Various – RMR001

September 14, 2015 in Singles

Various RMR001 RM RecordsThe first-ever release from a brand new label here. RM Records is the brainchild of UK trio LongPlay (Andy King, Danny Langan and Dave Winney) and based in London, and they make their debut with this pleasingly varied four-track V/A.

M.A.X & Lloyd are up first with Arizona, a pulsating, prog-tinged affair with a sampled, spoken male vocal and great dark, ominous synth surges. LongPlay themselves give us What A Day, a driving, heads-down house groover topped (eventually) by a female jazz vocal. James Dexter’s Days That Count follows, a chunky tech- and disco-tinged cut with wonky piano chords and a bass throb to die for, while finally Alex Agore serves up Deeper, a Rhodes-driven garage jam complete with “deeper!” female vocal.

The latter two stand out particularly, but to be fair the whole EP’s pretty damn good… for a label debut, it’s stunning.

Out: This week

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

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.

Rogério Martins – Gonna Be Mine

February 16, 2014 in Singles

Rogério Martins Gonna Be Mine Piston RecordingsWe stay in deep house territory now but move slightly more towards the soulful/garage-y end of that spectrum with this newie from Piston Recordings.

Label boss Rogério Martins is the man at the helm. His original of Gonna Be Mine features lush, garage-y piano chords and a looping female “gonna be, gonna be true” vocal atop busily shuffling percussion. James Dexter’s remix strips it down and takes us into afterhours territory, while Joss Moog’s Remix and Digital Only Remix bring the stuttery, fat-bottomed funk and freestyle flavas, respectively. And then finally, the JR From Dallas Ghetto Mix is a more energetic pass aimed fair and square at peaktime play.

James Dexter’s mix would be my pick, with the original a close second.

Out: This week

About: You can find Piston Recordings, who are based in sunny Portugal, on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

James Dexter – Coming Home EP

February 8, 2014 in Singles

James Dexter Coming Home EP Large MusicUp first tonight we have this four-track EP which is London boy James Dexter’s third outing on Chicago’s long-running Large Music.

Don’t Wait gets the ball rolling, a good old-fashioned chunky houser with disco tinges and a full-lunged “Don’t wanna waste no time” diva vocal. Coming Home itself is up next, a more heads-down, dubby affair with female “oh-ohs” by way of a vocal, followed by the sultry, 5am deep garage gem that is Air, before the techier, more contemporary-sounding Buttons brings the EP to a close.

A strong EP all-round from Dexter, with Air my personal fave… and further proof that Large have got that “best of the old, best of the new” thing NAILED right now.

Out: This week

About: Find Large Music on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

James Dexter – True EP

July 5, 2013 in Singles

James Dexter True Lost My DogAnd we stay in trad-minded pastures now with this superlative four-track deep garage slab from Lost My Dog.

Hot Feelings is a organ-driven treat for fans of vintage Jersey vibes, with skippy beats and chorused soulful male vox. Nothing To is a bumpier, more hip-shakin’ joint reminiscent of early UKG, a feel maintained on Sweet Desire which could have been beamed straight in from a Nice N’ Ripe release circa 1995-95 (that’s a compliment not a diss, by the way!). But the pick of a very fine crop is the title track, a more driving affair with more killer Simonelli-esque organs and a cheeky lil’ vocal bite from The Fog looping over the top…

An absolute must for lovers of proper garage – misty-eyed old farts like me and hip ‘future garage’ kiddiwinks alike.

Out: This week

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

Conga Squad – Blow Up EP

May 20, 2013 in Singles

Conga Squad Blow Up EP Nite GroovesVeteran Belgian producer Oliver Abbeloos comes to veteran US label Nite Grooves here, under his Conga Squad guise.

As with the BainesySP (etc) release below, you’ll want to pick your mix carefully here. Not that there’s anything wrong with the good-time, White Isle  ‘vocoder, filters and piano’ grooves of Blow Up itself, nor with the, er, tech vibes of the tuffer, terrace-oriented Tech Vibes, you understand – both will move bodies on floors without a doubt, and quite decent floors at that.

It’s just that the deep, throbbing The Dub and, in particular, the frankly superb deep garage of James Dexter’s remix of the title cut with its added “ain’t nothing” female vocal, are so good that they’d make any other tracks they sat next to pale by comparison. Outstanding.

Out: This week on Traxsource, everywhere else from June 18.

About: Nite Grooves is of course part of the King Street empire.

James Dexter – Rise EP

May 7, 2013 in Singles

James Dexter Rise EP Large MusicBack at the day job after moving house today, which means for the first time in over a week, have actually been sat in one place long enough to listen to some tunes properly! Which was most pleasing – and this release from James Dexter was particularly so.

Dexter has featured on here before with releases on Tokyo Red and Lost My Dog; here though he comes to Chicago’s mightly Large Music with a three-track that sees him once more exploring deep, garage-y textures. Rise itself is up first, which the hype sheet calls “a bass-heavy and moody underground chugger”, and quite rightly so. Cross Wind is a mellower, more melodic affair, before Alright brings the EP to a close, a rawer-sounding cut with the flava of early UKG and a looping “you’re all right” vocal.

Sterling stuff all round, and a great way to kick off the week’s reviews.

Out: This week

About: You can find Large on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website. Just noticed their Souncloud blurb describes the Large ethos as “always moving forward with a nod to our past” – well, you couldn’t get a much better example of that, than this.

James Dexter – System Check EP

December 30, 2012 in Singles

James Dexter System Check EP Lost My Dog

Been busy working on the TIWWD redesign today, and in fact got 90 per cent of it done… only trouble is it’s the last 10 percent that takes 90 per cent of the time! So it’ll be a little while yet before it all goes live.

In the meantime, there’s just time ce soir to tell you about a couple of deep house gems that are landing from a couple of TIWWD’s favourite labels. First up is this EP from James Dexter, a 25-year-old producer from London who’s had stuff out on some pretty heavy-hitting labels already: Om, Salted and Nervous to name but three. Here, though, he serves up his debut for the mighty Lost My Dog.

It’s a four-track affair, and the title track is actually my least favourite, I’m sorry to say! You’ve gotta love those raw, jacking beats overlaid with piercing synths and female vocal wails, so it’s not rubbish by any means… I could just do without the bloke shouting “It’s a soundsystem banger” over and over again. Not to worry though, cos there’s plenty more to enjoy here, from the soulful One Day, to the small-hours dancefloor vibes of Do That Thing and In & Out.

Quality deep house music, but then what else would you expect?

Out: This week

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