The Greek philosopher Plato is probably not the first person you’d expect to see quoted on Ears To The House. Admittedly, we didn’t expect to start this Friday morning with the weltanschauung of a man who died in 347BC either – but life takes unusual turns sometimes.
One of the things Plato is meant to have said is “Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools speak because they have to say something”. This is a principle one must always apply when reading almost any statement by Defected boss Simon Dunmore – because whilst he is certainly not the world’s wisest man, he’s no fool either.
A few weeks ago, there was much controversy over a new release called “Break My Soul” by Beyoncé Knowles. Everyone seemed to have an opinion on it – except Maurice Joshua, whom no one curiously thought to ask. Dunmore made his opinion very clear – he thoroughly approved of Knowles stepping into the house music ring.
Our article at the time pointed out “perhaps politics is behind Dunmore’s lavish praise of the song” – and whilst the idea of one of Defected’s regulars being asked to remix the song hasn’t yet come true, it turns out the label’s empire does have a link to Knowles. And the answer comes in the alleged tracklist for her forthcoming “Renaissance” album, which is due out next week.
The track “Cozy” mentions two people of note – Honey Redmond and Luke Francis Matthew Solomon. Who are they, then? Well, Redmond is the real name behind Honey Dijon – who released a song called “Downtown” on Classic Music Company last year. Classic has, of course, been owned by Defected since 2010.
And Solomon? Luke Solomon is the man who runs Classic – who remained notably quiet when the initial discussion rumbled on. Now we know why – and we also now know that Dunmore is fully expected to capitalise on these links next week…