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: 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.
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.