynard made his bow on Hot Creations two years ago via the driving, sub-heavy tech house-soul of 'McLovin'. Here he returns with a far more expansive release that should please the Manchester producer's legion of fans. General Levy makes his presence felt on opener 'Something For Tha Underground', adding hype-inducing raps and shout-outs to a deliciously percussive, sub-heavy and sweaty house workout primed for peak-time floors. Hadiya George sings sweetly on the squelchy, radio-friendly tech house-pop of 'Ring of Fire', which comes accompanied by a vocal-free dub. Elsewhere, 'Motherland' is a breathless, Korg M-1-sporting afterhours slammer, while 'Disco Punk' is a wonderfully bass-heavy 2022 update on the loopy disco-house sound of the late '90s.
Review: Rising British talent Guy Mac makes a much anticipated debut on Hot Creations here with this new EP. Made up of three original tracks, the release acts as both Mac's and the label's inaugural release of 2022. From the tough rolling main room bounce of opening cut "Sonic Boom" that's peppered with euphoric rave motifs, to the hypnotic polyrhythmic groove of "Waku Waku" reaching near tribal moments with that massive Reese bassline, and ending with the thundering dark beat techno of "Don't Stop". Mac's hard-hitting, club-ready sound makes him one to watch in 2022.
Review: Manchester's Pirate Copy has been a constant presence in the scene, with his releases appearing on top labels like Sola, Relief, Elrow and Moon Harbour over the years, not to mention running his very own Kaluki for the last 15 years. His latest comes from the ever reliable Hot Creations titled "You Need It". It's a deep down and dirty groove which features rising vocalist Hattie Snooks, and also comes with a gritty remix by US legend Harry 'Choo Choo' Romero, and another rolling rework by Miane in the true tradition of UK tech house.
Review: An established presence in his home city of Dublin, the ascendant Lukey has previously impressed release wise with appearances on Play Groove, IWANT and Lisbon's Carpet & Snares this year. His latest comes courtesy of Hot Creations, which he says is a dream come true as it's a label he has been a fan of since he was a teenager. "Less Is More" takes the best motifs of classic Stateside house and throws them all into one fine mix, led by its shimmering chord progression underpinned by an infectious breakbeat. This is followed by the tough rolling tech house of "Quick One" and the early '90s vibe of "We Will Never Hear".
Review: UK tech house hero Rich NxT continues with his prolific output of late. The next release from the Fuse London staple (and Seven Dials main man) comes courtesy of Hot Creations in the form of the Vibewise EP. Having featured as remixer on the label previously, this is his debut; a killer three track release. Starting with the tough main room bounce of "Roll On", there's more swing for your satisfaction on the infectious hypnotism of "Papermill" and getting into moodier territory on the heads down groove of the title track.
Review: Welsh producer No-e is quickly rising up the ranks. Honing his craft in his hometown of Swansea, his recent releases on Food Music and All Night Long Records have caught the ears of industry heavyweights, such as Jamie Jones. He serves up the funked-up boompty disco loops of "A List" on Jones' esteemed Hot Creations label, reminiscent of classic DJ Sneak, while the low slung, hypnotic and bass-driven groove of "Fleek" provides more main room tackle, and the funky house slammer "Get It" nails that classic Robsoul sound of old.
Review: Hot Creations chief Jamie Jones is back with a killer new tune in the form of "Handy Work". Said to have come about at the end of a studio session after working on other tracks, he rediscovered a classic diva sample originally used on a Junior Vasquez production from back in 1994. Completed in about an hour, Jones played it out in the club shortly after where the crowd reaction was intense - he knew he was onto something massive. Jones also serves up the deep, down and dirty afterhours bounce of "Mind Meld With Spock" as well as the deep and sensual mood music of "Sunday In Paris" with its sexy saxophone melody.
Review: Chiqito made his debut on Cuartero's Sanity Records back in 2012. Support from some of the industry's finest led to more releases on esteemed labels such as Elrow Music, Dirtybird, Snatch!, Brock Wild and I'm A House Gangster. Now the Hungarian producer/DJ makes his debut on the ever reliable Hot Creations with the Phantom Of The Opera EP, featuring four up-front jams that are sure to bang the party. From the off-kilter percolator jack of "Dance Of The Sugar", to the rolling and hypnotic bass-driven shuffle of the title track, and the boompty minimal funk of "Free Styles" - Chiqito has you sorted for tackle on this one.
Review: Following releases on influential labels such as Relief, Elrow Music and Snatch!, Italian DJ/producer Samuele Scelfo debuts on Hot Creations with his two-track release My Father in Ibiza 1988. The title refers to his Dad's unique record collection which he acquired whilst on the White Isle almost three decades ago. Features the bass-driven, heads down groove of "Hygge" which is aimed squarely at the main room dancefloor, as is the rolling and hypnotic UK tech house vibe of "Don't Mess" singling out Scelfo as definitely one to watch for the remainder of 2021.
Review: Newcomer Tommier Joyson is up next on Hot Creations. He may be new to the electronic music landscape but if this debut is anything to go by, he's bound for great things. A trippy cut that's aimed squarely at the main room dancefloor, "Clap Your Hands" is a fierce and bass-driven effort, where its clipped rhythm programming supports some jacked vocals for added effect. Up next on the remix is the ever reliable East End Dubs (Eastenderz) who takes the track outside and into the sun for the afternoon after party complete with swung rhythms and classic house keys, plus letting the vocals sing out to its full potential.
Review: Fast rising producer Mr Diamond, he of Solid Grooves Raw, Saved Records and Seven Dials fame, tested his sound on more than 300 songs over the last two years. As a DJ, his sets cover the full spectrum of house music, so he took this approach when making the Dance With Me EP. From the funky house attack of the title track, to the sweltering tribal house ritual of "Bongomatic" and the clipped rhythms of final track "London Bass", a trippy minimal house workout that is aimed squarely at after hours dancefloors.
Review: Following up some terrific releases in recent weeks by the likes of James Solace & Jansons, Joseph Edmund and Monki, Hot Creations continue to churn out the quality with this new release by rising British producer Tim Taylor. The Londoner makes his debut on Jamie Jones esteemed label with the Do You Like...EP. From the banging acid jack of the title track and its dirty vocals, to the razor sharp bassline that is just sick on the afterhours bounce of "Check It" while "Vibrate" properly nails that heads down vibe.
Review: Two of the biggest names in UK house team up here for a massive release on the ever reliable Hot Creations: the prolific and multifaceted James Solace (aka James 'Burnski" Burnham) with rising star of the scene Michael Jansons - who's hot off the success of his hit "Medicine" with Dope Earth Alien. Of the Portal EP, the pair described eager plans to join each other for some time in the studio, with lockdown being the perfect opportunity to make it happen. The White Isle summer season may not happen this year, but you can imagine you are there in the club while listening to the pumping title track. This is proper funked up and tough rolling tech house that's aimed squarely at the main room dancefloor. Next up, get your head down and into the groove on the sweltering tribal rhythms of "Ba Dah Be Dah" followed by the hypnotic disco loops of "54" nailing that classic DJ Sneak vibe.
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.