Okain & Cuartero - Cameleon

Hot Since 82 can’t seem to do any wrong. Daley Padley, the producer and DJ from Leeds who is more commonly known as Hot Since 82, is coming off a stellar 2013 with no signs of slowing down in 2014. In my opinion Hot Since 82’s biggest accomplishment to date is his widely acclaimed artist album Little Black Book, which we voted one of our favorite albums of 2013 – any fan of GOOD House music would probably agree. The 13-track Little Black Book (plus a continuous mix) is chalk full of Tech-House, Deep House, Dark House, and Progressive elements that show Hot Since 82’s skill and creativity in the studio. It also contains the epic Hot Since 82 remix of Green Velvet’s “Bigger Than Prince”.

Hot Since 82 frequently posts playlists of his favorite songs at a given moment, called his Knee Deep playlists. Daley took that concept to the next level when he founded his record label Knee Deep in Sound. The first release was Hot Since 82’s own “Don ‘t Touch the Alarm” with a B-side remix by veterans Booka Shade. The sophomore release on Knee Deep in Sound came out yesterday and it’s called “Cameleon” by Okain & Cuartero – a duo I had previously never heard of. Okain is French and has been in the scene for 15 years, while Cuartero hails from Spain. Beatport writes “‘Cameleon’ is a jackathon of frenetic high­hats, surreal synths and futuristic basslines all scrupulously held together by a monolithic undertone.” Hot Since 82 then commented, “As soon as the boys sent me ‘Cameleon’ I had to have it. It’s a crazy tune, I’ve been playing it out loads and it’ll always be a special track for me as the first record I signed to Knee Deep!” Remixes come from Hot Since 82 himself and Paul Ritch who is a Techno giant also from France. I feel bad saying this, because I like to think I have a refined ear, but it’s hard to pick a favorite version of “Cameleon” since all three sound similar. The original is tons of fun, while Hot Since 82’s remix is fantastic and get’s a little darker. Paul Ritch’s version, while not quite Techno, certainly drives a little harder and pumps out the kick drums a bit more.

Either way, go out and support the artists and pick up the EP at Beatport!

“Knee deep In Sound is something that I’ve always wanted to do. The idea came around after l was getting so much good music sent via facebook and twitter from artists that are just not getting the time of day from other label and that’s something that I’m purely about. Giving back, giving time and my experience to others that want to live the same dream.” “The Knee Deep In Sound ethos is simple. Road­tested, forward thinking house music for the next generation. I feel like I’m in a good position now to exposure new artists and records, to give them the light of day and push them along with myself as a brand. It’s all about the quality of the music: nothing more, nothing less.” – Hot Since 82

PS – Hot Since 82 is doing this event called Taken in London. Looks fucking cool, read about it HERE