Howard Sessions – Dusted EP

June 8, 2013 in Singles

Howard Sessions Dusted EP 3am RecordingsThis came out on Monday, and now I look more closely at the hype sheet, I wish I’d reviewed it then, because the 3 June release date was chosen to mark ten years to the day since 3am Recordings’ first-ever release. Sorry Al… but happy belated birthday anyway!

Lost My Dog regular Howard Sessions is the man they’ve invited round for jelly and ice cream. Dusted in its original form is a dreamy, drifty but still energetic deep houser, tailor-made for afterhours floors and sporting a cheeky vocal steal from Circuit 22’s classic Shelter Me (also half-inched by Bizarre Inc back in the day). Audiotonic then serves up a lo-slung and chunkier refix with some killer wah-wah guitar licks.

You also get three mixes of Big Mike, a team-up between Howard and his brother Makka, all sporting the same sampled, spoken female vocal. The original could be Dave Lee with his Akabu head on, while a remix from Cargo resident Black Blooms operates in similar territory but with a heavier, druggier feel. Askani’s Latin Fusion Mix is fairly self-explanatory, really, though I’ve gotta say I’m not as convinced by the speeded-up vox here.

Nonetheless, a fine way to mark ten years in the game.

Out: This week, obviously

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Jesus Pablo – Dancing Chords

October 28, 2011 in Singles

There’s the proverbial clue in the name here because the Original Mix of Dancing Chords, at least, is all about the pia-pia-pianos…not in a screaming, tinkling Italian rave way, though. Or even in a minor-key, jazzy way. More in a rollicking, almost rock n’ roll (think Great Balls Of Fire) or tango-inspired way.

Hmmm. As you can see I’m kinda struggling to describe this properly, but once you hear its incessant jaunty ivories, topped off with brass stabs and underpinned by simple rolling beats, you’ll know exactly what I’m on about. Definitely one of the month’s quirkier and more interesting house releases, this one, and you can see it appealing to fans of Stimming, Solomun, Ripperton et al.

Remix-wise, we’re back in slightly more familiar dancefloor territory, as Roland Nights goes for an upbeat, vibe on a mix that’s carnival-esque and Ibiza-y in parts and really quite deep in others, while Audiotonic serves up a Phuturebound Dub that has a lot more space in the mix, which only makes those BIG piano chords sound even bigger!

Out: This week

About: Both Jesus Pablo and Roland Nights have made many appearances on Lost My Dog but this one comes courtesy of Al Bradley’s ever-excellent 3am Recordings.