Lost My Dog celebrates 10 years in business next year, and we’re remembering some of the highlights from the early years. In this feature we ask label owners Pete Dafeet and Ian Straker for their memories of YSE’s iconic 2007 track Bounce Back, which was re-released this week on our 10×10 | 2007 compilation.
When do you remember first hearing Bounce Back?
Ian: I remember hearing Bounce Back in the good ol’ days when MySpace was king! Najan (the other founding partner in Lost My Dog) and Ant (YSE) know each other through a mutual friend, which is how the earlier LMD006 release came about, so we often got to hear new YSE music quite early. Once the MySpace player had loaded (following 3 refreshes and a 15 minute wait – these were still the days of dial up internet!) we were instantly blown away by Bounce Back. We talked to Ant about releasing it, but he’d already sent it to Ben Watt for Buzzin Fly and wanted to hear back from him first. Najan managed to get Ant to agree that if Buzzin Fly didn’t take it then Lost My Dog would release it, so we sat anxiously for a few weeks and luckily for us Buzzin Fly didn’t ever come back with a positive answer.
Why did it become such an anthem for the label?
Pete: Aside from simply loving the track, it was our 15th release and we were starting to get into our stride with the label… Ant was someone we really enjoyed working with and the track seemed to sum up where we had gotten in our first two years, and where we wanted the label to go… so it was special to us from the start. But ultimately it’s because people responded to it so well – every time we played it at a party the dance floor went crazy, so it became THAT record we played every time!
Ian: I think also the fact that the song is so recognisable from such an earlier point made it really stick in people’s minds. The ‘sonar bell’ sound (as I like to think of it) starts really early in the track and can be instantly recognised while it’s in the mix with the previous track. After that the “bounce back” vocal hook, huge drop and relentless funky groove just work perfectly.
How did the Burnski remixes come about?
Ian: Back in 2007 I was running a record shop in Middlesbrough and we also ran a little House night. Burnski was a local DJ/producer down the road in Hartlepool who got in touch about playing at our party. We got on well at the gig and decided it would be cheaper to drive him home than pay for his taxi, so had the chance to chat a bit about his music and what he was up to. He was keen to do something for the label, we were keen to have him involved and it more-or-less worked itself out from there. Burnski actually provided three remixes, only two of which were included on the vinyl. His B2 ‘Back To Deep’ remix was almost left off too, but actually went on to be the better seller of the two – something about it just connected with people at the time.
What’s your favourite memory of the track?
Pete: For me, it would have to be Norman Jay MBE playing it at Notting Hill Carnival, in a set that went out as an Essential Mix on Radio 1. We had no idea until Ant (YSE) emailed us afterwords excitedly with a link. It was an incredible feeling – a real feeling of accomplishment, and happiness, particularly for Ant. And the amazing thing was that Norman Jay had bought the record himself, it wasn’t even a promo!
Norman Jay MBE
Ian: I’d like to choose three memories because they all mean different things. Firstly was playing at Stylus in Manchester a few months after Bounce Back had come out. We’d heard from our very good friend Tom Golden, who ran the night, that it had become a bit of an anthem, but the response when it dropped in made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. Everybody in the club instantly knew what it was and started punching the air and they were all singing along to the vocal. Second was more of a “wow, other DJs really like this too” moment when I was at Shindig a good 2-3 years after Bounce Back had been released. It wasn’t a big headline DJ playing it, just the resident as part of his warm up, but it made me realise that the song really had connected and was still relevant a few years later. And third, was the DJ at my wedding playing it out of the blue, when one of my friends had secretly slipped him a copy.
How did it help shape Lost My Dog over the years that followed?
Ian: I think Bounce Back was probably the moment when we realised that we were capable of finding music that other people really liked and which stood the test of time. So in that sense it gave us some real confidence to keep pushing things forward with that label. It also made us realise that great music made by people we knew and got on with was important to what we wanted to do at LMD. YSE (and also Rhythm Plate) became a staple of the label alongside other artists like Giom, Dominic Martin, Sek, Demarkus Lewis, Harold Heath and Roland Nights who we consider part of our ‘family’ – the big thing they all have in common aside form the music is that they’re simply nice guys.
And do you still play it out regularly?
Pete: I still play it loads, I’d say it gets an airing at half my gigs and still gets a great response… it’s a truly timeless classic in my eyes, can’t be beaten!
Ian: My gigging days are a little behind me now, but it still gets plenty of action on the Sonos! It’s the song that just won’t go away, you could say it keeps bouncing back! (sorry)
You can check Bounce Back out on our 10×10 | 2007 compilation, released this week.