Canadian Classic House, Episode #3 – I’m Hot For You – L’il Louis

Let’s clear up some confusion first.  No, this is not Lil Louis who brought us the legendary anthem “French Kiss“, but rather a cheeky alias for some Toronto-based DJs who grabbed a few choice soul samples, dropped them over a fairly basic beat and made one of the best records ever to come out of Toronto’s early house scene.

The alias likely is derived from the source of the track’s lovely rolling bassline which comes courtesy of producer Lee Lewis’ 1989 release “Atmosphere“.  This led to bootleg copies of “I’m Hot For You” floating around Toronto incorrectly titled with the Lee Lewis song name.

The vocal hook and title originate from a sample of the acapella of Karen Young‘s 1983 single “Hot for You“.  A simple layering of vocal, bassline and beats resulted in a record that was not usually excluded from a good house set in Toronto.  SPG Music wisely gave us a proper pressing including remixes from fellow Toronto DJ/producers Mitch Winthrop and the Stickmen who would go on to become established and respected players in the scene themselves.  The incessant bassline and sing-along quality of the lyrics help lift this record out of the underground clubs and on to dance music radio playlists and mixshows.  Still a killer throwback tune to drop today and ladies love this one.  Always a favourite to kick a classic house set off in style.

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