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: 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: 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.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: It was only a matter of time before Me & Her's output would end up in the capable hands of Jamie Jones, so this new EP for the man's sublabel, Hottrax, feels like a natural achievement for the duo. But this is a special affair for various reasons; not only is the original cut to "Wild Rage" a breath of fresh air for both the imprint itself and the enlarged tech-house movement, but there's a rather special selection of remixers too. UK bass-house specialists Dense & Pika rework the original mix into a reverb-heavy techno nodder with a heavy selection of drums and dubby waves, followed by Detroit's DJ Bone and his tribalistic take on the tune...a hypnotic ride that perfectly encapsulates the man's skill and energy behind the decks. KILLAH
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Two legends of house music team up here for a hot new release on Hot Trax! Liverpool's favourite son Yousef and New York City legend Harry 'Choo Choo' Romero serve up the tough yet slinky tech house stormer "I'm Behind You", which packs just as much dance floor drama and suspense as it does adrenaline on this surefire hit. Man of the moment Alan Fitzpatrick presents a warehouse techno bomb for retroverts on his superb remix, which is reminiscent of Shed or Special Request. Finally "Tightrope" goes for the jugular on this absolutely fierce tribal techno stomper that you could imagine Paco Osuna or Carlo Lio smashing out at superclub on The White Isle at peak time.
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.