Framework, one of Los Angeles’ ringleaders in underground electronic music, announced its 2018 Coachella programming. Over the years, Framework has proven a forward-thinking outfit in the music booking business and brought its unique curatorial prowess to the forefront, soundtracking the Desert’s biggest weekend with some of house and techno’s most sought after names.
Now, on the festival’s first weekend, starting Friday, April 13, Framework will bring Rhonda INTL back to the Desert for a rare back-to-back set with the Hot Creations boss Jamie Jones and the Afropolitan house giant Black Coffee.
Then, attendees will be transported to an ethereal evening of techno on Saturday, April 14 with ELLUM founder Maceo Plex.
Those that seek all-night jaunts on the Polo Fields need look no further than Framework’s booking. Soundtracked by house and techno’s best, Framework will surely prove to be the key to Coachella’s underground.
Over the last seven years, Jamie Jones has gained notoriety for pioneering a unique sound. By way of the innovative Hot Creations label, Jones has paved the way for all that is house, techno, and disco — oftentimes seamlessly intersecting the three. Now, 100 releases later, Hot Creations is hotter than ever before. To celebrate the occasion is a huge EP from the man himself.
The illustrious EP kicks off with “Sound of Music,” an ultimate end-of-summer tune. Albeit, the track’s a cover version, originally released via Nookie, Jones’ take features Katy B on vocals, which ultimately creates the perfect lead into a largely melodic dance-floor-ready body of work that follows.
“Kooky Chords,” “Positive Pressure,” and “Parallel Universe” are each deeply infectious tunes, oozing fat basslines and enticing vocal cuts. After listening to the EP, which is rich in the very elements that have pushed Hot Creations to the forefront of the techno community, it seems appropriate that Jones is the one to deliver its 100th release.
Nathan Barato has been a longtime house music staple on labels such as Hot Creations, Suara, Moda Black, and Defected. For his most recent output, the Toronto native has put forth a well-tuned collaboration with the legendary Jamie Jones.
Premiered on Mixmag this week, “Cherry’s Revenge” is the title track off the two artists’ forthcoming EP and gives listeners an idea of what to expect from the duo’s musical brainchild. Serving up a splicing of police sirens and a consistent, jazz-drivven bass line “Cherry’s Revenge” situates itself as a house tune that is irresistibly danceable.
Jones and Barato’s Cherry’s Revenge EP arrives via Hottrax on July 14.
Dirtybird Records mainstay and house producer Shiba San has returned with a new mini-EP. Featuring two originals and one remix, this three song offering marks the French producer’s first release on Repopulate Mars, a label launched by Lee Foss in 2016.
The first track, titled “What’s On My Mind,” is a smooth house track with a characteristically deep, sliding bassline. Pairing a powerful kick with soft skipping synths and vocal samples, this song builds and grooves through nearly seven minutes of tech-house magic. Up-and-coming Hot Creations producer Bontan gives his take on the same track, building off the vocals and the tech-house feel of the original. Shiba San closes out the collection with “Oh My God,” another groovy house tune with hints of acid and tech, rounding out a series of tracks that are sure to be a staple of his sets in the coming months.
Hot Creations is preparing for a heavy 2017. The imprint’s newest endeavor, an ongoing mix series titled Paradise On Earth, debuts today, on December 2, before label residents head south to Playa Del Carmen for BPM’s 10-year anniversary.
Patrick Topping and Nathan Barato have been chosen to provide the series’ first mixes, weaving together delectable offerings that pack in the labels’ signature beach vibes onto two discs.
A shining example of what Paradise On Earth entails comes from Topping himself, in the form of his mix’s closing track “Wouldn’t Dare.” House to its core, the clip meanders along a path of euphoric synthesizers and groovy percussion. A breezy topline played out by chimes adds a nice finishing touch to the track, complementing its other elements to emphasize the composition’s island atmosphere.
The first Paradise on Earth is available on Beatport here.