Review: After some impressive turns for ClekClekBoom and Needwant, Chaos In The CBD are moving over to Hot Haus for some more of their old-skool styled house offerings with a focus on lo-fi charm and pure hearted groove. "Delorean Dreams" has a dystopian electro tone at its core, as defined by the warbling synth line and punchy bassline, although it still moves with the strict instruction of a house beat. "Okinawa" likewise has its own raw edge to it, as though it were lifted from an early KMS record, warts and all. Legowelt gets beamed in for a remix of "Delorean Dreams" that heads into a nightmarish swirl of lurid sci-fi synths and subtle breaks.
Review: Clea Herlofsson is a Swedish DJ and 'dancing queen', who has made a name for herself playing out and about on Stockholm's club scene. She makes her debut here on Hot Haus Recs, following up an impressive debut on local start-up imprint Study Records. Here's an EP of 'South African inspired Scandinavian house cuts', with her track "Fantasy" receiving a totally trippin' and neon-lit rework by Aussie retrovert Bell Towers, followed by some dreamy and dusty deepness in the form of "Crazy Cato" and the absolutely emotive "Don't Ask".
Review: The inimitable DJ Haus returns to UTTU offshoot Hot Haus with a second helping of his Thug Hous Anthems series. If you checked the first volume you should know what to expect here as the haus man throws down four shades of house music perfect for the dancehall. The immediately gratifying tone commences with "Addicted 2 Houz" where heavy organ stabs duke it out with the most satisfying of snare drums in some time. "Feel Da Phonk" does sample heavy deepness in a manner few of the current UK crop can muster whilst "Touch Ur Boody" has some crazy pitch swinging high hats that will mess with your head!
Review: Fresh from fine 2017 outings on Madhouse and his own Steaward label, action man DJ Steaw returns to Hot Haus Records with a trio of deep house jack-tracks. "Heaven", a rush-inducing mixture of dreamy deep techno electronics, tactile synth bass, bustling beats and subtle "Pacific 808" references, is little less than a spine-tingling, saucer-eyed anthem, while "Picpus" sees the experienced French producer pepper a classic NYC deep house groove with hooky organ stabs and almost overwhelmingly picturesque synthesizer motifs. The EP's other cut, "I See You", is arguably the deepest of the bunch, though the producer's use of skipping beats and heavy sub-bass guarantees good dancefloor energy throughout.
Review: DJ Haus has decided to mark the 50th release on his sweat-soaked Hot Haus Records imprint by handing over the reins to Huxley, a long-serving DJ/producer best known for his tech-tinged productions. He's not in tech-house mode here, though. Instead, he begins by peppering a tracky, bass-heavy peak-time house groove with tight, techno-style melodic loops, dreamy chords and trippy, cut-up vocal samples on bona fide banger "Die Hard". The track that follows, "Tight Knitted", is another boisterous and thumping affair. This time, Huxley wraps a weighty, bowel-bothering groove in tribal percussion, elastic riffs, warehouse-ready stabs and some suitably raw-sounding electronic motifs.
Review: Throughout his short but successful career to date, Innershades has proved adept at delivering material that mines the rich techno history of his native Belgium. Here he's at it again for DJ Haus' Hot Haus imprint. He begins with the booming kick drums, sweaty vocal samples and mind-bending rave stabs of "A World That Matters", before doffing a cap to the nation's lesser-celebrated late '80s house jams on the bouncy and melodious "Inside Your Mind". "Cruising At Sunset" surprisingly doffs a cap to early '90s New Jersey garage - think MK riffs, sustained note strings and bubbling electronics - before "Finger On The Trigger" sees the young Belgian paying tribute to local hero Frank De Wulf.
Review: Unknown To The Unknown sub label Hot Haus have been doing great things of late with fine releases by Steve Murphy, Red Light and Marlon Hoffstadt. Next up is Jacy Bozzi, an Italian DJ, composer and arranger. He is the founder of Home Of House Records. Deeply devoted to the old school sound of classic Italian house between 1989 and 1994, he was picked up to feature on both of Young Marco's Welcome To Paradise compilations and released the Somewhere In The Tapes EP on the Kalahari Oyster Cult label. DJ Haus had access to a world of lost DATS and dug out four super deep Italian house masterpieces. Real composition, no lazy sampling, just pure MIDI house music from Italy.
Review: Andrew Field-Pickering seems to be on a roll at the moment. Following last year's brilliantly madcap drum workouts under the Dolo Percussion moniker, he returns to the more familiar Max D guise for an outing on the always-impressive Unknown to the Unknown label. "Highlife" is in many ways typical of his recent output, with pitched-down jungle drums underpinning typical tropical synths and a bouncing, off-kilter bassline. It's hard to pin down, but impressive nonetheless. Willie Burns remixing, turning the left-of-centre original into a wide-eyed chunk of African-influenced tropical deep house. It's a little saner than the original, but no less potent.
Review: Having previously plied his trade almost exclusively on Public Possession, Obalski has surprisingly pitched up on Hot Haus Records with a predictably colourful, all-action EP. Rich in bold, ear-catching musical elements, sturdy beats and a wide-eyed, loved-up vibe, it's the kind of set that will delight those who like their club cuts to come with a healthy dose of dancefloor positivity. Highlights are plentiful, from the razor-sharp TB-303 lines and thrusting drums of "Acid 1986" (a track that's also given a spacey acid makeover by Kim Ann Foxman), to the low-slung, delay-laden piano house-meets-dub house flex of "Space Nation" and the rushing, disco-flecked giddiness of cheery EP opener "Shine A Light". Sofa-bound thrills are also provided via the largely beat-free warmth of "Cloud Saver".
Review: Looking back it's been a killer year for DJ Haus and his pair of labels, Unknown to the Unknown and Hot Haus, and it seems like he won't be easing the gears down from "unfcknrelenting" now December has arrived. The latest Hot Haus release (the sixth issued since September!) sees a welcome return for whippersnapper producer Palace whose Vision is the third release issued on the UTTU offshoot in a year! If you liked previous Palace releases you'll love the three tracks here, which are all raw and effective DJ tools sprinkled with immediacy, individuality and nagging basslines - "Solstice" in particular is a real burner of a track.
Review: Unknown To The Unknown's Palace drops a cheeky little number on Hot Haus Recs in the form of four effortlessly raw house and drum machine delights. All four tracks display the simplicity and funkiness which made so many Chicago house records so damn great - check "Astral" in particular, a real bombshell in every sense of the word and of course, "Dreamscape" itself, a thumping, pulsating beat flex. Top!
Review: One Eyed Jacks boss Photonz keeps up his annual appearance record on Unknown To The Unknown, scoring a killer debut on the Hot Haus offshoot after two fine releases on the main UTTU operation. Osiris Resurrected is the latest release in what's been a fairly unrelenting year for both Hot Haus and UTTU and finds Photonz producer Marco Rodriguez dipping into Egyptian mythology for inspiration with the results a mighty slice of polyrhythmic techno filled with cascading melodies almost ticklish in their execution. The potential for club play is maximised further by a remix by Lobster Theremin's Palms Trax - his first by our estimation - that retains certain melodic elements but introduces all manner of diced-up breakbeats.
Review: LC12 member and Pitch Down affiliate Rumore steps up to Hot Haus with a serious six track of bumping, unabashed timeless house bliss. Check the spread as we ride and glide from the grainy soul flutters of "Gotta Have It" to the dry slap jacks of "Datatapes" via the dreamy broken drum skips of "Deluna". Then check for Detroitian hypnosis on "Ipnotica", sci-fi slap bass on "050315 A" before ending on a hop-skipping planet-jumping break vibe "Trax 11". All corners covered.
Review: There's nothing subtle about the work out London-based DJ and all-round man of mystery Rushmore. This third EP - his first for DJ Haus' Hot Haus imprint - continues in a similar vein to his first two outings for Trax Couture. That means a tough, raw blend of ghetto-tech, revivalist acid house, footwork and sub-bothering bass-house. Choose between the jacking rhythms, thunderous kick drums and Armando-ish rave stabs of "Dance Show" and "Drop Top", a cracking, in-your-face DJ tool built around footwork style handclaps, warped sub-bass and relentless drum machine cymbals. Neither track is particularly clever, but both are most certainly big.
Review: With just the one release, 2011's Deephouz Y'all for Creme Organization, the Seaside Houz Boys alias from Danny 'Legowelt' Wolfers looked to be one of those amusing one-off projects cast aside as he went on to focus on his next deranged endeavour. A round of applause to DJ Haus for coaxing some further Seaside Houz Boys material out of Wolfers for this latest Hot Haus 12". Living up to it's title, this 12" arrives with some wonderfully ludicrous artwork depicting Wolfers and what looks like Creme boss DJ TLR surfing ice cream on oversize Oreos. The music itself is prime Wolfers, ranging from the furious yet deep jack attack of "Nude Beach" to the grotty Dancemania style tumble of "I Luv My Life" and low slung acid burn of the title track.
Review: DJ Q and DJ Haus return to collaborate once again, and boy has it been worth the wait. Featuring three tracks and one remix from Q himself, this is an emphatic celebration of all things house, all things garage and all things party. The title track pays homage to Mr Edwards with sweet and sassy vocal splicing over a straight-up garage 4/4 rhythm. Further on we get all early '90s with a mischievous compressed organ riff on "Eros. Dance" while "All Nite" looks towards mid '90s UKG when the speed garage blueprint was only just being wire-framed. Q closes the curtains with the darkest jam of the set; LFO-style basslines, a mirroring waspy riff and busted up amens buried deep in the mix.... It represents everything that's great about rave and garage's purest rudiments.
Review: Given that Trumpet & Badman is the result of studio sessions between bassline legend DJ Q and Unknown To The Unknown boss DJ Haus, you'd expect Love Keeps Changing to be tons of fun... and, of course, sound like the product of two producers obsessed with classic US garage. Given that Q has reportedly said that the EP was designed to be jam packed with "sexy summer stuff to vibe out with loads of booze and women", you'd have to say they've hit the spot. Think big beats, bigger basslines, synth saxophones, pitched-up vocal samples and plenty of floor-friendly silliness. Oh, and our pick is organ-and-sax roller "I Got The Love", but all four tracks are pretty hot.
Review: Australian noisemakers Tuff Sherm and Patch Free first joined forces for the fine Party Scraps EP on Butter Sessions in January. Here, they dust off their best classic house and techno influences for an EP on DJ Haus's rave-inclined Hot Haus label. They begin with the rave-era heaviness of "Dem Work" - all nasty hoover bass, pulsating riffs and scattergun drum fills - before delivering some deep, dreamy and shimmering goodness in the shape of "Zone 3". While the rough, acid-inspired throb of the strangely metallic "Fine Ant" is impressive, the EP's most poignant moment is undoubtedly "Bikini Spill", which cleverly mixes chiming, vintage synthesizer melodies and saucer-eyed chords with a jaunty, funk-fuelled groove.
Review: Amsterdam production unit U Know The Drill first surfaced last year with some rough and ready contributions to split releases on Slapfunk and Music Is Love that evidently impressed UTTU lynchpin DJ Haus. Off The Chain finds the pair debuting on Hot Haus with a two track of rowdy, dressed to sweat house action that sits nicely alongside recent efforts on the label from Steve Murphy and Palace. The title track shamelessly embraces the art of the banger with some absolutely devilish sub bass manoeuvres, whilst "Like Thiz" initially feels a bit more restrained. Give it a minute or so and the Dutch pair unleashes a killer rave drop that ramps up the overall intensity.
Review: More punchy classic house perspectives from Serbian-born, Brooklyn-based musician Bojan Cizmic. Following up that awesome Mango Bay EP and appearances on Steel City Discs, Lost Palms and UNDERTHESEA, now are these two scorching-hot jams (plus a sweltering Kornel Kovacs remix) on the XTC EP for Unknown To The Unknown diffusion imprint Hot Haus Recs. From the loved-up and emotive Euro-house antics of "IV" taking you all the way back to '93, "XTC II" where he gets super sexy and delves deeper into the acid/house bleep era, and our personal favourite "Soft Touch" that gets those sublime FM synth textures in full effect plus pan-pipes, jacked vocals and classic house stabs.