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  • Release Date 2020-02-07
  • Label Proton Music
  • Catalog PROTON0458
Striking out with his own EP series, Hot TuneiK joins illustrious company. Using his "Heightened Senses" as a vehicle for a raft of brand-new original material, plus high-calibre remixes as the series progresses, Vol. 1 presents a quintet of sparkling new tracks.

An artist of innumerable talents, Diego Carreón has found himself at the centre of Mexico's underground dance scene for a number of years. A regular across the clubs of his homeland playing alongside the likes of Guy J, Nick Warren and Henry Saiz, his legendary HOOKAH events have brought the best international DJ talent to central American shores, whilst his record label of the same name has continued to represent renowned producers and nubreed talent in equal measures. A successful production career has run in tandem with well over 300 production credits sitting proudly next to the Hot TuneiK name for a host of high-profile imprints including Balkan Connection, 3rd Avenue and Soundteller Records.

A regular on Particles with his "Erase and Rewind" and "Tulum" EPs, the "Revival" and "Circles of You" EPs for Proton Music in 2018 and 2019, saw Hot TuneiK make an instant impact on the flagship imprint. Now returning to the label after a September 2019 remix of Rudy's "Real You", Hot TuneiK follows in the footsteps of Erdi Irmak and Rick Pier O'Neil by
revealing his "Heightened Senses, Vol. 1"

Opener, "Equilibrium" is chock full of complex and intricately programmed percussive elements that ripple across proceedings alongside hypnotically repeated motifs shimmering in delay treated effects. Simultaneously, a meandering pad with subtle vocal character adds texture and depth to a track soaked in middle eastern flavour. Featuring the vocal talents of Amega, "Healing" has a more ethnic oriented flavour with its complex top line and ethereal vocal phrases that reveal themselves in repeated phrases and gated patterns. Subtle melodic variations make their presence felt throughout in a track that demonstrates the range of Hot Tuneik's considerable talent. "Awake" is a dark progressive gem that revels in rolling grooved bassline and laidback percussive groove. Sung with coruscating beauty the track's title filters into listener consciousness with languid ease as layered vocal lines add depth and intrigue.

"Life" completes the EP with stratified layers of vocal elegance and poise from Sarah Chilanti alongside a raft of motifs and syncopated melodic elements. A hypnotic groove and heavy beat hold the track together with locked tight sonic glue hitting the post-breakdown third movement with depth and purpose as effected vocal phrases continue to drive things forward. Final track, "Consciousness" continues with a rich bassline groove and shaker-fuelled percussion that provides the perfect bed for strong organic instrumentation from the multi-talented, Osiris Heyerdahl. Thus, a meandering flute line brings elegance and intrigue across a ten-minute track that delights with its innovation and whispered vocal phrases.

Five new tracks find Hot TuneiK developing a masterful set of "Heightened Senses".

Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by James Warren
Mastered by Hot TuneiK
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren


Heightened Senses, Vol. 1