Dale Howard ‘Don’t Want It’ EP
Love Not Money Records
Release date: 4th June Exclusive to Beatport / 18th June Worldwide
Love Not Money are taking every opportunity to raise their own, particularly
high musical bar. It’s hard to believe the Leeds based label, is still less than a
year old. With releases consistently hitting the Beatport top 100, and peaking at
number 2 (so far) in the NU-Disco chart, LNM is enjoying a fruitful debut year ,
signalling the start of a revolution!
The winning formula up until now, has been sourcing music from the wealth
of up and coming talent in Leeds. Already artists such as David Garfitt and Samuel
W have featured heavily throughout LNM’s maiden year, as well as Cubiq (resident of the now sadly defunct FILTH parties). The first 8 months for LNM, have been all about defining their quality house ethos .
So next up for LNM comes Dale Howard, a man who knows his groove
construction inside and out. Dale has already enjoyed major recognition, after
hitting the Number 1 spot on the Beatport Deep House Chart, with ‘Gotta Be
Deep’ on NeuroTraxx . Backing up his major chart success, the past twelve
months have seen Dale also drop cuts on Akbal Music, Loco Records, Lost My
Dog records, as well as providing the directive for his own ‘Static Audio’ Imprint.
The first track on Dale’s E.P. . . . ‘Don’t Want it’ has a very tight, low-slung
beat, with a serious groove. The break has a real retro set of piano stabs, over
a sublime filtered beat, which really compliments the soulful vocal sample
perfectly. This is going to cause some HUGE damage!
Next up ‘I Wanna Give’ is an absolute BOMB track and easily my favourite from
the pack. Dale follows LNM label mate Matt Fear by throwing a massive nod to
1991 and the legacy of early 90’s house. Both the LNM artists have presented us
with references to Nomad’s ‘Devotion’ with their releases. A seminal house track
from 1991 which has influenced so many artists before them, and thankfully
remains relevant and maintains the quality of today’s house music. This time
round, Dale drops part of the sweet vocal line from Devotion, over a really
modern house beat which is rolling, bass-heavy and sure to raise some pulses.
The closing track on this E.P. ‘Bubbzz’ keeps the quality right up with the
first two tracks. Another old school nod, this number has some huge Chicago
influence, big filtered chords from start to finish, sitting right on top of a quality
assured, looped up beat.
This is a really solid E.P. from a producer really pushing his productions to
Music, Passion, LOVE . . . . Not money!
Reviewed by: Steve Roberts