Alex Homes and Adam Gorsky are building the momentum past their part in UK outfit Forget Me Not this month, debuting their 3-track Bassline EP on Defected Records under their brand new moniker GotSome. Where the EP’s minimalistic title track fuses infectious vocal hooks and percussive elements, “Don’t Want You Back” employs British songstress Janai to elevate that radio-friendly low-end club sound that Defected has continued to provoke across the digital market. With final stint “On Point” matching grooving beats with a spot of A Tribe Called Quest sample work, GotSome comfortably assert themselves as one of the most exciting British house outfits to emerge from the underground gold rush.
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Belgian duo Raw District are the latest to join the trail of Defected Records underground offshoot DFTD, adding to an aboveboard inaugural year for Simon Dunmore’s latest industry venture. With Canadian songstress Ingrid Hakanson onboard, ‘Bad Angel’ dives into the deep and dark soundscope that has already hallmarked the imprint. Led by Hakanson’s harrowing topline, the murky undertones of the track are met with supple grooves, forging an impeccable asset to the ongoing underground renaissance and DTFD’s key stake in the new talent set to dominate the trail from here onwards.
The Danish legend Noir, recently off a successful Essential Mix, has just released a new mix on Defected Records with fifteen exclusive tracks — a laundry list of some of his favorite producers at the moment, as well as a fantastic mashup of two megahits Noir & Haze’s “Around ” with Ron Costa’s remix of Compact Grey’s “Bane.” The mix features a new track from Hot Since 82, several new remixes from Noir himself, and work from Nice7, Supernova, Deep Future, and Gorge. When asked to describe how he selected tracks for this mix, he explained these were records he was listening to mostly while running so instead of choosing based on artist name or reputation he was simply “using his ears” to put together the mix. This resulted in a collection both truly representative of his taste in dance music and a compilation that really shows no weaknesses. Enjoy a preview of the tracks below and purchase on iTunes from Defected Records.
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.
Resident DJs Copyright from the weekly Defected in the House radio show return this week with a solid smattering of some of the best new house music from the label and beyond. They feature the album of the week from Visionquest’s Dinky, new tunes from Get Physical, Desolat, and OFF Recordings, and a nice hefty guest mix from Kings of Tomorrow’s Sandy Rivera. It’s a nice slice of this moment in time for quality four-on-the-floor.
For their latest installment of Defected in the House, Defected Records has, perhaps surprisingly to some, asked the mighty Loco Dice to contribute a compilation. As the teaser video below suggests, both Defected and Loco Dice are big and bold enough to avoid pigeonholing and the compilation is sure to push boundaries for both techno and house. Dice has thrown in music from exciting artists like Kyle Hall and Marcel Dettmann and (excitingly for Desolat fans) is also including four exclusives off the label. The two disc set will be out on Defected on July 21st, and Dice will be sure to be celebrating all summer during his Used + Abused residency at Ushuaïa Ibiza, beginning June 6th.
The full story for “It’s You” began in the height of Chicago house in 1985. Tommy Thumbs teamed up with Daniel Ellington as E.S.P. (also a reference to the Essential Sound Productions soundsystem) and penned the original track. E.S.P. never shot to house music stardom, but the track remained a cult favorite for decades. When Bart Van Neste, the producer known as Red D who had been playing the track in his sets for more than ten years, finally teamed up with San Soda (together known as FCL) in the studio for a remake with Lady Linn on vocals.
Zoo Brazil has long been one of Sweden’s more eclectic house forces. Aligned with Defected Records off the back of consecutive compilation duties for Raveline and Deeperfect earlier this year, the long serving producer drops a taste of things to come with “You Don’t Know Me.” Flowing grooves and sparing instrumental leads are the weapon of choice, employing the hypnotic wordplay of Ursula Rucker to forge a mesmerising high-point of versatile club fuel away from the deep house paradigm. Accompanied by a more ominous remodel courtesy of Santè, Defected Records adds to a considerably abundant playbook enroute to the summer clubbing season.
Only days after The New York Times profiled some of the big changes going on in Ibiza this summer (particularly Pacha’s resistance to skyrocketing superstar DJ fees), the Cipriani hospitality group is announcing some exciting new additions to the nightlife landscape on the Balearic Islands this summer. Giuseppe Cipriani, along with former Pacha programming directors Danny Whittle and Mark Netto, will be opening Bomba Ibiza during the week of the International Music Summit on May 22nd.
When news surfaced that the classic house anthem FCL’s “It’s You” was getting a remix package, purists everywhere were struck with unease. For whatever reason, many people argue that some tracks should be left untouched; but leave it to the people of Defected Records to call upon the best of the best to re-imagine the track just ahead of the summer Ibiza season. Legendary electronic music act MK adds his own touch to the rework, looping the soulful vocal over a re-crafted bassline, with just the perfect amount of drive and bounce to set off any dance floor. The track is set to release May 20th on Defected.