Friday, 7 October 2011

Tom Taylor & Gareth Whitehead - One Love EP [Lost My Dog]

Long before I was signed to Lost My Dog (LMD) or even producing, LMD has been one of my favourite labels of all time. Its no nonsense quality house music on a regular and consistent basis has been the foundation to all the reasons and more to why I started my own label and pushed to get my own work on the label itself, but enough about all that, this is a EP review - haha.

We roll up to the 52nd release
on the label and Gareth Whitehead is on form once again, his second release on LMD in as many months, but this time he teams up with 2020 Vision artist Tom Taylor for a pairing that will ask the question of househeads and DJ's - "Whens their next release?"

The original of 'One Love' is a sexy deep number, easy to the ear keys, cool stabs, grooving bassline and a female vocal that will hypnotise you (think mermaids calling ships at sea into the rocks). The first remix comes from Pete Dafeet, taking the track and making it into a more peaktime house-y number, sliding the vocal across the riding hi hats and percussion with a smooth bubbling bassline as it builds up to the breakdown, but its from the breakdown onwards were you get the full groove, full use of the vocal and everything that was building up from the start, just fits nicely into place. Howard Sessions completes the remixes for 'One Love', stripping back the track to a basic kick, clap, shuffling percussion, synth stab, bumpy bassline, looping vocal and more use of the piano - quality house music done to its best.

Deep, dubby, nicely pitched vocals, hypnotic melodies on a techy edge is what best describes 'On A Tip', the second track on the EP, the original is just that. Lay down some quirky fx and sounds and a more driving bassline and you have a track to groove you all the way into 4am. The remix comes from Phil Weeks, who needs no introduction. His uptempo percussion, catchy groove, jacked up house beats, heartbeat pounding bass, add the twist to this track and makes it float along like a duck in water.

Artist: Tom Taylor & Gareth Whitehead
Title: Love Tip EP
Label: Lost My Dog (UK)
Cat No: LMD052
Style: Deep House / Tech House
Release Date: 14th November 2011

That's my spin on LMD052, here's the link to listen for yourself:
Tom Taylor & Gareth Whitehead - Love Tip EP (Lost My Dog, LMD052) (Preview Clips) by Kahua Music

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