Chicago artist Mike Dunn has been behind a number of house’s popular tracks, but as he donned his MD X-Spress alias to speak the lyrics, “God made me funky, and I’m glad he blessed me that way…” he never could have anticipated the reaction the track would still get on dancefloors nearly three decades later.
Following the cancellation of the 2020 edition, Defected is set to return to Croatia this August, returning to The Garden, Tisno from Thursday 5 – Tuesday 10 August 2021 for six days of house on the Adriatic coast. Carl Craig, Floorplan, Louie Vega, Jamie 3:26 and Jaden Thompson, join 90 plus DJs and live acts performing with headliners including Armand Van Helden, Honey Dijon, Jayda G, Moodymann and Purple Disco Machine.
Defected are set to make their US radio show debut tomorrow on the satellite dance music station, SiriusXM. “House Music All Life Long” aims to be an immersive escape designed with only one purpose in mind - to deliver listeners directly into the sweet bosom of house music for two full hours each month.
New York house label Nu Groove will release new music for the first time in almost 30 years this March. Debuting with a special 12”, NYC DJ/producer Jovonn and Swiss Character Records boss Deetron will be the first to release on the refreshed label, with Defected Records overseeing the new era of the label, since acquiring the catalogue in 2017.
With a string of chart releases and underground tracks to his name, Vito Lucente is possibly one of Europe’s essential house names. From the cross-over hit ‘Make Luv’ produced under his Room 5 moniker, his Junior Jack alias allowed him to explore a much clubbier sound.
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.
Glitterbox Virtual Festival joins forces with sister label Defected to present We Dance As One, a live-streamed music event from Defected. On Friday 18 December Glitterbox will provide the festive party, encouraging party-starved people around the world to get on their best dancefloor-ready outfits and tune in to the ‘Love Stream’ to let loose safely at home.
Defected launches its first ever four-part thought leadership series We Talk As One from tomorrow, Friday 27 November to Friday 18 December, bringing together over 20 people to discuss the present and future of the music and digital media industries, in a free-to-access virtual roundtable format.