Mountal – Last Cigarette

March 30, 2014 in Singles

Mountal Last Cigarette Lost My DogAnd speaking of veteran UK labels… Lost My Dog might not be quite as long-running as Wiggle but with nearly 10 years in the game now, they’re certainly getting there!

This latest offering comes from Cologne-based duo Mountal, who supply three original tracks. Last Cigarette itself is a moody, midpaced deep/tech chugger with a downpitched “she took my last cigarette, she was a bad bitch” vocal and ear-piercing synth/organ sounds. Don’t Look Back is a smoother, more trad-style deep houser with filtered “let’s start grooving” (?) fem vox, while Bird has one of those ’80s synth-pop’ vocals the Germans are so fond of and as such sadly doesn’t do it for me so much, even in Giom remix form.

But not everyone’s allergic to that style of vocal… and even if you are, this is worth picking up for Don’t Look Back alone.

Out: This week

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

Akabu & Giom feat Kadija Kimara – Again

October 5, 2013 in Singles

Akabu & Giom Again Z RecordsSomething of a meeting of the minds here, as one of the founding fathers of the UK house scene teams up with one of its current brightest lights.

Three mixes of Again to choose from. Giom’s rub is a low-slung, bass-throbbin’ affair with Ms Kimara’s sultry, purring vocal in full effect, while the Joey Negro Strip Mix is similar but a little more, er, stripped-down. For me though it’s the deeper Akabu Hangin’ On Dub that’s working best, with its chopped-up vocal snips and clipped keyboard stabs and with that pulsing bass really coming into its own with fewer distractions.

Out: This week

About: This comes to you courtesy of Dave’s own long-running Z Records. Find ’em on Facebook or at their own 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 – 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.

Giom – Play On

December 18, 2012 in Singles

Giom Play One Fly In A JamFrom a fledgling label based in NYC, to a brand spanking new label straight outta Cyprus, going by the name of Fly In A Jam Records… and from an artist I can’t tell you anything about, to one I shouldn’t really need to, cos he’s doing all right for himself these days is our Giom. You’ve probably noticed.

Here, the French deep house dude serves up a simple, unhurried midtempo groover that’s probably best suited to warm-up play or very late sessions rather than peaktime mayhem, but that’s very fine all the same, and that has an understated spangly disco breakdown in the middle.

Just the one mix, so I needn’t detain you any longer. But yeah, typically high-quality fare from Giom… and a great way to kick off a new label!

Out: This week

About: You can find Fly In A Jam on Soundcloud or Facebook, or Giom at his own website. You can find a fine range of novelty tea cosies here, in case you’re stuck for a Xmas present for Auntie Margaret. And that’s about as seasonal as the Scrooge-like TIWWD ever gets, so make the most of it.

Pete Dafeet – Family Affair

November 23, 2012 in Albums

Pete Dafeet Family Affair Lost My Dog

It’s been a long day so I’m keep this kinda quick. Some facts:

1. Lost My Dog is without a doubt one of the UK’s best-loved deep house labels
2. Pete Dafeet is one of the three jolly affable fellows that own and run it, and also one of the label’s most prolific producers.
3. Here, he seamlessly blends together 14 of his contributions – taking in some forthcoming bullets as well as lots of previously unreleased mixes of back catalogue shizzle – inna superstar DJ in the area mashin’ it up throwin’ it down and rockin’ down the house kinda stylee.
4. Or, you can buy it digitally, in which case you get 18 tracks in all their full-length glory, without the above turntable frolics. In case you fancied doing some of that yourself. I think they’ve still got some of the three vinyl samplers, too.
5. The mixes come from, among others, Fred Everything, Demarkus Lewis, Moodymanc, Pezzner, Nacho Marco and Giom.
6. It’s every bit as groovy and floor-friendly as you want it to be. Hurrah!

Out: This week (as an album – the vinyl samplers have been knocking around for a bit)

About: You can find Lost My Dog at their website, or on Facebook or Soundcloud.

Deep house soldiers

September 22, 2012 in Singles

And next, three releases from three well-known, well-respected names in deep house.

Pete Dafeet Family Affair EP Lost My Dog

First up, Pete Dafeet gives us the Family Affair EP, a four-track/five-mix offering. Expect the usual high-quality deep house in various shades, with the dubby, slightly techy Lungs the standout for me. It’s actually the Fred Everything remix of Lungs, to precise; elsewhere, Demarkus Lewis remixes Love Undercover while Giom has a go at Beneath The Fold, making this something of a ‘family affair’ indeed.

Out: This week

About: This comes of course on Lost My Dog, what with Pete co-owning the label and that…
Dale Howard Inner City EP Lost My Dog
Next up we have another from the same stable, as Dale Howard takes us off on a deep, garage-y tip with the Inner City EP. All four tracks are very playable, but the jazzy overtones of C’mon and the Tuff Jam-ish bump of C’mon stand out for me. Niceness!
Out: This week
About: Here’s another Lost My Dog link, for their Soundcloud page.
Mattieu Duchesne Kind Of Funk Savoir Faire Musique

Our third and final deep house hero for this little mini-roundup is Matthieu Duchesne, who this week is doing the honours for Savoir Faire. Actually I say ‘final’ but there’s a couple of other very familiar names involved as well. The original of Kind Of Funk is a heads-down, rolling deep house groover, but you also get remixes from Martijn and Dave James, the former taking us just a wee bit deeper, the latter doing his usual uber-deep and dubbed out thang… and as usual stealing the show for me! But again, a strong offering all round.

Out: This week
About: Here’s where to find Savoir Faire Musique online, as if you didn’t know already.

YSE feat Frank H Carter III – Foundations EP

July 19, 2012 in Singles

Yse Frank H Carter Foundations EP Lost My Dog

Finally for tonight, something of a treat for the older heads among us…

This latest from Lost My Dog sees Yse teaming up once more with NYC vocalist Frank H Carter III, following on from their 2011 collab Guessing Games. Opener I Don’t Want Love marries contemporary, chuggy deep/tech beats with Carter’s Colonal Abrams-esque tonsils, while Magic In Your Eyes is a full-on soul number, a new departure for Yse.

But the real gems here are Play On and the Giom Remix of Magic In Your Eyes, both of which can safely be filed under ‘proper garage, the way we used to‘. The latter in particular, with its classic NJ organs and, in the mid-section, MK/Todd Edwards-ish chopping and stuttering of the vocal, is sure to bring a nostalgic smile to many an old raver’s face – but don’t sleep on Play On either, which harks back all the way to the Easy Street days. Take a glass… put some class in it. What have you got?

Or perhaps I shoudld say, wot do u call it? Tee hee.

Out: This week

About: You can find Lost My Dog at their website, on Facebook, on Soundcloud and pretty much everywhere else, actually…

Frankey & Sandrino – Comeback EP

June 1, 2012 in Singles

A two-tracker here from fledgling Dubai label Audio Tonic that took me somewhat by surprise yesterday.

See, when I’m listening to stuff to review I always try and play the Original first… but when you just open things in iTunes sometimes it insists on doing things in a different order. So I put this on yesterday, and I have to say I was very impressed by its classy, somewhat Crazy P-ish deep house stylings. Then I realised I was actually listening to the Giom remix, and being something of a Giom fan I was thinking, okay well no surprises there then, Giom kills it yet again.
So then I flicked to the Original and found out I was wrong. Cos while Giom’s mix is indeed a classy slab of deepness with its filtered fem vox and chugging riddim, the Original’s even better! It starts out as a simple looping perscussive groove; then in comes a big, BIG organ riff that’s got 92-95 written all over it. There’s a full vocal on this mix, as opposed to the chopped-n-looped stabs of the Giom rub, beneath which the track slowly builds with proggy rolling synths until, by the end, it’s kind of worked its way into big room territory before you even notice.
Put simply: it’s a bit of a beast, and as such it’s hard to imagine this not working on any floor that digs house music in any way, shape or form. So – contrary to expectations – our French friend will have to be content with the silver this time out! Though to be fair, you won’t go wrong with either mix.
Out: This week
About: Audio Tonic are just 10 releases old and hail from sunny Dubai, where they’ve been running a successful club night of the same name for quite a few years now. If you dig this, check out their recent Miami sampler (which unfortunately didn’t get reviewed on here cos I put it in the May rather than the March folder by mistake… d’oh)  for more quality house grooves, including tracks from Ian Pooley and Francois Dubois. More info at their website, or you can also find them on Facebook.

Marvin Zeyss – In My Arms EP

September 28, 2011 in Singles

A brand new label, and a newish young German producer to boot. Mr Zeyss has had stuff out on iRecords and 1 Trax in the past year or so, I’m told, but I have to admit TIWWD is gonna have to treat him as a newbie today… which makes the quality of this four-track EP all the more impressive.

In My Arms in its original form is a lively, driving deep houser from the outset, then goes into an extended breakdown in the midsection before coming back strong with those whooshy kicks again. A 1am kinda tune, to these ears. Remix duties are taken care of by Giom, a producer in whose hands good things have a habit of happening… and his remix of In My Arms is no exception, as he loses the possibly slightly over-dramatic breakdown and gives the track a healthy injection of added funk instead – quality.

And speaking of funk… the other cut here is Between Your Legs, which is an altogether jauntier affair than the above. As with In My Arms, though, I can’t help feeling the Original tries to cram too many ideas into one track, the rolling organic funk at the beginning sitting somewhat uneasily, to these ears, with the more glitchy, cut-up midsection. So again it’s the remix that’s floating my boat more, the Luzz Vs Obrien Remix to give it a name, which goes down more of a ‘classic stripped-down house’ route.
Still, for a producer who made his debut only last year, this is very impressive stuff indeed – let’s hope there’s plenty more to come.
Out: This week
About: As I said, as well as marking Mr Zeyss’s first appearance on TIWWD this is also the debut release from a brand new label, UM Records. The guys behind it are no novices, though – as the hype sheet kindly points out: “New Zealand’s UM Records is the latest project from untitledmusic, the deep house ‘brand’ that encompasses a blog, a worldwide weekly radio show on eNation, Deepvibes, and Westradio, and [a] deep house fan group on Facebook.” To find out more, visit them on Soundcloud or check out the aforesaid Facebook group or their own brand new Facebook page.