Review: Following some impressive outings on Hypercolour and its offshoot Losing Suki, young talent Bareskin moves to Hot N Heavy for two tracks of futuristic, bass infused house grooves. "Infinite Reflections" sees breathy, disembodied vocals swimming in clouds of reverb, with warm organs providing melodic R&B undertones, while "Inertia" switches things up with a 3am vibe, as subdued stabs and distant diva vocals wrapped in a filter induced fog, proving that Bareskin is a producer who can create dance tracks with substance as well as atmosphere.
Review: BSN Posse, who have appeared previously on the Slime imprint, land on their feet for Hot N Heavy with a blistering two-tracker, reminding us not to take the winter so seriously. "Rum & Coconut" merges 4/4 kicks with majestic, warm chords and gentle female vocals riding in the background. "You Know The Way" speeds up the tempo but retains the cloudiness and mystique of the previous track, giving us an uplifting, quasi-garage anthem for the coming months. Blissful.
Review: CDBL appears on Hot N Heavy for the first time after rising through the ranks of other labels Sounds Of Sumo and Orlinzo. Here CDBL delivers two killer cuts of club music for the peak time while keeping the euphoria to a minimum. This is best heard in "Watch Out" which sounds like a club-ready 2014 remake of Mr Oizo's "Flat Eric" while the title track fuses catchy hooks with groovy drums and liquid basslines with a hint of acid. It also comes with four remixes - two of each track - with Mark Starr's version of "Come On" getting slow and dirty while Hybu's effort works the bass and adds a synth that sounds like it's impersonating a falling star. Pasteman collaborator Tanka adds vocals to his mix percussive remix, while Commodore 64 injects the EP with some refreshing techno.
Review: A UK producer who's showing huge potential with his house/UKF hybrids right now, Corporal F's latest for Hot N Heavy lends bass music some crafty touches. There's the brilliantly oddball sampling on the house gem "I Like You", some funky garage-flecked 808 funk on "Give It All" and a proper carnival smasher in the shape of "Heat Up". Add to that the heavy tribal grind of "Jungle" and this makes for a hot release.
Review: Combining broken garage beats, powerful basslines and some heavy textures, UK producer D3adl1ne's "Wait For You" boasts three dubby killers - the deeply-atmospheric title tune, the meditative half-stepper "Still Believing" and the more house-shaped chilled tech of "Baby Got Beef".
Review: Spawned from the Manchester collective Generic Greeting, Frenchfire is a 23-year-old self-proclaimed 'ambient bass music' producer. Maybe it was his production skills or maybe it was his sense of humour (he named a recent track after his favourite season of Mad Men), but either way he's come to the attention of San Francisco's Hot N Heavy, who now release this two-tracker. Both tracks are impressively realised, with "North" being an almost beatless ethereal whirl, while "South" introduces gentle garage-flavoured beats into the equation, resulting in a deep and sensuous sound. Classy.
Review: Having cut his teeth and caused attention with a string of accomplished bootlegs, west country repper Jaquo returns to his original repertoire with three sinewy slices of dark-tinged house. "NYC" is a fast Trax experience into the heart of house music's genus; all linear bass and crafted vocal elements. "Palm" takes us back to the bass-bitten future with a bulbous subby groove that nods respectfully at My Nu Leng and New York Transit Authority. "I See U" takes us even further into the future with a bubbly, techy groove and snippety-snip vocal playfulness. We see you Jaquo, we see you.
Review: Delightfully smooth vibes can be found in abundance as Gullfisk marks his entrance into the bass world with his first full artist EP. With slippery synth pads and neatly diced vocal cuts running throughout, this will win you friends on the dancefloor and your home stereo. The title track is especially beautiful with its subtle kicks and trickling hi-hats playing careful cameos as the vocal and groove do all the talking. The two-step powered "Green Waters" is slightly more dancefloor inclined but equally deep and enchanting. Meanwhile "Explore" lives up to its name and explores the wonderfully retrospective world of synth sounds to such an expert level it almost sounds like an Orbital track. With remixes from EPLP, Commodore 69 and D3adl1ne, this really is quite the package.
Review: Renaissance man Etienne Giminez has set dancefloors alight with his unique bass productions while also holding down a career as a music journalist. This, his latest EP, channels the spirit of the great Elizabeth Taylor and is as schizophrenic, drug fuelled and generally bonkers as Taylor herself (which, by the way, is a good thing). "The Way We Dance Together" is deep 4 x 4 with hints of UKG, "Sweat" is all choppy disco-ravey grooves, while the title track is about getting a deep jack on. Remix-wise Druid Cloak nails it with smooth tropical washes and slow poolside beats. Lovely.
Review: Lunova Labs is an electronic producer hailing from the unusual base of Nashville, Kentucky. Describing his sound as future garage and inspired equally by Debussy, Aphex Twin and Philip Glass, he finally releases this two-track follow up to recent EP Pneuma. "Burden" is a simple affair with a tropical xylophone motif gently lilting over sparse beats. Three further mixes of the track feature here: Kyson Market Stall take the song in a trippy slow motion soul direction, while Commodore 69 and Azedia both concentrate on toughening up the tropical beats and bass. Second track "Holding On" again has a minimal arrangement, but is augmented by soaring soundscapes and a fragile piano melody. Fedbymachines deliver a killer Burial-style doom mix, Admin delivers a laid-back house interpretation, but it's EPLP's standout garage-tinged mix that will fill the dancefloors.
Review: Second time around for Mak and Pasteman's "Playboy", this time in glistening "VIP" form, backed by a string of new remixes. For those who enjoy their garage to flicker between fizzling haf-step and bombastic tropical rhythms, "Playboy VIP" should be essential. Remix wise, choose between the cut-up wobble of Udachi's remix, the breakdowns-and-dubstep-on-speed flex of the Clicks & Whistles version, and the snappy bounce of the Subio remix. There are also three new reworks of "Jungle Juice". Of these, it's the fairground two-step and call-and-response madness of the Palle Remix that most impresses, though there's something deliciously raw about Mike G's heavy rework.
Review: A bass-loving UK duo who are able to bust out quality bangers across a wide-range of genres, Mak & Pasteman turn in two stand-outs on this new Hot N Heavy release. "Playboy" is a pepped-up half-stepper with a glitched out bassline, a sea of astral arpeggios and a Machinedrum-esque use of R&B acapellas that fire over the track in a head-spinning array of pitches. "Jungle Juice" on the other hand rocks a UKF beat with nasty grime bass and an excellent, DJ Mujava-esque lead sound thrown in.
Review: Mako is the latest name to arrive on the Hot N Heavy imprint, bringing his own brand of intricate bass music. The sparse title track focuses in on weighty 2-step kicks, wrapping all manner of subtle melodic riffs and vocals around its complex percussion. "Hurt Me" is more explicitly UFK, rolling forward on a rhythmic flex of funky snares, reverb heavy vocals and filtered synths, while "Good FiRday" shows the producer to have a knack for crafting boogie infused hip-hop beats, combining neon saturated 8-bit melodies with weighty organic beatwork. A hefty remix package is also offered; Almostt turns Tropicality" into a moodier, snappier cut, "Shouts" swathes the track in rippling dub effects while, Huffaker Park transforms "Hurt Me" into a precise piece of swung 4/4 house.
Review: Manchester's own Mako returns to Hot n Heavy recordings with a startlingly good collection of tunes. Featuring the eccentric vocal talents of Truthos Mufasa and Alaina Gabriel, there's more to his brand of bass-driven post-garage and house than meets the eye. Mako's original approach to production is what gives each track a unique spin, from the slippery chopped up vocals of "Take A Chance" to the old-style dubstep and hard techno of "Roll Out". It's an exciting and strangely endearing run through genres and sound experiments.
Review: Making their debut on Hot N Heavy, Motif & Ramu show themselves to be more than capable of creating bass heavy yet lightweight music for the floor; "Just You" is an effervescent combination of 90s house stylings and swung garage beats, with the kind of fizzy melodics worthy of a Jacques Greene production, while "See The Future" is a considerably darker number, pitching its vocals right down into a dub infused, bass filled soundscape which is nevertheless primed for maximum dancefloor effect.
Review: Manchester's Nemmz is doing his best to combat these dreary winter blues, styling his new EP around shimmering tropical vibes. "Up To No Good" kicks things of with mellow garage beats, gentle chord stabs and a cheeky hip hop vocal sample. "Ocean Blue" dives into deeper, crystalline waters, with even dreamier synth pads and mellow beats, while "Without Ya" ups the energy stakes with dubby bass, incessant beats and a huge breakdown. Finally "Break You Down" is a future bass/2 step fusion boasting pitched RnB vocals and evocative palm tree-lined synthwork.
Review: Following a single-track salvo on a split release from the eccentric Play More Terrys label, Hot 'N' Heavy has handed a debut EP to Ian Place. The Washington D.C-based producer takes his chance impressively, delivering a couple of solid, floor-friendly rubs shot through with warm deep house flavour. "Control" features warm chords sprawled over a bumpin', low-end heavy groove and vintage US garage-influenced drums. There's a bit more shuffle to the drums on "Old Fashioned", but it's the sub-heavy UKG style bassline that really catches the ear. A promising debut is completed by a pair of remixes of "Control" from Bob Citrus (snappier and wonkier) and Tone Chaser, Commodore 69 and Fansea (deep house with dub techno influences).
Review: San Francisco's Hot n Heavy Recordings mark their third birthday with a new action packed compilation, released on the symbolic date of 12/12/12. Featuring 14 fresh cuts spanning future bass, deep house and leftfield garage. Highlights include the tropical melancholia of Laney's "You Need To", the menacing minimal vibes of "Hairdresser" by Allmostt, the sparse, abstract garage of HxDB's "Spectator" and the slammin' raw, retro house of "Darlin" by D3adl1ne.
Review: Pooling the best of San Francisco's 2-step, future garage and bass scene, Hot N Heavy's third volume in this series is a top source of some seriously impressive, upcoming talent. Kasio's opening "Back To The Garage" is straight-up stunning, with incredibly deep oceanic pads filtered down magnificently to a drop of crunchy and twitchy drums. Similarly, Red Army, Reilly Steel, Commodore 69 and Ground Control all prove more than a match for British kindred spirits like Joy O, Pearson Sound and the Night Slugs crew.
Review: San Francisco's Hot N Heavy have been bravely fighting the EDM epidemic that's currently plaguing the US, and they've been making steady ground too! New signing Velcro is a duo comprising LA producers Littlefoot and the Sweet Leech. Quickly after forming, the pair locked in a sound that sits somewhere between deep house and UKF as featured on these two tunes. "Compton Blvd" is an old skool, 4/4 garage meets hip-hop joint and "Goldfish" is a deep, off-kilter orgy of 90s synths. The former is remixed in a slammin' house manner by Commodore 69, while the latter is given a harder, juke-style work out by Mike G.