DJ and broadcaster Kid Fonque’s Stay True Sounds and STY TRU BTS labels join our expanding roster following a 50% acquisition, as he continues his role as Head of A&R here at Defected.

Featuring artists such as Sio, China Charmeleon, Intr0beatz and the creator himself Kid Fonque, the label will continue to elevate and nurture its community of incredible talent while exposing the genre to new audiences across the UK and Europe.

Landing this Friday 17th February as the first release since the acquisition, a remix package of beatsbyhandfeaturing Kali Mija ‘Gypsy Woman’ demonstrates the Stay True sound, as major players of South Africa’s underground scene Chymamusique and Atmos Blaq step up to remix the record.

“I’ve been on a mission for the past few years to bring the productions of South Africa's talented house music producers to the world, and now I have the opportunity to take my record label Stay True Sounds and partner it with one of the best in dance music business - Defected Records. I am confident that I will be able to showcase this scene I am so entrenched in globally with this alliance. I’m truly excited to see the impact this partnership will bring to the music I love from so many talented artists from the Mother Land. The journey continues…”Kid Fonque

Heavily supported by heavyweights of the Afro house scene such as &ME, Rampa, Adam Port [Keinemusik], Kitty Amor and Desiree, Kid Fonque’s release schedule for the rest of the year will feature tracks from EMAMKAY, Ed-Ward and Sio, as well as the next edition of the acclaimed ‘Stay True Sounds Vol.5’ compilation series.

“It is with much pleasure that we announce our partial acquisition of Kid Fonque’s Stay True Sounds label, with a musical policy I’ve admired since its inception and Kid Fonque now a core member of the Defected team, this is a really exciting addition to the roster.”Wez Saunders, CEO, Defected Records

beatsbyhand featuring Kali Mija ‘Gypsy Woman’ remixes will be released via Stay True Sounds on Friday 17th February, for more updates follow @staytruesounds