Review: Following up some great releases on Kaluki, Circus and Solid Grooves, British DJ/producer Wheats returns to Hottrax with his latest offering - the Another Level EP. There is some tripped-out and rolling tech house for the main room to be enjoyed on this one, as heard on "Iz It Done?", as well as some druggy afterhours vibes on the minimal stomp of "Chrome Visuals", to stomping main room tackle as heard on "N Down" and another peak time slammer in the form of "Control" which goes out all guns blazing in 'Rominimal' style.
Review: Following up releases on Be One and SK Recordings, Italian DJ/producer Gabriele Toma presents his latest Lit Bit EP for Jamie Jones' Hottrax after some great ones by Nicola Calbi, Sosa and Wheats. Across the EP, Toma works vocal snippets and detailed production flair with ease, as heard on the druggy micro funk of the title track, the functional minimal tech house tool "Back It" and the rolling and bass-driven main room groove of "Go Stupid" - which closes out a stellar EP.
Review: With previous releases on Deeperfect, Desolat and Fuse Records, the Barcelona-based Italian Nicola Calbi makes his debut on Jamie Jones' ever reliable Hottrax with this wicked four tracker - the Eternarte EP. From the hypnotic tribal funk of "Blobber", to the heavy minimalist chug of "Introveraso", the sunny and uplifting chord progression of "Piano Sorte" plus the melodic deep house of "Alba Eldiana" closing out this fine EP on a positive note.
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.