Available on 2xCD, vinyl, download and streaming via Defected on 31st August. Pre-order the CD here, and the vinyl here.
Stepping up to mix Defected’s coveted In The House series is Melé, a producer whose standout percussive sound and infectious energy behind the decks makes him one of the UK’s most captivating, flourishing DJs. From 13-year-old bedroom DJ growing up in the Wirral to his breakout tribal anthem ‘Ambience’ in 2015, Melé has now fully honed his skills in production and mixing, culminating in these two mixes for Defected presents Melé In The House.
Describing working on the mixes as “like putting together a really hard jigsaw puzzle”, Melé’s In The House was mixed live, charting his obsession with deconstructing tracks and echoing his DJing technique using three or four decks, looping percussion and piano parts over each other for a uniquely layered effect. The mix draws on almost 25 years of house music, focussing on the Latin, tribal and percussive, along with a couple of slick curveballs.
Also in the mix are three exclusive productions from Melé himself plus ‘Dancing Mist’ from Joe Corti, an up-and-comer from the UK. Melé's cover of ‘Pasilda’ featuring drum warrior Shovell pumps up the track’s unmistakeable rhythms and piano melody with an irresistibly hefty bassline and vocal loops. The aptly named ‘Brooklyn Bounce’ is Melé’s ode to Danny Tenaglia, a key influence whose sought-after percussive spirit is apparent throughout the whole mix. Mix 2 features the final Melé production ‘Tribal Harmonix’, the darker, more melodic and tech-inclined of the three. Primal Scream’s ‘Don’t Fight It, Feel It (Scat Mix)’ provides a curveball moment that has played a key role in Melé’s sets for a hot minute, as well as The Stone Roses 'Fool's Gold'. Check back for the full tracklist in a few weeks.
With his In The House contribution Melé shows his passion for dismantling seriously heavyweight house, engineering these mixes with impressive flair, taste, and plenty of percussive flavour.