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Hotflush Recordings: Celebrating 20 Years of Pioneering Electronic Music

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Hotflush Recordings, the UK-based label founded by Paul Rose, also known as Scuba, has been a trailblazer in the ever-changing landscape of electronic music for the past two decades. With a penchant for setting trends rather than following them, Hotflush found its roots in the post-dubstep scene, releasing music that defied genres and embracing new artists and styles.

Though dubstep didn’t even exist at the time of its inception, Hotflush’s early output played a crucial role in shaping the nascent dubstep scene. Over the years, the label has diversified its catalog, venturing into UK funky, techno, house, and more. However, its early influence on dubstep remains an enduring legacy.

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Hotflush has returned to its roots with the release of “Opposites,” a collaborative project with Distance, one of the label’s first signees. This homage to the garage and dubstep sounds of yesteryears reflects the label’s dynamic evolution while paying tribute to its pioneering role in the music industry.

Hotflush’s journey began in 2001 when Paul Rose decided it was the right time to start his own label. With the release of “Red Hot” b/w “Motion” under the name Spectr, the label took its first steps, carving a niche for itself in the alternative garage scene, distinct from the mainstream trends of the time.

The turning point came in 2006 when DJ Mary Anne Hobbs showcased the emerging dubstep scene on BBC Radio 1, thrusting the genre into the spotlight. This newfound attention allowed Hotflush to flourish further, and Paul Rose embraced the opportunity to make music his full-time pursuit.

As the label expanded its horizons, it continued to champion emerging talents, introducing artists like Mount Kimbie, Locked Groove, Sigha, and George FitzGerald. Gradually, Hotflush shifted its focus to house and techno, adding another dimension to its diverse repertoire.

After 20 years, Hotflush remains at the forefront of electronic music, navigating through various sounds and styles while staying true to its innovative ethos. The label’s 20th-anniversary celebrations include a series of parties and releases, with “Opposites” leading the way as a nostalgic tribute to its early sound.

However, while “Opposites” showcases the label’s garage and dubstep roots, Hotflush has no intentions of dwelling solely in the past. The label’s ongoing commitment to embracing the experimental and cutting-edge sounds ensures its continued relevance in the ever-evolving world of electronic music.

For Paul Rose and Hotflush Recordings, the journey has been one of continuous exploration and evolution, reflecting the dynamic nature of the electronic music scene itself. As they celebrate two decades of musical innovation, the future remains promising for this influential and pioneering label.

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