Stefano Esposito – Bowmore Drinker EP

July 27, 2013 in Singles

Stefano Esposito Bowmore Drinker Lost My DogEarlier in the week, Lost My Dog regular Dale Howard delighted us with an EP for Klangkultur Schallplatten; today it’s the turn of a newcomer to the Lost My Dog stable, 21-year-old Italian producer Stefano Esposito, to delight in equal measure.

Deep house grooves influenced heavily by the garage sound of early 90s New Jersey is the general theme here, and if you’re thinking that sounds not unlike Mr Howard’s own work, you’re not wrong. The title track is a gorgeously deep and languid warm-up/afterhours cut, while Frog Pond is a bouncier, skippier, organ-fuelled number with the tiniest snippets of soulful male vocal. Mysterious duo Moodtrap then serve up a slightly beefier refix of Frog Pond, while the EP’s completed by Detachment, a sparse and echo-y 4am dancefloor groove.

Frog Pond is the leader of a very fine pack for me but really, this is sterling stuff all round.

Out: This week

About: As ever, you can find Lost My Dog on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website. Oh, and I just Google’d Bowmore and found out it’s a single malt whiskey, in case you were wondering (I wouldn’t know, I don’t drink anymore and never liked Scotch when I did!)

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.

Various – Sonar Musica 2013

June 13, 2013 in Singles

Sonar Musica 2013 Lost My DogA five-track sampler from Lost My Dog here, released in time for the Sonar festival in Barcelona, which of course kicks off today. If anyone can get there what with European air traffic control strikes

Tracks come from label faves Roland Nights, Sek and Artie Flexs, as well as label boss Pete Dafeet (in association with Miami Ice and vocalist Sara Brito) and newcomers Moet & Benson and Velvet Tux (together). Sek’s jaunty piano-led Come On Toshi! and the bumpin’ deep garage of Nights’ Do You Hear Me are particular highlights for yours truly, but it’s all good, as they say.

Or todo es bueno, as they might say in Barcelona.

Out: This week

About: Find Lost My Dog in all the usual places like Soundcloud, Facebook or their very own Geocities homepage.

Roland Nights – Til The Morning

June 2, 2013 in Singles

Roland Nights Til The Morning Lost My DogSome awesome garage-y goodness for you here courtesy of Roland Nights and Lost My Dog.

Til The Morning itself is a deep Jersey organ jam with a soul-drenched male vocal in its original form; Mr V then supplies a Main Mix that opts for more driving percussion, (largely) drops the organs and adds some killer jazzual sax, as well as an Instrumental. Elsewhere on the EP, Vision is another garage gem working sparse beats, Rhodes and sweet fem vocal cut-ups, while Breezin’ gets the organ out again and gets seriously down and dirty on yo’ ass in a 4am kinda way.

‘Till’ should have two Ls. Which I only mention because that, and the fact that there’s a picture of a bearded man in a vest on the cover which is never required, are about the only things about this EP that aren’t freaking PERFECT. Go seek.

Out: This week

About: You know where to find Lost My Dog by now, surely…

Sek – Fergasm EP

May 10, 2013 in Singles

Sek Fergasm EP Lost My DogWe stay on a decidedly underground tip here, as Sek serves up four deep house tracks with leftfield leanings for Lost My Dog.

Fergasm itself is a fairly uptempo, garage-tinged dancefloor cut with chopped fem vox. It’s on the other tracks, though, that the Greek producer’s more experimental tendencies begin to show. Lifetime Spot is like a warp in the space-time continuum that causes Detroit and New Jersey to merge, while I’m Gonna Get, similarly, has a garage-y feel to the vocal but musically features an unusual mix of warm, atmospheric synths and hard, clattering percussion. And then EP closer Don’t You Dare is an ever-changing collage of sounds, with umpteen different vocal snips atop clunking, off-kilter percussion, drones and chords that go on, and on, and on.

It’s all interesting, forward-thinking stuff, for sure – though I’ve gotta be honest and say it’s the more trad-sounding title cut that works best for me personally.

Out: This week

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

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.

Sek – These Dayz EP

January 23, 2013 in Singles

Sek These Dayz Lost My DogHaving previously made an appearance on Lost My Dog’s Sonar 2012 sampler, Greek producer Sek now returns to the label with this four-track EP.

These Dayz itself opens proceedings, an atmospheric, tech-tinged and contemporary-sounding deep houser with a female voice intoning the title. West Coast Ride and The Light continue in a similarly techy vein, before the more traditional-sounding deep houser Tears And Sweat brings the EP to a close.

These Dayz is the standout for me, with Tears And Sweat a close second.

Out: This week

About: You can find Lost My Dog on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website, where you can also hear a couple of Sek’s cheeky Marvin Gaye booties.

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.

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.