The Manchester-based young beat maker Loz Goddard first appeared on the deep house scene in the spring of 2012 with a digital release on C! Boutique that was followed shortly by a slew of releases and appearances on Oversized X, Deep Site and DeepWit. His deep, lazy and often dreamy sound got quickly noticed and secured him a long string of releases on a wide range of imprints such as Kolour Recordings, Savoir Faire Musique, Apollo, Large Music, Goldmin Music, Luvbug Recordings and Editorial Records. His first track on vinyl landed earlier this March on a beautiful turquoise-coloured pressing on the VA specialists' Editorial and his first ever solo EP on wax came out a couple weeks ago on one of our favourite imprints of last year.
Following two amazing records from label owners Junktion and Daniel Leseman, Outplay's third vinyl offering continues the tradition by delivering an exquisite selection of properly labeled deep house gems. The aptly titled Loose Jams EP begins in an appropriate way with 'It Will Come To Me', where a baggy bassline and sloppy drums sway across layers of swirling synths, fetching vocal cuts and smooth rhodes-like pads. Up next, the Outplay lads couldn't help themselves and dressed up Loz's beatdown masterpiece in proper party attire, Fouk style! The duo kept those sweet pads and made them the star of the show while also pumping up the low end, tightening the drums and sprinkling all sorts of bells, horns and whistles on top.
The flipside makes way for 'Monkey Tears': a jazz-infused piece of smokey pub lounge music, filled with the loosest acoustic drums, the grooviest double bass strings and the funkiest twirling synth we've heard on this part of town. Add some warm electric piano keys and pads, vivid brass and horn samples, an off-beat percussion arrangement and you've got a rather unusual track to hear on your next club-out. There's something really special about 'Move It On', this magnificent EP closer, but I can't really put my finger on it. It might be the careless laidback tempo, the playful guitar riffs, the rich disco cuts or the larger-than-life vocal samples that give it that overall funky-disco-house vibe, but whatever it is, it's good. Real good!
So good is Loz Goddard's 'Loose Jams EP' that you need to stop everything you do right and order yourself a copy. Don't want to be missing out on this one ;)