Review: Big Love Mixed BY Seamus Haji

If there’s one label that has managed to thrill and appal me in equal amounts over the past decade it Defected. Let's have a listen to their latest outing...

Richard Dyer

Date published: 2nd Oct 2008

Big Love Mixed By Seamus Haji

If there’s one label that has managed to thrill and appal me in equal amounts over the past decade it Defected.

Their signings have swung from the sublime (Ame’s ‘Rej’) to the unashamedly commercial (Shapeshifter’s ‘Lola’s Theme’) and that fine line is no doubt one of the reasons why the label is still going strong after a decade when so many other house imprints have disappeared without trace.

Big Love mixed by Seamus Haji falls firmly into the side of Defected that leaves me absolutely stone cold.

CD 1 is littered with commercial trash from the likes of The Ting Tings, Martin Solveig and Shakedown and will certainly serve as the perfect weekend warm-up for the hordes of well groomed hairdressers.

CD 2 does a little better but the whole thing sounds to me like the musical equivalent of a horse shagging a donkey and producing a mule. By that I mean it just sounds like ‘funky’ and ‘electro’ house gave birth to a rubbish offspring and everybody knows that mules are sterile.

Perhaps I’m being a little too harsh on this latest Defected offering, as I’m sure its intended audience wasn’t a 28 year old house bore like myself and will work a treat in the C.D players of the glamorous Saturday night army of Top Shop clones. 

2 out of 5

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