Though the DJ Mag polls have closed the Top 100 is not the only awards game in town, and Ibiza’s DJ Awards have ended the summer season by announcing their winners. Now in its 16th year, the ceremony took place on September 25th at Pacha and handed out 20 awards to the movers and shakers in the dance music world. Though an industry panel voted on such items as Track Of The Season and Breakthrough Artist, fans at home sent their favorite producers to the top of the pack in their genre, with Armin van Buuren sweeping both the Trance and International DJ category for his fifth and third year, respectively. Hardwell and Knife Party were also recognized for Electro and Dubstep/Drum & Bass, with Solomun, Luciano, Hot Natured and Maceo Plex scooping awards as well.
Remember when electronic albums were few and far between? Not anymore. This year’s new buzzword is album. “Working on my new album” could be the most persistent expression dance artists share across social channels and in due course. DJ/producers and labels now have the widespread audience to follow suit with more commercially-driven music marketing. Step one? Cryptic announcement. Step two – single. Step three – album bulletin with tracklist and pre-order intel. The formula is tried and true. Fans flocking from album-centric genres expect to be indulged with packaged and organized content. That’s what we want to pay for.
As many as 14 full-length albums will hit the digital shelves over the next two months, running the gamut from veterans Kaskade, The Bloody Beetroots and Claude VonStroke to newcomers Krewella and Angger Dimas. This fall’s unprecedented streak of electronic album releases coalesced with EDM’s advancing digital sales should kindle mainstream headway, the right way. Just ask Disclosure what happens when a fire starts to burn… Here are the most anticipated albums of the fall.
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…)Posted by
The quartet that makes up Hot Natured — Jamie Jones, Lee Foss, Ali Love, and Luca C — has released their official music video for “Isis (Magic Carpet Ride).” The video follows a group of friends on an out of body adventure where gravity ceases to exist and turning into a demonic creature is neither impossible nor shocking. Find out how the friends reach this state of euphoria by pressing play.
Hot Natured’s debut album Different Sides of the Sun is due out September 2.Posted by
They wouldn’t be the first DJs to get big off of singles, but deep house supergroup Hot Natured are ready to remedy that situation with the release of their first album. Having already toured and produced a handful of hits together, Jamie Jones, Lee Foss, Luca C and Ali Love have 12 brand new tracks that will be released alongside three familiar singles on Different Sides of the Sun. To celebrate, the quartet has released “Isis (Magic Carpet Ride)” as the first single, an Egyptian-flavored hot house groove. Speaking to Mixmag, Jamie Jones said the group went into the album with 45 songs and walked away with 30 to spare, meaning that their first album certainly won’t be the last. Eager fans still have a bit longer to wait, however: the full album will be released September 2nd. Click below the break for the tracklist, and head to iTunes to pre-order.
If there’s one thing Hot Natured excels at, it’s making deep house tracks into memorable moments in dance music. The experience of Jamie Jones, Lee Foss, Luca C, and Ali Love (plus a good vocal from the temptress Anabel Englund) seems to be a fool proof combination these days. Some may criticize Hot Creations for selling out, but the way we see it is that sometimes when music is popular it’s well deserved.
Hot Natured‘s remix of Phoenix’s “Entertainment” — off their highly anticipated album Bankrupt that’ll be released on Monday — is a dream for dance fans wishing indie rock tracks would play to synthetic sensibilities a little bit more. “Entertainment” is classic Phoenix, but given the opportunity to remix, Jamie Jones, Lee Foss and the rest of their supergroup put their heads together for a well-crafted astral indie dance tune. They loop and stutter Thomas Mars’s vocals, replace guitars with playful and off-kilter synths, and of course add in their own four-on-the-floor bass line.Posted by
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.Posted by
As his dark and ominous alter ego, Shadow Child, Dave Spoon approaches Hot Natured’s latest “Reverse Skydiving” with perilous intent. Shadow Child subtracts the bounce and deepens the mix besetting the track in a heavy fog of plunky percussion and chilling atmosphere. As it begins, Anabel’s vocals tesselate and phase in the background echoing off into infinity as Shadow Child contorts the bass line into swirling gasps of white noise. Stuttering into a percussion-laden drop, atmospheric grime turns into a deep groove as synths shriek through the fog, leaving only Anabel’s vocals recognizable in this hazy interpretation.
“Reverse Skydiving” will be released on May 6th, pre-order on iTunes.Posted by
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.Posted by