With a decade of turntable wisdom behind him and the support of Off Recordings and Noir alike, Leeds based House connoisseur Hot Since 82 returns to Simon Dunmore’s Defected Records with a powerful follow-up remix to his take on Pete Tong’s ‘Dawn’. Taking on Yousef’s ‘Beg’, the British Beatsmith’s strong melodic surges and hypnotically balanced sample work make for a breath of fresh air amid the current deep House resurgence. Embracing the deep and soulful motions that Defected have become synonymous with of late, Hot Since 82’s latest remix deals an exquisite standard setter catered valiantly for the less predictable avenues of the club music scene.
Ever since ‘Finally’ established itself as the don of all Balearic club anthems, Sandy Rivera’s Kings of Tomorrow project has continued to inspire awe for the realms of deep and melodic House. But having comfortably executed a strong summer contender in ‘Show Me‘ earlier this year, Rivera returns to Defected to preview the follow-up release, entitled ‘Let Me Tell You Something’.
Where Rivera’s own A-side mix plunges deep into the deep and bass-heavy House stylings that we have come to associate with his Kings Of Tomorrow moniker, the B-side sees him bring aboard Warsaw DJ Claudia Castel for an alternative remix of vintage synths and dark grooves throughout.
Out December 3.
Given a high-profile world premier on Pete Tong’s Essential Selection show for BBC Radio 1 and an exclusive live vocal premier at Pacha Ibiza, Tensnake returns to the original production front for Defected Records after a slew of successive remix duties for ‘Mainline’. Joined by Syron, the voice behind Solo’s earlier label outing ‘Home Is Where It Hurts’ and Rudimental’s ‘Spoons’, this collection of warm leads and perky beat work gels seamlessly with the uplifting and emotive top line of this fast ascending British songstress. Without bowing to the more predictable vintage plateaus that House music has so often circled, ‘Mainline’ marks the loud and proud return of a heartfelt 80′s advocate pushing all the right buttons from outside of the industry comfort zone one again.
Words by Dan Carter
Few have stuck deep House back on the international menu with the consistency of Italian duo Flashmob. Off the back of the year that gave rise to their Pete Tong approved single ‘Need In Me’, Danny Minchella and Alessandro Magani return to Defected Records to prove that one essential club outing was not enough for this standard setting duo.
Matching sharp beats and down-tempo bass lines throughout, ‘Hot’ employs a high-end top line to bring a universal energy to their otherwise underground club temperament. Dropping along with the release, the free download of ‘Sometimes’ works as the perfect unofficial accompaniment to their second high-profile strike for Defected Records.
With a heritage of hits behind her and one of the most distinct surviving voices of Soul, the long overdue return of reformed gospel legend Candi Staton to Defected Records sees a slew of quality remixes from the past and future masters of modern Dance music.
With the remnants of last year’s landmark release ‘So Long’ still doing the rounds, Dortmund’s rising Deep House advocate Larse makes his Defected Records debut with a fresh take on Staton’s return to the spotlight. With the profund rhythmic swells and crisp percussive elements that have ornamented his rise of late, Larse persuasively embraces the timeless vocal assets of ‘Hallelujah Anyway’ in a first proficient outing for the renowned House imprint.
In a strong turn to warmer realms of soulful club music, Chicago House legend Frankie Knuckles and his long serving peer Eric Kupper team up to take on the divine gospel stylings of Candi Staton and her single ‘Hallelujah Anyway’. Balancing smooth House beats with the thick instrumental values that both producers have excelled throughout their decades within industry, this key driven cut for Staton’s welcome return to the club floor is music you could sink your teeth into from two uncompromised forces in American House music.
Director’s Cut remix:
Words by Dan Carter
Having mustered an impressive discography of multicoloured gems drawing on a wide spectrum of sub-genres, eclectic House duo Supernova return to Simon Dunmore’s Defected Records for the release of a new two-track EP entitled ‘The Light Goes On’.
Setting the tone ahead of the grand finale of the Ibiza season, dominant bass grooves and chic rhythmic persuasions prove the winning formula for the latest instalment of delightful club delicacies from Italy’s Emiliano Nencioni and Giacomo Godi. Laced with infectious vocal hooks and a consistent flow of easy after club flavours, their escape from the peak time banger to the House realms of steady-paced floor fuel marks a peak for one of Europe’s more dignified House assets to date.
With a double dose of delinquent House gems for Defected Records already at their mercy, three proves the invariably lucky number for renowned Swiss duo Round Table Knights as they return to Simon Dunmore’s sacred House imprint for ‘On Fire’.
By far one of the most dexterous outfits currently doing the rounds, their melodically refined spectacle of deep House grooves and scattered key work is as contagious at is a refreshing escape from the peak time overhaul that has ensued throughout the year. In a bid to spiritually cleanse the floor with strong emotional value and essential rhythmic energy, ‘On Fire’ is as apt a title as ever for this blazing asset to the European House scene that are not afraid to pursue the genres’ more artistic hallmarks.
Since entering the scene in the early 90s, New York-born Sandy Rivera has planted his name firmly as one of the most prominent figures in House music over the past 20 years. Coming off the hotly tipped release of ‘Show Me‘ as Kings of Tomorrow alongside the familiar vocal assets of Elzi Hall, New Jersey’s long-serving label regular returns to Simon Dunmore’s Defected Records for a new, groove induced offering entitled ‘Avenue’. While it can be difficult to top his latest Rivera original for Defected, ‘Hide U’, the deep bass and Alisa Fedele’s soulful vocals suggest that ‘Avenue’ should have little to no trouble in establishing itself as a solid gem for the final leg of the Ibiza season.
Update (26/7): Defected just released the official video
With the remnants of last year’s landmark release ‘So Long’ still doing the rounds, Dortmund’s Deep House master Larse continues to make his mark as he previews his forthcoming first release on Defected Records. Coming off the remix of Hollis P Monroe’s ‘I’m Lonely’ earlier this year, Larse’s return to remix duty sees him don his studio intellect to the timeless voice of Candi Staton.
Teeming with deep, rhythmic bass and crisp percussions, the German Noir regular replaces the original’s already soothing disco stylings to better complement Candi Staton’s haunting vocals with his minimalistic signature sound while further fuelling Defected’s ongoing summer streak of Deep House gems.
The Larse remix of ‘Hallelujah Anyway’ will be released August 27th.
Since entering the scene in the early 90s, New York-born Sandy Rivera has planted his name firmly as one of the most prominent figures in House music over the past 20 years. Coming off the hotly tipped release of ‘Show Me‘ as Kings of Tomorrow alongside the familiar vocal assets of Elzi Hall, New Jersey’s long-serving label regular returns Simon Dunmore’s Defected Records for a new, groove induced offering entitled ‘Avenue’. While it can be difficult to top his latest Rivera original for Defected, ‘Hide U’, the deep bass and Alisa Fedele’s soulful vocals suggest that ‘Avenue’ should have little to no trouble in establishing itself as a solid gem for the final leg of the Ibiza season.
‘Avenue’ will be released on August 6.