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Essential Listening: Hot Since 82

Essential Listening: Hot Since 82

Jonathan Coll | Features & Interviews

Daley Padley’s journey into dance music began a long time before Hot Since 82’s. The Yorkshire born DJ and producer cut his teeth playing extended sets in his hometown, which led to a residency at Amnesia which began in 2006.

Legend has it that when the music cut out at an Ibiza afterparty, Dalay plugged in his phone and played an early version of one of his own tracks. The response caused him to contact his friend and producer Noir, who would eventually release the tune on his self-titled label. “Let It Ride” dropped in September 2011 and began Daley’s ascent to one of Europe’s most sought after selectors. His tour schedule soon takes in both North and South Americas; his return to the UK in March sees him curate Labyrinth at Tobacco Dock in London. From there his diary reads as a list of the most illustrious clubs and festivals in Europe, so here are 5 tracks to get you started before he touches down near you.

The line between house and techno may often be blurred but Veins sits as a classic of the tech house banger sub genre. Nicely percussive, with just enough breaks to bring a dancefloor down and back up again. Released on Truesoul, the younger sibling of Adam Beyer’s Drumcode, the EP was one of Daley’s more robust offerings as you would expect on one of techno’s leading labels.

Bigger Than Prince
One of the tracks which helped launch Hot Since 82 as we know him today was never originally one of his own. He left his own indelible mark on Green Velvet’s “Bigger Than Prince” by introducing a double clap and a less abrasive bassline. Velvet’s own typically weird and dark refrain remains intact for one of summer 2013’s biggest tracks, hitting the top spot in Beatport’s dance music charts.

A staple of his sets throughout his most prolific period in 2015. It’s unclear whether he couldn’t get the sample cleared or was simply feeling generous, but the track was released for free. It’s an ode to the island on which he made his name and it made its way into the hands of DJs who would play it at Enter, Movement and the Amnesia opening in the 2015 season. Proof that even the records Daley doesn’t release are still complete bangers.

Knee Deep in Louise
A play on Daley’s own label and event series, Knee Deep in Sound, is a track which a Madonna sample is distorted beyond recognition. The pop queen’s “round and round” is layered at the bottom of the track as an indistinguishable heavy voice sings “the deeper I go”. It’s an interesting take on a 90s erotica classic coupled with a distinctive house beat, for a while it was his first record at hand when opening his sets and it's easy to see why.

His track alongside Alex Mills was one of the standout moments of his debut album Little Black Book. An incredible track, which unlike many on this list, carries a completely original vocal. “Shadow” was met with enormous critical acclaim, the video which accompanied it looking as if it had been lifted straight from Mad Max. it was a compelling contrast against the euphoric house tracks with which Hot Since 82 made his name.

Hot Since 82 can be caught at Tobacco Dock on Saturday 31st March, where he’ll present Labyrinth with the likes of Erick Morillo and Dubfire. He can also be caught Lost & Found in Malta and Parklife in Manchester later on this year.

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