Diynamic man, producer and planet spanning DJ, H.O.S.H. - aka German Holger Behn – serves up his debut long-player “Connecting the Dots” for the Hamburg based imprint in the autumn of 2010. Since 2006, H.O.S.H. has been an integral cog in the Diynamic wheel (alongside sometime flat mate and label boss Solomun and frequent collaborator Stimming) and, as a result, has helped steer house music into unchartered waters. His productions and remixes to date - for labels like Kindisch, Get Physical, Supernature, Freerange, Strictly Rhythm, Dessous, Tsuba and more - have blended house, dub, minimal, classical instruments and world music influences with a recognisable deftness and engaging restraint. Firming up that point is this, his debut artist album Connecting the Dots (so called “because in interviews I always get asked what H.O.S.H. stands for and I always say that HOSH is just Connecting the Dots but, also, because the album connects the dots of my musical past, present and future”). It’s an album made up of ten dance floor cuts which all exhibit a trademark Diynamic musicality; hint at H.O.S.H.’s influences up to this point and simultaneously mark out a path into the future of underground house music. Opening with late night house groover ‘Hamburg Night’ a clipped, propulsive pace is established from the off and male vocals (courtesy of Ost & Kjex) adds to the track’s sense of rhythm. From there the deep loops and swollen bassline of ‘Cash the Chord’ make for a gloopy, rich sound which oozes a subtle future funk as it goes. Following on is a track which subtly references the past but importantly, though, H.O.S.H. skews said reference through his own squelchy filter, adds layer upon layer of house texture and makes it very much his own. From there the album goes through chunky, crisp grooves; complex arrangements and guest vocals from Mistress Barbara; bouncy, chord led jams and intense, bleeping rollers with devilish detail and delightful charisma.
(added: 2010-10-12 19:32:34 )