Testify (Luke Solomon's Body edit) - (5:33) 125 BPM
Review: "Testify" is part gospel anthem, part joyful house workout; a perfectly formed song with a heart that reaches out to move you. Originally released in 2016 on Sean's own Plastique Recordings, the track has grown and hooked fans organically, making the playlist at BBC Radio 2 and taking on a life of its own. Signed to Defected in 2017, the label wasted no time in delivering a killer remix package. Steve Mac takes the track underground with industrial drums and a killer four to the floor beat. Tom Stephan aka Superchumbo introduces a Latin flavour into his dub version with syncopated drum work and a beefed up bassline that takes the original's gospel elements up a few gears. Finally to complete the package is an original extended version, with two bonus minutes of the uplifting instrumental bridge.
Review: For as long as we can remember, Defected's annual Miami Music Week compilation has done a brilliant job showcasing tracks that we'll be dancing to a lot in the following weeks and months. Predictably, this year's volume is no different. There's the usual mixture of alternative remixes of familiar favourites from the previous 12 months (see David Penn's remix of Sophie Lloyd's gospel disco anthem "Calling Out" and I:Cube's brilliant revision of Peggy Gou's "It Makes You Forget"), previously released anthems (Horse Meat Disco and Amy Douglas's "Let's Go Dancing" and Ray Mang's delicious disco mix of Phenomenal Handclap Band's "Judge Not") and suitably big tunes that will soon become peak-time staples the world over (see the tracks by Bawrut, Low Steppa, Bsicits and Mighty Mouse).