Becca Frankland attempts to whittle down all the releases on Jamie Jones and Lee Foss' Hot Creations label to just five standout tracks.
Last updated: 26th Apr 2016
Image: Hot Creations at Shapes London Credit: Here & Now
Jamie Jones and Lee Foss' Hot Creations imprint is one of the most defining underground labels of the past decade. It paved the way for a new breed of producers who were big on the warmer, deeper side of house and techno, whilst welcoming established artists to flex on a well-respected and forward-thinking platform.
The Hot Creations imprint also spurred the Paradise parties, developed by the team behind the label and powered by the producers that have released on it, the event series secured a residency at DC10, alongside festival showcases like BPM, Tomorrowland and now Creamfields in August. Ahead of the showcase we reminisced and picked five of our favourite releases from the label.
'Forward Motion' Hot Natured ft. Ali Love (2011)
After a stream of releases from Jones and Lee Foss in 2010 as the label found its feet, the two artists partnered up the following year to create their Hot Natured production project, and released the genre-blurring Forward Motion EP.
The undeniably catchy title track's sleazy bassline and trickling synths partnered up with Love's sensual vocals were the recipe for a dancefloor success. Mesmerising lyrics about the consciousness, parallel dimensions and spirituality shifted the attention towards the state of mind Hot Creations is all about. A summer anthem in its strongest form.
'Your Everything' Danny Daze ft. Louisahhh! (2011)
Shortly after 'Forward Motion' made its mark, this Danny Daze masterpiece was delivered. It was another example of the distinctive production stamp that the label was striving to establish. Otherworldly and unmistakable, 'Your Everything' boasted almost Earth-shattering rumbling bass and harsh, popping synths.
The raspy, monotonous vocals are the perfect accompaniment as a pitched-down Lousiahhh! purrs "I'm Feeling Love" over the layers of futuristic and metallic basslines and grooves. This is still one of those go-to tracks.
'Electricity' MK & Lee Foss ft. Anabel Englund (2012)
The track's rippling, rich-textured bassline and Englund's creamy, mature vocals are brought to life even further with the well-polish percussion. The chorus breaks through, with MK's signature cut-up lyrics and a warmth and bounce throughout. The team would later become Pleasure State and release 'Ghost In The System' in 2014.
'Forget' Patrick Topping (2014)
Patrick Topping has become a firm Hot Creations favourite over the past few years. The Newcastle-born producer had already released EPs in 2013 and earlier in 2014, but it was Forget which changed the game later that year, most notably the Beatport chart-topping title track.
The buzzing synths, infectious melody child-like vocal proved to be a big crossover from the underground into the mainstream, as Radio 1 DJs picked up the track, and soon began spilling out onto your everyday bars and clubs.
'House Record' Steve Lawler (2015)
2015 was a big year for Hot Creations. It was proof if you needed it that the label is still one of the most relevant in the business. With tracks like SEFF's break though 'Like That' and the release of the Hot Summer Jams 2 compilation, they proved that the foot is still firmly in the underground door.
It was VIVa Warriors boss Steve Lawler's offering which became the biggest Hot Creations staple in sets for the duration of the year. A dominating bassline, gyrating groove and snappy percussion teamed with the the stuttering of "This is a house record" still turns any event into a party.