By Kaivan Adjedani, Senior Editor. Ibiza superstar and house pioneer Popof has released the first 2015 album on Hot Creations label. Marking their fourth album release, titled “Love Somebody” the album is a melting pot of multiple sounds and genres with a sexy and sultry deep house sound being dominant throughout the ten-track collection. Described as an “instinctive process” by Popof himself, the album seems appropriate in all environments from listening at home to tuna-can packed Ibiza nightclubs.
Popof has had a lengthy career that dates back to the Parisian rave scene in the early 90’s. His collaborations range from The Chemical Brothers all the way to the legendary Sven Vath. These experiences become apparent when he strays from the dominant deep house sound on “Love Somebody”. The contrast of this album to his past releases such as the 2014 Beat Tape Rap Instrumentals, Vol.1, a compilation of instrumental rap beats, demonstrates that Popof is a master of music and production in any realm.
The majority of tracks on “Love Somebody” have a sensual feel towards them, suited for listening in an intimate environment. The sultry vocals of Joey Arno on “Your Eyes” for example seems perfectly suited for a dimly lit room and a night of romance with a significant other. Along with the other soulful deep house tracks on this album, the songs make you yearn for a certain intimacy to be able to call your own.
When Popof digresses from the deep house sound is when the album gets the most interesting. The seventh track “Have To Be” serves as a deep/tech house hybrid that transitions the listener into heavier pieces such as the purely techno “I Want You” and Miss Kittin collaboration “Always In My Mind”. The beginning of the album seems to be suited towards a calm night at home, whereas once the album nears an end you want to be in the middle of a packed dance floor dancing and sweating it all out.
The standout track is without a doubt “Going Back” which appears in the middle of the track listing and perfectly divides the album. The track consists of a seriously addictive bass line, which is emphasized through slowly building piano keys. Both a fan and industry favourite the track has recently been released in a remix package featuring reworks by Eats Everything, Lee Foss, Oxia and more.
In the end, it seems that Popof has chosen another sound to master with his sensual inspired Love Somebody. The album name seems to make the listener want to do exactly that, find that one to love after a deep listen to the collection of tracks. With yet another well diverse musical compilation from the Hot Creations revolutionary, we can’t wait to see what sound Popof decides to take next.
Take a listen to the Going Back remixes here, and stay tuned for a “Lidl Girl” remix package featuring Kerri Chandler, Madga, MK, and Shaun Reeves, coming out soon on Hot Creations.