Essential Mix Review: Hot Since 82 looks back on meteoric rise, cements validity of hit-making powers
Hot Since 82 — whose real name is Daley Padley — only made the switch to his distinguishable pseudonym two years ago. When his first production “Let It Ride” came out on Noir Music, he blasted off into the house music spotlight. His follow-ups included records on renowned imprints like Defected and Get Physical — bringing to fruition monster releases like his remix to Yousef’s “Beg” and the Forty Shorty EP. More recently, his distinct bass line work was called upon for remixing by Rudimental and Green Velvet – tracks that are seeing constant rotation amongst the industry’s top talents. He used his invitation to Pete Tong’s legendary Essential Mix to stray from the obvious crowd pleasures and don on his personal musical exposition — playing cuts from acts such as Dixon, Agoria, and unreleased material from the man himself.
The opportunity to examine and comprehend this mix came with a level of enjoyment — after all, there are few artists that have relished Padley’s rate of success. This success, however, comes with merit — pumping out one creative offshoot after another, while still keeping his material fresh and appealing. With 120 minutes at hand, Padley tracked through the sounds of pounding techno, melodic house, and quite nearly everything in between. You catch a glimpse of relentless chords and progressive programming on techno cuts like Carlos Sanchez’s “Put Your Soul In Front”and Chaim’s “Orion Skies,” and more experimental tracks like Oskar Offermann’s remix to GummiHz’s “Rejuvenation.”
The mix continues to exhibit glittering synths off tracks like the classic “Citycism,” by Hernan Cattaneo by Soundexile, and underground anthems like Dixon’s mixdown of Agoria’s “Singing.” He weaves through these contrasting styles effortlessly, making two potentially incompatible tracks work together without fault. The highlight of the mix comes at the end with two new exclusives. “Insane I Know” and “The End” are forthcoming releases on Jaymo & Andy George’s Moda Black imprint, boding dark keys, crisp claps and an eerily emotive vocal sample.
Hot Since 82 has used the alias marvelously — showing the world that he’s a true production powerhouse. Although his touring schedule has been somewhat lackluster across North America since establishing the Hot Since 82 name, that should change very soon. With a planned appearance at Brooklyn’s Output in October, we can expect (or hope) for a tour to surround it. As for now, playing this Essential Mix on repeat will have to do.