Another rising star of the UK house scene, Harry Wolfman from the head-turning Purp & Soul crew, joins the Lost My Dog ranks with his latest EP of trippy and twisted deep house. Harry’s three original tracks are all built around hypnotic deep grooves, complemented by thickly layered synths and pads, and sparse vocal stabs. The result is a captivating listen.
Title track ‘Booty Call’ is backed by two remixes – the first by Ben Pearce, still riding high on the success of his Beatport chart-topping single ‘What I Might Do’ last year. Ben takes things even deeper than the original with huge swirling build-ups and a relentless nagging bassline. The second remix comes from Lost My Dog boss Pete Dafeet who is currently in a hot streak of form following an album and 2 EPs for LMD in 2012, and has countless remix and worldwide gig requests rolling in. Pete’s remix retains the eerie feel of the original, but increases the energy in the drums and brings extra grit to the synth work.
Pete Dafeet delivers the third in Lost My Dog’s Family Affair series. Focusing on the label’s most frequent contributors, each LP blends a mix of new original material, back catalogue classics, and guest remixes to provide a mouth-watering slice through seven years of Lost My Dog styled deep house.
The LP features 5 brand new tracks from Pete (Hit ‘Em Up, Hopkins, Stacks, Beneath The Fold and Piano Track), new remixes by Giom, Pezzner, Moodymanc and Alessio Arcangeli, and re-issues of classic Dafeet tracks.
Lost My Dog’s annual jaunt to the Sonar festival comes this year with a five-track sampler featuring a mixture of LMD artists old and new. Like the Sonar festival itself it’s an international affair as label stalwarts Pete Dafeet and YSE (both UK) are joined by last year’s star find Acid Andee (Spain) and newcomers Sek (Greece) and Angelo Draetta (Italy).
Artist: Various Artsits
Title: Sónar Música 2012
Label: Lost My Dog (UK)
Cat No: LMD059
Style: Deep House
Release Date: 11th June 2012
1. Angelo Draetta – Don’t Get It
2. Pete Dafeet – Rough Rider
3. Sek – Feel What You
4. Acid Andee – Discopia
5. YSE – Coloured By Contrast
Rob Clarke releases his second EP with Boston label Headtunes, this time showing a deeper, tech-tinged side to his sound. Two original tracks on the ‘Gravity EP’ are remixed by Mike Jules (Greenhouse, Kinjo, Guesthouse) – one an old school house rendition of ‘Gravity’ and the other a leftfield/down-tempo version of ‘The Haunting’. UK dance music stalwart DeepShizzol rounds off the EP with a remix that brings a more driving dancefloor focus and added vocal to the title track.
Rob Clarke’s recent 4 track ‘Depth Charge EP’ and remix of Dirtyworx, both on Headtunes, received praise from DJs including Laurent Garnier, Q-Burns Abstract Message, Luke Solomon, Nacho Marco and Nick Holder. Rob is also known for hosting the bi-weekly Serious Sounds Radio Show on popular net radio station/community Chicago House FM and can also be found spinning at Chicaboom events around the South of England.
Mike Jules originally hails from Australia but now resides in London. He has had a variety or releases and remixes on labels such as Greenhouse, Kinjo, Dustpan and Guesthouse, with his quirky beats and funk-flavoured productions finding favour with the likes of Mark Farina, DJ Sneak, Joshua Heath, Justin Harris and Da Sunlounge. He also produces a deeper/tech style under the Julson moniker.
Spencer T, alias DeepShizzol, was always going to be involved in music – his father was a welder who made cow bells for 70’s African funk band Osibisa and the sound of beating drums was never far away. Over the past 20 years he has DJ’d with some of dance music’s premier names including Carl Cox, Kevin Saunderson and Fabio & Grooverider. A former record store owner and respected name along the UK’s south coast, Spencer has more recently turned to promoting events at clubs including Ministry of Sound and a return to music production has yielded appearances on Cross Section and Save You Records.
Artist: Rob Clarke
Title: Gravity EP
Label: Headtunes Recordings (USA)
Cat No: HTD017
Release Date: 18th October 2011
2. Gravity (Mike Jules Mid 90s Basement Mix)
3. Gravity (DeepShizzol Remix)
4. The Haunting
5. The Haunting (MJ’s Lo-Fi Beats Version)
Since 2005 Boston based Headtunes Recordings have released music by respected underground producers including Audio Soul Project, Joshua Iz, Pete Dafeet, Dexter and Sleazy McQueen alongside up and coming talents such as Rob Clarke, Brenden Wesley, Markus Mehta, Matt Prehn and Bass Experiment. The labels diverse sound covers everything from nu disco through house and techno. Look out for upcoming projects that will include Jota Wagner, Maelstrom, Jeff Keenan, Homero Espionosa and more.
Single : Not Sitting
Label : Suitcase
Release Date : Oct 11th
DJ Mag – “Twisted electro-pop bounce”
Artrocker – “This is CSS meeting Human League at a warehouse party”
Not Sitting is the exciting debut release by Karoshi coming out on Suitcase October 11th. It’s a story of loving then losing your musical heroes and doing things on your own terms. It’s about independence and the fight to do something fresh.
Karoshi is a Japanese term meaning death from overwork. It reflects their love and hate of the 21st century world in equal measure.
Brothers Dan Burt & Sam Burt make twisted electronic pop and seek out the freshest underground vocal talent. They then hook in the best remixers around to put dancefloor spins on their pop tunes. They combine the production chops of Justice and Simian Mobile Disco with the songwriting and pop sensibilities of Santogold, Goldfrapp and Hot Chip.
The single features some stellar and varied remixes. Cassette Jam pull out a nu-disco/electro peak time slammer. Per QX nails it with a minimal tech house beast. Mr Fogg gives a sublime dub heavy electronica interpretation. Spector lends his dark skills on a distorted electro house rework and Pete Da Feet keeps the sunrise glowing with a classic vocal deep house mix.
Next up is a video in which they construct their very own Karoshi’s Monster, who goes on to have his own superstar escapades. This comes fresh from the fractured mind of Nick Light, creator of Dan Le Sac and Scroobius Pip’s latest viral video.
Karoshi have also being busy on other duties during Spring 2010…a remix for Mr Fogg, currently getting Radio 6 and 2 and got top 10 in club chart, a remix for PerQx out on DJs Are Not Rockstars in June, co-writing with Punks Jump Up (Kitsune) for their debut album and are also currently knee deep on a Maximo Park remix.
Karoshi make music that makes you smile through a broken jaw
Download:3 unreleased remixes by Skaggs, Razmataz Lorry Excitement and Suki HERE
Listen:Karoshi – Not Sitting remixes from Cassette Jam, Mr Fogg, Per QX, Spector and Pete Dafeet.