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Defected’s Simon Dunmore reminds us how cool and underground it still is by, erm… pointing out they’ve got 20% publishing on the latest chart-bothering release by Elton John…

Simon Dunmore, the boss at Defected, gets some stick on this blog. His hypocrisy when condemning others for remixing their archive when his own labels engage in the same practice is but one example where he falls short.

And yet, I also have a certain degree of respect for him. He left the security blanket of the majors to set up the independent Defected at a time when the majors were busily trying to crush Ministry of Sound, which was eating away at their share in the dance market. He’s also taken considerable risks over the years and completely transformed Defected.

So much so that describing Defected as a record label now does them a disservice. They’re more of an events company with a record label attached. Over the years, the company has also selectively invested in different back catalogues – for example, they bought much of MK’s some years ago when the price was low.

Nonetheless, there’s something I find very curious about this building up of back catalogues. It seems like a bit of a lottery to me – pay money and buy lots of things, then hope some of it soon starts making money for you.

Not that Dunmore is worrying. Because he tweeted this last weekend…

Yes, Defected has a 20% publishing stake in Elton John and Dua Lipa’s current release. And all because of a tiny section of the bassline of a Chicken Lips song being in it.

Underground house music and all that…

What’s with your attraction to rule breakers, Sacha? Mr Lord is on Twitter complaining about Dua Lipa’s tour being postponed – who spent most of lockdown ignoring it

The mind of Sacha Lord is a truly strange and contradictory place. It’s a place which condemns plague raves in his native Manchester, yet sees no issue booking plague rave DJs for his Parklife Festival. And now we have another example to add to the list.

This morning, Lord was on Twitter complaining about Dua Lipa’s tour being rescheduled. I’m not sure why he’s mentioned her specifically – perhaps he has tickets himself…

Could this be the same Dua Lipa who was photographed – by herself! – breaking lockdown rules by having a BBQ in her garden with family in May 2020? Remember that the rules in place at the time did not permit that. Or could this be the same Dua Lipa who posted a “stay at home” message in January this year, only to fly out to Mexico with her boyfriend days later?

The very same. Sacha’s attracted to rule breakers in the way a moth is attracted to light…