George Fitzgerald has remained one of the most reassuringly experimental powerhouses to emerge from the British underground and the authoritative musical sphere known as Hotflush. Still busy at work on his debut artist album, his latest vocal offering “Magnet” emerges to seal the score on a year of considerable highs for this master of the big-kick and befitting low-end tendencies. Taking things down a peg from precursor “I Can Tell,” the patchwork of Fitzgerald’s own harrowing vocal work and that infamous deep yet bass-favoring stamina makes for a more dreamy yet diligent take on the underground house sound scope – a void that this consistent production force has no trouble excelling. Still a vital mark of quality on the popular ‘deep’ renaissance both blessing and cursing global club land, George Fitzgerald articulates the quality house cut to a level we wait to see committed to a full-length album. (more…)Posted by
Although Dense & Pika, the duo made of UK producer Glimpse and Hypercolour co-founder Alex Jones, first made waves releasing a series of white labels on their own Dense & Pika label, they’ve shot even further into recognition with the help of Scuba’s Hotflush label over the course of the last half year. First releasing the Crispy Duck EP and later the Move Your Body Back EP, the duo has quickly established themselves as purveyors of punching techno — making music often both gritty and industrial. On their latest Colt EP, due out October 14th, the four originals serve as more of a tour through dance music subgenres than previous releases. “Colt” is lighthearted piano house, while “Black Deep” and “Vomee” serve up a healthy offering of diabolical techno flare fit for the darkest corners of Berghain. The final track, “Airless,” was recorded live in one take with percussionists, woodwinds, and modular synths, throwing a wrench in anyone’s suspicions that Dense & Pika could easily be pigeonholed.Posted by
Back onboard after a brief spell of silence for the label, Paul Woolford returns to Scuba’s Hotflush imprint to follow-up Denise & Pika’s “Move Your Body Right” with an undeniable summer showstopper. Never one to drop his form amidst the summer clubbing season, this key laden summer anthem is further indicative of the simplistic yet irreplaceable charm that Woolford has breathed over European house music from the outset of his career. Sweeping across a deep yet melodically refined canvas of sharp melodic leads and infectious grooves, “Untitled” makes up for its lazy name with yet another injection of purebred floor fuel from a man who continues to epitomize everything that is right about modern house music. (more…)Posted by
Hotflush Recordings chief Scuba compiled a one-hour long mix in advance of his appearance at the International Music Summit in Ibiza featuring a slew of goodies from the likes of George FitzGerald, Eats Everything, Mano Le Tough and countless others. The segment weaves through the pastures of banging techno and mellow house, but meshes flawlessly with perfect rhythm. Scuba has been lauded for both his DJ and production abilities over his lengthy career, and this mix further testifies his dexterity at blending appealing underground music for the masses.Posted by
It’s been two years since we’ve heard anything from Travis Stewart (of Machinedrum with Jimmy Edgar) and Praveen Sharma, but the two are back now as Sepalcure with a new EP on their home label Hotflush. In a world blurred by an overwhelming number of deep house and garage productions these days, it’s always refreshing to listen to something that feels a little different. The lead track off the EP, “Make You,” is just that. Stewart and Sharma build the track around a Whitney Houston sample, and with the help of a grueling sub-bass, a peppering of wood blocks, and time-honored guitar melody they manage to construct an absolutely elegant piece of dance music.Posted by
Electronic music wunderkind George FitzGerland makes his return to Scuba’s Hotflush imprint for the first time in over a year with “Thinking of You.” The track was premiered on his Essential Mix during the Future Stars series, and features a dark and repetitive drum sequence over a tasteful vocal segment. The song is crafted immaculately — adding to FitzGerald’s clout as one of the most promising producers of recent time. If you haven’t familiarized yourself with him yet, now is the time to do so.
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Paul Rose, known more widely as Berlin-based producer Scuba, has been on a hot streak this year both with the release of his flooring third full length Personality album and more recent “Talk Torque” single on his own Hotflush Recordings. Today he’s back at it again with the release of another one-sided 12″ entitled “Hardbody.” As usual, Radio 1 got the premiere on this several weeks back and this tune, kicks up the drama and drives down the bass line a bit more than some of his other work. No matter what vibe Scuba goes with on his productions, there’s no doubt he’ll deliver a sonically diverse piece of music that’ll keep you guessing every time. Listen below and get yours on Beatport today.