Mexican-Belgian party runners House of Hustle are venturing into label territory with a collection of pure ghettoized bangers and it’s all sounding pretty tight!
Tusk’s One Life and its Sirus Hood remix counterpart start the compilation off with a healthy dose of 808 bass, chopped up vocals and a beautiful “no fucking around” attitude, showing us that it’s down the pure jacking G-House highway that we’re heading.
Dash Groove and Perah go for a more minimalistic approach with They Thang, beginning with a slowed and syruped down rap verse that drops into an simple but effective beat with digital synth stab patterns that will have fists shaking in unisons.
Alex Ross’ Just Bounce sees matte claps, offbeat open hi-hats, a catchy bass synth line and a murky swelling bass battle out in an unfaltering assault aimed right at the dance-floor.
With DJ Diass’ In Harlem, the path veers towards Tech-House with punchy kicks, kaleidoscopic arrangements and preachy vocal samples. In Harlem makes for a nice break from the straight-forward G-House tracks and works nicely as a trippy tandem with Filthy French’s A lick of this love, another minimal banger where defiant female vocals find themselves aposed against a backdrop of pitch bent lasers and psychedelic synth lines.
Fractal System goes down the 8bit meets wonky country road for closing track No weak, with a pitched down rap vocal stuttering its way into a stomping verse. Special mention to the super tight breakdown, the kind that you would half expect to drop into heavy glitch hop and that instead goes into what one can only imagine Zelda’s pacemaker to sound like.
A few weaker tracks like The B or Keys like Marshall are dotted throughout the album and Disord3r’s What must I do suffers from an unfortunate choice of sample, too reminiscent of Alex Parkin & Chris Lorenzo What must I prove 2 U (and when someone enters an arena armed with the same sample as Chris Lorenzo, we know what the outcome will be). House of Hustle Volume One is an overall quality compilation and with DJ support from the likes of Amine Edge, Shiba San and plenty more big players of the G-House scene, this first release augures very well for the team.
The album is available via Beaport and make sure to keep your ears open for the labels next instalment, a release of epic proportions by Daniel Fernandes. Party-wise, the team is advancing full speed with parties planned in Belgium, Mexico and Berlin as well as a very special feature at this years Amsterdam Dance Event (more information about all this on the House of Hustle Facebook page).