Review: "Buggin"" was the first single from Hot Since 82"s 8-track album project, released back in 2018. Featuring the fine vocal talents of Jem Cooke, the track was inspired by the distinct brand of early noughties house music that he"s said to love. Four years on, we"re treated to a bunch of fine new versions here: whether it"s Jorhav"s slinky and hypnotic remix, UR2wo"s rework is a throwback to the evocative progressive breaks sound of the late "90s, while Svan Code"s re-rub tackles the main room at peak time with its tough rolling tech house groove. Elsewhere, Emma Forster"s rendition will get the hands in the air with her uplifting house perspective.
Review: Too Many Rules chief Javi Bora (Defected/elrow Music/Toolroom) teams up with Barcelona-based Richard Ulh (Aparenzza/Safe Music) here, resulting in the massive tune "Mondays In Ses Salines" for the ever reliable Knee Deep In Sound. Tough rolling tech house for the main room, with the White Isle strictly in mind, it makes you want to bring on the summer right now. Not before the vocal house flavour of "Move U Body" with its classic '90s Stateside vibe and an infectious classical guitar lick throughout - it's just so funky and equally worthy of your attention.
Review: Fellow German scene veterans Steve Bug (Dessous) and Matthias Tanzmann (Moon Harbour) have had a long history of collaboration, dating back to 2005's Tanzbug EP on the former's esteemed Poker Flat imprint. Fast forward to 2022, they've combined efforts once again for Hot Since 82's ever reliable Knee Deep In Sound and the result is "Jupiter Jellyfish". A dubby and hypnotic expression in minimal/tech house by two masters of the art, it is backed by second offering "Five Miles Past Midnight" a serving of late night mood music that's perfect for the warm-up
Review: Knee Deep In Sound has enjoyable a prolific and profitable 2021. As a result, this 15-track offering is packed to the rafters with vibrant and purposeful peak-time treats, including a string of cuts from high-profile artists such as CamelPhat and Hot Since 82. The latter's organ-heavy, '90s garage-influenced hook-up with Big Miz, 'Rules (Big Miz Mix)' is a highlight, as is the extra-percussive, 21st century tribal house flex of Yousef & CamelPhat's 'April' and the deep house dreaminess of Simon Doty's 'The Beacon'. Our other picks of a very strong bunch include the dark, throbbing drug-pump of Yousef & CamelPhat's 'One Summer' and the trance-tinged, sub-heavy tech-house rumble of Josh Butler's 'Roskill'.
Review: Man of the moment Michael Janson's is back on Knee Deep In Sound to follow up the anthemic "Go" in collaboration with Cecille's Nick Curly earlier this year. "Evolver" is a serving of tough rolling funky house with chunky percussive elements that is aimed squarely at the main room dancefloor. Equally peak time minded is second offering "Soul Shaker" which ventures into hypnotic tribal territory and is perfect for those heads-down moments. For the remix they have reeled in the ascendant Hungarian Capeesh Society (Alliwant/Politics Of Dancing) who takes the title track into deeper and more melodic territory.
Review: In its original form, Nick Curly and the Jansons 'Go' is a funky fusion of "French Touch" style filter disco and melodious, life-affirming deep house colour. You'll find it buried in the middle of their latest EP, which is headed up by a Budakid rework of the track that thrillingly re-imagines it as a mid-'90s progressive house inspired fusion of thrusting arpeggio-style synth-bass, raw electronic lead lines and wonderfully melancholic piano motifs. Elsewhere, loopy and pumping nu-disco number 'Chip Butty' (track 4) is also given a muscular makeover by Alex Kennon, whose thumping neo-trance revision is as excitable as it is steroid-fuelled.
Review: Following up great releases by Yousef, Jansons, Gorge & Oliver Schories, next up on Knee Deep In Sound is the talented Northerner Josh Butler. He has become one of the most revered talents in the house scene over the years, racking up a multitude of acclaimed releases on the best labels. The slinky and hypnotic drama of "Roskill" is aimed squarely at the main room dancefloor and sure to soundtrack those saucer eyed moments with its lurking Reese bassline. The second offering titled "Vandit" offers more of the same with its spellbinding melodic progression and come hither vocals.
Review: Next up on Hot Since 82's ever reliable Knee Deep In Sound is the pairing of veteran German producer Peter Waldmann aka Gorge, teaming up with a hero of the Berlin scene - Oliver Schories (Pracht). They've had a working relationship in the past, with previous collaborations appearing on Waldmann's 8bit and close associate Nick Curly's Cecille label in recent times. The result is "Maru", a slinky and hypnotic prog house cut led by a dramatic chord progression, followed by the bass-driven dub of "Oyama" which is perfect tackle for the afterhours dancefloor.
Review: Next up on Knee Deep In Sound is Avotre chief Sante, who since 2009 has been responsible for a prolific output, and was at one point executive producer for the fellow Berliner's Tiefschwarz. He's back in full swing here with three hot tracks that are all guaranteed to set the dancefloor alight. From rolling and low slung groove of "Always" which is perfect to set the mood during the warm-up set, the steely peak time techno banger "Make Me Feel" is quite unlike anything we have heard from Philip Maier and also features a roaring diva vocal (like the title track), before closing it out with the slinky and hypnotic dub techno journey of "RawHyte".
Review: Big one here this week on the ever reliable Knee Deep in Sound, with label chief Hot Since 82 teaming up with the legendary Miss Kittin on new single "Naboo" taken from last year's Recovery LP. The deep, late-night mood music of the original featuring Kittin's sensual vocal is backed up by Dance System's loopy and funked-up rework calling to mind DJ Sneak, Cecille label chief Nick Curly teams up with ascendant Londoner Jansons for a riveting funky house makeover reminiscent of the late '90s, and the surprising addition of Dorothys Fortress - who follow up their great release on Southern Fried last year here with a neon-lit synthpop rendition.
Review: After spending the early portion of her career delivering digital-only slabs of peak-time goodness on Toolroom Records, Maxinne (real name Maxine Garman) makes her bow on Knee Deep in Sound. 'Outta My Head' is seriously heavy and big room-ready, with Garman layering old school piano stabs and echoing vocal snippets atop snappy drums and a brilliantly booming bassline. The track is cannily constructed, too, with a lengthy breakdown leading to a pandemonium-inducing drop. Garman joins forces with DJ Rae on 'Control', where another low-slung groove is peppered with more delay-laden vocal samples and a winding, mind-mangling TB-303 acid line.
Review: Since label chief Hot Since 82 opened his set at Exit Festival with "Flow", there has been real interest in this new release on the ever reliable Knee Deep In Sound. The track itself comes courtesy of new Spanish artist Scoom Legacy, who has had previous releases on Terranova and Solar Distance. A glassy eyed and bittersweet expression in deep house that's perfect to be played at sunset, it is backed up by a second offering in the form of "Escape", which takes a moodier and energetic turn on this slinky and hypnotic tech house cut.
Review: With up an impressive debut on Cocoon's Dots & Pearls series, followed by a great one on Christian Smith's Tronic Music back in September, rising Romanian Radu Dracul returns with his newest release - which comes courtesy of the mighty Knee Deep In Sound. It's all aboard the acid express on the ultra euphoric "Dance System" which will propel you from the dancefloor into the stratosphere, while second offering "Limelight" goes for a loopy and funked-up disco house route, much in the vein of DJ Sneak's DJ tools circa the late '90s. Keep your eyes on this ascendant Transylvanian producer heading into 2021.
Review: Deep, discofied house without even a whiff of fromage is what you'll find on this two-tracker from UK producer Sam Holland, coming on Hot Since 82's Knee Deep In Sound. 'Desires' loops up wukka-wukking funk guitars and a female vocal "I wanna" microsnip: it's a simple affair, but has the kind of surging, pulsing feel that makes seven minutes fly by while subtly raising energy levels. Centred around a hefty bass loop, 'Unity' leans a little more towards classic late 90s filter disco - though still without being in any way brash or obvious - and as such is probably the pick for peaktime play or more commercial floors.
Review: Calabrian duo Italobros are back, after some great releases on Cocoa, Black Seven and Time Bandits in recent times. Their latest one hereis on the mighty Knee Deep In Sound, and is evidence that these guys have really found their stride and is sure to cause a buzz on lockdown dancefloors. It's titled "Spacey" and much like its name suggests is a trippy affair, executed in typically slinky and hypnotic fashion. This is supported by the funky house slammer "La Via En Rose" which channels the zeitgeist of late '90s filtered disco classics on imprints like Defected and Soulfuric.
Review: Spanish techno overlord Oscar L is the latest to be introduced to the Knee Deep In Sound label with this Anima single. Sending in two burning techno tracks that wind their way through a progression of sailing synths and filtered basslines, lead number "Anima" takes the high road through its peaking synths, techno beats and uplifting melody that build and explodes in dramatic trance-like fashion, whereas "Dimension" goes low with its club-centric groove, deeper atmospheres and searing leads notes.