H-Foundation – Hear Dis Sound

Artist: H-Foundation
Title: Hear Dis Sound
Label: SIESTA
Cat No: SR14
Release Date: 03/11/2014
Genre: House

The legendary H-Foundation return with a release on their home label, Siesta. One or two of you may be familiar with the release, ‘Hear Dis Sound’ as it first graced our shores in 2002 on the same label with the original and a remix. This time the release comes with some big name remixes by the likes of DJ Sneak, Yousef, Franck Roger, Adam Shelton, Craig Richards, DJ Buck and Space Coast.

Eric Galaviz and Brian Varga aka Hipp-E & Halo were no doubt two of the biggest contributors of high quality percussion based house, often referred to as West Cost House, around the turn of the last millennium. Their productions were often featured on labels such as NRK, Siesta, Tango, Doubledown, Soma, and Nightshift. The pair were also invited to compile a mix for the superb Fabric mix series which to this day is one of the finest mixes in the series.

First up on this rather epic release is the original. I am not going to waffle on too much about this track, as it has been around for some time. Don’t get me wrong though this is still a fine slab of percussive tech house that still sounds fresh today and one I would definitely still play to any crowd.

First up on remix duty is the ‘House Gangster’ himself, DJ Sneak. Straight away you can tell Sneak has given the track a more Chicago feel to the track and it is certainly a little pacier than the original. Some great use of extra hi hats to add something a little more. Sneak also adds some more vocal snippets and all is kept in that great loopy Sneak sound. Definitely one for you house heads out there.

Next up we have Yousef’s version of the original. The Liverpool based house legend gets straight to work on the bass here, making this a lot more bass heavy than the original (and that is saying something). He keeps the wonderful organ keys used in the original too. All in all a great chop up of the original and one I can see getting a lot of attention at Circus Liverpool.

The third remix comes from the ever faultless French producer, Franck Roger. He turns to a more groovy approach than the others and makes the trip a little more of a melodic affair with the use of some rather tasty keys throughout. One his fans will surely approve of.

Next up is Birmingham’s One Records boss Adam Shelton. This is a full on tech house number that is not too dissimilar to the original in some ways. He chops up the vocal a little and uses some cool FX throughout. Big fan of this remix and certainly a track to turn to if you want to keep the pace on those housier dance floors.

The fifth remix on this release comes from Fabric resident, Craig Richards. He slows the tempo right down and makes it sound all dubby. Definitely one for the more intelligent listeners out there and one that would work on long warm up sets and down tempo sets. Some superb production skills throughout as you may expect from this man.

Next up we head back to the West Coast sound with a rather tasty DJ Buck remix. I remember this being released way back in 2003 as a one sided promos and I was a huge fan then. If any of you are familiar with his sound this is pretty much as you would expect. Great drums as always and some superb dubby baselines, one for those day parties for sure.

The final remix on this release comes from Space Coats who take things a little deeper and use some great warm pads and keys to add something a little different to the package.

A superb package here on Siesta and remixes than span the last 10 years and more. There is certainly a track here for every DJ. I recommend you own this folks.


Ian French
About the Author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and Progressive House. If he was to describe his preferred style of music he would probably describe it simply as electronic music. Besides his love for music and DJing his other passions are fine cuisine, wine, and travel.