Various/Sek – Prime Cuts Vol 2

June 22, 2014 in Albums

Sek Prime Cuts 2 Lost My DogGreek DJ/producer Sek is the man chosen to helm the second installment in Lost My Dog’s Prime Cuts series, whereby LMD artists are invited to serve up a DJ mix featuring their personal favourites from the label’s back catalogue alongside any of their own new material they want to throw in.

And the results, in Sek’s case, are quite simply stunning. With tracks from Dale Howard, Pete Dafeet, YSE, Roland Nights, James Dexter and more, plus three newies from Sek, this is proper deep house music at its finest, ranging from the soulful vibes of YSE feat Frank H Carter III’s I Don’t Want Love, to the disco-lounge-in-space jam that is Jon Delerious’s Remember, to Sek’s own jackin’, tech-tinged Just Ducky and the funky-assed, left coast-ish strut of YSE’s Bounce Back.

If you buy one deep house mix album this month, make it this one. It’s a reminder of just how fine a label LMD really is – frankly, you wonder how they do it!

Out: This week

About: Find Lost My Dog here, here and here.

Dale Howard – Damaged EP

March 22, 2014 in Singles

Dale Howard Damaged EP GruuvA break from the norm for Mr Howard here as he ventures down a slightly tuffer/darker route than the sumptuous garage-y grooves he’s best known for.

Break, for instance, rides militant Relief/Cajual-style beats with an insistent ‘break!’ vocal sample, albeit there’s also a strong influence from classic Chicago deep house in the pads and warm bassline. Damaged itself is up next, which in its Original form operates in more typical Howard territory, but which comes with a more jacking, percussive MANIK Remix, while rounding out the EP is Right On Time, which is classic-style deep house dancefloor bump, but given an injection of more contemporary-sounding heavyweight bass.

A little different from what we’ve come to expect from Dale, as I said… but rest assured the usual high quality standards still apply!

Out: This week

About: This comes on Audiojack’s label Gruuv, who you can find on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Various – Resonance BPM 2014 sampler

January 5, 2014 in Singles

BPM Sampler 2014 Resonance RecordsA six-artist, six-track sampler here from Manchester’s Resonance Records, just in time for this year’s BPM festival in Mexico.

wAFF’s skanking, dubby take on Hatiras’s Spaced Invader (now retitled Space InvadaZ) gets proceedings off to a fine start, before Julien Sandre & Raffa RL’s Paranoid takes us into funk-fuelled tech-house territory. Cera Alba’s up next with Acidwave, whose title says it all, Dale Howard’s Right Now is a contemporary-style big room deep/tech houser whose bassline takes no prisoners, and Horsey Brothers give us Permission, another now-sounding deep houser with garage-y overtones.

Not being a big fan of indie-style vocals on house records, I must admit closer Push The Night by Casual Affair leaves these ears a little cold, but not to worry because there’s plenty to love elsewhere.

Out: This week

About: You can find Resonance Records on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

S!lk & Spieltape feat Coranny – My Heart

October 27, 2013 in Singles

S!lk & Spieltape My Heart Highway RecordsOrgans galore on the original mix of the title track here, with the headline pulsing M1 underpinned by warbling Hammonds as hints of soulful vocal both male and female do battle over the top. It’s an unusual combination for sure, but it most definitely works!

Inxec supplies a remix of My Heart that’s a little less techified than you might expect, though it’s decidedly glitchier and more stuttery than the smoothly rolling original, the organs superseded by all manner of wonky synths. You also get three mixes of Hold You. The original’s another soulful deep house groove with more of those killer Hammond sounds, Dale Howard’s remix beefs up the beats and strips it down for the deep dancefloors, while the Adam Antine Remix is a more subdued, abstract kinda pass.

It’s Dale’s mix of Hold You or the original of My Heart all the way for me here.

Out: This week

About: This comes on Spieltape’s own Highway Records, who are based in Moscow and can be found on Facebook, on Soundcloud or at their own website.

Usual Things Around – Rescue EP

July 28, 2013 in Singles

Usual Things Around Rescue EP Silence In MetropolisSome slightly more floor-friendly deep house vibes now courtesy of Usual Things Around, an Italian trio made up of Manuel de Lorenzi, Paul DC and Samuele Pirani, all of whom have long histories in dance music as promoters, label owners and producers (it says here).

Think deep house in that contemporary, tech-leaning style but without quite getting into Trendy Wendy east London/Berlin territory, would be the best way I could describe the two originals here, It’s Real and Rescue. On the remix front, Dale Howard (as is his wont) adds a little garage-y warmth and swing to It’s Real, while Washington DC’s Jus Nowhere (Justin Nouhra to his mum) pushes Rescue into sparser, wonkier territory.

A fine set all round but it’s Dale’s rub of It’s Real that’s the killer for me. Which will surprise absolutely no-one… it’s turning into Dale Howard Week here at TIWWD Towers, isn’t it?

Out: This week

About: This is only the third release from Silence In Metropolis, who you can find (big drumroll please) on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Dale Howard – What Else EP

July 25, 2013 in Singles

Dale Howard What Else Klangkultur SchallplattenDefinitely saved the best till last tonight… not that the Euphoria and Endemic releases below aren’t pretty fine themselves, you understand. It’s just that a new release from Mr Howard is usually something special, and he doesn’t disappoint here.

There are three tracks, in a total of four mixes. Get It Straight kicks things off in fine style, a jaunty lil’ deep house ass-shaker with some seriously trippy, wobbly (but not ‘wobble’) bass and two different sampled, spoken male vocals – a white voice intoning the title and a black voice talking about music production. Reciprocate is a more (US) garage-leaning cut with more ass-kickin’ bass, “mama just hung her head and said, son…” and “music” vocal samples and some killer space disco stabs. And then finally we get to What Else itself, which in its original form is another deep house dancefloor delight, albeit a little techier and more driving than the other two.

Must say I’m not really convinced by Martinez’s glitchy, techy rerub of the latter but not to worry, cos the other three tracks are certified killers – Reciprocate and Get It Straight especially.

Out: Tomorrow (26 July)

About: This comes to you not on Lost My Dog, Dale’s most frequent home, but on German label Klangkultur Schallplatten – here’s their Soundcloud, Facebook and website

Various – InnerCity Records Vol 1

May 11, 2013 in Singles

Various InnerCity Vol 1 InnerCity RecordsWhat was I just saying about Dale Howard being something of a TIWWD regular? Here he is again… and again he’s helping to launch a new label, in this case new Manc imprint InnerCity Records. This time, though, he’s in the company of several other very familiar names.To wit: Roland Nights, Leigh Oliver and Giom, plus relative newcomers Gutto Serta and Casey Lee Jones.

A pretty impressive line-up for a label’s first release, I’m sure you’ll agree – and the quality on offer here’s every ounce of what you’d expect. Howard’s bouncy Go Deeper is one highlight, for sure. But then Giom’s 4am chugger Exhausted is another, while Oliver’s St Germain-ish Dear Deluded,  Serta’s Inside Your Eyes and Jones’s Feel It (the latter two both reminiscent of vintage Strictly Rhythm tackle) don’t disappoint either. But if pushed, then the pick of a very fine crop all round for me is Nights’ Nine Ten Go, a proper Jersey-style deep garage workout made for those ‘a basement, a red light and a feeling’ situations.

It’s the icing on the cake for a truly spectacular debut EP.

Out: This week

About: InnerCity Music is the brainchild of Mark Horsfall, who’s had stuff out on Amenti Music and Kaluki, and Danny ‘Roland Nights’ Stott himself. They say: “InnerCity is born out of a raw passion for proper house music. Remaining true to the spirit of house music is our primary aim, which does not involve trying to strictly emulate the music of days gone by but finding house music made out of love for the dancefloor.” Find out more by hitting ’em up on Facebook or Soundcloud.

Dale Howard – The Undercover EP

May 11, 2013 in Singles

Dale Howard Undercover EP No More Noise RecordsDale Howard brings his skills to new Sheffield label No More Noise Records, turning in what is in fact their very first release.

Dale’s become pretty much a regular on this blog over the past year and a bit, so you won’t be too surprised to hear I’m digging this latest from the Liverpudlian lad too. It’s worth pointing out though that this two-tracker sees him in a slightly different mood – there’s less of the garage-y overtones we’ve come to associate with Mr Howard’s particular style of deep house, with both Undercover itself and b-side Alpha going down a darker, more driving path.

Luckily though it turns out he’s pretty good at that, too… with Undercover‘s raw, rave-y synth stabs just nudging it for me.

Out: This week

About: You can find No More Noise on Facebook and Twitter (don’t normally do Twitter links – on the grounds that I hate Twitter with a vengeance, basically – but seeing as they’re new…)

Dale Howard – Prime Cuts 01

April 6, 2013 in Albums

Dale Howard Prime Cuts 01 Lost My DogJust over a week ago, I described the sampler EP for this album as “superb stuff that suggests the album will really be something special”. Well, whaddya know… it turns out I was right. Something special this is indeed.

Prime Cuts 01 is the first in a new mix comp series from Lost My Dog that sees Mr Howard raiding the label’s back catalogue for tasty musical treats, and throwing in a few of his own productions for good measure. So the artist roster here is mostly made up of very familiar names – Pete Dafeet, YSE, Dominic Martin, Demarkus Lewis, as well as Howard himself – while the likes of Giom, Huxley, Milton Jackson and Moodymanc also crop up on remix duties. Combine a line-up like that, with Dale’s by now well-established penchant for those funked-up environs where deep house and garage collide, and you have the recipe for a 12-track journey into slinky, sexy dancefloor bump n’ grind that’s pretty much unmissable.

Picking highlights is almost superfluous, cos this rocks from start to finish… but YSE feat Frank H Carter III’s soul-dripping Magic In Your Eyes is one track the USG heads will fiend for while Domsko feat Astral T’s Hard Yards (Dub) will satisfy those in search of big, throbbing 4am jackery. So everyone’s happy, then.

Out: This week

About: Find Lost My Dog on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Dale Howard – Prime Cuts 01 Sampler

March 27, 2013 in Singles

Dale Howard Prime Cuts 01 Sampler Lost My DogSomething of a treat for the more traditionally inclined tonight… ain’t nothin’ going on at TIWWD Towers ce soir but a good old-fashioned deep house n’ garage thang! First up, a man who knows a thing or two about reinventing classic house sounds for the 21st century… Lost My Dog regular Dale Howard, who here presents a two-track sampler for the first in a new mix comp series from the label.

Focus on the A is a rock-solid deep dancefloor jam, with a chunky bassline that almost veers into the retro-rave zone we were discussing last night, sampled male spoken vox and some killer garage-y keys. On the B, Make It Count is even better, a proper slab of skippy, soulful, organ-fuelled, male-vocalled UK-style garage straight outta 95 (before it became ‘UK garage’, if you see what I mean).

Superb stuff that suggests the album will really be something special.

Out: This week

About: Time’s tight tonight but you can find all the Lost My Dog links you’ll ever need here.