Three decades of hotness only begins to cover Daley Padley, who started calling himself Hot Since 82 two years prior (looks included). The North England DJ/producer is among the new breed of hitmakers bringing coolness back to house music and distributing it to the masses. On Padley’s debut, Little Black Book, he merges both original material and his remixes for a taste of churning house beats that prove you do not have to be brutal to move butts.
The genius of what Daley does is in its simplicity. This is not to say his production is not straightforward but an unfussy combination of complex elements that work. Take “Hot’s Groove,” which propels steadily along a sinkhole of a loop, the moody tunnels of “Shadows” or the shuffling intensity of “Cry Mumbai.” It’s not Disclosure-type pop hits with ear-catching vocalists that Padley does but rather dancefloor-geared chuggers that fit into random times throughout the course of an evening.
His remixes take a similar approach, keeping the uniform components of the original, and infusing them with some buffed-up beats. Hadley’s version of Green Velvet’s attitude-filled “Bigger Than Prince” is pumped with striking energy, along with his echo-y version of Shadow Child’s “So High.” For his reworking of Rudimental’s “Right Here,” Padley strips all the pop, replacing it with percolating rhythms and 4/4 beats. Hot indeed. Here’s to another three decades.—Lily Moayeri