There’s a smorgasbord of talent on show at tonight’s event from new kids Trix. With an array of sweet house appetizers and main course party starters, there’s little chance of going home hungry from Friday’s event at Hidden.
Headlining the main room is house hero Simon Baker, a steady presence on dancefloors for the past few years. You might know the guy from “Plastik,” a Todd Terje-esque slow building anthem that rocked the party in more economically bouyant times. While he’s been producing for a while, his full length Traces from last year marked only his debut album release. But that experience shows in his music, a self assured sound that while speaking of experience fits in nicely with Hot Creations’ current approach to good time house music.
Tonight also sees a welcome showing for Leeds based Midland, who first made waves with his infectious Ramadanman collaboration “Your Words Matter.” And since stepping out on his own he’s further developed his identity, with strong 12”s on Aus Music and Phonica and remixes of Caribou and Washed Out. His set will be nicely complemented by that of Aus labelmate George Fitzgerald, who crafts a similar type of garage influenced house music. His releases on Hotflush are further proof that bass music’s embracing of the 4 x 4 beat is a force for good times.
Completing things in the main room is Deadboy, whose string of r’n’b-influenced singles have made him a must-see. Whatever approach he takes, the London producer has an innate pop sensibility from the rubbery garage of “If U Want Me” to his superb dissection of Drake’s “Fireworks”, a beautiful reworking which spoke of heartbreak on late-night journeys home. Expect a mixture of swooning house and romantic garage.
The second room is the proverbial cherry on the proverbial cake, with sets from Artifact, James Fox and Synamatix. Our tip though is London producer, and reformed drum-&-bass-head, Randomer. With great tracks released on great labels, Numbers and Hemlock to name but two, Randomer is taking a similar approach to guys like Joy O and Blawan with his tough strand of bassy house. His slot tonight should bring the crucial dancehall sleaze – you know what to do.