Completely bypassing the toilet circuit that most bands have to deal with on their way to the top, classic house revivalists Hot Natured recently became the first dance artist since Leftfield back in 1995 to perform their first ever gig at London’s 5000-capacity Brixton Academy.
Then again, Hot Natured are no ordinary band. Formed by Welshman Jamie Jones, recently voted No.1 DJ by Resident Advisor, and his Hot Creations label co-founder Lee Foss, the duo then recruited Anglo-Italian producers Infinity Ink (aka Luca C and Ali Love) to inspire one clever hack to describe them as ‘dance music’s answer to the Traveling Wilburys.’
Love, of course, is no stranger to the charts, having provided guest vocals for The Chemical Brothers’ “Do It Again,” co-written Justice’s recent single, “Civilisation” and recorded a couple of minor hit singles (“Late Night Session,” “Secret Sunday Lover”) of his own back in 2007.
Love recently added to his hits tally after the slinky smooth Italo house of Hot Natured’s “Benediction” crept into the UK Top 40 late last year. Its unexpected success quickly prompted Jones to post a Facebook message declaring that the group have no intention of selling out or indeed, collaborating with Akon for their next release.
The minimal Detroit techno of “Forward Motion” and the Frankie Knuckles-esque “Assimilation” had already kind of indicated that the quartet were a different beast to the likes of Guetta and Harris. But with the likes of Disclosure and Duke Dumont also helping to spearhead a mini-house revival in 2013, Hot Natured should perhaps prepare for even higher chart positions in the future.
Indeed, featuring a seductive vocal from Anabel Englund, next single, “Reverse Skydiving,” is the kind of lush bass-led dance that will no doubt be blasted out of every Balearic island poolside speaker this summer.
Meanwhile, Hot Natured’s science-fiction-themed debut album, recorded in Los Angeles, London and Ibiza and scheduled for release later this year, is widely predicted to both propel them even further out of the underground and help restore house music to its glory days.