Skip to main content

Loz Goddard - Loose Jams EP (Outplay)

A few weeks ago I was having a beer or two with Hans & Daniel - owners and operators of Outplay and the lads behind the ridiculously in-demand Fouk project - and even though most of the night was spent trying to mimic the sound of a reindeer - very loudly, in a packed restaurant, I should add - at some point we also talked about the trials and tribulations of running a record label. The Fouksters were anxiously awaiting the arrival of the finished stock of their third missive, an EP by young Mancunian Loz Goddard, which marks the label's first foray into the realm of A&R-ing (beyond their own production projects that is). There's basically two ways to go about the noble art of 'Artist & Repertoiring'. You either A) offer a stupid amount of cash to a big name, get thrown some sloppy seconds and hope for the best or B) look for exciting new talents, cherry pick their virgin demo material and hope for the best. Whichever path you take, you're bound to lose substantial amounts of money in the end, but there's something intrinsically rewarding about giving new talent a platform and a gentle push and watch them slowly but surely become headline attractions. It's something we've always taken pride in ourselves and it's something Hans and Daniel were very adamant about as well. Good lads, Hans and Daniel. Good lads indeed.

At the end of the day, morals and ethics mean squat if the music's shit. Thankfully our Outplay pals have a great ear for a discerning groove or two, so if it's heavy-hitting, loose deephouse with loads of swing you're into, this should be right up your street. It Will Come To Me on the A is a chunky slice of beatdown savagery with killer sloppy drums, swirly synth lines and clever vocal snips dropping left and right. Also on the A, Fouk give the track a shower, a haircut and a shave and deliver a slightly cleaner version with tight drums and some added crowd noise samples and a wee bit more oomph. Hard to choose which version I like best, which is always a good thing.

Monkey Tears on the flip sees Loz exploring wonkier territories with loose drums, off kilter percussion, jazzy pads and more bleepy and squeaky synths. While it's not my pick of the bunch - it sounds a little too much like a programmed 'live jam' to my ears - it's nice to hear stuff that doesn't go straight for the jugular. Closing track Move It On gets my juices flowing again though with its driving guitar lines, sharp claps and catchy vocal. Great record by a talented chap on one of the hottest labels around, run by some of the friendliest and hardest-working chaps in the industry.

Out now over at Juno and other fine suppliers of the black gold


Popular posts from this blog

Sleazy Team ~ Best of '16

Jebus, another year gone by already? Time sure flies when the world's going bonkers and the masses are bent on sticking all their eggs in one giant smelly basket and having Farage, The Donald and a host of other lunatics break them all at once while laughing hysterically.

All farcical geo-political madness and neo-patriotic nu-bigotry aside, 2016 was a memorable year for us at SB. We tricked The Popular People's Front - our heroes, the originators! - into doing us the final record in the Black Ops series, which sold out in what seemed a nano-second. After burying the Black Ops project with a sniff and a tear, we launched a new imprint, Make Believe Disco, with French prodigal kid Folamour handling the inaugural release, which, unbelievably, also sold out from the distro on day one.
At the tail-end of the year we sat down in our cabin in the woods, started a fire and got the s'mores going, while looking back on 7 years of Sleazy Beats. We agreed that in spite of our valian…

Caravan - Coarsica EP (Ken Oath)

The inaugural release on Australian imprint Ken Oath is one of the finest bits of plastic I've managed to pick up do far this year. It was Riggles' Slick Like Oil that had me whipping out my AmEx right away, a loopy, sample-heavy basement jam with a killer rubbery bassline, but as often is the case when buying records for one specific tune, the flip ends up being the side you end up playing the most. Donald's House and Low Flung (all new names to me) serve up the delightful kind of delightful contemporary electronic boogie that the likes of Suzanne Kraft and Moon B do so well.

The sophomore effort on Ken Oath, a mini-LP by Caravan called 'Coarsica', is cut from the same boogie cloth and it's really, really good. Six tracks of understated, 80's-tinged electronic boogie to choose from here, none of which would have been out of place on People's Potential Unlimited or Rush Hour's 'Music for Autobahns' compilations. It's not exactly the kind…

Mori Ra - Oriental Forest (Forest Jams)

Recently Guy & Kris asked for support to keep the Sleazy blog running and to bring fresh mojo to the sleazyverse. When Luvless told me about their cry for help I immediately wrote Guy and offered my help.
Some of you might know me from my productions as Martin Hayes for Razor-n-Tape, Rose Records and recently In Any Case Records.
I’ve been reading the blog since the early "gallery of awesome people“ days, to which I actually contributed a picture (mugshot obscured by skimpy knickers, if you have a copy of Frank Booker's record on Sleazy Beats, try and spot me on the cover!). Now let's get crackin' with my first review.
Possibly you’ve never heard of Mori Ra before, but that should change before long. The Osaka-based dj, record collector and producer managed to fly under the radar for a good while, but after a string of fantastic records on Macadam MamboPassport To ParadiseMost Excellent Unlimited and a recent sureshot edit of Yoruba Singers’ Black Pepper (on Left …