Inside the "Legends Of House" Compilation w/ Milk & Sugar

In celebration of their 20th label anniversary, veterans of the scene Milk & Sugar put their heads together once more to compile a very special VA album. ‘Legends of House’ celebrates two decades of House music history, with seminal records from the likes of Kings of Tomorrow, X Press 2, Jon Cutler, David Morales, Barbara Tucker, Hardrive and many more.

The Concept

“The very first time we came up with our idea about a classic compilation in our label office everybody got really excited. In our heads we immediately started to collect the biggest reaction records we had played over the years, and best club tunes ever, and within short time we threw together a list of insanely great records that made us dance in our seats in our office. Our list contained so many epic tracks and special moments that we are associating with these songs, like being blown away by one of the tunes under the boiling hot sun in Ibiza, or being crazy with our friends at a warehouse rave in London. This album means so much to us, great memories of music that touched us. So expect a real monster compilation – no fillers, just killers!”

Ultra Nate – Free

What a tune, and the best opener we could think of. We were happy to see that Ultra Nate is still touring – we passed by a huge billboard for a live show on the Tenerife island last week.

Shakedown – At Night

Unfortunately only a kind of a one-hit-wonder for Shakedown, a Swiss producer team consisting of the brothers Stephan Mandrax and Sebastien Kohler. Kid Crème’s Funksta Mix was the version that lifted the roof on the Space terrace every time we played it.

Moloko – Sing it Back

Our German colleague Mousse T. on remix duties infected with a touch of Donna Summer-style in the second half of his mix.

Afro Medusa – Pasilda

This all-time-classic was one of the greatest records of the Latin-house era in the early 2000’s, created by a UK production trio that split up shortly after having a #1 UK hit with “Pasilda”. Remixes of this track keep rolling in on a frequent basis, but no production ever matched the magic of the original recording with the never ending built-up.

Barbara Tucker – Stop Playing with my Mind

Another amazing classic. We are currently producing another track with Barbara; she´s still one of the greatest house voices around.

David Morales – Needin U

David Morales’ most famous tune ever is based around a sample from the formation „Rare Pleasure“ from 1976. It was quite challenging to fit this 1998 record into the flow because the mix down is different if you compare it to nowadays’ records.

Milk & Sugar – Higher & Higher (David Morales Remix)

In 1999 David Morales delivered a remix package of 5 mixes in total, such as a dub and a reprise plus 2 main mixes. All his mixes were released on Milk & Sugar Recordings on a limited 12“ edition in 2000.

Deux – Deux

A tune with one of the greatest Synth-hooks ever, created by David Penn and Toni Bass. For us, this track will be connected forever with the legendary Space terrace in Ibiza where we played on Sundays in the early 2000’s era.

The Shapeshifters – Lola´s Theme

The debut single from Shapeshifters and a UK#1 back in 2004. We played many gigs and festivals alongside Simon and Max. „Lola´s Theme“ used to be a working title in first place: Simon´s wife’s name is Lola and they discovered the sample the song is based upon when they were running through her records collection.

Harry Romero – Tanja

Another massive tune every DJ played in Ibiza the year it came out. It was released on Bambossa recordings, the sublabel of Erick Morillo´s Subliminal imprint, which were both run by Erick and Harry „Choo Choo“ Romero.

Milk & Sugar – Let The Sun Shine

We recorded the vocals in Munich with a gospel choir of 10 singers, and maybe this is the strongest sample we have ever recorded. A new version will be coming out this summer with amazing new mixes.

Jon Cutler – It’s Yours

In the end of CD 1 we´re getting a bit deeper and soulful. The New Yorker DJ created this legendary piece of house music in 2001 and it still sounds as fresh as when it got released.

Aly-Us – Follow Me

In 1992 (!) Gerorge Morel and DJ Pierre teamed up for a gospel/R&B-influenced formation named Aly-us and released “Follow Me”, the first Garage House tune from Strictly Rhythm that received massive radio airplay as well as being supported by club DJs all around the globe.

Kings Of Tomorrow – Finally (Danny Krivit / Steve Travolta Re-Edit)

Distance Music released this in 2001 and licensed it on to Defected Records. “Finally” was produced by Sandy Rivera´s moniker Kings Of Tomorrow and it became his biggest record so far. We heard it first when Danny Tenaglia played it on his Be Yourself With Danny Party at the Winter Music Conference at Space Miami.

X-Press 2 feat. David Byrne – Lazy (Mowgli Goes Deep Mix)

“Lazy” is a collab by English house duo X-Press 2 and Talking Heads singer David Byrne. The song was released in April 2002 through Skint Records and reached number two on the UK Singles Charts.

Hardrive – Deep Inside

Strictly Rhythm released this back in 1993. Originally produced by Little Louie Vega and Erick Morillo and the singer was legendary New York based Barbara Tucker.

Julien Jabre – Swimming Places

French based label Elias Productions released it in 2005 and licensed it on to Defected. They came up with a huge Remix package by producers like Sebastian Ingrosso, Jerome Sydenham and Pete Heller. It is one of our favorites over the last decades.

George Morel – Let’s Groove (Claptone Remix)

Originally produced in 1994 and released on famous Strictly Rhythm Records. George was the King of House in the 90ies. We have chosen a newer version by Claptone as we felt he did a great job for bringing this tune to the attention of a whole new generation whilst keeping big respect for the Original.

Tensnake – Coma Cat (Round Table Knights Remix)

Hamburg based Marco Niemerski, known as Tensnake released this track back in 2010 on Defected Records. “Coma Cat” reached number 85 on the UK Singles Charts and was one of the most played records of the year.

Dennis Ferrer – Sinfonia Della Notte

2009 was the biggest year for Dennis Ferrer. He released his second huge record ‘Sinfonia Della Notte’ on Strictly Rhythm Records.

Âme – Rej

Ame aka Kristian Beyer und Frank Wiedemann is a German producer Duo. They are also co-founders of the Berlin label Innervisions and had their breakthrough in 2004 with their track „Rej“. We heard this track first again through the Winter Music Conference 2004 on a Cielo Party when Little Louie Vega played it.

Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey

Dennis Ferrer released “Hey Hey” originally on his own imprint Objectivity in 2009. The track became a milestone in Miami and Ibiza and was signed to UK based Defected Records.

M.A.N.D.Y. vs Booka Shade – Body Language

Body Language was the track of the Ibiza Season 2005. This one collab between M.A.N.D.Y. and Booka Shade is one of most influential tracks and was licensed to more than 100 compilations.

Michel Cleis – La Mezcla (Paul Kalkbrenner Remix).

Swiss born Michel Cleis originally released this track in 2009 on Luciano’s Cadenza Records and they licensed it on to the legendary New York label Strictly Rhythm Records. We have chosen the Paul Kalkbrenner Mix out of the bunch of great remixes, as this was the one, which was very popular in our home country Germany.

Lost ’n’ Alive – Feels Like Love (Tiefschwarz Vocal Club Remix)

One half of Lost´n´Alive is Mike´s brother and he produced the track back in 2002. Tiefschwarz were doing their best remix ever and they delivered an all time classic on our label with this.

Casanovy – I Need Your Lovin’

Munich based DJ Tom Novy sampled the old Korgies track. Everybody knows the hookline “ need your Loving Like the Sun Shine” and it became a true Ibiza classic.

Energy 52 – Cafe Del Mar

The first release in 1993 on Sven Väth´s new Imprint Eye Q Records from Frankfurt. Cafe Del Mar was a collab between German Techno Pioneers Cosmic Baby and Kid Paul. We used a Dale Middleton Remix as this mix was fitting better into the rest of our concept. This track was one of the most remixed records in the Dance industry and its biggest success was a remix of our old friend Sharam Jey under his Three ‘n’ One moniker.

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