INPUT | Duke Dumont at Output with JDH & Dave P in the Panther Room

Before 2012 Duke Dumont was known as a 'producer's producer'. He was the name on a 12" record the DJ knew to reach for when he wanted to please the crowd, without them knowing who had constructed the mesmerising sonic confection they were dancing too.

In 2012, two EPs on Tiga's Turbo Recordings (with whom Duke has had a long standing relationship) changed all that. 'For Club Play Vol. 1 & 2' offered up sweet ecstatic deep house & UK bass cuts that have united people across the spectrum of music, from early club adopters like Annie Mac, Erol Alkan, Diplo, Martyn and Jackmaster to Fearne Cotton on daytime Radio 1, Trevor Nelson on 1xtra and even podcasts by Tiesto and Avicci. On some nights in Duke's beloved Fabric London, you would hear the anthemic 'The Giver' being played in all three rooms at the same time.

Duke's early career was mentored by Switch (last sighted producing for Beyoncé) and he made his name as the 'go-to' man to remake a pop song for the dance floor (Lily Allen and Bat For Lashes were notable clients). In 2011, he moved out of London to the countryside (Hertfordshire, where his studio overlooks a forest) to focus on his original material.

Synthesising his influences from techno to UK garage and house he brought back goodies from this zen-like exile. 'For Club Play Only Vol. 1' was released in April 2012 on Turbo. With 'Street Walker' and 'Thunderclap' on there, it alerted the heads to the Duke movement and received support from the likes of Jamie Jones and Simian Mobile Disco.

Remixes for AlunaGeorge and Santigold quickly followed, then in August 'For Club Play Only Vol.2' featuring 'No Money Blues' and 'The Giver' made Duke the man to watch. 'The producer's producer' had become the 'people's producer'.

'Need U (100%)' features 17 year-old starlet A*M*E* on singing duties. With a chunky low-end, funky stabs and silky vocals this is like an early 90s house classic couched in 2013 techno techniques. In 1988 Inner City would have been jealous of this one.

Co-written by teenage wonder-kid MNEK (who recently sung on Rudimental's 'Spoons' with Syron) 'Need U (100%)' is out now on his newly minted Blasé Boys Club label.

Josh Houtkin, or JDH, is one half of the NYC-based FIXED with Dave Pianka (Dave P.) Rumors of New York City's nightlife's demise have been greatly exaggerated. While the ever-pervasive rumors of "no dancing allowed" and draconian cabaret laws continue to reverberate around the world's cities, the state of underground dance music in the big apple is indeed much stronger. The two have been responsible for bringing over some of the most credible DJs and live bands and giving them a proper venue and environment in which to play.

Says Josh, "Our influences come from a pretty wide variety of places. We both were heavily into the early-90's punk/ indie scene. Fugazi, Dischord Records, Bikini Kill, that sort of stuff."

The two quickly teamed up, expanding their horizons into techno, electro and other permutations of dance music. In early 2004, they started a party called FIXED at the Tribeca Grand hotel, where they quickly established a forward-thinking booking policy that found heavyweight, Berlin-based techno jocks like Ewan Pearson playing one week, with on-the-rise indie acts such as Little Boots or Friendly Fires the next. To date, blue-chip artists like Erol Alkan, Soulwax, Booka Shade, Justice, Superpitcher, the Klaxons, Peaches, LCD Soundsystem, Mylo, Vitalic, Simian Mobile Disco, The Rapture, Tiefschwarz, M.A.N.D.Y., and many more have all made appearances. The party celebrated its 5-year anniversary in November 2009, with Basement Jaxx headlining the night.

In a city full of nights with style over substance, FIXED is now known as a party with an eclectic crowd of sincere music lovers, where all sorts of interesting styles and genres find a place to come together.

Going forward, JDH and Dave P look forward to continuing helping interesting acts around the world establish a beachhead on US shores, as well as continuing to bring their act on the road. With recent DJ tours with Simian Mobile Disco and Soulwax, they're finding wider acclaim on a global stage while keeping up the ravenous appetite for breaking new sounds.

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