Rob James ( Hot Creations, Paradise Dc10 Ibiza )
Robert James has made a big impact in a short time. First surfacing amidst a new wave of house talent on Lee Foss and Jamie Jones’ label du jour, Hot Creations, he has gone on to take his infectious dancefloor sound to all corners of the globe as well as labels like LA based Culprit, Jef K’s Silver Network and the legendary Strictly Rhythm.
It was hearing Andy Weatherall at Sankeys in 2005, however, which inspired Robert to leave the army and focus on music full time: Since then he’s laid out his own nu-school sonic template with releases like “Sleep Moods”, “Malibu” (alongside Burnski) and “Big Ass Biscuit” (as Pteradactil Disco with Jamie, Lee and Fb Julian) begin championed by international spinners and respected music press alike.
“My style is all about the groove” says Robert. “I play house and techno, but always with groove.” He’s not wrong, and channelling that groove – as well as other influences like various fabric CDs, Radio 1 Essential Mixes and the work of French funksters Daft Punk, Robert has gone on to remix Hot Creations duo Clockworks, play Sonar in Barcelona, DEMF in USA and Hideout in Croatia.
As well as working larger crowds, Robert’s sound lends itself to more intimate club spaces just as well, with close associations to clubs like Mint and My House in Leeds, fabric in London and the Rainbow in Birmingham, as well as institutions like DC:10 and Space in Ibiza. He’s also managed to play live from Sheffield on Pete Tong’s Radio 1 show as the dance music don highlighted Robert as a talent to watch in 2011.
If last year was the year Robert James broke through, 2012 is the year he establishes himself as an essential talent: there are remixes and solo productions coming on Saved (plus a collaboration with Simon Baker on the same label) as well as a return to his favoured Hot Creations labels for another solo EP and plenty more in the pipeline. He Also this summer starts his summer residency at Dc10 for Jamie Jone's Paradise night on thursdays. With dates at Circoloco, Trouw Amsterdam, Panorama Bar Berlin and US tours. 2012 is going to be a another good year for Robert James.
Denney ( Hot Creations )
Denney is part of the exciting new breed of electronic music talent emerging from the UK at the moment. Currently catching both the attention of his peers and dancefloors alike, with both his productions and DJ sets showcasing his own distinctive blend of acid house and techno.
Over the last four years he has held his residency at FUTURE in the north-east of England, playing with some of the biggest names in underground House music and gaining a strong following for not just his warm up sets but also for playing peaktime in between or after the guests. Alongside that his gig diary has seen him play for Pete Tong’s Wonderland, Ibiza Rocks, Manumission in Ibiza and MIKZ in Berlin in recent times. Then such high profile clubs in the UK as Shindig, Circus, Sankeys, Muzika, Ketoloco, Just Jack and he has a very strong connection to the infamous Back to Basics in Leeds, where he is a regular player.
Denney has released and remixed on labels such as Saved Records, Great Stuff, 20:20 Vision, Leftroom and Bulletdodge. His productions have gained support from Laurent Garnier, to Dubfire to Jamie Jones to Cirillo rocking the terrace at DC10 at Circo Loco to name but a few.
His latest release “Ultraviolet” on Jamie Jones & Lee Foss’ Hot Creations has been causing dancefloor mayhem in 2012 and is set to be one of the biggest records of the summer with it sitting comfortably at Number 1 in the bestselling vinyl chart on Juno and DJ support from the likes of Sasha, Damian Lazarus, Seth Troxler, and MANDY.
He has been featured on many radio shows and dance music publications over the years with Mixmag naming him “Future Hero” alongside Nic Fanciulli and BBC Radio 1 giving him a 15 minute producer profile mix.
The future is looking bright for Denney with forthcoming releases on Hot Waves, Love Not Money, Bulletdodge, Runnin’ Wild and Extended Play to name but a few.
“Denney is an exciting new talent and his enthusiasm for the music industry is exhilarating. He is on the cutting edge of dance music right now, it’s lads like this that keep pushing the scene forward and keeping it alive. House music is better now than it ever was due to this kind of spirit.
Let the future be his!”
Dave Beer (Back to Basics)
“One of the boys to watch out for over the next few years!!”
Nic Fanciulli (Saved Records)
“Denney is a fantastic DJ with enough good energy to sink a battleship. He is going to go far”
Bushwacka! (Layo & Bushwacka!/Olmeto)
“Denney is one of the best new house music talents to come out of the north of England, he is also a shit hot DJ!”
Ralph Lawson (2020 Vision Head Honcho/Back to Basics resident)
“Denney is a great DJ, deep and twisted. It’s all about the new generation!”
James Lavelle (UNKLE)
“Good stuff from Denney, his music reflects his personality, its warm and honest yet warped. He is certainly one of the good guys who will do as well as he deserves.”
James Holroyd ( Chemical Brothers Tour DJ )
Magnier (House of Disco)
A new UK based label dedicated to bringing you the best in Disco and House. Having been a popular blog for the past year the guys over at www.thehouseofdisco.com have decided to start a label to showcase some of the best emerging artists in the Disco House genre. Providing a great range of styles and artists is key to this labels ethos. Expect to hear young forward thinking producers on the same release as seasoned favourites as all releases will contain 4 track of only the highest standard grooves.
Iain O Hare ( Outcross Records )