Review: After featuring on the Lost My Dog Miami Sampler earlier this year Bleep District deliver this Special Needs EP - their first of the year. The Nottingham duo have impressed already with outings on labels such as Winding Road, Ornate and Replay, and Special Needs further demonstrates their talent for crafting infectious deep house. The slap bass boogie bump of "Don't Stop Now" that was a highlight of the aforementioned sampler is present here and complemented by a rerub from rising French producer Giom which goes deep and has a real Cassius circa "La Mouche" feel to it - Shur I Kan and Lovebirds have been playing this one. Bleep District drop some more bumpy vocal deepness on "Pressurize" and finish off with "Um Bongo" which transforms from introspective deep house into a bongo crazed African chant filled groover.
Review: Chicagoan James Curd has a reputation for not taking himself too seriously, a trait that's previously been served by his Greenskeepers outfit. While this solo outing on Lost My Dog isn't quite as deliberately crazy as some of his Greenskeepers work, it is every bit as fun. Critically, it's also every bit as floor-friendly as his best work for Classic. Choose between booty-shaking bompty cut-ups ("Shake Shake"), late night disco-skank ("A Friend"), chunky house meets nu-disco anthems ("I Don't Really Care", featuring an excellent vocal from Devin Byrnes) and DFA-ish retro-futurist piano jams (the Shit Robot-ish "Left The Ground"); all, naturally, are excellent.
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: 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: 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: East Midlands label Lost My Dog has always been one of those reliable imprints whose music gets heavy rotation but rarely hits the headlines. This EP from new signing Jon Deleriuous offers more reliable deep house thrills with a sweetly melodic vibe. "Believe In You" itself is quietly confident, all addictively shuffling beats, chunky bass and cute top end melodies. Huxley and Geiom provide the remixes, with the latter turning in something of a stunner - think strings, uplifting builds and jangling pianos. "Ansend" and "Remember", meanwhile, continue the theme of the title track, bubbling along like a pan that's yet to reach boiling point.