Out of absolutely nowhere came earlier this month a smashing release boasting a superstar tracklist, enormous creativity and sound quality to boot. We have no confirmation of who is behind Loose Fits, but getting together Russian rising star Kito Jempere together with British veterans Jay Shepheard and Pete Herbert is no easy feat. As a matter of fact, only one of them could put this together and yes, you guessed, it's Mr. Shepheard alright. His Retrofit imprint had an amazing run for over 4 years, but since 2014 it became silent and also did Jay, at least in terms of vinyl releases. So you can say that Loose Fits is the comeback we have all been anxiously waiting for the past 2 years. The self-titled debut release by Loose Fits is a magnificent collection of modern house songs, tailored for dance-floors both sunny and dark, early and late.
First up we have the Russian Kito Jempere whom you should already be familiar with from The Saint Petersburg Disco Spin Club alias or from his own imprint Fata Morgana. Kito met Jay in Budapest purely by accident and it wasn't long before the masterminds got together and cooked up the A-side of this EP. 'Deben Tide' starts with a classic Shepheardian tom-heavy drum machine pattern that quickly gets layered with madhouse arped stabs, enchanted marimbas, endless strings and tender synth pads. That's quite a cocktail the boys cooked up, but nothing like their second studio-session for 'Rhubarb Wire' is as wicked as its name suggests. Reaching back to his outstanding EP for LPH, Kito seems to lead this time with a chunky bassline, moist claps, nervous bleeps, sawtooth meltdowns and some very disturbing chants going on in the background.
Jumping to the other side we find Pete Herbert returning from a rather long hiatus himself, being rather busy lately with his Paradise Row imprint which he runs together with his pal Dicky Trisco. Pete and Jay's first collab track 'Paradrom' has a distinctive early Retrofit feel, but it's probably just the synth chord stabs and trickling white noise talking because here comes Mr. Herbert with his dreamscape melodies, celestial guitar riffs and driving bassline sending everyone on the dancefloor into the stratosphere. The two fine Englishmen finish up the release with 'Mirage', the most hypnotic of the bunch and our favourite pick of the EP. It all starts with that fruity conga drum sequence with groovy bassline on top and righteous spoken vocals flowing solemnly along. And then the synths start singing, the strings start gliding and a whole flock of cosmic analog hardware seduce you with their ethereal mating ritual.