Various – I ♥ Real Deep House

April 27, 2015 in Albums

I Heart Real Deep House TronicsoleThe clue’s in the title with this compilation from long-running Scottish label Tronicsole.

At least, it is musically… which is just as well cos it’s about the only clue they’ve given me! But as far as I can make out, the 24 tracks here are a mixture of brand new material and stuff that’s been out, both on Tronicsole and on other labels, over the past few years. Opener Ruby Likes Dubstep by HiRO, for instance, came out on 2013’s Neptune EP, though I think the Kris Wadsworth rub featured is new.

Names like Milton Jackson, Dominic Martin, Sei A and Spin Science will carry weight for anyone who’s been into deep house for more than five minutes, and the collection as a whole is rather spiffing, to be fair. Highlights for this reviewer include Milton Jackson’s vaguely early-Daft-Punkish Long Circuit, Spin Science’s dreamy, Detroit-tinged All Things, the stripped-down funk of Tony Free’s Deep Soul and the lo-slung Alabama Blues-y throb of Peter O & Monophunk’s No Justice, but really you’d be best advised to dive on in and explore for yourself, because if you, too, ♥ real deep house, you’ll find plenty to ♥ here.

Out: Now (but only since Friday)

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

Dominic Martin – Striving For Truth

April 16, 2014 in Singles

Dominic Martin Striving For Truth Lost My DogSome predictably fine, garage-tinged deep house grooves on this three-tracker from Lost My Dog.

Striving For Truth itself marries a contemporary-sounding bassline to more trad-style Rhodes chords and spoken male black consciousness vocal. Elsewhere on the EP, the soulful/garage-y elements come even more to the fore, the organs and chopped soulful vox of My Mind screaming ‘New Jersey’ while the slightly tuffer Take Me Up would have sounded right at home in a Gavin ‘Face’ Mills or Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson set circa 1997.

My Mind wins it by a nose from where I’m sitting but that’s a tough call to make when you’ve got three tracks as good as these to choose from!

Out: This week

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

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.

Dominic Martin – Family Affair

January 28, 2012 in Albums

The first of two full-lengths coming under the TIWWD spotlight on this cold January evening is the second in Lost My Dog’s Family Affair series, which acts as a showcase for artists associated the label. Harold Heath brought us the first installment early last year, and now it’s the turn of Scotland’s Dominic Martin.

It’s an album that’ll suit those who like their deep house leaning towards the more traditional, house-y side, with long, lingering pads, rich Rhodes chords, crisp hi-hats and soulful vocal snips a-gogo. The left coast-ish Guesswork is one highlight, the garage-y Hard Yards (remixed by Jonny Fiasco and featuring a full female vocal from Astral T) another, the even-more-garage-y Homage New Jersey yet another, the latter supplied in both original and Giom Remix flavas.
But to be fair, there really isn’t a duff track in sight. If you’re a PROPER deep house head – as opposed to a trendy whippersnapper Hoxton type who was into minimal techno and wonky French electro until two years ago – you’ll find plenty to love here.
Out: This week
About: I’ve sung Lost My Dog’s praises countless times so let’s just have the obligatory website, Facebook and Soundcloud links and leave it at that.