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
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.
Manchester’s Marco Darko may not have many releases under his belt, but what he has shared with the dance music community sure is exciting. A fan of Hot Creations may recognize his name from the recent fourth volume of the Hot Waves Sampler and his solid “Computer Love” with Mykel Haze. Back now to offer his hand on another compilation of sorts, Sleazy Deep’s Future Tease, Marco doesn’t hold back.
Together with Justin Martin, Dirtybird label head Claude VonStroke has been championing a unique, bass-heavy version of tech house for the electronic music world to bask in. Teaming up with the respected Crosstown Rebels imprint, VonStroke’s take on Infinity Ink’s “Infinity” has reached “Essential New Tune” status on Pete Tong’s famed Radio 1 show not once, but twice. The track — which is centered around a punchy bassline and retro-like vocals — meets in the middle of gloom and groove, giving it the proper dose of weirdness that we’ve come to expect from Claude. The track is set for release on October 29th, along with a rework from Richy Ahmed.
In an article published on Mixmag back in early Spring, New York’s underground revival was the topic of discussion. With the boom of the electronic dance music scene in America well underway, it’s only a matter of time before the underground gets its formal recognition. If you read Dancing Astronaut on a steady basis, you know that our event coverage fits the mold of dance music on a commercial level. Eventually, in every fan’s experience, there comes a time when you seek out more than just the “party” aspect, and want to explore the roots and foundation from where this all came from.