Review: One of Ibiza's biggest tickets, Defected throw parties in the same spirit as they release music. With full force and serious knowhow. Here they've curated 40 perfected positioned tacks that don't just represent their vibe, or the spirit of their parties, but also a fitting snapshot of what's going on in house music right now. From Low Steppa to Damian Lazarus, Skream to Claude VonStroke, Josh Butler to The Shapeshifters, the entire tracklist reads (and sounds) like a who's who in house music 2015. Delivered with two mixes and whole host of exclusives, Defected aren't messing around right now.
Review: Pouting electro-pop vixen, Lou Hayter, is best known as the keyboardist in New Young Pony Club. But she was also DJing a lot too, so when the band split she formed the more club-orientated The New Sins. Signed to Defected, "Lights Down" is her biggest single yet and it's an impressive, long, linear and trancey electro-house bleep-out. Waze and Odyssey are on remix duties, providing a surprisingly bonkers rework that incorporates everything from vintage house, gospel and Italo disco for a total party monster of a tune.
Review: Abracada are bang on the money this year - in the realms of discofied danceteria the Gallic imprint has dropped no less than three essential releases in 2010 anddistinctly balearic tinged dance music since their Diva Edits dropped on Mindless Boogie last summer. Remixes guess what - number four is just as good. The Belgian trio that make up Villa have been impressing with their for everyone from the risible Ali Love to NYC duo The Golden Filter have followed and got big support from Erol Alkan et al. 'Beats of Love' is essentially a chugging slo mo disco burner cover of the 1984 one hit wonder by compatriots Nacht Und Nebel. What really sets it apart is Villa enlisting the breathy vocal talents of The New Sins aka the swoonworthy Lou Hayter (NYPC). No remixes here - just a nice dubbed out version which concentrates on the groove.