‘Defected Presents House Masters Heller & Farley’ is a new 30 track collection that covers all aspects of their long careers in the studio, from remixing arguably some of the biggest bands in the world to producing underground sleeper hits that were possibly pivotal in the population and development of house music in the UK. Trace the roots of house music in the UK and you’ll likely find Pete Heller & Terry Farley at its source. Shoom, Future, Spectrum, The Trip: they were there. Omnipresent at those early trips to Amnesia, Boys Own parties out in the sticks, expeditions to The Hacienda, Basics and Cream, the early years of Ministry of Sound and transatlantic ventures to worship at the altar of Junior at The Sound Factory.
Heller has been a music obsessive all his life. Early on he was into bands like The Clash, Psychedelic Furs and The Jam as well as Madness. Then came the house music movement that would define his career. From DJing and putting on his own events in Manchester he soon managed to work his way into the in-crowd and played some key sets at Shoom!. Here he met Terry Farley, a similarly fanatical music fan, giving birth to a production partnership that would, under various guises, create some of the most seminal house records ever cut to wax.
“For Pete and I to be included in the House Masters series is such a honour. Looking at those who have already been included, icons like Frankie, MAW and MURK it's really a big deal.
“The track listing itself is fantastic, it’s a wide scope of what we are about and where we were at. We wanted to include a mix of the underground stuff like the Robert Owens mixes and the big 'pop' acts like New Order and U2 and some of our dubs that the likes of Junior Vasquez, Tony Humphries and Frankie Knuckles first picked up on and 'broke' us in New York. We're really proud of this and proud to have contributed to house music’s cultural foundations.”
As Fire Island, the duo took Simply Red’s funk-laced ballad ‘Money’s Too Tight To Mention’ and transformed it into a 10-minute percussive house epic, with hazy Rhodes chords and a wandering bassline twisting their way to the euphoric payoff at its centre. Similarly impressive re-imaginings of U2, New Order and Happy Mondays kept them firmly in the limelight throughout the ‘90s.
But it’s for their own productions that they are held in such high esteem. Whether as Fire Island 'If You Should Need A Friend', 'In Your Bones', Roach Motel 'The Night' or under their own name as Heller ‘N’ Farley Project, their influence cannot be overstated.
All the aforementioned records are included along with a brand new version of perhaps their best-known record ‘Ultra Flava’, exclusive to this compilation.
‘Defected Presents House Masters Heller & Farley’ is out 05 February 2015 on Defected Records
01. Ultra Nate 'How Long' (Fire Island Remix)
02. Danny Tenaglia 'Music Is The Answer (Dancin’ & Prancin’)' (Fire Island’s ‘La Musica Es La Respuesta’)
03. Happy Mondays 'Stinkin' Thinkin' (Junior Style Mix)
04. Jasper Street Co. 'A Feelin' (Heller & Farley Project Remix)
05. Tension 'A Place Called Heaven' (Fire Island Mix)
06. Junior Vasquez 'Get Your Hands Off My Man' (Fire Island Dub 4 Junior)
07. Terry Callier 'I Don't Want To See Myself (Without You)' (Heller & Farley Saturday In Chicago Mix)
08. Funky Green Dogs 'The Way' (The Way Into The Roach Motel)
09. New Order 'Regret' (Fire Island Mix)
10. Robert Owens 'Was I Here Before' (Fire Island Vocal)
01. The Heller & Farley Project 'Ultra Flava' (2016 Version)
02. U2 'Salome' (Zooromancer Remix)
03. Simply Red 'Money’s Too Tight (To Mention)' (Fire Island Vox Remix)
04. DSK 'What Would We Do' (Eight Minutes Of Madness Mix)
05. Michael Watford 'Love To The World' (Fire Island Remix)
06. Gus Gus 'VIP' (Fire Island Dub)
07. Product Of Da Neighbourhood 'Living In Brooklyn' (Roach Motel Dub)
08. Moné 'Movin’ (Fire Island Mix)
09. The Believers 'Who Dares To Believe In Me?' (Roach Motel Dub)
10. Robert Owens 'Ordinary People' (Roaching The Bass Bin)
01. Roach Motel 'Movin On' (Correct House Mix)
02. Fire Island feat. Mark Anthoni 'If You Should Need A Friend' (Fire Island Club Mix)
03. Fire Island feat. Love Nelson 'There But For The Grace of God' (Original Live ‘N’ Funky Mix)
04. Fire Island feat. Ricardo Da Force 'Fire Island'
05. Heller & Farley 'The Rising Sun' (Summer Luv Rite)
06. Fire Island 'In Your Bones'
07. The Heller & Farley Project feat. Cevin Fisher 'We Built This House' (Fire Island Mix)
08. Roach Motel 'Wild Luv' (Original Mix)
09. Roach Motel 'The Night' (Deep Nite Mix)
10. Fire Island 'White Powder Dreams' (Fire Island Vocal Mix)