It is that time of the year again when it’s raining annual toplists, year mixes and industry reports as we head into 2021. Music research and analytics platform, Viberate, conducted a report on Beatport‘s trends in 2020, outlining the most successful genres, artists, labels and tracks. By improving their Beatport performance the most in a one-year period, Defected Records took the first place and became the fastest-rising label, the report finds. It is followed by other illustrious labels such as Above & Beyond’s Anjunadeep, Club Sweat, UMEK’s 1605 and Ultra in the top 5. The results were calculated based on their tracks on the genre charts, emphasizing that tracks were weighted: those that entered the charts in the recent months influenced the final score the most. To celebrate this achievement, let’s take a look at how Defected rose to the top.
The British independent record label was founded by Simon Dunmore in 1999, specialising in house music recordings, compilation albums, events, publishing, artist booking and management. Ever since Defected Records set foot in the music industry, it was obvious it could only deliver quality house music in the UK, becoming one of the most prestigious labels in the world. If you consider yourself a house head, Defected is the ultimate home for you. Their soulful, vocal house masterpieces, old school classics and certified club bangers are destined for the dancefloor. You’ll find songs being the perfect marriage of house and disco, deep and dirty basslines, groovy piano riffs and simply the feel-good factor among their releases. Here is a non-exhaustive list of their most significant tunes.
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