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A long overdue primer on Todd “The God” Edwards, architect of UKG and key collaborator with Daft Punk, racking up 22 from the top shelf of US and UK dance music.
Basically, the mid-late ‘90s in British clubs could have been very different without the bumpty grooves and splickety vocal chops that were imported via Todd Edwards’ records. Hailing from the New Jersey, US house scene, he became a staple in UK clubs via countless productions prized for his innovative sampling tekkers, tweaking and cross-hatching slivers of vocal, syncopated with shuffling hi-hats and swanging bass in a style that became a hallmark of UK garage. He’s also on the roll call of Daft Punk’s classic ‘Teachers’ cut, which kinda says a lot.
Todd’s offering to Defected’s ‘House Masters’ series surveys various strands of his sound, from original productions to his sought-after remix work and collaborations with the French helmets. It serves serious nostalgia for the champagne crew and anyone who favoured Kiss FM’s daytime playlists, taking in stacks of his remixes for the likes of St. Germain, MJ Cole, Moloko, Robin S, and more, while the 2nd set draws for his modern classic ‘Face To face’ with Daft Punk, plus their country tinged ‘Fragments Of Time,’ along with seminal OG solo production such as his signature ‘Saved My Life’ zinger, the delirious vocal pitching of ‘Perfect Love,’ and the deeper run of ‘Main Vibe’ as The Messenger.