Hailing from New Delhi, Hamza has attained a reputation as a pioneer of the house scene in India and one of the more innovative and exciting producers today. Hamza’s diverse international sound is influenced from his strong musical background as well as growing up in India and traveling the world, living in Paris, Boston, and New York. Early in his journey, exposure to renowned house DJs such as Terry Francis, Dave Mothersole, DJ Heather, and Danny Tenaglia inspired Hamza to create his own electronic dance productions. Soon he found a unique style of house music combining deep, tribal, and funky sounds with strong world music influences.
He shares with us his top 10 inspirational tracks!
Joey Youngman – Mas Cuica
Joey Youngman is my favourite producer till date. There is just no competition and in my eyes he is above all. Check out the bassline. It’s an instant floor slayer. In addition all the Brazilian percussion elements have been put in with pure class. Love the vocal samples as well and how he has filtered them in and out to push the groove. What I like is that despite him being an amazing piano player, he does not flex his skills in all tracks. He just does his solos in the tracks which need them. This shows how modest he is.
Johnny Fiasco – Groove on (Kink Vocal Mix)
I love Johnny Fiasco. When i started djing he was releasing amazing music at that time in around 2003. So he was one of my inspirations from way back. This Kink Edit is just freakin insane. It’s for those moments when you just want to let loose and take things to the next level. Super Housy but super tough. Just love that Acid Bass. Normally I am not a fan of these types of vocals but the hook is super fly. When the deep chords come behind the hook, this part is pure ecstacy for me. Pure musical genius and technical wizardry. This combination is very rare and Kink shows that he is the boss here. True Genius!!
Louie Vega – Vince Montana Tribute (Louie Vega & Rick Wilhite Rework)
When I first came across this track. I heard it 20 times in a row. I never do that but I was just hooked to the groove and the little rhodes licks were just too good to be true. What amazing little solos. Whoever played the solos nailed it hard! The bassline is also perfect. It keeps changin a little here and there but it keeps you locked in. A sign of a great bass player. Louie Vega really knows how to get the best out of musicians and produce great music. He is a shining example of how a producer can use his environment to maximize his creativity.
Chapter 3 – No Rules UK
These 2 guys have such infectious grooves. When I discovered them, I bought almost every single track. Love the Bass here and the chords. Simple, minimal and effective. The consistency is incredible. Pure talent and an amazing fine for my deep tech lovers. I just chose this track for this particular article but if you go through their catalog, you will see what I mean about the consistency. If this is the sound you like, you will be super happy to have found these guys.
Rich NxT – Other Side Featuring Shyam P (Rossi Remix)
I have been a big fan of the London Deep Tech House sound over the years. This track is a great example of how you can keep things groovy with tiny little minimal elements that come in and out and keep the listener entertained. Normally it’s tough to keep a listen when there is just a groove. In this case the bassline is bomb and in addition the listener is engaged at all times and there are so many elements in the background pushing the groove. When these tracks are played on a big system they really shine through. Great Work!
Demuir – Dont Truss that DJ
Demuir is one producer that has really got me going these days.
He is a true ambassador of Jackin House and is doing a great job. Just listen to the
groove and the bass. The chords just hit the spot and the vocals are also spot on.
I love the vibe this track creates on the floor. Demuir is King!
Mood Vision – Harry Romero
Harry Romero is in my top 5 producers of all time. House Hero!! Look at the quality of the master. The mixdown is so tight! The track sounds so much better than most tracks.
The latin elements are so dope here. The piano, the perc, the brazilian bassline. What’s cool is also the special ambiance of the mixdown. The track sounds huge. The reverbs are perfect. The synth sounds are so well done without being cheesy. It’s really tough to use synths like this but Harry is a freaking living legend! The build up is also fire! Mad Respect!
Joeski Feat Hector Lavoe – Dia De Ayer (Extended Mix)
One of the best producers of house music. Joeski is still killing it today and keeping dance floors burning worldwide. I hope I get to work with him one of these days. He is def my Top 5 producers of all time. The arrangement of this track is perfect. Listen to the strings in the build up. Pure Class! The snare roll combo with the strings is great. Epic Moment! Love the horns and the bass too. Living Legend and Maestro! This is one of my favourite tracks for the floor. Really gets the whole room going and the ladies love it!!
Watao – Marcelo Cura
Marcelo’s style is top class! I just love his minimal vibe mixed with ethnic splashes. He really knows how to do this with taste. It’s not cheesy at all and his productions are super refined. You can hear how he has used the african samples here. He has used the vocals and edited them perfectly. Big Fan of Marcelo!
Johnny Fiasco – Yolo (Original Mix)
Love the way the samples were chopped up in this track. It’s always great to see a producer work samples in such a way that one cannot tell if you actually sampled or recorded the instrumentation. I feel that a great producer can show off his musicality by the way he/she use those samples and the feel they are able to create! Johnny Fiasco is a veteran and this track is a statement to his skill!
Turn it up & enjoy!