Although I’m not a huge fan of the Hot Creations brand of churn-out, party bangers straight from the terrace of Jamie Jones’ Ibiza mansion, it’s good to keep an open mind to a label that’s had such a high hit rate. So, I was pleasantly surprised to see relative unknown Rydim show up in the release calendar. With only a single EP online, this Berlin based producer is about as low profile as it gets. But don’t be fooled by a small digital footprint, Rydim has been rousing dancefloors across the world for over a decade, and has a hand in some of the most raw and functional techno and house on the market, making use of a number of aliases and collaborative projects. Not to mention filling regular spots at Panorama bar/Berghain, Womb, and the late, great Trouw. You don’t walk in the door of those places without earning your stripes.
So on Hot Creations, landing 17th June, Rydim teams up with legendary house vocalist Paris Brightledge to serve up a stripped back vocal, acid-house stomper. Built upon a foundation of the most animal TR-909 beats, hi-hats way up front full of mechanical funk, acid lines squelch away underneath Brightledge’s retro vocal. It’s bold and brash (“Parrrrrrty towwwwwn!”), and toes the line of trashier territory, but Rydim keeps the rawness that saves the track from becoming a complete parody of the whistle-blowing impassioned raver.
It’s not reinventing the wheel in any way, shape or form, but “Gotham City” is a tough tune that you are going to be hearing on some of the world’s best dancefloors this month. You can hear the full stream here.