If you haven’t noticed, Hotflush Recordings is kind of taken over and whether you appreciate Scuba and his antics or not, it appears that the rising imprint is going to be staking its claim for quite some time. Recently, Mr. Paul Rose and George Fitzgerald got in on the action, closing out the recent Hotflush/Boiler Room event and laying down more than a few juicy exclusives in their 70 minutes behind the decks. My personal highlight came in the form of Fitzgerald’s never-heard-before “I Can Tell (By The Way You Move)”, a feel-good, peak-time stomper that has the potential for “Au Seve” like reach. It’s just that damn infectious. Dusky, xxxy, Jimmy Edgar and others also feature prominently in the mix. Stream below and find a (mostly correct) tracklist after the jump.
There’s been a lot of fuss made over Hotflush boss Paul Rose aka Scuba’s transition from dubstep to house since last year and his new stylistic direction has been met with resistance from some. Personality, released in March, saw the outspoken producer unabashedly diving into the house realm , abandoning his darker mid-aughts dubstep roots and even trying on some trance outfits. By and large, the experiment has worked and it doesn’t look like Paul is going to retreat anytime soon. Last month’s “Talk Torque” fell short of Personality‘s best work though and saw Rose closer to the mainstream than ever before. The single isn’t bad by any means, but has a retread feel to it and trends more towards radio pop than i’m really comfortable with. “Hardbody” has made the radio rounds in recent weeks and drops on December 10 via Hotflush. Maybe it’s because Rose is sick of trance (not likely), or maybe he just doesn’t give a fuck what we all think (most likely), but “Hardbody” sees him entertaining a bouncy deep house sound we haven’t heard before. Similar to Julio Bashmore’s “Au Seve”, Scuba utilizes vocals to increase and relieve tension at will over a huge bassline. Stream below and start the countdown to December 10.