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It's not often that a tune touches the mind, the heart and the dancefloor in equal measure but when French DJ-producer duo Cassius dropped 'I'm Not Defeated' by Fiorious at a Glitterbox party in Ibiza last summer, it stopped people in their tracks. The tune was already a YouTube sensation, especially among the gay community. Its inspirational images of oppression, gay activism and groundbreaking LGBTQ+ heroes struck a global chord, the song at its heart a staunch, unadorned house anthem with Fiorious' urgent, soulful voice intoning, "I'm not defeated, but you can see the bruise/battered not beaten, still there's so much to prove."

In the crowd at Glitterbox were Defected Records' Simon Dunmore and Andy Daniell who, says Fiorious, "totally got it and didn't want to touch or dilute the music or message in any way." More than that, the label quickly realised this was no mere one trick pony. Fiorious knew exactly what he wanted to say and had a whole album, 'Revisionary,' ripe'n'ready to say it...

A powerful, emotional call-to-resistance, 'I'm Not Defeated' is the debut Glitterbox single from Fiorious. A celebration of activism, visibility, and the history of the LGBTQ+ struggle, with strident vocal, lyrics and beat, Fiorious introduces himself to the world with a political house record that is the very epitome of the scene.

Bronx-born singer-songwriter Fiorious is an uncompromising artist representing the new wave of Glitterbox talent. Capturing the hypnotic energy of historic protest songs, the record has its roots in classic house, featuring vocals from Fiorious and written by him alongside producer Bawrut.

Off the back of a destabilising breakup, Fiorious was invited by his close friend Bawrut to Madrid, to work on new music as therapy in the Spanish summer heat. Several months later they had written and produced 12 tracks that transport the primal energy of Chicago and Detroit golden-age house to 2019.

"Record labels calling to sign you is great," says Fiorious, "But the daily messages I received from queer kids all over the world saying how 'I'm Not Defeated' became an armour, helping them get through the day, that really made it all worth it."
In a time of political ambivalence and apathy in pop, it's exciting that an artist is willing to lay things out, to put themselves on the line.

On his new album, 'Revisionary', Fiorious translates these feelings into something personal, proud and emotional, and reveals himself as a vital new force in dance music and beyond.
I'm Not Defeated
12" Mix (5:53)
Follow Me
Roger Sanchez Extended Remix (6:22)

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