Hot Right Now

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"Hot Right Now"
Single by DJ Fresh featuring Rita Ora
from the album Nextlevelism and Ora
Released 12 February 2012
Recorded 2011
Genre Drum and bass
Length 3:02
Label Ministry of Sound
  • Daniel Stein
  • Wez Clarke
DJ Fresh singles chronology
"Hot Right Now"
"The Power"
Rita Ora singles chronology
"Where's Your Love"
"Hot Right Now"
Music video
"Hot Right Now" (Official) on YouTube

"Hot Right Now" is a single by British drum and bass producer DJ Fresh, released as the second single from his third studio album, Nextlevelism. British singer Rita Ora features on the single as the main vocalist. The song also features as a bonus track on Ora's debut album, Ora. It was released on 12 February 2012 in the United Kingdom as a digital download on iTunes and went straight to the top of the UK Singles Chart.[1] The Official Charts Company confirmed "Hot Right Now" as the UK's first ever drum and bass No. 1.[2]

Background and composition[edit]

On 3 July 2011, DJ Fresh released "Louder" (featuring Sian Evans), the first single from his third studio album, Nextlevelism. It reached peak position in the "UK Singles Chart", giving Fresh his first ever No. 1.[3] After "Louder", Fresh started working on his second single, "Hot Right Now", and he was looking for a voice to put on it.[4] He came across an acoustic version of Outkast's song "Hey Ya!" posted on YouTube by Roc Nation signee Rita Ora, who was working on her debut album, Ora.[5] Ora auditioned for the part and was eventually kept on the track. Daniel Stein and The Invisible Men wrote the song while Daniel Stein and Wez Clarke produced it.

Critical reception[edit]

Robert Copsey of Digital Spy gave the song a mixed review stating:

Judging by the results of his latest track, we assume that the burden became all-too-great. Yes, the head-spinning breakneck beats and fuzzy basslines are impressive, as are the efforts of rising Roc Nation-signed guest singer Rita Ora, but there's something lacking here that made 'Louder' the hit that it was. Our suggestion? Lyrics such as "Turn it up right now/ Put your hands in the air if you want it right now" can't be doing him many favours. 3/5 stars.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

"Hot Right Now" debuted at number one on the "UK Singles Chart", selling over 128,000 copies in its first week, and becoming the fastest selling single of 2012 at that time.[2] By the end of the year, "Hot Right Now" sold 482,000 copies in the UK, making it the 23rd best-selling single of 2012.[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song, directed by Rohan BM,[8] was uploaded on YouTube on 14 December 2011. It features Ora in Los Angeles rocking a multi-colored, ’80s-inspired leather jacket amongst a crew of hipsters, breaking and crumping in a graffiti-covered lot.[9][10]

Track listings[edit]

iTunes EP[11]
No. Title Length
1. "Hot Right Now" (Radio Edit) 3:02
2. "Hot Right Now" (Extended Mix) 3:40
3. "Hot Right Now" (Camo & Krooked Remix) 4:34
4. "Hot Right Now" (Zed Bias Remix) 5:16
5. "Hot Right Now" (Zomboy Remix) 4:57
6. "Hot Right Now" (Kamuki Remix) 4:26
12" vinyl [12]
No. Title Length
1. "Hot Right Now" (Extended Mix) 3:40
2. "Hot Right Now" (Zomboy Remix) 4:57
3. "Hot Right Now" (Camo & Krooked Remix) 4:34
4. "Hot Right Now" (Zed Bias Dub Mix) 4:46
CD single[13]
No. Title Length
1. "Hot Right Now" (Radio Edit) 3:02
2. "Hot Right Now" (Extended Mix) 3:40
Exclusive Remixes[14]
No. Title Length
1. "Hot Right Now" (Redroche Remix) 6:02
2. "Hot Right Now" (Zed Bias Dub Mix) 4:46

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Daniel Stein – songwriter
  • The Invisible Men – songwriter
  • Wez Clarke – mixing, additional production, drums and keyboards
  • Dipesh Parmar – additional programming and sequencing
  • Rita Ora – vocals


Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom[11] 12 February 2012 Digital download Ministry of Sound


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