Bernard Jones ft. Aren B – Don’t You Wish (Part 1) (LMDX003)
1: Original Mix
2: Instrumental Mix
3: Harold Heath Re-Rub
4: Harold Heath Dub
5: Radio Edit
It’s a slightly different approach for Lost My Dog on this release as they serve up a poppy vocal track, courtesy of St Louis based producer Bernard Jones and vocalist Aren B.
The track comes as original vocal, instrumental and radio edits, while the ever reliable Harold Heath is on hand for two driving deep/tech house re-rubs.
This is the second project for Lost My Dog that Bernard Jones is involved with; he is also one half of the East St Louis Players alongside Don Tinsley, who will release their debut EP through the label on 29th September.
Bernard Jones’ musical journey started at the age of five, when his grandmother insisted on his classical training in piano. He learned of the art of DJing through local DJs and first started experimenting in producing house in 2000. With a few releases under his belt for labels including Kolour and Funkfield in the US, Bernard’s reputation is starting to grow.
Recently he has paired up with childhood friend and vocalist Brendan Woodard aka Aren B, who has found fame in the United States after being in the final 30 contestants of the TV series ‘American Idol’ in 2006. Aren is a quickly developing vocalist and songwriter, having performed all over America opening for artists including Tyrese, H-Town and Silk. Working with Bernard the pair have created some vocal house gems which instantly caught the attention of Lost My Dog.
Brighton based Harold Heath provides the two remixes on this release in his own instantly recognisable style. With a discography including labels such as Detour, Plastic City, Stickman and Urbantorque, for whom he also recorded the critically acclaimed album ‘Hole Funk’, Harold is regarded as one of the most consistent, and also unsung heroes, in UK house music. A long time friend of Lost My Dog, Harold has so far released one EP, ‘Street’s Keep Rocking’ and remixed ‘Smoketoke’ for the label, with more projects lined up for the future.
Part Two of ‘Don’t You Wish’ will follow shortly with new remixes from Paul Hardy of Baker Street Records and Nick Dare.
DJ Mag – 4/5
It’s not until we deflect our attention away from the vocal mixes that this cut really grabs our attention. Aren B seems to shy away from his vocal duties as if he had been dragged off the street kicking and screaming to the mic. No, it’s the dirty and acidic ‘Harold Heath Dub’ all the way.
iDJ – Recommended Release
Bizarrely for the normally deep (and nothing else) house label, this is almost UK garage in its beats and soulful vox. It’s cute though. Harold Heath and his two remixes are much more like classic LMD. The first is smooth and gentle soulful deep house, the latter, with its rolling, gradually mutating analogue bass, is better. That said, it does look like the label’s branching out.
Both remixes are excellent
Definitely liking the Harold Heath Dub
These are hot!
Great, I love the Original Mix
Loving the Harold Heath mixes
Freaking hot! I want those lush pads to tuck me in at night!
Excellent, Harold never disappoints
Really dig the vibe on Harold’s Re-Rub
Nice EP, Harold’s Re-Rub will work best in my sets.
Really cool track, full support
Liking the techier feel of Harold Heath’s mixes
I really like this kind of vocal and Harold Re-Rub has a great groove
I really like Heath’s Re-rub of this.
I think I prefer the dub would get the most play from me, although it is nice to hear elements of R&B in the vocal versions, nice work!
Re-Rub is my favorite, like the atmosphere and the use of the vocal.
loving the Harold Heath edits, real quality house
Q-Burns Abstract Message
Harold Heath mixes are doing it for me this time around … super deep & full of motion and solid low end. Digging. Cheers for it!
Yeas again Lost My Dog delevers a excellent ep & as always very good production .
Mike W (Kolour)
I’ve honestly not been a fan of most of harold’s previous work. his two remixes on this release are definitely something i would play. great job on both of those! love the gritty yet deep feel they have.
This is Good
Another interesting EP from bernard jones, i’m feeling the hh dub. lmd to it again
Harold heath mixes will suit the Spiritchaser sets…
Proton (Harry Avers)
Point Blank FM (Paul James)
Zip FM (Jovani, Slok)
Chicago House FM (Craig Hamilton, Rob Clarke, Richie Vee)
Spin South West (Dan Sykes)
Loudeast FM (Nacho Marco)
Dinamo FM (Mert Eser)
MyHouse-YourHouse (Rob Pearson, Steve Arnell, Sir Cosmic)