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Brasilian Producer Apoena kicks off 2024 in style for Hudd Traxx following an impressive back catalogue of releases on labels like Jimpster's Freerange and Jus Ed's Underground Quality.

"Pure Feeling" opens up proceedings in a deep and hypnotic style reminiscent of Ron Trent and Chez Damier's early releases on Prescription. "Rico Balanço" follows in a similar vain oozing with raw Berlin vibes, which is where Apoena currently resides.

The B side features "In between The Beat" and the title track "Mystic" which are melodic & trippy groovers for early hour stretches. Top stuff as always from Hudd Trax. 


Matt says: Eddie Leader's long running house label isn't slowing down yet - and Apoena might be one of his hottest signings to date. Tipping its hat to Prescription records, there's a poise, depth and sophistication at play here which sets it aside from this week's other house also-rans. TIP!


A1. Pure Feeling 
A2. Rico Balanço 
B1. In Between The Beat 
B2. Mystic 

Eddie Leader has had his most productive year since releasing his first record under the Slum Science alias in 2004. Leader has delivered music on labels like Jovonn’s Body n’ Deep, Doorly’s Reptile Dysfunction, the iconic Hard Times label and his own Hudd Traxx in the past 12 months, most recently collaborating with Chez Damier on ‘Pressure’. This record is by far the deepest of them all. ‘Lost In…’ kicks things off and takes you on a deep hypnotic journey along the house spectrum. ‘The Unknown’ has a raw and underground vibe with a heavy bass line and takes inspiration from both Chicago & Detroit. The Tribal Manifestation Mix of ‘The Unknown' picks up the tempo on the B side for a peak time dancefloor rework. Eddie closes out the EP with ‘You’, which is a smooth vocal infused early hours future classic. Hudd Traxx have also had a very productive year and there’s still more to come in 2023.


Matt says: 'Uddersfield's finest, Eddie Leader back on a true house tip. He's been firing this year, with release after quality release on a variety of labels. Back on his home turf, four deep house slayers for your late night delectation.


A1. Lost In... 
A2. The Unknown 
B1. The Unknown (Tribal Manifestation Mix) 
B2. You 

The spectrum-spanning archive of Hudd Traxx grows at pace, and having rolled out jams from legends of the game on “Hudd Influences Vol. 1”, Eddie Leader’s acclaimed Manchester based imprint now hands a full debut to rising star… DFRA.

From label fan to label artist, Buenos Aires-based Colombian, Diego Ruiz, first featured on 2019’s”‘Out Of Order : Volume 3” with “I Am House”. His new “Blue Horizon” EP confirms that statement, as we’re presented with a trio of beautifully tailored tracks, highlighting a producer who is comfortable in his craft.

The shimmer and bump of the title track, evokes scenes of sun, sea and bodies moving in rhythm. A theme that runs throughout, as the perspiring vibes of “Hold Me” roll us into the club with its warm bass, pulsing keys and vocal, while final cut “Fallin’” with its hypnotic swing and thumping kick takes us deeper into the night.

Adding a final peak to the package is Real Tone boss, Franck Roger. Vocal flourishes, echoing keys and that renowned golden touch from the Frenchman round out this superb debut from DFRA.


Matt says: New record on Eddie Leader's seminal Hudd Trax featuring the one and only Franck Roger who rolls out a truly classic sound on his mix of "Fallin'". The three OGs from DFRA are equally quintessential, deep house done properly - understated but unequivocally sexy.


A1. Blue Horizon 
A2. Hold Me 
B1. Fallin' 
B2. Fallin' (Franck Roger Street Mix) 

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