Hailing from the laidback ‘Canadian Riviera’ of Vancouver, Mood Hut have, in just a few years, established themselves as the go-to label for good vibes and hazy house. Though label affiliates Cloudface, House of Doors, and the Pender Street Steppers boys each create their own distinct productions, collectively the Mood Hut sound is one epitomised by laidback new age sounds and primitive house grooves. It is one that conjures up images of long summer days spent lying in parks and driving along coastal routes as the sun begins to set. Were such an image ever to become reality, one imagines the trip would be taken aboard a red '80s convertible, with the top down and the tape deck blaring.
For a label that, in its infancy, released much of its material in cassette format, such invocations seem particularly appropriate. Their sound is one that encompasses much of the electronic music coming out of Vancouver at the moment, which in a scene where small independent labels rub shoulders, co-creating music and working together, is hardly surprising. With new labels and record stores cropping up all over the city, it appears from the outside that Vancouver is experiencing somewhat of dance music renaissance.