Snna and Nacho Arauz return this this super-hot EP which typically fuses smouldering bass together with crisp, energetic drums plus a sense of urgency that you will miss out on if you aren’t already tuned in. The opening salvo that is the title track, Break Down does all of that coming complete with creative vocal touches and richly atmospheric keys. Blocked, meanwhile combines an almost filtered Disco loop over more of those trademark drums and rich bass, leaving the percussion fuelled Conguer to end with further probing explorations of sound to their credit.
Hello and welcome to Magazine Sixty Davina. Tell us about where the inspiration came from for your new single for Hot Creations: Oh Mama?
Hi ! Thank you for asking. The inspiration came from attending last summer’s Ibiza season. After listening to so many different styles of music and watching countless amazing artists perform, I decided to make something special for the upcoming season.
Can you talk us through how you produced the track, including any favourite things you like to use in production?
I made this track in my studio in Ibiza using lots of internal plugs and I recorded my friend Isabelle in there, using her vocals on top of a melody I had composed for her. I was really excited as I’d gotten a brand new microphone u87 from Neumann and was eager to use for the first time in my studio.
‘Oh Mama’ features the emotive vocals of Issa Elle. How did you get to know her and ask about doing the vocal?
I’ve known Isabelle from quite a long time. She sang on my first album back in the days, in 2003 precisely. We stayed friends throughout the years; and when she told me she was coming to Ibiza for a few days during the season I immediately felt the need to include her back in my music. I’ve always loved her vocals and magical ideas.
What importance would you place on vocals/ song writing in Dance music today?
Well it all depends on the kind of dance music you write. If it’s like a fully commercial song or a pop piece, where the vocals are the main instrument, then by definition they are totally necessary. In underground music, there aren’t usually so much vocals, though once more it all depends on your tastes and inspiration of the day. Maybe the vocals in underground tech house tracks could become the main instrument as well!
Can you tell us about your background and which DJ’s/ Clubs inspired you to become a DJ/ Producer?
I started to make music in 2000 and made about 11 albums and a bit more than 350 tracks under different names. It was a totally different genre of music back then. What I am making now is inspired by Ibiza and all the people you meet there throughout the year. Everybody is an artist here, almost everyone is a DJ, and we are lucky to have a huge range of top artists coming over here, and who inspire you to produce music. I can proudly say that Jamie Jones and the Paradise parties have had a big influence on me since day 1.
What inspires you outside of the world of House and Techno?
Everything inspires me. From a water drop falling into a river to the sound of the wind. I used to be a dance and sports teacher so any good rhythm actually does the job and makes me wanna dance and re-create the beautiful sounds I listen to all day thanks to Mother Earth.
Do politics and Dance Music mix? What do you feel are the politics of Club Culture at the moment?
Well for me they don’t …. In my opinion they are as starkly opposed as the Yin and The Yang .
Love the cover art for Oh Mama. Can you tell us where it came from?
I love it as well. It’s by Mikey Brain, the Hot Creations illustrator based in London. He listened to my music and offered a few ideas but the both of us fell in love with the actual cover. It was just obvious that it would perfectly fit.
Can you tell us about Hola Sundays! And how is life on Ibiza this year?
Hola Sundays is the weekly Sunday winter social party organized by the magazine Fiesta and Bullshit. It takes place every Sunday at Ocean Drive in Ibiza. It’s a really friendly environment where we play and live stream it for our friends around the world. Life in Ibiza … This year has so far been very much like last year, just truly amazing !
Oh Mama lends Hot Creations more than just a punch as this heavy fuelled, excitable production lands both fiery vocals and smoky grooves directly on your imagination. The melodic voice of Issa Elle adorns the rhythms as brutal kicks plus throbbing bass proceed to do pure damage to any remianing sensibilities. Cuartero’s choice After Remix follows that with probing electronics tuned into the heart of the matter, while shuffling splashes of percussion and chiming synths capture the rest. Like A Proper Star, suggests the question while returning to deeper notation to provide the perfect antidote to midnight excess.