Various Artists – The Mongrel EP (LMDX001)

lmdx001Catalogue Number: LMDX001
Release Date: March 2008

1: Chris Harris & Dominic Martin – King Of Swing
2: Chris Harris & Dominic Martin – King Of Swing (Dub)
3: Frank Solano – Move Ur Feet
4: Lee Jarvis – All I Need
5: Dave Miller – Movement In Still Life

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The varied 5 track ‘The Mongrel’ EP features some up and coming producers from all around the world.

Chris Harris and Dominic Martin kick start proceedings with a jazzy and swinging track.  Chris and Dom have recently released Jazzmag EP for Lost My Dog, as well as some superbly well received EPs for Nordic Trax and Guesthouse.  Hailing from Glasgow, the duo are making a name for themselves by picking up plays from DJs including Derrick Carter, Mark Farina and DJ Heather, who included one of their recent productions on her Om Summer Sessions mix CD.  Their ‘King Of Swing’ track is available here in 2 formats – one featuring an infectious live trumpet and a dub version.

Frank Solano is part of the hugely influential Music 101 in Chicago, who organise the city’s finest and most notorious bash ‘Boom Boom Room’ amongst other activities.  Frank has so far released music for US label Kolour Recordings and caught the ear of Lost My Dog with his deep and groovy offerings.  ‘Move Ur Feet’ is exactly in this mould.

London based Lee Jarvis is getting pretty much the best education in quality underground house music, given that he works part time at Freerange Records and is head honcho at London clubnight Moochin, which has welcomed anyone who’s anyone in deep/Chicago house circles.  He’s so far released remixes for labels such as Fazed Music and Clean House, including a remix of prolific US house producer John Larner.

Last but by no means least is Dave Miller, hailing from Perth, Australia.  Dave’s tracks for labels such as Booth Trax, Dust Pan and Clean House have been given the stamp of approval from Joey Youngman, one of the hottest ‘Chicago’ house producers of the last few years.  Its clear to see why as his track ‘Movement In Still Life’ has a definite nod towards the stylings of Joey, along with contemporaries The Sound Republic and Bryan Jones.

Magazine Reviews

iDJ – 4/5
Five tracks here and something for everybody, from boompty jazzy swing to deep, lullaby house and jacking romp.  It’s all good, but if pushed highlights would be Chris Harris and Dominic Martin’s Dub and its heavy-duty swing, and Aussie Dave Miller’s Windy City take.  It’s another case of LMD doing what they always do, and doing it rather well.

Only For DJs, France – 3 /4
EPs of pure boompty house still exist. Chris Harris & Dominic Martin, with ‘King Off Swing’ deliver a track which will please those in love with the sound of Chicago. It’s jazzy-house music with a chorus of trumpet that gets you booty-shaking. Frank Solano (with low electro), Lee Jarvis (deep) and Dave Miller supplement this release well.

DJ Reactions

Derrick Carter: King of Swing dub is excellent!
Mark Farina: Move Ur Feet is excellent
Fred Everything: I like the dub… yes!
LawnChair Generals: Harry and Dom killiing it again!
Inland Knights: Lovin the dub… will be spining it at the weekend
Julian Sanza: Love the dub track will play out, thank you
Giom: Really liking this sampler, all tracks are ace! Will definitely play
Lee Mortimer: All I Need by Lee Jarvis hits the spot with it’s electro synth hook. Definitely more up my street but the rest all deserve a mention as it’s a great, funky, jacked-up EP.
Al Bradley: Solid 4-tracker here, I’m down with Frank Solano, nice & vibey deep groove, although Lee jarvis is also a strong heavy groove too.
Nacho Marco: Good selection of tracks. I was looking forward to see something from Frank Solano released, I think he´s a name to watch out in the future. Full support.
Demarkus Lewis: Lee Jarvis track is good.
FraidSo: Love the Harris and Martin on this one.
Joshua Iz: Great EP!
Joshua Heath: The Dave Miller cut is my fav. its got the most chug, and thats what i dig! wil def be playin it..
DJ Heather: Excellent, well rounded EP, has a bit of something for everyone.
Atnarko: Frank Solano and Lee Jarvis tunes are wicked ! great EP overall, nice and diverse. Love what LMD is doing!
Sir Cosmic: Loving King of Swing and Movement In Still Life
Luke McKeehan: The Frank Solano cut is killer. Nice one.
Colette: All I Need is excellent
Grant Nelson: Feeling all 4 cuts… excellent!
Spettro: “All I Need” is all I need from this EP- Love the dirty and subby bass!
Special Interest: Great EP, like King of Swing and want to hear more from Dave Miller.  LMD do it again!
Harold Heath: Pick of the bunch for me is the Lee Jarvis track: cool production and that b-line will get a great reaction at the right point in the night.
Tom Golden: Liking the Frank Solano track, verrry nice and deeeep like.
Toka Project: Fave track here is dave miller… will be playng this weekend!
Jevne Miller: Great release! thanks I will be playing these for sure!
Anil Chawla: Really liking ‘All I Need’, top work from Lee! Move Ur Feet is very nice too.
Jay J: Dave Millers track is good
Murray Richardson: All trax hit the mark and luvin’ the dub, these boyz are firin’ right now!
Hipp-E: King Of Swing dub is cool.

Radio Support

Warung / Proton, Argentina (Ricky Ryan)
Proton, Canada (Micah)
Beat 102-103 +republik, Ireland (Ray Colclough)
Club madnezz, Holland (Gerard Russchenberg)
Myhouse-yourhouse, UK (Steve Arnell)
Topradio, Belgium (Hans Temmermen)
Colors, United Colors Of House, UK (Dean Facer)
FaizeMusic.com / MotionFM.com / MixTheGroove.co.uk, UK (Steve Parr)
MAGMA, Paris Progressive, Italy (Slok)
Fresh Air, UK (Robin Munro)
Danceradio.gr, ETN.fm
GlobalBeats, Greece (StereoK)
Thestudio.fm 107.4, New Zealand (Ingo Haan)
WHCR 90.3 FM, USA (Michael Stukes)
DI.fm, USA (Darin Epsilon)
PushFM, UK (DJ Jam)
Teamtalk Broadcast, UK (Nolan Kane)
Dinamo 103.8, Turkey (Mert Eser -Chunky Mum Nude)
Frisky / Proton, USA (Royal Sapien)
Wave 89.1/MTV, Philippines (Wendell Garcia)
The End/Ministry of Sound Radio, UK (Raymundo Rodriguez)
XFM, Scotland (Stevie Sole)

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