When North American trailblazer MK and long serving British house imprint Defected Records unite, the end product is seldom short of game changing. In the wake of unprecedented chart success for his remix of Storm Queen’s “Look Right Through,” Marc Kinchen employs the handiwork of budding UK protégé Route 94 to help assert that a little time in spotlight hasn’t knocked this consistent club mogul off point.
The bassy undertones and perky key work of MK’s own club mix of “Always” bring the sound of early Chicago house to a docile yet distinct juncture, proving a welcome reflection of the nostalgic yet composed club fuel currently dominating the underground sound waves. For British peer Route 94, a signature take on the contagious grooves and subtle melodic elements propels the relative newcomer in the wake of his lower-key remix for “Look Right Through,” keeping with speculation that there is a very good reason why the once mysterious producer has fallen into the spotlight for 2013.
Having forged itself as one of the most popular summer anthems of 2013, MK’s remix of Storm Queen’s “Look Right Through” for Defected Records and Ministry of Sound has hit the number one spot on iTunes in the UK almost immediately upon release. Hitting the number two spot just 16 minutes after it was released, the highly sought-after remix hit number one just in time for breakfast in the UK shores.
The remix drops at the tail end of one of Defected’s most prolific years at the helm of modern house music, with their main label duties and underground offshoot DFTD paving the way for talents new, old and established throughout the year. At a time when the underground gold rush has never been hotter and major labels are lapping up radio-friendly remakes all over the shop, MK and Storm Queen’s chart success is a positive indicator that it doesn’t take a pop intervention to allow a house record to shine on the popular charts. (more…)
Liberally dubbed as MK’s most hotly anticipated talent under the global house umbrella, Route 94 matches the hype behind his impending remix of “Always” for Defected with his own take on Storm Queen’s “Look Right Through.” Whilst the attention is sure to fall on his well-preserved watcher and his summer-storming offering, the relative newcomer offers up yet another relevant extension of the original anthem’s unparalleled success. Taking a far more stripped back and key-focused approach, the British talent makes a deep yet interesting transition far better attested to the warmer vintage of the genre than many of his genre-bowing peers now doing the round. We knew Route 94 was one of the most exciting underground newcomers of 2013, but with his remix of “Look Right Through” now on the table, industry domination looks manifested in his forward movements.
Back in 1992, Marc Kinchen coined a house gem unstoppable on the global clubbing circuit. Now comfortably holding his corner as consistent floor filler and remixer MK, his much loved anthem “Always” receives a formal revisit from globe trotting up-and-comer Route 94 for Defected Records. Pitched with the audacious task of building on such a revered club classic, the London-based talent does a sizeable job of bringing “Always” into the 21st century. With Alana’s original vocal assets suitably warped and a consistent balance of subtle high and low-end synth work, this easy grooving remodel supports the hype that has been circling this relative newcomer over the past several months. While the full package offers three additional remixes, Route 94 takes the biscuit where relevance and nostalgic integrity are concerned for by far one of the year’s most welcome house reawakenings. (more…)
Under their celebrated guise of Copyright, Sam Holt and Gavin Mills have continued to hold their corner as two of Defected Record’s most welcome recurring British assets. With a proven affinity for soulful yet hip shaking club fuel, their return to the label beckons two original cuts evocative of the distinct sound their two decades of collaboration have continued to muster. Accompanied by Jody Findley on topline duties, “Sacrifice” nods to the jackin’ sound of house music whilst thickening the plot with deeper and more concentrated lead work. For “Cross My Heart,” their seductive and sun-clad vocal house sound is well and truly championed, with Martha’s sleek vocal assets finishing off a truly hypnotizing nod to the sound of seasons now passed. For all the industry icons to have passed through Defected’s ranks, the fact that Copyright can still deliver upfront house necromancy like this is enough to assert confidence in the lifeblood of the genre and two of its better preserved tastemakers. (more…)
With a realm of successful releases already on the slate for both Dirtybird and Moda Black, Dave Spoon’s Shadow Child moniker has added considerable notches to the long serving British producer’s industrious artillery. Off the back of remix duties alongside T. Williams for his own Toolroom classic “At Night,” Yousef and Defected Records are the next in line to see the darker side of Simon Neale’s musical artillery in full effect. Driving solid grooves and murky melodic elements alongside Charli’s distinctive top line, “I See” sees this much adored alter ego excel the ranks of minimalistic house music. Compared to Yousef’s smoother original, the Shadow Child rendition breaths murky underground aptitude into an otherwise seamless crossbreed of British club wizardry away from the safer turns of deep house.
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By the time we were preparing to bid farewell to the summer clubbing season, there was little denying that underground house music had found an unprecedented stance of visibility. Already mustering considerable points for their part in the welcome affair, Defected sub-label DFTD employ newcomer Cristoph to extend his new found dexterity to 2013’s little house label that could. A mixture of jackin’ house music and deeper dance floor ordinance, it takes the British producer just three-tracks to pinpoint some of 21st century house music’s finer hallmarks. Without relying on nostalgic quirks or predictable crowd-pleasing assets, the Guffaz EP reigns as one of the label’s most triumphant wildcards of the year and a striking argument for Cristoph’s impending industrious overhaul. (more…)
Anyone who has invested their time into making electronic music will know that even with the best quality music, sometimes getting it into the right hands is a struggle. Amsterdam Dance Event has caught wind of this factor, offering aspiring artists the chance to pitch their productions to some of the industry’s leading A&R’s and artists amid this year’s annual conference. Hosted at Felix Mertis on Saturday October 19, A&R professionals from the likes of Axtone, Armada, Spinnin Records and Defected Records will be on hand to offer one-on-one advice to artists looking to make a greater and more coordinated impact with their music. For more information and tickets visit Amsterdam Dance Event’s official website.
In a move that may be defined as surprising, refreshing, or just unexpected, Loco Dice is the most recent DJ/producer tapped to boast his record selecting on behalf of Defected Records‘ long running “In The House” compilation series. Defected in the House is a well-known party brand, radio show, and compilation series run by Simon Dunmore’s label, and while usually reserved for artists that lie a bit more closely on the dance music spectrum to Defected’s traditional releases (like MK or Sonny Fodera), there is absolutely nothing wrong with a hip-hop DJ turned Desolat label head taking the reigns for a highly anticipated summer release of Defected’s latest “In The House” volume.
Later in the month, Defected Records will release Loco Dice‘s highly anticipated Defected in the House compilation — a collaboration that may have been surprising to fans of both the techno stalwart and the renowned house label. In this short interview, Dice explains the nature of his relationship with the label’s head Simon Dunmore, as well as his yearning to deliver his pumping techno sound to smaller, more imperfect clubs around the world.