Review: Lost My Dog's Pete Dafeet rarely disappoints, and here offers up another strong EP packed full of floor-friendly deep house antics. There's some chunky, bass-heavy dark room tackle in the shape of "Grit Your Teeth" - all woozy chords, barely audible spoken word snippets and thick beats - and a bouncy chunk of snappy, Orbital-ish analogue gear in the form of "Mistakes". Best of all, though, is "Freeze", a memorable combination of slick synth bass and spine-tingling pianos. Shades of Gray delivers a loose, bruk-goes-deep house interpretation of "Freeze", while Murat Killic infuses the same track with some spacey deepness.
Review: It's been a while since Pete Dafeet appeared on Lost My Dog, the label he co-founded with fellow East Midlands native Strakes. Fittingly, "Stutter" is arguably his best for some time. The action revolves around snappy, carefully programmed beats with a delightfully steppy quality. There's a rubbery synth bassline and some seriously alien melodies, too, giving the whole thing a great deep house/NY house/nu-disco fusion feel. Mancunian drummer-turned-deep house type Moodymanc offers up two percussion-laden remixes. Of these, it's the hectic, almost tribal Drum Dub that really hits the spot. Bonus track "Rush" is worth a listen, too, if only for its effortlessly cool, mid-90s NYC house vibe.
Review: Prolific UK deep house imprint Lost My Dog celebrate five years as an independent with this mix of label highlights from boss type Pete Dafeet. As Lost My Dog has over 200 releases under their belt, picking just 15 is an unenviable task but Dafeet comes through here. Kicking off with the 2009 bumper "Worry" by Yse that features the soulful croon of sometime Wolf & Lamb vocalist Beckford, Dafeet mixes in label highlights from Jay Tripwire (featured twice with the dubby R & B bleep of "Everytime" and the almost broken beat hypnotic sound of "Harmony & Peace"), Milton Jackson's superlative remix of Dominic Martin and the awesomely titled "Sweat Bomb" from Nathan Coles and Dave Coker. Dafeet maintains a fantastic flow throughout and this mix works as a nice introduction to those unfamiliar with the Lost My Dog sound.
Review: Given the length of his career - eleven years and counting - we should all know what to expect from Pete Dafeet by now. Here, the Lost My Dog co-owner pops up on Supremus, delivering four more rock-solid, club-friendly deep house treats. His famous chunky grooves are evident throughout, from the piano-laden sweetness of opener "Polar Bear", to the retro-futurist goodness of "Fear", via the late night percussion onslaught that is "Jungle Fever". House of Disco and Dirt Crew alumnus Harry Wolfman puts his spin on "Fear", expertly alternating between dreamy, Balearic style builds and bongo-heavy, organ-laden deep house grooves.