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“Since ‘Play the Game’ was first released, dance music has become the biggest youth-cultural phenomenon in the world. Kenny’s music, DJ sets and club nights played an important part in that story. As decades pass, our only tangible legacy is what we create. ‘Play The Game’ marks a space in time – forever timeless. But most importantly, it’s great music that’ll make you dance.” — Claire Hughes

Kenny Hawkes was one of the pioneering artists in British dance music. Influenced by the sounds of Hip Hop, Ska, Motown and Dub Reggae as he grew up, he became manager of legendary pirate radio station Girls FM in the 90’s, where he became close friends with Classic boss Luke Solomon. The pair went on to run the longest running mid-week house night in London, Space at Bar Rumba. Sadly Kenny died on 10th June 2011, and Luke has spent a number of years helping his daughter Inez gather all of her Dad’s assets, and with her approval, Classic are releasing this single as a tribute to the legendary Dark Knight of House Music. Featuring the smooth vocals of South African artist Louise Carver, this package contains the original record in all its glory, along with the Space Children Love Mix, as Luke Solomon, Jonny Rock & Leon Oakey lovingly remix their dear friend’s record, giving a multitude of nods to Kenny’s DJ sets and musical style. The release also features dynamic remixes from Dario D’Attis and Till von Sein, as well as the futuristic ‘Play The Dub’.

Kenny Hawkes & Louise Carver ‘Play The Game’

1. Play The Game (Extended Mix)
2. Play The Game (Space Children Love Mix)
3. Play The Game (Till von Sein Extended Remix)
4. Play The Game (Dario D’Attis Extended Remix)
5. Play The Dub

Written & Composed by K. Hawkes & L. Carver
Produced by Kenny Hawkes
Vocals & Lyrics by Louise Carver
Programmed & Engineered by Mat Clark @ Sonica Studios, London, UK
Track 1 & 5 Mastered by Lopsided
Track 2 Remixed by Luke Solomon, Jonny Rock & Leon Oakey
Additional Backing Vocals by the Ginger Prince
Keys & Instrumentation by Tom Laroye
Mixed by Lance Desardi for Builders of Paradise
Track 3 Remix Produced by Till von Sein & Alexander Krueger
Track 4 Remixed by Dario D’Attis @ Digital Funk Studios, Gailingen am Hochrhein, Germany
Mixed & Mastered by Dario D’Attis & Mirco Esposito @ Pearl Studios Luzern, Switzerland
Published by Defected Music & Bucks Music Publishing
Track 1 & 5 P&C 2002 Classic Music Company
Track 2 P&C 2019 Classic Music Company
Track 3 & 4 P&C 2018 Classic Music Company

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