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Club Beat #89 – REVIEW: Hotfingers Talks mixed and selected by Federico Scavo

Hotfingers Talks’ is a new compilations series by the premier Italian label. Out on 11th November, the first release has been created and constructed by Federico Scavo.

Always eagerly anticipated, Hotfingers’ latest compilation goes under the expressive title, Hotfingers Talks, and is selected and mixed by Italian producer and DJ, Federico Scavo. Federico plays and produces innovative and funky house and electro tracks. His productions are supported by the likes of Roger Sanchez, Erick Morillo, John Acquaviva and Bob Sinclar. His successes include being awarded a ‘Disco D’Oro’ in Italy in 2002 for Another Brick in the Wall by the Pink Coffee Project, reaching #1 in the beatport house charts with his remix of Richard Grey’s classic, Lady, and even releasing a soundtrack for the MTV Europe Music Awards in 1998. Federico’s productions and remixes merge elements of disco with tribal beats; these influences can be heard in this compilation.

Hotfingers Talks contains several original tracks. If there is one track on the compilation designed to get a party going, it’s Filthy Rich’s La Cumbia; simply put, it’s the sounds and sensations of your summer holiday distilled in one track. In comparison, DJ Smilk’s techy Drive Change and Heikki L & Tony Jaguar’s booming and winding Bring Back The Drums sound like they’ve been created with the super-club’s sound systems in mind; they need to be played loud. Track 3, Mono, is our first introduction to Streetlighterz. It is techy yet euphoric, with disco-tinged vocal snippets and samples and piano chords accompanied by the synth; a fun and interesting track. We’ll be keeping an eye out for more releases by Streetlighterz. Finally, Federico’s track with Alex Kenji, 1234, is the sound of Hotfingers and fits perfectly with the other releases on the compilation.

Hotfingers Talks also includes label favourites and legendary anthems created by Mr Scavo. Hotfingers aficionados will recognise Ivan Pica’s Two Suns and Josh Feedblack & Claudio Barracu’s One More Time as regular fixtures from the label owners’ sets. A personal favourite, the Tujamo remix of Federico’s Strump perfectly encapsulates the summer party season; who doesn’t love that track?! On a more serious note, Federico’s collaborations with Alex Kenji, Gimme Five, Get Funky and Manuel de la Mare & Marshall’s remix of Let’s All Chant, none of which need any introduction, all reached #1 in the beatport house chart and are examples of both the sound and success of the label and Federico’s contributions to it. The compilation is an interesting summary of the relationship between label and artist.

Hotfingers Talks contains sixteen tracks, including several originals, selected by Federico Scavo, as well as his own DJ mix. It is a compilation that expresses the sounds and styles of the producer, the label and the various contributors to the label. We’re looking forward to seeing how this new compilation series develops.

Hotfingers Talks mixed & selected by Federico Scavo’ was released on Sunday 11th November.

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- Ann Bartholomew

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