Iconic brand and label Defected Records has announced ‘Together’, a series of collaborative releases to celebrate the upcoming 25th anniversary.
The carefully curated series, which includes original tracks and remixes of Defected classics, aims to capture the essence of Defected Records’ rich history, integrating talent from the label’s storied past and the stars of its future.
Out on 19th January, the inaugural release of the Together series comes as a collaboration between Sam Divine, Hannah Wants and Jem Cooke, ‘Cruel Intentions’.
With Sam Divine one of Defected’s longest-running residents, radio show host and continual star of the label’s roster, Hannah becoming a firm favourite of Defected shows, with a string of recent hits on the label and Jem Cooke one of house’s most in-demand vocalists and songwriters, this dynamic trio deliver an unmissable launch single.
“We are very excited to celebrate 25 years of Defected with a number of key announcements throughout January, including Together. As part of the campaign, we are pairing up artists that we have worked with across the last two-and-a-half-decades with newcomers for twenty-five new releases. This can be in the form of collaborations, features or remixes. It’s a perfect example of what Defected 2.0 stands for – collaboration and togetherness.”Wez Saunders, CEO, Defected Records
The series will continue with bona fide house legends Masters At Work stepping up to remix one of the label’s breaking talents, YOURS, as Louie Vega and Kenny Dope revisit ‘DÓNDE ESTÁ’ by the collective. The duo behind some of house music’s most influential cuts, Masters At Work’s pioneering effect on club culture both sides of the Atlantic is indisputable.
With the Latin feel of ‘DÓNDE ESTÁ’ appealing to the Nuyorican duo, they deliver three brand new remixes on 26th January. Revisiting one of the label’s seminal records, Dennis Ferrer’s ‘Hey Hey’, Afro house pioneers Da Capo & Kitty Amor and David Guetta’s Jack Back alias will deliver a remix package on 2nd February, before a superstar name TBA closes out the first run of Together releases with an Afro-electronic inspired remix of Fish Go Deep & Tracey K’s seminal 2005 Defected release ‘The Cure & The Cause’ on 9th February.
At the end of 2024, Defected will close out the year of Together releases with a bespoke, limited-edition vinyl box set celebrating the label’s stalwarts and future stars. A collector’s item for fans and a tribute to 25 years of Defected Records, twenty-five new productions will be presented across 13 double-sided 12″ singles, individually sleeved and housed in one hard outer case.
Stay connected with Defected Records via its official channels for the latest updates on the ‘Together’ series and other 25th-anniversary activities.
The Annual playlist will be updated every two weeks and will feature forgotten classics, fan favourites, label anthems, and underground hits.
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