Connecting The Dots
Diynamic man, producer and planet-spanning DJ, H.O.S.H. aka German Holger Behn -- serves up his debut full-length Connecting The Dots for the Hamburg-based imprint. Since 2006, H.O.S.H. has been an integral cog in the Diynamic wheel and, as a result, has helped steer house music into unchartered waters. His productions and remixes to date -- for labels like Kindisch, Get Physical, Supernature, Freerange, Strictly Rhythm, Dessous, Tsuba and more -- have blended house, dub, minimal, classical instruments and world music influences with a recognizable deftness and engaging restraint. This is an album made up of ten dancefloor cuts which all exhibit a trademark Diynamic musicality, hinting at H.O.S.H.'s influences up to this point and simultaneously marking out a path into the future of underground house music. Opening with late-night house groover "Hamburg Night" a clipped, propulsive pace is established from the off and male vocals (courtesy of Ost & Kjex) adds to the track's sense of rhythm. From there, the deep loops and swollen bass line of "Cash The Chord" make for a gloopy, rich sound which oozes a subtle future funk as it goes. Following on is a track which subtly references the past but importantly, though, H.O.S.H. skews said reference through his own squelchy filter, adds layer upon layer of house texture and makes it very much his own. From there, the album goes through chunky, crisp grooves; complex arrangements and guest vocals from Mistress Barbara; bouncy, chord-led jams and intense, bleeping rollers with devilish detail and delightful charisma. More reflective and overtly emotive moments come on "Crackhead," while the shimmering key stabs of "Antonelli Screaming" provide plenty of excuses to stick your hands in the air like you just don't care. Closing out the record is mesmeric, hypnotic builder "Souled Out," which sways to and fro in style and has you nodding along right until the final beat. These are not just a selection of ten mindless dancefloor cuts -- far from it. Instead, H.O.S.H. breathes new life into the dancefloor by taking inspiration from the past and taking it very much into the future. Furthermore, this album is stuffed with all the idiosyncrasies and seductive sonic motifs you would expect from someone of H.O.S.H.'s ability. An accomplished and assured debut, Connecting The Dots is likely to attract much attention from fans old and new alike.