Review: Leeds-born Daley Padey, aka Hot Since 82, is known for many things but humility isn't one of them (just read his bio!). Currently standing at the top of the commercial house food chain, Padey reaffirms this anointed position with a sample of the sounds his Knee Deep In Sound label will be treating the White Isle to this summer with a fine sampler. Highlights include Lewis Boardman's sinister and deep "Lose Control", the sunnier uplifting vibes of Dee Montero's "Vedra" and Landmark's sleek and catchy "Lost In The Club".
Review: Swiss house producer Andrea Oliva has been a stable and important part of the tech-house wave post the minimal era of the mid 2000's. His music has been released all over the shop; with EPs on imprints like Saved, Cadenza, and Moonharbour, you get the picture. "Scream" is his new single, it comes courtesy of Knee Deep In Sound, and it's a natural big-room tech weapon backed by a powerful, wooly bassline to drag the dancers out of their seats. "Voices" is more beat-centric, carrying a dusty percussion muscle and one hell of a groove. Addictive and unstoppable.
Review: Mobilee boss Anja Schneider moonlights for Hot Since 82's label. The title track sees Schneider at her most dance floor-focused, with jittery percussion and siren riffs leading a pacey groove. By contrast, "Free Fall" is a minimal track in the classic sense - centred on a pitch-bent vocal that insinuates itself gradually into the arrangement, it is accompanied by a niggling acid line at every step of the journey. Knee Deep have commissioned two fine remixes; William Djoko turns the title track into a noisy, workout, led by a jarring rhythm, while on the Alex Arnout version of "Free Fall", the spirit of Lil' Louis is channeled for a spine-tingling, swirling chord climax
Review: Hot Since 83's Knee Deep In Sound returns with rising star Athea aka James Dutton, who is said to have spent the last decade 'percolating deep within the music industry' with a lifetime of musical appreciation standing behind him. Starting out with the tough and adrenalised progressive house of "Into The Deep", there's the then the Ibiza styled main room tech house of "Capoeira" which receives an absolutely killer remix by Leonardo Gonnelli. Nick Curly's right hand man Gorge also delivers a great rendition of the aforementioned track, delivering a typically funky and percussive driven slow burner, purposely built for the after-hours.
Hangdrums Of Ginza (Fur Coat remix) - (7:15) 124 BPM
Review: Ibiza-based British DJ/producer Athea is back, showing off his distinct style of groove business for the ever reliable Knee Deep In Sound. Titled Hangdrums In Ginza, it is said to be inspired by a recent visit to Japan and includes many field recordings from the trip incorporated into the tracks. Let the music take you there on the title track, via its slinky and hypnotic action that's perfect for setting the vibe during the early evening. For something more euphoric and powerful, you could try the moodier aesthetic of "Contact" or get a fix of epic dancefloor drama courtesy of Venezuelan duo Fur Coat and their rendition of the title track.
Review: Next up on Hot Since 82's respected Knee Deep In Sound imprint are fellow Northerners and head honchos for an equally revered powerhouse: Gruuv. Audiojack serve up three tough rolling grooves for the main room, guaranteed to rock peak-time dance floors as far and wide as their hometown Leeds to their residency on The White Isle this Summer. From the slinky and atmospheric mood lighting of "First Flight" that's perfect to build the vibe in the main room earlier on, to the classic rave nostalgia of "Warehouse" featuring jacked diva vocals, hardcore style breakbeats and a few good ol' 'Mentasms' for added effect - no one does it quite like Audiojack. This is followed by a tremendous remix by scene heroes Pig & Dan, who give the track a darker, tunnelling and truly 'warehouse' style vibe that has earned them releases on top label Drumcode.
Review: He's appeared everywhere from Suara, Ellum Audio and We Are The Brave, to Beard Man and even Ben Sims' Hardgroove, but now the ever reliable Anthony Cardinale aka Avision is back with this absolute belter for Knee Deep In Sound. "Taking Over Me" exists as a trilogy of sorts, with the pummelling first version taking care of business with its rolling 909 rhythms and pop-inflected croons, mixed with a Chicago ghetto house attitude in the vein of legend DJ Funk. This is further streamlined next with Part 2's bouncier and more emotive club mix, while Berlin's Chambray, hot off that collaboration with Laurent Garnier last year, takes the track down a deeper and more sensual late night route - for something a bit different.
Review: When they clicked at a showcase organized by Richy Ahmed last year, Ben Rau and the Jansons decided to join forces in the studio and make music together. This two-tracker showcases the first fruits of their collaborative labour. Lead cut "The Player" is particularly potent, with the fast-rising producers wrapping razor-sharp, mind-altering acid lines and sweaty female vocal samples around a booming, bass-heavy big room house groove. They change tack on "Le Fonque", employing dreamy electronics, breathless vocal snippets and jaunty, funk-fuelled bass on a touch chunk of mid-set deep house with definite funky house flourishes. It's nowhere near as muscular and breathless as its predecessor, but every bit as alluring.
Review: The latest release on Hot Since 82's label comes from German duo Booka Shade. On this occasion, the pioneers of the 'trance house' sound turn the controls over to the remixers - with excellent results. French producer Olivier Mateu, aka Rodriguez Jr is best known for his releases on Mobilee and follows a similar approach to that work here. A pulsing, hypnotic groove and crisp drums provide the backdrop for a velvety vocal that rises like plumes of smoke over the arrangement. At the other end of the spectrum is the Denneyas ERD remix. More steely and driving, it still features evocative vocal lines like 'I tremble, you falter', but these breathy niceties are aligned to detuned but catchy hooks that recall Booka Shade's own sound.
Review: Berlin undisputed legends recruit Nottingham based vocalist on "Neon Gods", a sublime serving of pop-inflected tech house for late night superclub dancefloors courtesy of Hot Since '82's Knee Deep In Sound powerhouse. The original version is a dark and sleazy kind of groove for 6 AM hedonism with a rough and gutsy bassline and it's this version which is used for the dub. The "Vocal" mix has that famous Booka Shade bassline over some dark, moody and epic synth work for added suspense. This is one of those dark journey tracks you need for added pre-peak time impact. There's a convenient "Radio" edit too which effectively distils the essence of the track into three minutes.
Review: Knee Deep In Sound have tapped two of Germany's true veterans of tech house for a killer collaboration here. Poker Flat head honcho Steve Bug teams up with Berlin staple Cle of Martini Bros fame, for the moody dancefloor drama of "Voodoo" which is perfect late night mood lighting. With its pounding drums, hypnotic chime melody and druggy vocals: this one has the main room at pre-peak time in mind! On a deeper and more sensual tip, we have the lush progressive house atmospherics of "Rise & Shine" which is perfect to create some more spiritual and introspective moments on the dancefloor - earlier in the evening or before the lights come on in the morning. Finally we get some heavy artillery for when the tough gets going courtesy of Drumcode's Reset Robot, who turns in an absolutely roaring rendition of "Voodoo" complete with doom laden dub chords and steely rhythms galore: this will have you surrendering to the void via a long trail of reverb.
Review: Hot Since 82's label kicks off 2019 with the return to the label of Hungary based producer Collective Machine, which follows up a slew of terrific releases on top labels like 8 bit and Dee-P-erfect recently. Tribal house grooves that he has fast carved himself a great reputation for make a comeback on his new thriller "Turning", followed by the slow-burning and entrancing progressive house journey of "Sensation On Repeat". Finally, the Budapest based producer serves up the deep and funky trip into the exotic that is "Humming Top".
Review: Rising Hungarian DJ and producer Machine Collective is up next on Knee Deep In Sound, with some more slinky, ethereal and downright hypnotic tech-house. This follows up some terrific releases recently on 8 bit, Cachai and Natura Viva. Beginning in an entrancing fashion with the atmospheric progressive house of "Shaker" and the booming tribal polyrhythms of "Room 8" that's bound to the get the crowd working up a sweat. We are also treated to a remix of "Shaker" by Hamburg hero Matthias Meyer - the Labyrinth Ibiza resident delivers a sublime and melodic journey that's perfect for Sunday afternoon rooftop parties.
Review: Hungarian producer Mario Domjan, AKA Collective Machine, returns to Knee Deep In Sound with two tracks that sit right on the deep/progressive house cusp, and would slide elegantly into sets of either style. 'Red Lights' itself centres around a nagging 'French Kiss'-like synth throb, augmented by disembodied fem vox, while the accompanying 'Horizon', is similarly redolent of classic Guerrilla-style prog from the early 00s, with a slightly chipmunk'd female vocal adding to the retro feel. Both are underpinned by rock-solid 4/4s throughout, making for a timeless EP that should appeal to house lovers of many different persuasions.
Review: Newcastle Upon Tyne's fast rising star Christoph returns with nine tracks of sheer power for Hot Since 82's powerhouse Knee Deep In Sound. Starting out with the slinky and seductive progressive house of "Closer", featuring Jinadu's soaring and elegant vocal work. Lead single "Alone" gets really adrenalised with its powerful arpeggio fuelling this pre-peak time weapon and yet again featuring some great vocals. Other highlights include the moody atmospherics of "Absent Mentor", which is perfect for the late night and label head honcho himself Daley Padley turning in a typically explosive rendition of "Closer" like he only can!
Review: The latest release on Hot Since 82's label sees upcoming artist Cristoph flex his muscles. With releases already on Defected, Suara and Noir, he doesn't fail to impress with Go. The title track is a bass-heavy, booming techno tune with epic synth builds. "Transmittance" is in a similar vein, with enormous bass pulses taking centre stage as epic crescendo after crescendo ensues. The label has also drafted in some top class remixers; French producer Oxia turns "Transmittance" into a dark, pulsing techno groove, and Riva Starr's version of the title track has the same levels of squelchy bass as Timo Maas' infamous remix of "Doom's Night".
Review: Christopher Costigan likes to refer to himself simply as Cristoph when he's making tech-house, and his sleek, effective beats are a perfect match for that moniker. After a series of successful releases through the likes of Defected and Viva Music, he lands on the lesser known but equally appealing and promising Knee Deep In Sound label. "Closer" features Jinadu as the vocal charge, but the tune is all about the progressive nature of its beat roll and wide-eyed sonic landscapes; it's the sort of tune that someone like Digweed or Sasha would promote. There's also a heavier, more introspective dub mix, and a more tech-heavy version by Hot Since 82 - check it!
Serenade (Joeski Alternative remix) - (6:32) 125 BPM
Review: Leeds man James Denney is back after a strong release on Nic Fanciulli's Saved imprint - this brand a new killer for local powerhouse Knee Deep In Sound titled "Serenade" comes with a series of tight remixes. Where the original treads a slinky and hypnotic route accompanied by sleek 303 acid, funky cowbells and sexy vocals, UK legend Bushwacka takes it down a darker more tunnelling route for the late night. Elsewhere, New York City's Joeski strips things down and goes deeper - he even offers an Alternative remix at the end which pumps it up with some tough syncopated rhythm patterns with added dancefloor dynamics.
Review: Following up releases on Hot Creations, Stereo Productions and Crosstown Rebels, Leeds-based Denney is back with this new thriller on Knee Deep In Sound - returning to follow up 2018's terrific Serenade EP. Packed with more surefire sounds for long hot hedonistic nights on the White Isle, such as the saxophone-driven mood music of "Reflections Of Time" (a progressive house epic if we've ever heard one!) followed by the trance-inducing tribal groove of "Check The System". This one calls to mind the sounds of the legendark New York City institution Twilo at the turn of the millenium.
Review: A resident of The White Isle going on a couple of years now, Nicola Porra aka Elkins is the latest newcomer to emerge from the Knee Deep In Sound powerhouse. As a DJ, the Sardinia native takes listeners on an electrifying journey with his signature sound of melodic deep house, accented by groovy Afro influences. These sonic aspects are definitely apparent on his debut release, with the slinky and hypnotic groove of "Elements" sure to invoke a higher state of consciousness on the dancefloor, while the moody and powerful impact of peak time cut "Uluwatu" still retains an undeniable progressive house vibe - and is just as emotive.
Review: Frankfurt DJ and producer Emanuel Satie made his name through labels like Get Physical and DFTD over the last three years, and we've grown fond of his techy house swing. Here we have a new EP on Knee Deep and it all starts with the funky swings of "Paffo's Riff", a dance-ready house bomb with a funky bassline and a hot piano riff dedicated to someone called Paffo. The rest is all pure house quality, with "Big Love" heading down techier zones; Guti remixes the title track into a deeper, more expansive DJ tool, and Pirupa transforms "Big Love" from dark to vibrant and playful. Hot DJ tools - come and get 'em!
For The Broken Hearted (feat Juno Rhodes) - (6:40) 125 BPM
Review: Former Crosstown Rebels, Get Physical Music and DFTD artist Emanuel Satie has built up a quietly impressive discography since making his recording debut in 2011. Here he continues to impress via what we believe to be his first outing on Knee Deep In Sound. There's much to enjoy about lead cut "Queens", an excitable peak-time romp rich in heavy analogue bass, bubbly TB-303 style acid lines, breathy vocal samples, sweaty drums and mind-altering electronic motifs. In comparison, virtual flipside "For The Broken Hearted" is an altogether breezier and more sun-kissed affair, with guest pianist Juno Rhodes bashing out mazy, life-affirming solos (think "Strings of Life") over another chunky, acid-fired deep house groove.
Review: Big time player for the likes of Defected, Off Recordings, Simma Black and Saved, Dutch DJ and festival specialist Franky Rizardo debuts on Knee Deep In Sound! Arriving on Hot Since '82's label with this two-track Sprinkler single, Rizardo looks to trance, minimal and techno with warmer housey atmospheres, most overtly in this single's alternative number "You" through its funkier groove, mellow rhythm and bassline flow. If timed well "Sprinkler" should set off the ice canons with its massive melody, tearing synth progressions and epic peaks pushed over the line with jungle and breaks.
Review: After a long hiatus, London talent Freddie Frampton is back! His history in dance music stretches back to the acid house heyday and by 1991 he was DJing alongside the likes Seb Fontaine, Luke Neville and Craig Richards. Becoming a resident at The Emporium and Leopard Lounge, he appeared regularly at Bagleys, Ministry Of Sound, The Cross, Limelight and Tunnel Club, as well as setting up his own ventures. Making a return to production in 2018, he's certainly making up for lost time with this new thriller for Knee Deep In Sound. The Blend EP features the sublime progressive house magic of "Shine", the slinky and hypnotic tech house of "When You're Alone" and the tension filled dancefloor drama of "Miss Mouse" - which is perfect to lead into the peak time with its evocative, blues-style vocals.
Review: Sunderland born DJ/producer Garry Todd has certainly had an interesting journey thus far - fist making his name within Sydney, Australia's music scene several years ago - with his first release on local imprint BEEF, followed by appearances for homeboys Illusion Recordings and Contemporary Scarecrow. Fast forward to a move back to Europe in 2015, a full length on Berlin institution B Pitch Control (Nora Lillian) soon followed, finally setting him up as one of the most exciting stars in tech house. He's next up on top label Knee Deep In Sound, with the tough bounce of "Wait For Me" featuring Jessica Derrick's sensual vocals over a hypnotic chime melody and a rolling groove. There's also two killer renditions to support it - legendary Swedish duo Zoo Brazil going for a more euphoric yet adrenalised trance version (of sorts!), while rising Bristolian star Dubspeeka's deep tribal atmospherica is sure to cause some dancefloor drama.
Review: Mannheim's Gorge has sure carved a name out for himself over the last decade, as being part of a collective of tech house producers who defined a new strain of the sound in the late noughties. Working alongside close associate and local don Nick Curly as his right hand man in the studio for some time, he's since worked more or less on his own in recent times while continuing to run the established 8 bit imprint: which the pair started back in 2007. Real name Peter Waldmann, he serves up an explosive one here for Hot Since 82's Knee Deep In Sound powerhouse. There's some driving and entrancing tech house that employs his signature latin rhythms on "Ajala" which later gets a hi-tech soul styled rendition by the legendary Steve Lawler. This soulful, Carl Craig-ish tribute will sure create some life affirming moments on the dancefloor.
Review: Talented Iranian producer Iman Habibi releases as Habischman. An ability to fuse emotive synth patterns and infectious grooves has seen him release on labels such as Moda Black, VIVa, Noir Music and most recently Knee Deep in Sound. The Hot Since 82 owned powerhouse presents his new hit prediction entitled "Closure". It's a pop inflected tech house journey, which features some seductive female vocals accompanying a moody/slinky groove that's perfect to lead into the late night. But just wait until that wailing melody comes roaring through the mix: hands up!
Review: With releases on labels like SCI+TEC and Moda Black to his credit, Habischman is fulfilling his desire to tell evocative musical stories. This release on Hot Since 82's imprint is no different to his previous work; hooking up with Atora, he delivers the skipping garage beats and soulful vocals of "Gone". On "Apex", the mood is deeper, as the London-based producer builds layer upon layer of atmospheric electronics over a rumbling bass and a swirling acid line. The title track is the most uptempo track here, with a lean rhythm and dramatic synths coming together to create a deep but effective house track.
Review: It is that time of year again and Hot Since 82's Knee Deep In Sound is back with some treats that are going to be unleashed at the Mexican super-festival this year. Iman Habib aka Habischman is a super talented production phenomenon that brings you "Moan", a driving progressive house style journey much like the following slow burner by James Grow entitled "Te Mar". Piem & Spencer K's "Lowrider" is more typical faire of the label on this bouncy and rolling tech house groover that will rock White Isle punters this year too. Druggy afterhours minimal is covered courtesy of Veerus & Maxie Devine who serve up the rather Mobilee-ish "The Church".
Review: The New York City house legend Harry 'Choo Choo' Romero has had a tremendous return to form in the last year, remaining as relevant as ever as proven by killer releases for the likes of old Jersey homeboys Subliminal, through to DFTD, Play It Say It and Circus. If this latest appearance for Hot Since 82's powerhouse imprint says anything: it's that he's serious! On "Frequency", the veteran producer nails a fierce and hypnotic groove that's perfect for harnessing that energy in the room before transitioning to peak time. For something more funky and groove oriented, you can try the late night sleaze of "Acid Bells" which like its name suggests: gets that resonant glide of the trusty TB-303 into full effect.
Review: Modern house hero Hot Since 82 (aka Daley Padley) can do wrong - slaying crowds around the world and having the likes of Pete Tong on speed dial. This one-off, one-track release, "Yourself" is purely built as a mid-set pacer, with a smooth and steady tribal house groove and suspended strings. Expect to hear this at the likes of DC-10 and Space all summer long!
Review: Knee Deep In Sound's debut release comes from Daley himself. 'Don't Touch The Alarm' embodies the vibe dancefloors across the globe yearn for that he never fails to provide, epitomising the sound that has made Hot Since 82 the hot property he is today. The remix comes from pioneering producers Booka Shade who work their magic on the track. The first release is a clear example that, in an industry where labels are not hard to come by, Daley continues to claim his place at the forefront of electronic music.
The label will give us an insight into Daley's production process as the Knee Deep In Sound imprint sees Daley take full creative control.
Review: After starting his career like a whirling dervish, Hot Since 82 man Daley Padley has slowed down considerably in recent times. In fact, this expansive, eight-track collection of cuts is his most significant release for over two years. Padley hits the ground running with deep and picturesque tech-house shuffler "Vapours", before reaching for the wonky synth bass, Balearic house pianos and ricocheting percussion hits on "Tilted". A trio of typically tidy vocal cuts (including Jem Cooke-voiced former singles "Buggin" and "You Are The Light) follows before Padley unleashes the celebratory, sample-heavy peak-time madness of "Bloodlines". Cooke returns to speak seductively over some late night grooves on "Street Lights", while closing cut "Remains of the Day" is a near symphonic deep house rush.
Review: He's been Hot Since 82 and he's sure as hell still going if you ask us! Daley Padley returns on his esteemed Knee Deep In Sound imprint with his latest dancefloor detonator "Bloodlines" which we're fairly sure made a huge impression on The White Isle last summer - and is sure to be burning up the clubs worldwide for the remainder of 2018. A surefire weapon for the main room at peak time with its tough rolling rhythms, tunneling bassline and roaring diva vocals all making for that perfect vibe under the strobelight.
Review: UK tech house hero Hot Since 82 returns on his always reliable Knee Deep In Sound powerhouse: with yet more tough rolling grooves that are aimed squarely at the main room- at peak time of course! He recruits the amazing Jem Cooke here, who provided some terrific singing on fellow UK star Ki Creighton's "Love Is Here" last month. On "Buggin'", Cooke's vocal duties are complemented by an evocative yet adrenalised progressive house groove - which is perfect for late night elevation. For those of you not so keen on the vocals, the dub version up next acts as more of a handy instrumental.
Review: Knee Deep In Sound chief Hot Since 82 is still riding on the success of his wicked '8-Track' LP, and not content to rest on his laurels, he's back in action with a single taken from the album - the dancefloor thriller "Tilted". A euphoric and mesmerising cut with progressive house influences, this one is sure to work the floor into a higher state of consciousness with its razor sharp bassline, neon-lit melody and altogether powerful groove. If that was not enough, Egyptian producer Raxon gets onboard with a riveting remix, taking the track down a slightly moodier and definitely adrenalised route with added dancefloor dynamics - it's a sure shot to drop right before the peak time.
Review: Daley Padley aka Hot Since 82 returns with a new single featuring London-based singer/songwriter Liz Cass. The release comes as Padley announces 'Recovery', his hotly anticipated new album which is set for release in the autumn. "Eye Of The Storm" follows the landmark single "Make Up" which dropped in April and marked the 100th release from the man. A deep, slinky and sensual groove that perfectly supports Cass's seductive vocal, it is perfect mood music for the early evening and a welcome change of direction for the Knee Deep In Sound chief.