Defected Records

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Defected Records
Defected Logo.jpg
FoundedJanuary 1999; 20 years ago (1999-01)[citation needed]
FounderSimon Dunmore
Country of originUnited Kingdom

Defected Records is a British independent record label specialising in house music recordings, compilation albums, events, publishing, artist booking and management.


Established in 1999 by former AM:PM and Cooltempo A&R man Simon Dunmore and initially funded by London nightclub and label Ministry of Sound, Defected's first release was Soulsearcher's "I Can't Get Enough", which reached No. 5 in the UK singles chart. This early success was followed up with Roger Sanchez's "Another Chance", which hit No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in 2001. To date, Defected has released more than 300 singles from artists such as Bob Sinclar, Kings of Tomorrow, MURK, CamelPhat, Inner City, Dennis Ferrer, Lenny Fontana, Marc Kinchen (MK), Copyright and Yousef.

Significant releases[edit]

In 1999, Powerhouse (Lenny Fontana) Featuring Duane Harden "What You Need" debuts on Top of The Pops in the Top 15 and as well goes on to become a European Radio Hit in many countries worldwide.

In addition to the 2001 No.1 one from Roger Sanchez, Defected has released a number of records that have had a significant impact on the house scene. Kings of Tomorrow's "Finally" was voted the 31st best track of 2000–2010 by leading electronic dance music portal Resident Advisor, and is still a regular feature of DJ sets to this day. Bob Sinclar's 2005 track "Love Generation" reached No.12 in the UK singles chart and was a massive hit all over Europe and in Australia, achieving one of the longest runs of all time in the German singles charts and going on to sell over 1 million copies worldwide. The Irish Duo Fish go deep also had success with their hit "Cure and the Cause" which stayed in the Beatport top 100 for almost a year.

More recently, Defected have found success with underground hits like Dennis Ferrer's "Hey Hey". In addition, they have released a number of underground hits from both seminal recordings artists and up and coming DJs and producers, including Inner City 'Future', Intruder feat. Jai 'Amame', Flashmob 'Need In Me', Pirupa 'Party Non Stop' Candi Staton 'Hallelujah Anyway', Noir & Haze 'Around', FCL 'It’s You', Kings of Tomorrow feat. April 'Fall For You', Rachel Row 'Follow The Step' and Storm Queen 'Look Right Through', many of which have won awards or gone on to be some of the biggest club records of the year.[1][2][3]

Defected's In The House series launched in 2003 with Jay-J & Miguel Migs and has since featured artists such as Loco Dice, Gilles Peterson, The Shapeshifters, Louie Vega and Tensnake, as well as annual compilations dedicated to Ibiza and Miami and other notable clubbing destinations.

In 2017, Defected released CamelPhat & Elderbrook's "Cola", which earned worldwide success and was nominated for a Best Dance Recording at the 2018 Grammy Awards.[citation needed]

In 2019, Defected celebrated its 20th anniversary. It is nowdays considered for many as the most notable house music label in the UK.[4]


As Defected Records approached its 15-year anniversary, it underwent a rebranding led by designer, DJ and producer Trevor Jackson, working alongside Defected founder Simon Dunmore as well as other members of the Defected team.[citation needed]


Defected London FSTVL, 2019

Defected holds regular events in London at Studio 338, Ministry of Sound and Printworks. They also tour the USA, Australia and the Middle East.


Defected held a residency at Pacha in Ibiza throughout the summer season (June – September) for 8 years. In 2013, Defected left Pacha[5] and took up residency at the Cipriani-owned Booom!, at which was the most successful night over the summer season.[6] Since 2017, Defected has moved to Eden in San Antonio, holding a 20+ week residency there, along with hosting Cafe Mambo on Sundays.[7]


In its third year, Defected Croatia took places during the second week of August, on the Adriatic Coast in Tisno, Croatia.

The festival drawn a crowd of 3,000 from the UK, Australia, L.A., South Africa and all corners of Europe to experience the six-day event. DJs on the lineup have included Eats Everything, Sam Divine, MK, Kenny Dope, Franky Rizardo, Derrick Carter, Roger Sanchez, Claptone, Basement Jaxx and over 80 DJs.[citation needed]

The festival includes three stages onsite, twelve boat parties and afterparties at the Barbarella's.[citation needed]


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  • Faya Combo
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  • Glitterbox Recordings
  • ITH Records
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  • Nu Groove
  • Slip N' Slide
  • Soul Heaven
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  1. ^ Lanre Bakare. "FCL's It's You shows that sometimes the old ways are the best | Music". Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Pirupa: Party Non Stop | The Sun |Clubz". The Sun. 27 December 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Top 10 Tracks From Ibiza: July 2012". Ibiza spotlight. 17 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  4. ^ "House music labels social media stats". Label Base. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Defected And More To Leave Pacha Ibiza". Mixmag. 13 December 2012. Archived from the original on 6 December 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-27.
  6. ^ "A picture is worth a thousand lies...:: Ibiza Nightlife, Party, Line Up, Reviews & News :: I Voice Hype, Lies & Gossip". Retrieved 27 July 2014.

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