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Patrick Topping b2b wAFF

The Hot Creations boys deliver some serious house fire

  • Mixmag Staff
  • 12 August 2015

Since its conception in 2010, Hot Creations has become one of the biggest record labels in the world. Helmed by the mighty Jamie Jones, the imprint has released EPs by shining lights like Danny Daze, Richy Ahmed, Digitaria, Lee Foss and Miguel Campbell.

More recently though there are two artists in particular who've made it their mission to conquer the world one sound system at a time and Patrick Topping & wAFF are doing it pretty well. Over the last few years the two likely lads have been smashing out home runs with every release and their incline isn't showing any sign of slowing up.

We had the pair come into the office at the end of last year with Richy Ahmed for a Hot Creations takeover but their domination started way before that. Earlier that year Topping released 'Forget' and the chunky house roller ripped its way through Ibiza, becoming one of the most Shazamed tracks on the island.

From there countless bookings came and so did some more stellar EPs on Hot Creations. His sound is distinctly in-keeping with the label's policy for up-front, danceable house music but Topping's productions always come fully loaded with extra chunk. There's a clear bounce to his releases and when compared to some of the less-than average house we're seeing infiltrate our dancefloors, the young upstart has a little something extra. He also worked childhood hero Green Velvet on 'Voicemail', another absolute club stomper. Not bad for someone who's only been around for a few years.

It's not just his originals that have been causing a ruckus though, Topping's remix game has always been one of his strongest assets. He's edited the likes of Yousef, Coyu & Edu Imbernon and Steve Lawler and every one has found its way into the record bags of the world's most prominent house DJs.

But this isn't all about Topping, his partner-in-crime and someone who's been tearing the scene a new one, wAFF, holds just as many credentials. Jon Wafer signed to Jones' imprint a few years prior to Patrick and his output has been just as steady and oh so chunky. He kicked of his account with the 'Rainbows' EP back in 2012 and that opened the door for wAFF to kick it down. Since then he's been booked all over the world and his touring schedule has been non-stop.

He's also branched out from the Hot Creations family to release on other imprints and his most notable excursion to date came via Sven Väth's mammoth Cocoon Recordings.

The 'Freeks' EP contained two tracks of fierce, rolling tech-house and they found their way into the Papa Sven's sets in no time. Perfect for the Ibiza terraces, the cuts shot wAFF into a new light and from then it's been plain sailing. More records on Hot Creations like the outstanding 'Connected' and the questionably-named 'Fat Gash' (named after his mate and fellow producer Jey Kermis) followed but now it's time for something a bit harder.

Wafer has EPs penciled in for Loco Dice's Desolat, Dennis Ferrer's Objektivity and Adam Beyer's Drumcode. A pretty impressive string of cuts that will no doubt showcase a slightly different, more unrelenting sound.

More recently the pair have been joining forces and playing b2b, a prospect that's excited us ever since we heard about it. That's why we were over the moon when we got them to play together at our Barcelona party at Pacha. The two combined their track collection for a pretty epic hour and a half set that had people going mad. It was one of the highlights of our party and we recorded it all for your listening pleasure.

This week's In Session is that recording and you can expect rolling, bumping and seductive beats, set against the backdrop of a setting Spanish sun. Buckle up and let these two Hot Creations headliners take you on a trip.

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