Defected to release 40-track ‘House Masters’ Marshall Jefferson compilation

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Chicago house music legend, also credited as a founding father of the genre, Marshall Jefferson will feature a 40-track compilation on Defected’s esteemed ‘House Masters’ series later this month.

The retrospective compilation will showcase the impressive and vast output of the house pioneer, ranging from his most well-known solo records, to major production credits, key remixes and the underground gems still favoured by selectors today.

An artist who has successfully navigated major cross-over success while retaining utmost respect from the inner circle of electronic music’s underground, Jefferson has been behind countless seminal records over his five-decade career.

He’s quoted as saying:

“The music on this compilation is some of my best work and I’m very proud of it. Hopefully someone else will enjoy it too.

It’s an honour to be a Defected House Master; it’s almost like being in a House Music Hall of Fame, some very talented people have come before me and I hope I continue their legacy.

These are my best songs and I hope people can not only dance to them but also get inspiration.”

Marshall Jefferson

Defected presents House Masters – Marshall Jefferson (album artwork):

Defected presents House Masters – Marshall Jefferson (album artwork)

Cutting his teeth as a producer for Chicago’s Universal Recording Studios, Marshall was one of the most active DJ producers on the Windy City’s music scene during the 1980s house music boom.

Working under a plethora of aliases such as Virgo, Jungle Wonz, Truth and On The House, as well as producing for names such as CeCe Rogers, Curtis McClain and Evelyn “Champagne” King, the compilation opens with what is arguably Marshall’s most famous record, ‘Move Your Body’.

As the first recorded house track to use piano, it has remained a staple of dancefloors across the globe, with Solardo and Marshall’s rework (track No.1 on the compilation) further cementing its legacy.

Defected presents House Masters – Marshall Jefferson will be released via Defected on 29 May. You can pre-order it on Beatport, Traxsource or Bandcamp HERE.


Compilation tracklist:

1) Marshall Jefferson X Solardo – Move Your Body (Extended Mix)
2) Ten City – Devotion (Club Mix) 
3) CeCe Rogers – Someday (Club Mix) 
4) Sterling Void featuring Paris Brightledge – It’s All Right (House Mix) 
5) Ragtyme featuring Byron Stingily – I Can’t Stay Away (Power-Pella)
6) Kym Mazelle – Useless (House Mix) 
7) On The House – Pleasure Control (Long) 
8) Hercules – 7 Ways To Jack (Vocal)
9) Virgo – R U Hot Enough [Re-Vision]
10) House To House featuring Kym Mazelle – Taste My Love (Tasty Club Mix) 
11) Marshall Jefferson – Ride The Rhythm [Re-Vision] 
12) Jungle Wonz – Time Marches On [Re-Vision]
13) Marshall Jefferson presents The Dancing Flutes – Do The Do (Do The House) 
14) Ten City – That’s The Way Love Is (Underground Mix/Extended Version) 
15) Kym Mazelle – I’m A Lover 
16) Marshall Jefferson presents Ragtyme featuring Byron Stingily – Raindance (Joey Negro / Marshall Jefferson Mix) 
17) Jungle Wonz – The Jungle [Re-Vision]
18) Marshall Jefferson – Brown
19) Marshall Jefferson presents Umosia – We Are Unity (Miller Mix) 
20) Mood Life – Needs (Not Wants) (Original Mix) 
21) Umosia – Love, Don’t Let Me Down (Primal Auto Soul Mix) 
22) Marshall Jefferson presents Truth – Open Our Eyes (Celestial Mix) 
23) Vicky Martin – Not Gonna Do It 
24) Ten City – Love Is Just A Game (Extended Mix) 
25) System 7 – Sirenes (Marshall Jefferson Mix) 
26) Screaming Rachel – Rock Me (The Marshall Jefferson Deep Underground Dub) 
27) Marshall Jefferson – Love Gets Stronger 
28) Marshall Jefferson vs Noosa Heads – Mushrooms (Salt City Orchestra Out There Mix)
29) Marshall Jefferson – Floating 
30) Sleezy D – I’ve Lost Control [Re-Vision]
31) Virgo – The Original Video Clash [Re-Vision]
32) Marshall Jefferson – The Cow (Is Already Waiting) 
33) Curtis McClain – Satisfaction (Marshall Jefferson Original Mix) 
34) Marshall Jefferson & Keith Thompson present Idle + Wild – Far Behind (Extended Club Mix)
35) Marshall Jefferson featuring Curtis McClain – Step By Step (Marshall’s Main Mix)
36) Richard Rogers – Spread A Little Love
37) Reggie Hall – Music
38) Evelyn “Champagne” King – Day To Day (Dance Mix) 
39) Richard Rogers – Can’t Stop Loving You (Steppin’ Mix) 
40) Curtis McClain – Mission

Vinyl version:

A1. Ten City – Devotion (Club Mix)
A2. Marshall Jefferson presents Truth – Open Our Eyes (Celestial Mix)
B1. Marshall Jefferson vs Noosa Heads – Mushrooms (Salt City Orchestra Out There Mix)
B2. Jungle Wonz – Time Marches On (Re-Recorded Mix)
C1. CeCe Rogers – Someday (Club Mix)
C2. Hercules – 7 Ways To Jack (Vocal)
D1. Sterling Void featuring Paris Brightledge – It’s All Right (House Mix)
D2. Sleezy D – I’ve Lost Control [Re-Recorded Mix] 


“Marshall Jefferson’s impact on house music is immeasurable; from the very beginning his pioneering spirit and timeless sound have shaped the very essence of the genre.

This edition of House Masters is a testament to his unparalleled legacy, showcasing his greatest hits and productions that continue to resonate with dancefloors worldwide.

This compilation is not just a celebration of Marshall’s iconic career but a journey through the evolution of house music itself.”

Wez Saunders, CEO, Defected Records

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