As 2018 draws to a close our minds turn to a new year, and of course how we will be celebrating it. With a sold-out event at London’s Printworks on NYE, the party will carry on at O2 Victoria Warehouse in Manchester on New Year’s Day, as Defected and Glitterbox join forces for a huge event to bring in our twentieth year.
After another incredible year for music, Sam Divine is joined by Simon Dunmore for two extra special radio shows, tracing back the rich history of the label as we approach this very special anniversary. Our latest Most Rated compilation looks forward to the future of house music, while the radio shows celebrate our last two decades in the house.
So, without further ado, here are the 19 tracks we’ll be bringing in 2019 with…
Fatboy Slim – Praise You (Purple Disco Machine Remix)
Twenty years after the original’s release on Skint Records, Purple Disco Machine’s remix of Fatboy Slim’s stone cold classic lends his unmistakeable nu-disco twist to the modern anthem.
Jack Back - (It Happens) Sometimes
Jack Back made waves in the music world when it was revealed as the alias of David Guetta returning to his underground roots. ‘(It Happens) Sometimes’ is a thunderous record, with a powerful 4/4 groove and intoxicating vocal destined for the dancefloor.
Purple Disco Machine - Body Funk
Another powerful release from Purple Disco Machine sampling Hot Streak’s 1983 track ‘Body Work’. PDM has created another crowd pleaser with this track, a perfect marriage of house and disco that brings an injection of fun into any set.
Sophie Lloyd featuring Dames Brown – Calling Out
Sophie Lloyd's ‘Calling Out’ summons the power of the most joy-filled sound of all, gospel, radiating all the live atmosphere of a song of worship in mid flow. Produced as a reaction to the dreary winter and political turmoil, we need music like this as we start the new year.
FISHER – Losing It
Australian man of the moment FISHER delivers an up-front club track with ‘Losing It’ that deserves to be heard on a serious sound system, with its deep and dirty bassline set to get the floor moving.
CamelPhat x Au/Ra - Panic Room
2018 saw the stratospheric rise of CamelPhat, and ‘Panic Room’ shows how the duo have all the promise to continue this in 2019. Au/Ra’s majestic vocal paired with a rumbling bassline and deep and heavy drops make this a guaranteed party-starter.
Ferreck Dawn & Robosonic - In Arms
A track that needs little introduction, ‘In Arms’ was one of the biggest club hits of the year and a Beatport #1, the release gained more than a few high profile fans, and is still rocking dancefloors across the globe.
Shiba San & Tim Baresko – All I Need
With Shiba San’s distinctive bass-heavy sound and Tim Baresko’s knack for nabbing a killer vocal hook, it’s no wonder these two Frenchmen are production dynamite together and a perfect match for our club-focussed label DFTD.
DJ Koze - Pick Up
If anyone knows how to make an uplifting house track, it’s DJ Koze. The German maestro has captured a perfect balance between blissful and melancholy sounds, and brings the kind of positivity we need to kick off the year.
Peggy Gou – Itgehane
With 2018 marking a landmark year for Peggy Gou, the Berlin based artist created one of the biggest house tracks of the year, ironically a song about trying to forget, ‘Itgehane’ is one of the most memorable tracks from the year.
Weiss - Feel My Needs
With old skool piano riffs, soulful vocal kicks and a powerful house backing, Weiss’s ‘Feel My Needs’ is guaranteed to bring the feel-good factor to the dancefloor, showing his signature style of production that has earned him his dance music stripes.
Shakedown – At Night (Peggy Gou Acid Journey Remix)
One of the most talked about remixes of late, Peggy Gou’s remix of this house classic is a 7-minute groove that brings the iconic synth motif to lift the production, as she gives it a modern makeover for 2019.
Dom Dolla - Take It
Aussie born Dom Dolla’s ‘Take It’ is a delivery of self-assured tech-house. With its rumbling, techy sound this is a track for the peak-time, main room DJs.
Mighty Mouse - The Spirit
When Simon Dunmore heard Horse Meat Disco drop ‘The Spirit’ at Glitterbox in Ibiza this summer he needed to know where and who the track came from. Might Mouse’s rugged style of production with its surging bassline and disco-diva vocals makes for a unique track and a real party starter.
David Penn – Nobody
Spanish born producer and label boss David Penn delivers a fierce soul vocal hook, upbeat classic piano riffs and a serious bassline, that gives the track an anthem-like quality, and is a certified club smash.
The Face vs. Mark Brown & Adam Shaw – Needin’ U (Dimitri From Paris Remix)
Celebrating the 20thanniversary of David Morales' ‘Needin U’, Dimitri From Paris brings his signature disco-infused style to this celebration of an iconic track from house music history, and delivers the spirit of the era in which it was originally produced.
Krystal Klear - Neutron Dance
With its unmistakeable riff, Dublin born artist Krystal Klear captures the essence of the 1980’s tracks from bands like New Order, but gives a modern, club-focussed sound deserving of today’s dancefloors with ‘Neutron Dance’.
Honey Dijon & Tim K featuring John Mendelsohn - Thunda (Rampa Remix)
Rampa’s re-work of Honey Dijon & Tim K’s ‘Thunda’ brings a profound after-dark vibe, with deep, drawn out hypnotic frequencies that accentuate the lushness of Rampa’s productions as John Mendelsohn’s vocal takes on a dream-like quality.
Bicep - Opal (Four Tet Remix)
Occasionally a piece of dance music will come along that has the power to be truly moving, the collaboration of Bicep and Four Tet always held promise, but Four Tet’s thoughtful, emotional style of production paired with Bicep’s thunderous party-starting abilities makes this a truly special release.