It’s hard to think of many labels that have as recognisable a sound as Defected who have been at the forefront of the house movement for 15 years and delivered some of our favourite releases from some of the scenes biggest names. Perhaps our favourite thing about the label is their House Masters series which compiles choice cuts,remixes, rarities and collectables from an artist’s career. We also love colourful scene veteran Joey Negro. Thus we were delighted to hear that he’d be helming the series’s latest edition in celebration of his varied and illustrious career as of one of the forefathers of the UK dance scene.
One of the first British artists to incorporate disco samples into a house the 2 disc effort the Z records has explained that compiling this release was all about achieving balance in representing what has been an eclectic career that has seen Joey, real name Dave Lee achieve success under a variety of monikers and aliases across a multitude of genres:
“It was a case of balancing the various sides of what I’ve done over the years… You want to include the personal favourites and some tracks that were popular purely on the underground, alongside others that were more successful on a commercial level.
As a producer one of the skills you must have is remaining objective, even when you’ve heard the piece of music you’re working on several 1000 times. The same goes for the selection here. The House Masters series is literally a who’s who of house music, so obviously it’s great to be part of it.”
Set to arrive January 11, 12 additional tracks feature on the digital version including an exclusive Joey Negro re-edit of Erro’s ‘Don’t Change’ as well as further remixes of Dave Lee originals from Henrik Schwarz, Ame and Dennis Ferrer.
Check out the full tracklist below.
1. Masters At Work feat. India – Backfired (Joey Negro Club Mix)2. Joey Negro feat. Taka Boom – Can’t Get High Without U (Joey Negro Philly World Mix)3. Erro – Don’t Change (Joey Negro Club Mix)4. Simphonia – Can’t Get Over Your Love (Dave Lee’s Full Length Mix)5. Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band – Garden of Love (Joey Negro Club Mix)6. Candido – Dancin’ & Prancin’ (Joey Negro Disco Blend)7. Extortion – How Do You See Me Now (Joey Negro Club Mix)8. Doug Willis – Get Your Own (Joey Negro Club Mix)9. Doug Willis – Begun 2 Luv U (Joey Negro Original Mix)10. Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band – Everyday (Full Length Album Mix)
1. Patrice Rushen – Haven’t You Heard (Joey Negro Extended Disco Mix) 2. blaze – Wishing You Were Here (Joey Negro Extended Mix)3. Yolanda Wyns – I Know You, I Live You (Joey Negro Club Mix)4. Joey Negro – Do What You Feel (Expanded Mix)5. The Reese Project – Direct Me (Joey Negro Disco Blend Mix)6. Akabu feat. Linda Clifford – Ride The Storm (Joey Negro Club Mix)7. Joey Negro presents Jakatta – American Dream (Joey Negro Club Mix)8. Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band feat. Donna Gardier & Diane Charlemagne – The Secret Life Of Us (Joey Negro Extended Mix)9. Raven Maize – Forever Together (Forever United Mix)10. Joey Negro – Must Be The Music (Joey Negro Club Mix)
Bonus tracks for digital version
1. Erro – Dont Change (Joey Negro Playout Edit)2. Akabu – Phuture Bound (Ame Remix)3. Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band – Journey To The Sun (Dennis Ferrer Remix)4. Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band – Man of War (Henrik Schwarz Remix)5. Akabu – Your Wildest Dreams (Joey Negro Medusa Mix)6. Joey Negro – Ride The Rhythm (Joey Negro Club Mix)7. Martin Solveig – Rocking Music (Joey Negro Club Edit)8. Joey Negro – Make A Move On Me (Joey Negro Club Mix)9. Sessomatto feat. Thelma Houston – I Need Somebody Tonight (Joey Negro Original Serious Mix)10. Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band – He Is (Joey Negro Club Mix)11. Sessomatto – Moody (Joey Negro Club Mix)12. Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band – Far Beyond (Full Album Mix)