Tactal Hots Music. Digital label. Owned & home to music producer Desyfer. Home to house, progressive house, electronica, indie & pop. Showcasing Phoenix & Sundogs. Showcasing new producers, new bands & artists. Signing, A&R, promoting & publishing. Hosting Tactal Hots sister label, Environment. And Introducing Groove Noise. New sub-label. Home to house, pop & dubstep.
BEHIND TACTAL HOTS MUSIC
Dispelling the myth about Phoenix. Tactal Hots heartbeat can be traced back to the 1995 joint collaboration between Spencer Hickson, aka Desyfer, and house DJ & co-producer Scott Latham. A venture set on generating a track for DJ Sasha, it led to Phoenix’s debut success with EP ‘Rise Up’. Released on Solid Silver Recordings in 1995, though Sasha was given total exclusivity that year, the track became a popular set-opener for the DJ. The track’s massive club success led to airtime on Radio 1’s Essential Mix & an exclusive run of red vinyl press in response to high sales.
Phoenix rising from the ashes. On 12th September 1996 the world lost a true genius, gentleman & friend. Scott Latham sadly died. He was a celebrated figure in the dance community despite his diverse list of pseudonyms, Phatback to Phoenix. The passion & talent Scott had for music inspired so many people, and his contributions continue to resonate. Commemorating the 10th anniversary of Scott leaving us, Phoenix’s ‘Rise Up’ was revised & digitally released in 2007 when it was immediately signed by new label, Northern Exposure Recordings, sister label to Hooj Choons/Solaris Recordings. The track featured as Northern Exposure’s debut release with a special vinyl run. Championed by John Digweed, the D Dub remix aired at Space/Ibiza, SW4/London & The Warehouse Project/Manchester, it featured on BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix, and support for the Fletch/Desyfer remixes were received from Nick Warren, Solarstone, Jaytech, Tom Morgan & James Grant.
Working like Sundogs. A 2008 Desyfer collaboration with co-producer, Fletch, led to the release on Brown Eyed Boyz records of Sundogs debut track ‘Primary Key’ (Fletch & Desyfer Pres.Sundogs). Including remixes from Lea D & Proff, the track featured on Pete Tong’s Bedroom Bedlam Chart, Proton Radio and ranked in the Fast Trax Show. Support was received from Jaytech, James Grant, Marcus Klay, Hisham Zahran, Tiernan O’Neil & Mark Landragin. The track also featured on Trance Around The World (with Above & Beyond) & Anjunabeats Worldwide. In the same year Sundogs went on to remix ‘Strata-Metamorphosis’ released on Canadian label Reticent Recordings. A short breather and into 2010 came Lyon Echo Records release of Fletch’s ‘Honeycomb featuring Sundogs’ (& Desyfer remix). But Sundogs 2010 colossal club success should be attributed to none other than ‘Circumzenithal Arc’. Released by THM and described by Dave Seaman as ‘one big tune…setting floors alight all over the world’, Sundogs ‘Circumzenithal Arc’ became a tongue-twisting set favourite at Privilege/Ibiza & Eleven Club/Tokyo.
The dawn of Tactal Hots. In 2010 came North West digital label Tactal Hots Music. Why Tactal Hots? A fitting tribute to the late Scott Latham - anagramming his name, his legacy will live on in the label. Led by Desyfer, with due credit for Fletch’s priceless input both in the label’s early days and continuing, Tactal Hots now hosts some of the best producers globally, with acclaimed DJ’s worldwide playing Tactal Hots tunes. From its launch with first signing of French producer Eric Franchet, Tactal Hots, together with new sister label, Environment (2011), boast in excess of 30 new releases - a rollercoaster roster of popular club hits & underground classics. Whilst house & electronica have been the mainstay of Tactal Hots Music, genre exclusivity is not part of its ethos. Both labels are open to crossing genres - signing & showcasing sounds of house, progressive house, electronica (ambient to dubstep), indie, rock indie, as well as pop.
More to Yell about. In further collaboration, Desyfer & Fletch were commissioned to produce the exclusive music for the Yell.com TV advertising campaign. The genius production behind Tactal Hots Music takes us on a ‘trip’ back to the early 90’s. An update of the iconic yellow pages ad ‘Fly Fishing by J.R.Hartley’, former trance DJ, Day.V.Lately, tracks down his 1992 ‘Pulse & Thunder’ record. Released by Yell’s spoof label, Found Records, and with physical promos doing the rounds in authentically battered record sleeves, the track has sold more than 6,000 downloads to date. In week 1 of the track’s release it hit the top 10 of iTunes dance chart, found its way onto Ministry of Sounds 2011 compilation album ‘Back to the Old Skool’, and had airtime from national radio stations including Nemone on BBC’s Radio 6, XFM’s Eddy Temple-Morris, with the Riva Starr remix on Annie’s Mac’s/Radio 1’s Big Weekend.
A new Environment. Tactal Hots label found Day.V.Lately his record as well as fame. And it was this venture that led to the face behind the fictional DJ, Matthew Jure, aka lead vocalist/guitarist of indie band No More Navigators finding sister label, Environment. Initially an experimental label, it has fast outgrown its infancy. The label debuted with Magnetik’s ‘Portraits’ and now boasts multiple releases including NMN’s debut EP ‘Home’.
Track to the future. Tactal Hots Music have teamed up with director/producer Carlo Orto of Sugarspun Pictures bringing you a slick new promo video featuring releases under the label. With tracks available to download from iTunes & Beatport, signed artists are enjoying increasing success with the label. Since the close of 2011 Tactal Hots Music has celebrated multiple top 5 spots in the Release Promo Hype Chart with Simon Firth’s ‘Negative’, Sven Haucks EP ‘Der Anfang’ & Desyfer’s ‘Then Again feat. Jesse’ going remix mad with Sven Hauck, Simon Firth, Lemonchill, Kristina Lalic & Desyfer vs Hypnosis - the play-off with Hypnosis, aka Richard Wheatley (you will have caught him touring with The Streets), is definitely not one to miss.
So keep tracking Tactal Hots Music. New releases. New signings. Tactal Hots news. Keep an eye on & an ear to Tactal Hots blog for the electrifying launch of ‘Groove Noise’ - new Tactal Hots sub-label releasing house, pop & dubstep.