Pete Dafeet – Wife

May 17, 2015 in Singles

Pete Dafeet Wife Lost My DogIf you’re anything like me, then the news that Lost My Dog is to close this year leaves something of a void in your soul… but for now you can console yourself with this fine slab from co-owner Pete Dafeet.

Three mixes of Wife to choose from, plus two of The Root, The Soul. The title cut in its original form evinces a nostalgia for piano house days of yore, while Nacho Marco heads even further back in time with a fat n’ squelchy acid rub. The third mix is a simple radio edit so we can turn our attention to The Root, The Soul, again simply presented in Extended and Radio mix forms, which is a soulfully-inclined deep houser with male vox, hip-swaying bass and soaring pads.

Can’t decide whether it’s the original or Nacho Marco mix of Wife that I like best; either way we need to be treasuring LMD releases cos there aren’t going to be many more of ’em. <Sniff>

Out: This week

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

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.

Miami Ice – Blackout EP

June 2, 2014 in Singles

Miami Ice Blackout EP Freche FruchtePlaying catch-up tonight with a look at a few things I didn’t find time for last week (things were a bit crazy last week), starting with this two-track, four-mix EP from Miami Ice.

On the A, Blackout itself is a sparse groove consisting mostly of drums, a looping female “I want to know” vocal and cowbells, joined eventually by some cascading, vaguely YMO-ish synths. Pete Dafeet’s Throwback Mix thereof nudges it for me though, riding slamming kicks with gorgeously raw-sounding organ stabs. Flip it over and you’ll find Sometimes. In its Original form a perfectly playable but slightly standard-issue deep/tech houser with a downpitched male rap vocal, again it’s the remix that takes top honours for yours truly as Leigh D Oliver takes us on a far smoother ride, adding some lovely warm pads and soulful male vox that nod towards Soul II Soul & Chaka’s All Good.

Out: Last week

About: This is brought to you by Hull’s Freche Früchte Recordings, who you can find here, here and here.

Various – Five Years Of 6th Sense Music

December 22, 2013 in Albums

5 Years Of 6th Sense MusicAnother label compilation for you now, this one coming courtesy of Manchester label 6th Sense Music.

As with the Share comp below, there’s not time to go into each and every track but, again, quality deep house grooves are the general order of the day. On this album, though, the emphasis is less on lazy, laidback, late-night grooves and more on funk-fuelled dancefloor struttin’. Craig Hamilton revisits a very famous old vocal on Burnin’, Funk Mediterraneo’s Numbers Machine will see shapes being thrown, Rob Clarke’s Hows Music features one of those spoken, house music-eulogising vocals atop lush chords and Drew Tempest’s Drunk Ass Funk is a jazz-tinged romp that once upon a time we’d have called ‘East Midlands-y’.

With further tracks and mixes from familiar names such as Rick Leonard, Corduroy Maverickz, Hector Moralez, Pete Dafeet and YSE, this is something of a must-check for lovers of real deep house music.

Out: This week

About: You can find 6th Sense Music on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Hot Lipps Inc – Need In You

September 7, 2013 in Singles

Hot Lipps Inc Need In You Hot Lipps RecordsMore garage-y, organ-fuelled grooves here courtesy of Hot Lipps Inc, AKA Canadian brothers Peter and Steve Primiani, on their own Hot Lipps Records.

With a very familiar classic vocal resung atop a lolloping, New Jersey-esque backdrop, for me the Original Mix is all you need here! If that’s not quite floating your boat though then don’t worry, you also get a slightly more (deep) house-oriented refix from Lost My Dog main man Pete Dafeet, plus a couple of more now-sounding deep house floorshakers in the form of Day Before The Last and Step Out Don’t Stop.

But while the latter three cuts are certainly very playable, it’s still the original mix of the title track all the way for yours truly.

Out: This week

About: You can find Hot Lipps Records here, here and here (Facebook, Soundcloud, web)

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.

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.

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.

Tom Taylor & Gareth Whitehad feat Robert Owens – I Came To Dance

August 23, 2012 in Singles

Tom Taylor Gareth Whitehead Robert Owens I Came To Dance Lost My Dog

And from a brace of brand new labels to one of the UK’s best-loved, with the latest from Lost My Dog.

They’ve pulled off something of a coup this time out, securing the vocal services of the mighty Robert Owens. The Chicago veteran’s distinctive tonsils are in full effect here, informing us of his intentions vis à vis the rhythmic movement of his body in time with the music and the emotional and spiritual benefits thereof, over a backing that a time machine-equipped raver wandering in from 1989 would have no problem whatsoever in identifying with. The Deepened Remix shouldn’t take much explaining, while a brace of rerubs from label co-owner Pete Dafeet go down a more small-hours, acid-y path.

Straight-up house music the way we used to do it, nuff said.

Out: This week

About: Find Lost My Dog here, here and here (web, Facebook, Soundcloud).