Since stunning Boileroom and DC10 alike, Richy Ahmed has long been the elephant in the room where British deep house is concerned. Having built his name around the fertile Hot Waves platform with the likes of “Tell Me,” his collaboration with Miguel Campbell, the boy wonder finally becomes a man with an inaugural solo EP on its renowned parent label, Hot Creations. Rolling with the disjointed percussive tendencies of early-doors hip-hop with a solid house backbone, “The Drums” proves one of his most immediately infectious offerings to date. As “101 Jam” unites the analogue and the archetypal underground house joint, it is immediately clear that Ahmed’s agenda is near unparalleled by the modern competition. If house music is really going to take over the world in 2014, Hot Creations would be wise to send Richy Ahmed to the front lines with cuts of this caliber at his mercy.
Release date: December 2nd
Making a return to his own label with his first solo EP on Hot Creations for the first time since 2010, Jamie Jones has released the four-track Planets, Spaceships EP. Not only has the co-founder been at the helm of one of the most revered labels in dance music, but he’s also become a huge part of the dance music supergroup Hot Natured alongside Lee Foss, Luca C, and Ali Love.
Jamie’s newest solo offering delivers four unique tracks which have all been wreaking havoc in his sets around the world this summer. The title track of the EP, which features Digitaria vocalist Daniela Caldellas (who has an album planned for Hot Creations next year), utilizes addictive vocals alongside Jamie’s production expertise. The conclusive three tracks round out the EP with deeper and darker grooves while staying clear of the vocals which highlighted the title track.
For anyone who has listened to a Jamie Jones set in the last 5 or 6 months, Patrick Topping‘s “Any Amounts” just may be that “one song you couldn’t get out of your head.” This past Friday on Radio 1, Pete Tong played the longest (and highest quality) clip found on the Internet of the single, due out on Hot Creations in the imminent future. The up-and-coming producer is certainly building substantial buzz with this quite unforgettable record, and a release date could not come soon enough.
The Hot Natured group that began with Jamie Jones and Lee Foss as a DJ set, and later morphed into a live act with the additions of Luca C and Ali Love, have premiered a mix sampler showcasing five tracks off their forthcoming debut album, “Different Sides of the Sun.” The champions of accessible deep house have displayed a set of groovy cuts, including vocal tracks from Art Department’s Kenny Glasgow and Hot Creation’s favorite Anabel Englund. (more…)
In celebration of reaching 100,000 Facebook fans, Hot Creations co-head and Chicago native Lee Foss shared a free download with fans in the form of “U Make Me Shy,” a track he “made a few years ago but decided to hold on to” until now. It’s not bridging any genres or recruiting sex kitten vocalists like some of his other work may have, but its variations in production, quirky mix outs, and bass lines give it enough weight to comfortably stand in Lee’s catalog as a sign of his growing fan base and possibly even crossover success.
High-flying funk advocate Miguel Campbell marks an untimely peak in his global presence with the third single from his debut album Back In Flight School for Hot Creations. Off the heels of remix duties for Butch, “Beams of Light” is a hypnotic embodiment of the smooth yet supple combination of killers beats and warm melodic composition that has hallmarked his rise to fame. While Alexis Raphael’s take ups the tempo and scatters the lead work, Crooked Man’s Crooked Colors remix scores from a notably sinister sound scope from the outset. Finished off by Cerri, whose remix strips back the heyday acid sound whilst maintaining its vintage edge, this collective package screams unprecedented promise for the road ahead for Campbell and his likeminded peers at camp Hot Creations. (more…)
As co-heads of the acclaimed Hot Creations imprint, Jamie Jones and Lee Foss have been revealing their abilities outside the world of producing and DJing, showing they have an ear for A&R as well. Montreal-based Greg Pidcock hooked up with Jones and Foss just a year ago, and since then has been busy working on a full length album for the label. “Blame Game” shines light on Pidcock’s production abilities, laying out melodic deep house grooves that coincide with just the sound Hot Creations has been championing in recent years. Richie Hawtin-backed Minus artist Hobo provides two remixes dubbed ”Shamed” and “Named.” The two reworks breathe life into the original, adding an upbeat boost on “Shamed” and a darker techno guise on “Named.” The Blame Game EP is set to release June 17th.
As summer approaches and temperatures rise, anticipation for Hot Natured’s forthcoming debut album continues to build. “Reverse Skydiving” has already been remixed by Shadow Child and Deetron and today, the crew adds another edit from Hot Creations labelmate Robert James. This version is dubbed the “terrace” mix, and gives off a timeless summertime vibe perfectly fitted for urban rooftops and Balearic beaches alike. From the offset, Anabel Engulund’s vocals loop with an airy echo effect while the track jumps into bouncy chord progressions. A deep and propelling bassline emplores a funky groove, making this rendition a welcomed addition to the remix package.
Hot Natured’s follow up to “Benediction” has been the well received single “Reverse Skydiving.” Anabel Englund’s voice worked wonders on Human Life’s “Falling” and Lee Foss’ “Eletricity,” and has laid the foundation for a stellar remix package on the “Reverse Skydiving” release. First up to bat is Swiss producing mastermind Deetron, who constructs an offering laden with piercing piano strings and a tumultuous bassline. The first three minutes of the track are drawn out with faint flicks of a high piano note, until the whole feel of the track changes with a grasping and melodic breakdown. The rework flows in and out of different tempos, showcasing Deetron’s distinct ability to transform a hit single into an audible journey.
On Thursday evening, Jamie Jones and his band of merry DJs took over downtown Miami’s Ice Palace Studios for a marathon evening of the best representation of vintage-tinged deep house. The announcement of Hot Creations returning to Miami Music Week for their legendary Paradise parties further cemented the Balearic representation for the melding of dance music’s greatest minds this week.
Once the set times were solidified, I was ready to see what kind of party these dudes could pull off here in Miami. As I crossed back to downtown for the first time in four days, I thought to myself: how will Hot Creations get this party going in a neighborhood far less accessible than the clubs and venues of South Beach? Turns out, this was no problem at all. Upon arriving to Ice Palace Studios (which is actually a film studio by day), I approached a frenzied and disorganized line at the front gates. People were clamoring to enter, offering upwards of $100 in cash for access to the party replicating one of DC-10′s most famous evenings of the last few years.