for the fourth instalment of scb remix eps from hotflush, mor elian and hammer step up for their own interpretations of tracks from caibu.
fever am label co-founder and hybrid club producer mor elian provides a spaced out take on ‘fish bowl’ full of angular drums and woozy synths. for his take on ‘test tubes’, hammer formulates a steady groover for the after hours.
caibu is paul rose’s first album as scb. the album builds on material from the below the line, old media new society, and engineered morality eps which explored a fictional narrative in which a hypothetical timeline is corrupted by a climate-related disaster. the title of the album itself refers to an imagined surgical procedure where cognitive ability is augmented through transplant from one brain to another. as such, caibu invites the listener to forge their own ideas on the development of society in the context of crisis.
scuba drops another four cuts as scb on hotflush recordings this december. paul rose first launched his scb moniker in 2010, going on to appear on labels like ostgut ton, aus music and nonplus until 2014. this year saw the pioneering british producer revisit his darker alias with a dystopian themed release on hotflush he now returns with four more twisted and ominous productions.
nice price deal !!! after a busy summer of festival dates and sun-drenched summer parties, hotflush are back to attend to their autumn release schedule, the first of which welcomes a new collaborative project from two anonymous producers, united under the guise of nefertt. both producers have become synonymous with a distinct and versatile approach to music-making. between them, they have covered everything from hip-hop, dubstep, drone, ukg, soul, jungle, broken-beat and electronica int he body of their own previous productions. this new collaboration sees the pair invoke a slightly more dance floor-orientated spirit, taking a marked step away from the heavily swung, nervy house / garage hybrids of their previous material, preferring to focus on irrestistible groove and lush melody.
nice price deal !!! hotflush presents the full label debut of uk funky figurehead roska, following his appearance on the recent back and 4th compilation and seminal remix of untolds >just for you< in 2009. this release brings together two cuts that emphasize a healthy evolution of the roska style that has made such an impact on bass music in the last couple of years. retaining the customary hard-hitting percussion and raw syncopated rhythms, a slightly futuristic twinge moves us into more unfamiliar territory, with the energetic synth arpeggiation of >error code< backed by the spacier, dubbed-out >abrupt<.
LOVE PRESSURE REMIXES (FALTY DL / JIMMY EDGAR RMX)
12" Vinyl UK24.11.17
nice price deal !!! since sepalcures debut ep, love pressure dropped last summer, the new york based act otherwise known as travis stewart (machinedrum) and praveen sharma (braille) have made a lasting impression on the electronic sphere over the last year with unforgettable live performances across the usa and europe, as well as a stunning follow-up ep, fleur. their unique chemistry as a duo is undeniable and has resulted in a soulful, emotive, and energetic style that is entirely their own. on this remix ep, five of the usa’s most exciting dance music producers of late have offered their unique takes on the original tracks, all bringing their own signature elements into the fore: xi (orca, toronto), faltydl (planet mu, new york), jimmy edgar (!k7, detroit), daedelus (ninja tune, los angeles), and recent hotflush signing lando kal (lazer sword, berlin via san francisco).
scuba refocuses his scb project with ‘below the line’, coming this october on hotflush recordings.
‘below the line’ inaugurates a fictional timeline of events set in a hypothetical future. a climate-related disaster acts as a catalyst for a complete overturn in society, the repercussions of which will be explored subsequently.
the british producer has become one of modern dance music’s most pioneering figures, having produced four full-length albums, various eps and contributed mix albums to renowned series such as dj kicks, fabric, and for berghain’s ostgut ton label over the last decade. donning the scb name in 2010, paul rose’s pseudonym for esoteric techno found home on labels like aus, nonplus and hotflush recordings, not to mention its own eponymous imprint.
a breakthrough artist who has had a massive 2017 to date, or:la returns to hotflush with three new tracks and a remix of limbosoup (from her debut hotflush ep last year) by detroit’s fit siegel.
following the launch of her own label, deep sea frequency, and a standout boiler room appearance, this new batch of fresh material cements or:la’s position in the uk underground. taking cues from influences ranging from classic jungle to post-dubstep, farewell 24 offers more evidence as to why so many have tipped the derry producer for great things. and to round things off, we are very excited to include a razor sharp remix from the one and only fit siegel, one of our absolute us favourites.
the fourth hotflush release of 2017 comes from minneapolis-based dj and producer, tml. he made his debut in 2014 with one inch of water, an album in cassette form via always human tapes. his style takes cues from the bass and jungle halcyon days of yore, yet in his hands these influences are pestled into anything but nostalgia. no memory looks forward to a place where pigeonholes don’t exist, where past, present and future boil an amalgamated stew, where ‘experimental’ and ‘clubby’ aren’t effective antonyms. it’s an album in miniature - six tracks spanning a broad range. the unmistakable taste of jungle pervades side a, becoming increasingly less abstract as it goes: from the fractured opening of ‘face pads’, through the dub of ‘cold sleep’, to the sunrise head bang that is ‘crying’. side two moves inside. it’s darker there. the tunes - ’strainer’, ‘rhu’ and ‘code library’ - share a paredbackness. their beats look askance as they shuffle big and bold.
foreboding title, foreboding sounds. berlins redoubtable oliver deutschmann joins the hotflush roster with in the moment of death we have no regret. 3 club ready weapons, one blissed-out ambient cut. do we really need to describe them in flowery prose? no. just listen and play. loud.
hotflush welcome lara wehbie aka blursome to the ranks with her debut ep “rendition of you”. raised in north carolina and currently residing in brooklyn, wehbie has come a long way since beginning to work on music in 2011 as a way of channeling her diagnosed depression and anxiety. she describes her work as a transitional darkness, something she says defined her sound even before she could manage the software she uses to make it. in her own words, “rendition of you ep signifies major transitions in my life over the past year and how my environment truly played a role in handling situations. it s a testament to how much happier i am now than i used to be. i still struggle but i m truly thankful for the influences i have around me that have made me a better individual and artist.” along the way she has attended the red bull music academy bass camp in 2015, and after an appearance on scuba s 2016 fabric mix, she debuts on the label with an experimental six track ep. side a of -rendition of you- introduces listeners to her experimental use of vocals and heavy percussive influences from the left field genre. side b dives straight into dance floor material with pounding kicks and and interjecting vocals, but then slowly winds down into a more melancholic ending with piercing synths rattling through to the last drop.
brazillian-born daniela caldellas returns to hotflush recordings with misantropicalia, a three track ep, with each one showing different facets of her influences, further enriching her identity as terr. picking up where last aprils burn the past ep left off, terr continues to develop what is becoming her retro-futurist signature. the unmistakable footprint of electro, as well as a palpable nostalgia for the early 80s, is present throughout. the title track perhaps even betrays a whiff of italo or hi-nrg with its moroder-esque bass and silky guitar licks, before moving into pure body-popping, linoleum dancefloor territory on the b-side. outrun is an invitation to do the robot worm best heard on a portable ghetto blaster, while dont look around rounds off the 12inch in galvanizing style with hints of electroclash in fractured, fleeting vocals and beats of the fat variety. misantropicalia shows terr with her influences on her sleeve, and her gaze fixed firmly forwards
2017 repress , with no artwork - just standard cover - the music counts.
recondite returns to hotflush with two unique techno narratives forged in his inimitable style. since 2014s smash, caldera, the prolific producer has released two studio albums, as well as a string of notable eps for the likes of innervisions, dystopian and life & death. at once subtle and grand, phalanx/warg sees recondite exploring the full range of his distinctive voice. deep, sinewy techno set with a genuine sense of intrigue, both cuts flood the dance floor with an unsettling warmth.
we asked a well known berlin dj to describe this record, this was his response: stripped down / raw, essential / minimal, referencing golden era tech like: mr g / terry francis / eddie richards, organic / dynamic / present / accessible / refreshing / on point, perfectly excecuted / no bullshit dj tools, deep / dope
hotflush are proud to welcome an exciting new talent to the roster. her name is or:la and she arrives at her debut 12inch already boasting a formidable reputation as a dj and promoter in the uk - her long-standing meine nacht party is merseysides finest and her appearances on whp line-ups are turning heads. the 12inch in question is uk lonely - a four track ep that flaunts enviable range and seems to contradict the producers youthful years. in it she covers a broad spectrum of past and contemporary influences spanning garage, afrobeat, breaks and dubstep. the a-side is punchy yet elegant: vocal cut-ups drift through off-beat percussions in title track uk lonely, while riddims and melodies weave in and out of each other on an exotic limbosoup. the b-side is more contemplative:x & o recalls the wistful vocals and layers them over aughties breakbeats before jaipur rounds off this opening salvo in delicate and playful fashion, hinting at things to come
hotflush are proud to introduce an exciting young artist, pyur, along with her singular debut lp epoch sinus. despite her relative newness, pyur meets the world with fully formed and unique signatures in both visual and sonic work, revealing a deep artistry that transcends medium. growing up in munich, in and amongst the same fecund scene that spawned artists like the zenker brothers and skee mask, pyur cut her teeth from a young age as a guitarist and singer before becoming spellbound by the electronic world’s endless scope for sound design. endowed with innately strong synaesthesia and reared in a shamanic household, she tells how music “played the biggest role in my growth. it alone had the purpose to help me dissolve boundaries, discover the beauty of life’s mechanisms, create freely. it talked. soon i felt like the music was making me, not the other way round.” epoch sinus is a seamless and heartfelt whole, a life-like being unto itself, describing the disintegration of barriers between the self and the all. here pyur offers an intimate and personal statement, combining knowledge of universal harmony with electronic music. she states: “i m mainly influenced by my inner visions and nature itself, yet also a lot from club culture, which is undoubtedly an important space of connection and freedom for so many people”. the record dances playfully between supposedly incompatible qualities: moments of brutality turn to softness, new life embraces decomposition, while explosive rhythmic and melodic structures are tempered with gentle and subtle percussion.
scubas entry in the revered fabric mix series features four debut-making artists, three of whom, isaac reuben, glaskin, blursome, feature on the present sampler 12inch alongside the already-emerging talent of tallmen785. together they cover a rich gamut of style. tallmens gear-shifting opener a charge of the techno brigade replete with live drum fills leads into blursomes compact, broken, nocturnal outcry. isaac reuben then messes with structure and genre, bringing deep house tropes into a lofi, rough and raw world before glaskin blow the door wide open right at the very end to reveal their cavernous, ultra deep field. you’ll be hearing a lot from all of them on hotflush in the coming months, so for now let the music break the ice
following the release of his debut album as trevino earlier this year, marcus ‘intalex’ kaye marks his first notch on the hotflush bedpost with a plucky four-track ep, wearing all the stripes that an artist of his experience and versatility has earned. kaye’s four-to-the-floor productions as trevino have always possessed a latent sheen from the dynamic world of drum and bass where he first made his name. here it’s evident in the impeccably balanced mix of lead track, ‘slide away’, where forlorn melody is driven as much by bass as it is by liquid chords. the tempo is upped on ‘mosaic’ - a techno record that follows an uplifting path - and on desecrate it’s in fifth gear with a bass line that rolls and grows and bangs and rolls. the high-speed, echo chamber dub of ‘jungle love rounds off an ep of notable range.
FIGHT FOR US / LOOSEN UP (PRINS THOMAS & EDWARD REMIXES)
12" Vinyl UK02.08.16
norse deity of the discotheque, prins thomas, and knight of the giegling realm, edward, are the first in line to remix sepalcures sophomore album folding time. prins charming applies his renowned diskomiks touch to lead single fight for us, rubbing the sun-kissed r&b of the original into an extended dance-floor affair, all strut, slap and tickle. edward, on the other hand, takes loosen up and screams rave! over ten minutes of blockrocking beats that evolve into a gilded climax of laser beams and melodic euphoria.
paul woolford returns to hotflush with mother & child, his third solo outing on the label following the inescapable anthems,untitled and mdma. mother & child sees woolford explore a different style and more cultivated mood. comprised of two variations on a theme, the lead cut combines both sostenuto and clipped strings in an overarching and evolving melody. theres a sense of menace and foreboding, yet the record’s heart belongs, as ever, strongly to woolfords home turf - the dance floor. this newfound contemplative air is brought to the fore on mother & child divided as he strips back all rhythmic elements to leave a beautifully sprawling tapestry of strings and synth alluring, dramatic and cinematic in scope. one hopes this mother and child find each other again.
hotflush recordings is delighted to announce the arrival of a second full length from sepalcure, the american duo made up of travis machinedrum stewart and praveen braille sharma. arriving four and a half years since their acclaimed debut, 11 track album folding time is a singular and tender statement that lands in may 2016.
2019 repressing. adding a percussive and experimental edge to the current class of post-dubstep pioneers, mount kimbie, the duo of dominic maker and kai campos - are set to release their highly anticipated debut album crooks & lovers on scubas hotflush label in july. mount kimbies first two eps - maybes and sketch on glass - seemed like explorations of spaces so private that all within earshot were instantly turned into voyeurs.
daniela caldellas is a producer and dj from brazil. having released music in many styles and guises over the years, burn the past, her debut offering as terr, sees her return to her electro and techno roots. this three track ep on hotflush recordings showcases caldellas extensive capabilities as a producer, with a variation of styles present throughout. from the vocal refrains of burn the past via metropoliss electro flirtation to the stadium-sized may day, caldellas flexes a sure-footed range that hints at whats to come.
monoloc makes his debut on hotflush recordings, the labels first release of 2016. following a recent single on innervisions and an appearance on life & death, his latest offering another thing marks a departure into more atmospheric soundscapes. the murky grandeur of the title track lends itself to moody textures that build in narrative, walking a knife-edge between ndustrial techno and minimalist dub. trysome conjures the setting of a dilapidated warehouse rave at 5am, while makeless, with its low-slung percussive elements draped over misty pads and imposing bass, draws the listener further into monolocs wormhole.
hotflushs remix series continues in style with fresh interpretations of dense & pikas colt and airless. the uk techno duo’s slamming main-room originals are still hot properties, but in the hands of george fitzgerald and grain they get new life and perspective breathed into them.
to coincide with the full remix album’s unveiling on cd, the exquisite reworkings of all i think about is death and why you feel so low by techno heavyweights radio slave and function respectively, have been singled out for release on vinyl. the former bears all the hypnotic hallmarks of a radio slave classic: incrementally menacing percussive lines woven with the heart wrenching vocal chants of the original over an epic 12 minutes. at once understated and emphatic, the tenor is deepened in the extreme on an ambient atmos version. berghain resident, function, on the other hand treats claustrophobias flagship why you feel so low with a delicate touch: he retains the buoyant hook of the original, underlying it with a thunderous, reverberating bassline, handclaps for days, and a beat tailor-made for only the biggest and brightest sound systems.
recondite marks his return to hotflush with the epic, potentially summer-defining *caldera* and a sequel to his 2012 hit *drgn*. the bavarian artist has undergone a dazzling rise since that time, and one which is reflected in the increasing opulence of his music.
next up to add his sounds to the ever impressive hotflush cannon is argentinas shall ocin. he serves up the cliff/the mist, a two track ep that showcases his knack for infectious groove in all its glory. the man born nicolas abalos has released music under a number of aliases over the last decade plus, but it is as shall ocin that he has had most success. putting out music on labels like culprit and ellum audio, he has established himself amongst contemporary tastemakers and here cements his reputation with a great debut on hotflush
ltd 2015 repress...
following up his recently-released remixes of scubas single >the hope< on hotflush, plagent records boss recondite returns to the label, this time with a solo 12 inch titled drgn / wist 365. recalling some of the moodiest moments from >on acid<, his recent lp devoted to the sounds of the 303, this debut shows recondite stay true to his sombre and tension-inducing roots. >drgn<, the sonic equivalent to traversing a bleak end-of-times landscape, is a journey replete with a relentless, melodic sib-bass and vibrating synth, on the flip recondite gives the 9-minute long >wist 365< a drum workout, resulting in a progressive, menacing groove, awash with wind chimes and 808 claps.
repress 2015 ... with dubsteps big push into the mainstream, stirring up all manner of hybrids, variants and mutations, its worth remembering that some have been creating fresh twists on the current generation of global bass music from its very inception. paul rose, aka scuba, and his hotflush label have, since 2003, had experimentation and genre-collision etched into the very structures of everything they do. putting out key tunes by the core pioneers of dubstep, but also by true outliers like mount kimbie, joy orbison and sepalcure, hotflush has created a sense of absolute consistence in diversity: multiple sounds united by true craftsmanship and high-tech expression of complex emotion. joining the uk underground to the deep-rooted techno culture of berlin, where rose is now resident, the label is a vital nexus in the flow of musical information that is fuelling the current innovative climate. so next time you hear someone talking about >post<- this or >future<- that, consider that maybe the times are just catching up with hotflush. back and 4th features ten brand new tracks from bass musics most innovative producers, as well as a collection of essentials from hotflushs recent catalogue. the compilation is presented in double-cd and as a triple 12 inch vinyl release.
following 2013s ubiquitous smash untitled and last years heavyweight erotic discourse remixes, paul woolford returns to the hotflush fold with a double-headed cerberus, orbit/ mdma. flexing signature versatility, woolford goes from heads-down to hands-in-the-air in the flip of a record: a dance floor locked in to the twisted sirens of acid rave (orbit) experiences a sudden belly rush as it collectively comes up to piano breakdowns and female chant (mdma). towering and physical, the record epitomises paul woolford’s enduring popularity.
alan fitzpatrick debuts on hotflush with an ep that reveals a new side to his craft, marking a departure from the uncompromising techno that has personified the celebrated artist’s storied career to date.
scuba s musical biography has been a story of constant change. over the past eleven years, his music has zigzagged through bass, techno and house, at times dark and contemplative, at others bright and anthemic. a look at his discography bears out this creative restlessness: from the shadowy rhythms of a mutual antipathy and triangulation, through the soaring melodies of personality and the cardinal -adrenalin- ep. claustrophobia is more than just the next phase in this development—it s a culmination of everything that s come so far. as its name implies, the record is tense and inward-looking, but it s also rich and dynamic, nimbly moving through a panorama of moods and styles. rhythms expand and contract from one song to the next, textural passages give way to shimmering strands of melody, found sounds and field recordings breathe life into ambient sketches. the album is modern and understated throughout, but also touched with something unrestrained: the exhilarating energy of classic rave.
hotflush unveils its second release of 2015 in the form of a collaborative single between label mainstay locked groove and ascendant italian duo mind against. with both acts coming off the back of triumphant finishes to 2014 the success of locked groove s huge enigma ep and mind against s surge into #33 position in resident advisor s 2014 dj poll - elysium / pulsar marks the first time the producers have collaborated. the end result combines locked grooves punchy, dancefloor-ready aesthestic and the emotionally resonant melodics that mind against have made their signature since breaking through with life and death in 2013
off the back of the success of audens first hotflush ep, the enigmatic alias returns to scubas label with another hard hitting four-tracker, wall to wall. lock in throws you in headfirst - fast-paced drum loops layered with slices of jarring techno and a driving bassline that would be welcomed on the darkest dancefloors. utopian, initially a more languid cut, juxtaposes an almost cerebral landscape with hard hitting percussion, only allowing the listener a short breather before hurtling back in with perisheds swirling synths and trippy electronic jabs. ending on xirox, auden crafts a slightly more down-tempo cut, boasting a catchy groove that only gets better with each listen. whoever auden may or may not be, one thing is for certain – hes carving his place deep in technos panorama.
gallic cynosure agoria debuts on the hotflush roster with helice – a compelling, propelling record that envelopes and encompasses. blending an ambience of eerie sci-fi over suspense-laden peaks and troughs, it goes after body and mind in equal measure. its b-side counterpart is make it real, a jacking house number cut through with a classic rhodes bounce. the latent garage disposition is brought to the fore by ess, whose remix nods to the east coast glory days of yore.
locked groove marks his return to hotflush with the grandiose, puzzlingly-titled >enigma<. its a colossal record whose bass-centric melody looms large. large enough, even, to inspire what is nowadays a rare scuba remix. a counterpoint to these theatrics comes in the way of wandering in a cage, a broken-beat creeper flaunting the belgians ear for subtlety, and two beatdown versions of the title track that fit neatly into your dj toolbox.
dense & pika return to hotflush with their first original material since last year s smash, colt . meanwhile they issued a chart-topping remix of paul woolford s erotic discourse with a signature bombast that carries over into the present klank ep. six tracks leave plenty of room for variety, however, from the toecap shuffle of the eponymous lead track to bad ink s melodic grand designs, through slacker s binary jack and the pared-down house groove that is slowhand , not to mention the aquatic depths explored by wandering hands , we see dense & pika s muscles at full flex.
kowtons reimagining of paul woolfords classic cut sees the light of day on wax. swivelling outside and in, popping upside and around the coveted bristol producer behind livity sound leaves an indellible mark on a notorious tune. includes both beatdown and beatless versions.
scubas phenix triptych reveals its final panel. a bite-size story in and of itself, and a fitting end-part to the greater sum, 3 feels like the latest acme of a diverse career. this is traditional beginning-middle-end story-telling: silence s call-and-response foretells of a blue funk ahead - funk in the figurative - as nineteen eighty transposes old chicago into an ad rem context. the disquiet continues on the other side, with plateaus exacting techno pulse underscoring astral synth work. tempo and temperature are pushed to an extent worthy of the resolution fade provides with its informal pace, acoustic disposition and celestial chimes
a fresh voice in uk techno arrives on hotflush with a four-track debut that brandishes range and dynamics. unsullied atmospherics, large-scale techno, acid, dub and two-step comprise the story arc here disparate elements woven through by the coherence of a singular vision. this is auden.
scuba continues his phenix series with a second installment entirely devoid of the euphoric hallmarks of the personality era but missing none of the familiar attitude. no trace of vocals, feel-good chords or retro kicks, no real concern for the hour or room, phenix 2 is instead teeming with mood and spirit.