When Radio 1’s Danny Howard brought his Lockdown Linkup series to the world in 2020, he set about teaming up various dance producers for a collection of collaborations. Among those set up by the series was long-time friend of Defected Dennis Ferrer and South London trio Disciples, making for an unexpected transatlantic partnership.
With both artists boasting impressive accolades that include platinum-selling records as well as bona fide underground anthems, they enlisted the help of songwriter James Yuill to create ‘Whisper’. With its ethereal vocal, atmospheric keys and guitar strings, married together by its bassline, the track caught the attention of Defected’s Simon Dunmore, who now gives the track a full release on the imprint.
Dennis Ferrer: “I’m normally not big on collabs, but the stars were somehow aligned for this one. I think that between the three of us, James, Disciples and myself, we managed to create a ‘happy marriage’ with ‘Whisper’ so go ahead and dance to it, like no one is watching. In your living room.”
Disciples: “In life you never think you’ll get the chance to work with someone who’s inspired you, but this is one of those rare moments where we can say we have. Dennis Ferrer is a huge inspiration of ours and the fact that this tune bangs is an added bonus. Dennis sent us a cool idea to build on, and the whole process was easy because the vibe was already in line with what we are about, nice drums and rolling basslines. Big up to Danny Howard for setting this one up.”
‘Whisper’ will be released on 22 January on Defected.