Get Up Recordings is back with another New York-meets-London collaboration from Hannah Holland (label owner of Batty Bass, Native City). Hannah Holland is a product of all the best bits of London club culture. She condenses the most innovative and exciting parties, scenes, movements, subcultures, and music into one frenetic curly haired whirlwind of a DJ. The Live It EP is a double A-side release that features vocals from club legends and remixers who are on the forefront of the underground club scene, from both sides of the pond.
First up is “Live It”. The original is inspired by the New York Ballroom House genre, taking cues from NYC club kids like its featured vocalist, Xander. With a dark, cutting bass line, equally cutting percussion, and vocals that reference the city nightlife, the track easily lends itself to the underground dance floor. Label owners Christy Love and W. Jeremy re-work the title track under their moniker House of Stank. Their remix is the housiest interpretation on the package with its bright, uplifting keys, swinging percussion, and thumping bass. Fellow New Yorkers, The Carry Nation also take a cue from the NY Ballroom genre for their remix, infusing it with their signature style of tribal beats, stabbing bass hits, and vocal FX samples.
The second original track on the release, “Play With the Maid,” is a dark and edgy house track filled with bitch-house style vocals provided by British DJ and producer Josh Caffe who makes reference to The Shed, an infamous after-hours spot tucked away deep in East London. Rounding out the EP is a remix of “Play With the Maid” from London’s The Cucarachas (Tom Stephan and Borja Peña). They give the track a super old school house vibe complete with chord stabs, driving four-on-the-floor beats, and a grooving bass line that kills. This release is a prerequisite for all after-hours heads.
Mazi (Audio Soul Project) - “Tasty vibe all ‘round this EP … I like both originals and The Cucarachas’ version, too.”
DJ Sneak - “The House of Stank mix is my pick.”
Chloe (Kill The DJ / Karat) - “Great tracks by Hannah! Nice remixes.”
Ben Mono (Undertones Gang / Plant Music) - “I’m loving ‘Play With The Maid.’”
Stacey Pullen - “This is cool.”
DK Watts (Short Bus Kids / Bounce House Recordings) - “Cool release … quite eclectic stuff which is nice.”
Toomy Disco (Kitsuné / Under The Shade) - “The House of Stank remix is the one for me.”
DJ Craig C (Pound Boys) - “This is a wicked EP … top notch all the way around!”
Mikey V (HAWT Music) - “I’m digging the Cucarachas remix a lot … and also House of Stank remix.”
Alinka (Classic Music Company) - “Great EP … I love every mix!”
Hardmix (Mercado Paralelo Music) - “Classic house style … I love it!”
Michael Fossati (Spirit of House) - “Truly mesmerizing and exhilarating.”
Merlyn Martin (Subdivisions Global Radio Show) - “The House of Stank and and Carry Nation remixes for me!”
Kadabra (The House Hookup Radio Show) - “The Cucarachas mix is the one for me. The rhythm’s good and so are the breakdowns.”
Russell Deeks (This Is Why We Dance) - “That Carry Nation remix is a monster!”
Tony D’Onghia (Radio Koper-Capodistria, Italy) - “I like the ’90s flavor of some of the tracks here … straight onto my radio playlists.”
Joey Silvero (Distant People) - “Rocking, jacking vibe to this. I like the samples and little rhythms over that catchy bass.”
Milton Welch (Soul Reflector Blog) - “I’m a huge fan of Hannah Holland. ‘Live It’ is a groovy slice of deep house, and it shows her bass-driven sensibility.”