Freemasons (band)

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Freemasons
Also known as BN3, The Alibi, Walken, Funk Fanatics, Pegasus
Origin Brighton, United Kingdom
Genres House, dance, funky House, disco House, eurodance
Years active 2003–present
Labels Loaded
Associated acts Phats & Small
Katherine Ellis
Amanda Wilson
Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Members James Wiltshire
Russell Small

Freemasons are an English DJ band from Brighton, East Sussex, England. The act consists of the producers Russell Small (who is also one half of the house production duo Phats & Small) and James Wiltshire (who also works with Phats & Small under the alias 'Jimmy Gomez').[1]

History[edit]

2005–2007: Early career[edit]

Their name is taken from the Brighton pub,[2] Freemasons Tavern, Hove, which they frequently visit. The duo also record and remix under the similar sounding "Freemaison" name, which is also the name of their record label that was founded in 2005. Freemasons have also produced tracks under the names of Alibi, Walken, Funk Fanatics and BN3 (which is part of their hometown of Hove's postal code).

In 2005, the duo transformed Jackie Moore's 1979 #1 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play track "This Time Baby", and Tina Turner's 2000 hit "When the Heartache Is Over", into an international club hit as "Love on My Mind". A #11 hit in the UK,[3] it was also released in the United States on their U.S. label home, the New York based Ultra Records.

Freemasons were also the remixers on Faith Evans' 2005 #1 Hot Dance Club Play and #4 Hot Dance Airplay hit, "Mesmerized". The Freemason's follow-up, "Watchin'" was released in the United States in 2006 with Amanda Wilson as their lead vocalist for the track. "Watchin'" peaked at #1 on the Hot Dance Club Play and within the Top 20 of the Hot Dance Airplay chart. The third original single from the Freemasons, "Rain Down Love" reached the Top 20 of the Hot Dance Airplay chart. Their fourth single (released digitally), "Nothing But a Heartache" featuring vocals from Sylvia Mason-James was released in June 2007. The Freemasons also remixed Beyoncé's original song, "Déjà Vu" in 2006 (for which they were nominated for a Grammy Award). The Freemasons followed this up with further remixes of "Ring the Alarm", "Beautiful Liar" (duet with Shakira), and "Green Light". They also co-produced "The One" on Kylie Minogue's album X with Richard Stannard and remixed the song for single release in May 2008.

2007–2009: Unmixed and Shakedown 2[edit]

On 29 October 2007, the Freemasons released Unmixed, an album containing unmixed versions of most of their mixes to date.[4] As a bonus, there is a data track containing samples and a cappella versions of "Unmixed".[5] In 2007, The Freemasons worked with Kelly Rowland, to produce the remix of her single "Work", for the non-American markets. In 2007 they were rumored to be producing an album for Donna Summer, but the project fell through due to scheduling commitments.

The follow-up to their own "Uninvited", "When You Touch Me", was released in the UK on 30 June 2008. The song featured Katherine Ellis. The video premiered in May 2008. The song entered the UK Singles Chart in June 2008 and reached its peak of #23 on 6 July.

Beyoncé's sister, Solange Knowles used the duo's production skills to create her single "I Decided" for its release in 2008.

Freemasons released the song "Heartbreak (Make Me a Dancer)", featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor, on 15 June 2009 in the United Kingdom.[6] The single peaked at #13 in the UK, making it their fifth Top 20 hit on the UK Singles Chart, and was a smash hit on the club charts. It had success in the European charts. X Factor 2008 winner Alexandra Burke confirmed on her official website that the Freemasons had produced tracks for her debut album.

2010-present: Shakedown 3[edit]

The duo released a remix EP Summer of Pride Mix digitally on 15 August 2010 and peaked at 23 on the UK Dance Singles Chart. The single (including an edited version) was released in the UK on 5 December 2010. "Believer" features R&B singer Wynter Gordon.

In April 2012, Russell discussed with fans after a gig in Bournemouth about talk of signing a new contract on Ministry of Sound's label, to release an album in early 2013. He is quoted as saying "It's still early days, however they have said that they will want lots of collaborations. It's something to look forward to."

Discography[edit]

Freemasons albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
United Kingdom UK
[7]
UK
Dance

[8]
UK
Comp

[9]
Belgium BEL
[10]
Netherlands NED
[11]
Scotland SCO
[12]
Shakedown
  • Released: 22 January 2007
  • Label: Loaded
81 1
Unmixed
  • Released: 29 October 2007
  • Label: Loaded
58 6 26 85 88
Shakedown 2
  • Released: 29 June 2009
  • Label: Loaded
9 17
Shakedown 3
  • Released: 4 August 2014
  • Label: Loaded
10 76
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Freemasons singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
United Kingdom UK
[7]
UK
Dance

[14]
Australia AUS
[15]
Belgium BEL
[10]
Finland FIN
[16]
France FRA
[17]
Republic of Ireland IRE
[18]
Netherlands NED
[11]
Scotland SCO
[19]
US
Dance

[20]
2005 "Love on My Mind" (featuring Amanda Wilson) 11 7 46 27 70 38 41 22 2 Shakedown
2006 "Watchin'" (featuring Amanda Wilson) 19 2 34 5 49 44 16 24
2007 "Rain Down Love" (featuring Siedah Garrett) 12 4 20 8 76 9
"Nothing but a Heartache"
(featuring Sylvia Mason-James)
"Uninvited" (featuring Bailey Tzuke) 8 1 2 11 50 5 9 23 Unmixed
2008 "When You Touch Me" (featuring Katherine Ellis) 23 2 28 32 10
2009 "If" (featuring Hazel Fernandes) 22
"Heartbreak (Make Me a Dancer)"
(featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor)
13 2 51 33 19 38 85 5 Shakedown 2
2010 "Believer" (featuring Wynter Gordon) 11 Shakedown 3
2013 "Bring It Back"
"Dirty Organ" (featuring Joel Edwards)
"Tears" (featuring Katherine Ellis)
2014 "U Drive Me Crazy" (featuring Joel Edwards)
2015 "True Love Survivor" (featuring Solah)
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Pegasus singles[edit]

Year Title
1998 "Pegasus"
2013 "Into My Arms"
"Gorecki" (featuring Levana)

Pegasus promotional singles[edit]

Year Title
2014 "Pegasus Rising"
"True Love Survivor" (featuring Hana)

Singles featuring Freemasons remixes[edit]

Year Artist Title Peak chart positions Certifications
Australia AUS
[21]
Austria AUT
[22]
Belgium BEL
[23]
Finland FIN
[24]
France FRA
[25]
Germany GER
[26]
Netherlands NED
[27]
New Zealand NZ
[28]
Switzerland SWI
[29]
United Kingdom UK
[30]
2004 B.E.D. (featuring Chloe Myers) "Before I Leave"
U-Neeq (featuring Freddie Mercury) "Love Kills"
2005 Suntan (featuring Tia) "The Beach"
Studio B "I See Girls" 43 7 76 41 12
Jamiroquai "(Don't) Give Hate a Chance" 93 82 27
The Disco Boys "For You" 45 17
Faith Evans "Mesmerized" 41 22 19 48
Xavier "Give Me the Night" 65
Herd & Fitz (featuring Abigail Bailey) "I Just Can't Get Enough" 11
Trick vs Freemasons "Zap Me Lovely (The Nokia Song)"
Steve Mac vs Mosquito
(featuring Steve Smith)
"Lovin' You More" 9 73
Studio B "C'mon, Get It On" 12 28
Black Fras "Movin' Into Light"
Angie Stone "I Wasn't Kidding"
2006 Beyoncé (featuring Jay-Z) "Déjà Vu" 12 12 8 6 23 9 13 15 3 1
Beyoncé "Ring the Alarm"
Fatboy Slim "Right Here, Right Now" 28 56 47 56 25 2
Loleatta Holloway "Love Sensation" 49 2 35 37
Luther Vandross "Shine" 50
Blaze (featuring Barbara Tucker) "Most Precious Love 2006" 44 20 17
Supafly Inc. "Moving Too Fast" 28 8 48 23
Heather Headley "In My Mind"
2007 Disco Freaks "Take Me 2 the Sun"
Beyoncé & Shakira "Beautiful Liar" 5 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
Beyoncé "Green Light" 20 12
Patrick Alavi "Goldbass"
Alibi vs Rockefeller (featuring Marvin Gaye) "Sexual Healing" 16 34
Kelly Rowland "Work" 6 32 4 4 25 14 10 8 4
2008 Gusto (featuring Amanda Wilson) "Disco's Revenge 2008" 28 45 34
Kylie Minogue "The One" 36
Solange "I Decided" 28 27
"Sandcastle Disco"
Moby (featuring Shayna Steele) "Disco Lies" 21 4 8 67 10
Eric Prydz "Pjanoo" 22 8 21 34 3 31 2
The Outsiders (featuring Amanda Wilson) "Keep This Fire Burning" 45 80
Funk Fanatics (featuring Peyton) "Love Is the Answer"
2009 Whitney Houston "Million Dollar Bill" 18 58 40 5
Mr. DYF (featuring Shena) "Hold On"
Eurythmics "Here Comes the Rain Again"
2010 Faith Hill "Breathe"
Shakira "Gypsy" 11 7 12
Sophie Ellis-Bextor "Bittersweet" 25
Hurts "Wonderful Life" 6 27 15 2 83 4 21
Shakira (featuring Freshlyground) "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" 32 1 1 1 1 1 2 34 1 21
Shakira (featuring Dizzee Rascal) "Loca" 2 3 11 2 6 55
Pegasus "Pegasus"
George Michael "I Want Your Sex"
Rihanna "Only Girl (In the World)" 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 1
2011 Alexis Jordan "Good Girl" 40 53 6
Yasmin "Finish Line" 13
Yasmin (featuring Shy FX & Ms. Dynamite) "Light Up (The World)" 50
Nightcrawlers (featuring Taio Cruz) "Cryin' Over You"
Hurts "Better Than Love" 66 88 56 50
2012 Adele "Rolling in the Deep" 3 3 1 1 3 1 1 3 1 2
  • AUS: 7x Platinum[44]
  • BEL: 2x Platinum[38]
  • GER: Platinum[31]
  • NZ: 3x Platinum[45]
  • SWI: 3x Platinum[35]
  • UK: 2x Platinum[13]
Emeli Sandé "Heaven" 23 63 69 2
Rizzle Kicks "Mama Do the Hump" 2
Katy Perry "Part of Me" 5 18 18 13 20 28 1 33 1
Christophe Willem "Starlite"
2013 Depeche Mode "Heaven" 22 50 27 2 95 18 60
Hurts "Exile"
John Newman "Cheating" 51 53 56 9
Pegasus "Into My Arms"
Rubylux vs Freemasons "The World Goes Quiet"
London Grammar "Nightcall" 29 59 53
2014 Pegasus (featuring Levana Wolf) "Gorecki"
Gorgon City (featuring Jennifer Hudson) "Go All Night" 14
2015 Therese "Put 'Em High 2015"
2016 Sophie Ellis-Bextor "Come with Us"
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

To find chart positions and certifications, use the search engines linked above, and enter the "artist name" and "track title" in the relevant fields.

Production credits[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Freemasons Archived 4 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 214. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
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  36. ^ "Australian accreditations 2010". ARIA. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
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  46. ^ "New Zealand accreditation - Katy Perry "Part of Me"". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 

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