Review: Following releases on Kaluki, Circus, Solid Grooves and of course Toolroom Trax, British producer Wheats returns to Jamie Jones' Hottrax with Another Planet EP. Heads down minimal tech house is served up once again, best heard on the intoxicating opener "Humanic" a tough rolling and tripped-out cut aimed squarely at the afterhours dancefloor, and featuring Medusa's stylish vocal delivery. He pumps up the adrenaline levels for the main room at peak time with the jacking "Drive" (again featuring Medusa's singing talents) and closing it out with the stripped back groove dynamics of "Insomnia".
Review: After appearing on Loulou Records, Too Many Rules and most importantly Hot Creations, Frenchman Malik Chelihi steps up to its sister imprint Hottrax with three bumping tracks on the Subway EP. Across the EP, Malikk showcases his ability to create energetic and effective tech house, with his distinct use of effected vocal chops and visceral percussion being heavily on display. From the bass heavy bounce of the title track which is aimed squarely at the afterhours dancefloor, there's more minimal funk for you on the pounding percolator drum jack of "Do Dat Dat" and the druggy heads-down roller "Paco" closing out this fine effort.
Review: Said to be inspired by a life affirming DJ set from Hottrax label boss Jamie Jones in 2018, Clacton based Jamie Fielding set out to purchase his own set of decks and production equipment the very next day. With that in mind, there's no doubt that Fielding's debut on his idol's label is an early milestone in his ascendant career. The bass driven and tripped-out minimal funk of "Mind 3" is perfect tackle for getting weird at the afterhours, while a collaboration with buddy Daley G presents itself in the form of "It's A Vibe". Closing it out is the stripped-back stomper "Work It" which is perfect for those heads down moments on the dancefloor.
Review: Caernarfon, Cymru meets Cali, Colombia as Jamie Jones teams up with Harvy Valencia (real name Jhon Valencia Harvy) for a two-tracker on Hottrax, the Hot Creations subsidiary dedicated to "showcasing the darker side of the dancefloor". The two tracks they've come up with between them sit most comfortably under the tech-house banner, but 'Electric Mama' has echoes, too, of the dark tribal sound of the early 00s (think Sondos, Fluential, etc) and is the pick to these ears, while 'Kwik-E' has the twitch-glitchy microsounds of minimal, but also a playground vocal and the jagged, attitude-y strut of post-punk and indie-dance.
Review: Jamie Jones presents a killer release up next on his Hottrax label courtesy of Federico Ambrosi, who serves up some dubby tech house with The White Isle in mind on the 'Conscious' EP. Although he's been releasing music for the best part of a decade, the last couple of years have been incredible for the Italian producer - having made appearances on Repopulate Mars, Paul's Boutique, NONSTOP, Stereo Productions, Relief and Sola.The title track is tough rolling and bass-driven thumper that will hypnotise the dancefloor into submission. He then gets on a druggy, minimal and totally afterhours vibe on the wonky "Analize"
Review: Earlier in the year, Jamie Jones decided to give Josh Hvaal his big break via an impressive debut EP on Hot Creations. A few months on, the 24-year-old, Derby-based producer is back with a bang, this time on the popular label's more underground Hottrax offshoot. He bhits the ground running with "What Ya Need", a bounding techno number laden with squelchy synth bass, crispy cymbals, tough drums, echoing vocal samples and cannily crafted tease-and-release breakdowns. "Come Again" is a little more retro-futurist in tone, with Hvaal adding retro-futurist Chicago house style bass and pitched-up, ghetto-house style vocal snippets to a jacking techno rhythm.
Review: British DJ/producer David 'Wheats' Wheatcroft received early support from the legendary Kerri Chandler, who signed the ascendant youngster's debut on MadTech. Since then he's gone on to release on labels like Kaluki, Saved, Circus and VIVa. Jamie Jones was another major artist who supported him early on, and proudly presents his latest offering on Hottrax with a pair of wonky productions that see him in fine form. "You Know '' is a deep down and dirty expression in a minimal tech house that's perfect for getting weird at the afterhours, while "What You Do" is aimed squarely at the main room at peak time - a tough rolling banger!
Review: Hot Creations sub label Hottrax welcomes the return of house specialist David Berrie with two fresh hardware jams tipped with Latin-inspired percussion, dub, spiralling Italo and acid house ("MC Blasta"). For a heavier alternative it's "F Is For Freak" with its regimented funk groove, slamming drums and bopping rhythms. Fun fact: David Berrie's back!
Review: Co-founder of the Polar Noise label, Paul C, is a legend of the scene now for the past 15 years playing clubs the world over and releasing music with Hot Creations, Terminal M and Peppermint Jam, to name a few. He now arrives on Jamie Jones and Lee Foss Hottrax label with two bonafide underground club burners; the bassline-centric and dubby techno attitudes of "Coney Island" alongside a more tribalistic and cruising tech house number that is "Combination". Add a pinch of dirt, some sultry vocals, and you're good to go.
Review: Originating from the Istanbul electronic music scene, Zurich-based Onur Ozman adds to his busy schedule of releases this year by debuting on Jamie Jones' Hottrax. Having previously released on Constant Circles, Sincopat and Kwench Records, Ozman brings his delicate and emotive production to the forefront for these three originals on the At Spoerri's EP. From the bittersweet and evocative title track, the tough rolling main room bounce of "KMIYH" and the emotive off-kilter electro of "Warhol". As a bonus, Amsterdam based duo ANOTR deliver a remix of the title track, and while these guys may be Dutch they sure know how to nail that timeless UK tech house sound.
Review: Spanish producer Cuartero is back with his second release on another Jamie Jones imprint - this time the ever reliable Hottrax! With recent appearances on labels like Edible, What NxT, Beste Freunde - and of course Hot Creations - he kicks out the jams on his new stomper "Balaba" - a hypnotic minimal house number that is reminiscent of Berlin legends like Cab Drivers and DJ Honesty. With its boompty groove and swing-fuelled rhythms, this one is absolutely infectious! Second offering "Come On Closer" is more pumping and aimed squarely at the main room dancefloor: here's a tough rolling thriller in the vein of current UK tech house that would mix well with the label's last effort by East End Dubs.
Review: East End Dubs is one of the true heroes of the minimal techno underground, taking the best of classic UK tech house and the burgeoning sounds of 'Rominimal' as heard on his respected Eastenderz and Social vinyl only imprints. You can certainly count us surprised then that his latest offering come via Jamie Jones' Hottrax, but rest assured he hasn't compromised on his sound at all. Matter of fact, he sounds right at home. He debuts with a full release featuring three cuts on 'Rhythm 494', featuring the tough rolling and functional 303 jack of "Acid Roll", the heads-down hypnotic swing action of "Black Light" or the trippy shenanigans of the title track which is perfect tackle for that Fuse London afterhours session.
Review: Top names in tech house assemble for the second installment of Hottrax's Paradise series. Following on from the first release, the label's second outing will feature three more quality cuts. Up first is Lowwax founder Carlos Sanchez, who serves up the bass-driven peak time adrenaliser "Rigmarole", Hot Creations and Material artist Sizeup is next with "Calypso" - this deep and druggy number with swing-fuelled rhythms goes deeper into the afterhours and finally Monoky & Luis Miranda team up again for "Leggo" - a funky and sun-kissed tech house number that is a perfect track to end the summer season on The White Isle.
Review: As one half of White Brothers alongside his brother, Francesco Bianco has released on high calibre labels like Little Helpers, Moan and Deeperfect, and performed across Europe and the UK. Now stepping out on his own as Aiuko - he makes an explosive debut on the ever reliable Hottrax run by Jamie Jones. Bianco is in fine form, boshing out some tough rolling and hypnotic UK style tech house on the thriller "Culture" which calls to mind the sounds of London imprints such as Fuse or Meta. Second offering "Choke" continues on with the druggy, bass-driven vibe with plenty of swing and is sure to go down a treat at the afterhours.
Review: Jamie Jones returns to his Hottrax imprint for a various artists release. Named after his respected Ibiza party series, Paradise marks the Hot Creations founder's first original solo material since launching the label in 2013. Joining him are three respected producers. Jones kicks things off with the intoxicating bass-heavy bounce of "Under My Control", Finland's Kiki follows up an appearance on Exploited with the dub inflected tech house of "ALT:TUDE", heavyweight Parisian POPOF (Mindshake/MOOD) gets groovy on "Nowhere 2 Go" and Spanish artist Rafa Barrios, who's recently released on Sola and Stereo Productions presents "Lawless" which is aimed squarely at the mainroom dancefloor with that massive drop.
Review: Following appearances by Tom Flynn, David Keno and Max Chapman, London producer 9th House (True Romance/W&O Street Tracks) drops the pop-inflected electro house of "Zodiac" (featuring his own powerful vocal performance to boot) for the 40th release on Hottrax. Comes with a remix from Eastenderz/Social boss East End Dubs - now here is some real tough rolling and functional tech house delivered by a modern UK master of the art - groovy and minimal swing-fuelled business!
Review: Berlin-based Swiss producer David Keno is a veteran DJ, with tracks on heavyweight labels such as Relief, Toolroom, Suara and Noir. Aside from getting props on an international level, he also launched his successful Keno Records imprint in 2007 which has since seen over fifty releases. His new release on Jamie Jone's Hottrax features the jacking, swing-fuelled main room bounce of "WTF", while "Faceblind" gets on a Tronik House vibe of old, complete with hoover bassline - this one was absolutely sick!
Review: Hottrax is Jamie Jones' operation that caters to more direct and and functional dancefloor tackle, as opposed to the sunny tech-house catered for on his much lauded Hot Creations. For its next installment, he's tapped Signor Federico Grazzini. The Italian DJ (who is now based in party island Ibiza) follows up releases on Decay, Avotre and Monza Ibiza with the moody and melodic dancefloor drama of "Gonna Get It" featuring an undeniable Carl Craig influence - always a good thing! This is followed by the chugging yet emotive energy of "Purple Fur".
Review: REME is the latest house music producer to break through Manchester's new wave of talent. He joins up with Jamie Jones' Hottrax to release three rolling house cuts on the Juarez Avenue EP - which sees the ascendant artist join the label roster alongside the likes of wAFF, Waze & Odyssey, Kevin Knapp and Mark Jenkyns. From the funky bouncing groove of the title track, the sleazy afterhours shuffle of "Mystery" or the smalling peak time funk of Duff Duff which is right in line with Hottrax darker stronger sound.
Review: Up next on Jamie Jones Hottrax imprint is ascendant Mancunian DJ/producer Joseph Edmund, following up great releases on Sola, Little Helpers and New Violence. The Pressure EP sees Edmund bang the party in proper style, as heard on the dirty acid bounce of the title track, the fierce and rolling funk attack of "Middle Man" or "Breathe" with its infectious and tough rolling groove - all after the massive drop of course. Hailed as one to watch by scene heroes such as Solardo and Mark Jenkyns - keep your eyes on Edmund moving forward into 2019.
Review: Ascendant Russian DJ/producer Yulia Niko learned the ropes while living in New York City, where she was a resident at the city's renowned Verboten parties, before moving to techno mecca Berlin a year ago - where she runs her newly inaugurated Tocho Techno imprint. Add to that releases on top labels such as Get Physical, Subliminal, Nervous and this new one on Jamie Jones' Hottrax -and it's yet more evidence that she's in the prime of her career. She merges the best aspects of acid house and early noughties west coast tribal on the deep groove of "Cheap Story" while the absolutely thumping "Not For Everyone" is a perfect DJ tool for late night hypnotism under the strobe light.
Review: Not content just releasing surefire grooves on Relief, Unknown To The Unknown, Edible and their highly popular W&O Street Tracks - British duo Waze & Odyssey get stuck straight in for their new effort on Hottrax. "Shape" will entrance you with its sublime melody, airy pads and steady rhythms on this evocative and highly engineered production. It offers up something a bit different from Jamie Jones' label of late - well known for its no nonsense tough rolling grooves of the darker variety. A remix comes from fellow Londoners No Rules (Tommy Boy/Future State) who deliver a swinging and tripped-out minimal house rendition that's perfect for the afterhours.
Review: New Yorker's Jesse Calosso and Jean Pierre have released across top labels between them such as Cuttin' Headz, Tuskegee, Defected and Desolat. They team up again for some funked-up and tough tech house for Jamie Jones' always reliable Hottrax, which follows up some brilliant releases of late by Alex Dimou, My Cat Snoop and Paco Wegmann. The uptempo "Feel Good" and its rapid-fire funk bass drives the groove along just nicely, as does "Mad Dawg" but this one is more deep and low slung - quite perfect for that Brooklyn afterhours vibe.
Review: For this four tracker, Paco Wegmann steps out under the highly renowned Hottrax banner, bringing with him lashings of intense tech flavour. We begin with the tight drum processing of 'Space Traveller', leading into the more stripped back sub heavy patterns of 'Yakuza'. Next up, the 'Intergalactic' title track, which is a real deep heavy hitter alongside Kevin Knapp. We then round off with Ambivalent remix of 'Intergalactic' which sends the original composition flying down an even darker techno route, complete with crunchy 4/4 drum arrangements and classic tech vocal sampling to tie it all together.
Review: Brighton based My Cat Snoop has had an impressive run of releases in recent times for the likes of W&O Street Tracks, In Motion and Mood Records. He's no stranger to Jamie Jones' Hottrax though - this will be his second release for the imprint, following up last year's impressive Repeat EP. The Synchronicity EP features three sleek minimal tech house cuts, that are equally suited to the warm up as they are the afterhours. From the deep, bumping and sleazy title track with its razor sharp bass, swinging rhythms and druggy vocal bits, to the tunnelling and strobe-lit DJ tool "Don't Stop" which will appeal to fans of tracks on top labels like Desolat or Rukus - it's all further evidence that Snoop is one to watch in 2018!
Review: Next up on Jamie Jones' diffusion imprint are Vibe Killers: born and bred in the heart of Lancashire, the North West double-act have formed a formidable bond together consisting of 20 years worth of blood, sweat and tears.. and straight up house music! Having accomplished releases on such respected labels as Knee Deep In Sound, Elrow, Sola, Material and many more, the stock of this sibling pair is one that continues to bubble over the surface much to everyone's delight. Their new killer "Violator" is exactly the kind of groove you'd expect to be up to standard on this imprint - and it absolutely reeks of White Isle debauchery! Full adrenaline with its rolling groove, druggy vibe and on-point functionality. Second offering "The Situation" take it up a few notches higher with this funky, swing fuelled and downright bumpin' groove that bridges the gap between the main room tech house sounds of now and '90s style Chicago house.
Review: Madrid native Alvaro AM releases on Hottrax Records after releases on MOOD, Material and more recently Loco Dice's Desolat. He appears here on Jamie Jones' always reliable imprint with two original productions that are purpose built for the dancefloor "Rhythm Breaker" continues in establishing his reputation as a fresh and captivating producer. The driving and functional peak time groove is optimised for main room devastation, with its rolling bassline and tight swing fuelled drums. Next offering "Elastic" shows more restraint but believe us it doesn't at all let up on the groove side of things! With its low slung bass, tight drums and glitch effects for added pizazz: this druggy little menace is a perfect DJ tool for downtime until you launch back into the harder stuff. Alvaro AM's tracks have received support from industry heavyweights like Marco Carola, Paco Osuna and Nicole Moudaber.