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Originally released in 2019, ‘Heaven’ served as a benchmark for what modern house music is. The essential record from Ben Westbeech and KON’s The Vision project dominated stages around the world, receiving support from a plethora of top house artists; Gerd Janson, Horse Meat Disco, The Blessed Madonna, Groove Armada and Eli Escobar to name just a few. Now Defected release a special 12” package featuring the most recently released remix from Groove Assassin, where he masterfully combined it with Supernova’s Jackin Mix of Kerri Chandler’s iconic ‘Hallelujah’ for a killer house cut. Also featured on the package is the original in all its glory, as well as Danny Krivit’s heralded edit and an edit from The Vision’s own KON.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Glitzy, high glamour modern disco here from a truly all-star cast of producers on remix duties.

TRACK LISTING

A1. Hallelujah In Heaven (Groove Assassin's Supernova Edit)
A2. Heaven (Original Album Version)
B1. Heaven (Danny Krivit Edit)
B2. Heaven (KON's 7 Edit) 

More from the Defected camp with the 19th edition of their V/A series. Opening the compilation, British house favourite Jansons delivers old skool vibes with ‘Hypnotic’, garnished with classic 90s hip-house vocals from Dope Earth Alien.. . Next up, LP Giobbi’s long-awaited Defected debut came in the form of ‘Giodisco’, a joyful, vibrant club cut that showcased the live musician and producer’s disco-adjacent sound. On the B-Side, the First Lady of Defected Sam Divine presents her long-awaited dancefloor release ‘Take My Hand’ featuring Josh Barry on vocals. After teasing the track for nearly a year in her live sets, the heavenly house release did not disappoint. Closing out this esteemed collection is the addictive collaboration between Parisian underground favourites and London singer-songwriter Camden Cox, ‘Lady Love’, which dominated the summer season with its undeniable energy and earworm vocal.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: The Defected machine shows little sign of slowing down. Road tested throughout the summer by all the big name jocks, these four tracks have tons of mass appeal and should easily keep main rooms, festival tents and big arena's bouncing till dawn.

TRACK LISTING

A1. Jansons Ft. Dope Earth Alien - Hypnotic
A2. LP Giobbi - Giodisco
B1. Sam Divine Ft. Josh Barry - Take My Hand
B2. Oden & Fatzo X Camden Cox - Lady Love 

The eighteenth edition of Defected’s vinyl series delivers some of the best house music previously unavailable on vinyl. "EP18" collates four impeccable releases in one tidy package, celebrating the modern-day titans of the industry. Kicking off the A-Side, Butch & Nic Fanciulli’s summery release "I Want You" lifts the mood with its arresting groove and looped rhythms; the revered producers secured primetime radio and club play well into 2023, with many labelling it the tune of summer. Next up, Hannah Wants continues her streak of Defected successes with the dancefloor-ready earworm, "The One", featuring west London singer/songwriter ARA. On the B-Side, British house favourite Archie Hamilton explores classic vocal house influences on "Let The Light In" featuring Mancunian vocalist HQA. Closing out the vinyl collection is Dutch powerhouse Ferreck Dawn with "Better", a deep n dirty peak timer featuring infectious vocals from American vocalist Jena.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Another upfront audio digest on vinyl from the vast Defected catalogue. Featuring four stars of the current scene, it's a great snapshot of the more commercial end of the house music spectrum.

TRACK LISTING

A1. Butch & Nic Fanciulli - I Want You
A2. Hannah Wants Ft. Ara - The One
B1. Archie Hamilton Ft. HQA - Let The Light In
B2. Ferreck Dawn Ft. Jena - Better 

Dames Brown continue to build upon their Defected success with this three-track vinyl package, featuring remixes from two highly respected house selectors. ‘Glory’, featuring Dirt Tech Reck label founder Waajeed, has been spotlighted by BBC Radio 6’s Craig Charles, capturing the effervescence of the Dames on his flagship show. It's a rollicking, foot stomping, high energy exercise in spiritual funk; with the Dames in full effect with call-response, gospel-tinged vocals.

Chicago pioneer Kelly G.’s ‘Dancing Dub Club Mix’ takes the track to the clubs, with a tasteful 4x4 workout which retains all that vocal and organ magic, but segues them nicely into a barn stomping house groove.

On the B-side Detroit techno father-daughter duo Floorplan take the track to the church of dance music with a gospel-techno hybrid that's synonymous with this highly acclaimed act. Another winner from the Dames!


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: New school soul sisters Dames Brown come correct with their new single. Produced by Detroit producer Waajeed it possesses a definite Motor City bump; and it's riotous flavours have already attracted the attention of Craig Charles. I love em - proper party tackle!

TRACK LISTING

A1. Glory
A2. Glory (Kelly G. Dancing Dub Club Mix)
B. Glory (Floorplan Remix) 

Defected’s vinyl series continues to commit the label’s biggest releases to wax. This seventeenth edition collates four unmissable releases from the first half of 2023. Opening the compilation, Grammy nominated producer and Saved Records boss Nic Fanciulli revisits his Skylark alias remix of ‘SOS’ by A’Studio featuring Polina, maintaining the bouncy, rolling feel of the original and taking dancers late into the night. Next up, BBC Radio 1 Dance Future Star and one of DJ Mag's artists to watch for 2023, Parisian DJ and producer Chloé Caillet remixes a record box essential, bringing her busy French touch and disco-inspired sound to Tensnake's iconic 'Coma Cat'. On the B-Side is the humble house master Harry Romero’s update of 'Revolution', a powerful, modern Jersey jam, layering a familiar vocal loop over tight percussion. Closing out this massive collection is the highly anticipated Defected debut from founder of esteemed Amsterdam label PIV; Prunk showcases his signature addictive grooves on ‘Keep It Simple’, with Poland based Rona Ray on vocal duties.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Defected continues to be a crucial and dominant force across modern house music - never resting on its laurels and always aiming to introduce new artists and push new flavours. This various artists series has seem some of the label's best releases committed to wax - and volume 17 is no exception. If you want it fresh and funky then look no further!

TRACK LISTING

A1. A'Studio Ft. Polina - SOS (Skylark Remix - Nic Fanciulli Edit) 
A2. Tensnake - Coma Cat (Chloé Caillet Remix) 
B1. Harry Romero - Revolution (House Masters Edit) 
B2. Prunk & Rona Ray - Keep It Simple 

Dames Brown Presented By Amp Fiddler

Introducing Dames Brown

Epitomising the very best of their hometown’s unparalleled musical heritage, Dames Brown are fully-fledged members of the extended Defected family following the release of slick, funk-filled record ‘What Would You Do?’ and features on a number of the label’s vocal house hits. The Detroit trio continuously impress with their exquisite releases, striking lyricism and a hefty dose of house authenticity across their outputs. Now Athena Johnson, Teresa Marbury and LaRae Starr step out to properly introduce themselves to the wax lovers, with Detroit musical icon Amp Fiddler on production duties. Releasing ‘Introducing Dames Brown’ on 7”, this package also includes the Instrumental, as Detroit’s finest deliver a taste of what’s to come on their forthcoming album, capturing funk, house and soul from across the spectrum.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Second single from the next superstars of disco-funk. This one ACTUALLY sounds like the JBs! With Amp Fiddler on production, it's nice to see Detroit soul kickin' and back on the map with serious intention.

TRACK LISTING

A. Introducing Dames Brown
B. Introducing Dames Brown (Instrumental)

Dames Brown Feat. Andres & Amp Fiddler

What Would You Do? - Inc. Folamour Remix

Epitomizing the very best of their hometown’s unparalleled musical heritage, Detroit’s Dames Brown are the vocal trio you may not yet know by name but are sure to know by voice. Lending their exquisite range to a number of modern house essentials, including Sophie Lloyd’s ‘Calling Out’, The Vision featuring Andreya Triana ‘Heaven’ and David Penn’s ‘Nobody’ in recent years, Athena Johnson, Teresa Marbury and LaRae Starr now release ‘What Would You Do?’ on a limited 7” package. Produced by long-time collaborator of the group and fellow Motor City native Amp Fiddler and Mahogani Music regular Andrés, this slick, funk-filled and typically soulful vinyl release features the exceptional original version as well as Lyon house superstar Folamour’s remix, with his signature groove a perfect match for the Dames mesmerizing vocal. Don’t sleep!

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Massive massive massive! Andres and Amp Fiddler on production! Bumps hard, kicks like a mule. With a bassline that'll cause ceilings to collapse.

TRACK LISTING

A. What Would You Do?
B. What Would You Do? (Folamour Remix)

Many credit New Jersey's Todd Edwards and pivotal in forging the early sound of UKG. His shoulder-dropped, shuffled house beats and accentuated and pitched up vocal cuts fast became adopted and exaggerated by London and Birmingham's embryonic 2step producers as the cross pollination of American dance music and UK attitude bloomed in the late 90s and early millennium. Since then the producer has enjoyed plenty of admiration on this side of the pond, with some legendary DJ performances much later on in his career; and has gone onto collaborate with Daft Punk not to mention accumulating countless hordes of young garage and house heads who regard him with an almost mystic degree of reverence.

Here Defected present a collection of Todd's best remixes and productions, housed on separate discs or in boosted 2xCD format. Includes his remixes of Indo, Moloko, St Germain, Robin S and more plus his own releases "Saved My Life", "Shut The Door", "Main Vibe" and the two collaborative productions with Daft Punk: "Face to Face" and "Fragments of Time".

A producer whose style and sound are instantly recognizable; his inspiration across genre camps and club cultures is far reaching and widely acknowledged. A truly unique enigma with a big character to back it up, it's a beauty to have all these amazing Todd Edwards tracks in one complete package. Most recommended. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: A household name for anyone with even a fleeting interest in dance music culture yet a man whose influence is often felt before his face known. One of UKG's biological parents guides us through some of his most iconic moments.

TRACK LISTING

LP ONE - REMIXES
A1. St Germain - Alabama Blues (Todd Edwards Dub Mix)
A2. Indo - R U Sleeping (Todd Edwards Mix)
B1. Sound Of One - As I Am (Todd Edwards Mix / Version)
B2. Kim English – Tomorrow (Todd Edwards Dub)

LP TWO - PRODUCTIONS
A1. Daft Punk - Face To Face
A2. Todd Edwards – Shut The Door
B1. Todd Edwards – Push The Love
B2. Todd Edwards – The Dream

CD

CD ONE - REMIXES
01. Sound Of One - As I Am (Todd Edwards Mix)
02. Indo - R U Sleeping (Todd Edwards Mix)
03. St Germain - Alabama Blues (Todd Edwards Dub Mix)
04. MJ Cole - Crazy Love (Todd’s Save Your Cries Dub)
05. Moloko - Pure Pleasure Seeker (Todd Edwards Pleasure For Life UK Vocal)
06. Veda Simpson - Ooh Baby (Todd Edwards Dub)
07. Wretch 32 Featuring Etta Bond - Forgiveness (Todd Edwards Remix)
08. Wildchild - Jump To My Beat (Todd Edwards Jump Remix)
09. Beloved - 1000 Years From Today (Todd Edwards Dub)
10. Zoot Woman - Taken It All (Todd Edwards Soul Line Remix)
11 Robin S - Show Me Love (Todd Edwards Remix)

CD TWO - PRODUCTIONS
01. Daft Punk - Face To Face
02. Todd Edwards – Saved My Life
03. Todd Edwards – Shut The Door
04. Todd Edwards – Never Far From You
05. Todd Edwards – God Will Be There
06. Todd Edwards – Main Vibe
07. Todd Edwards – Winter Behaviour
08. Daft Punk Featuring Todd Edwards - Fragments Of Time
09. Todd Edwards – So Real
10. Todd Edwards – Perfect Love
11. Todd Edwards – Dancing For Heaven


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