We’re very proud to present you Ferreck Dawn’s debut release, ‘Sweet Desperation’ feat. Kelli Leigh. In a clashing of two new age genre heavyweights, the Dutch big room stalwart has enlisted again the UK critically acclaimed vocalist of Duke Dumont and Second City fame to create ‘Sweet Desperation’ , after their iconic collaboration with Redondo on 2014’s ‘Love Too Deep’.
‘Sweet Desperation’ features Leigh’s distinctive, irresistible R&B-infected vocals over Dawn’s anthemic signature, melody-driven production, and has all the makings of another D:VISION club smash with sweet, lively piano chords bouncing along to retro tinged House drums, making sure the energy is always there.
Supported by Sam Feldt, Gregor Salto, Nora En Pure, Oliver Heldens, Benny Benassi, Lost Frequencies, Ivan Gough, Federico Scavo, Joe Stone e Sander Van Doorn... This is a guaranteed party starter!
#17 'Sweet Desperation' @ Music Week UK Cool Cuts Chart:
Freek Coppens (aka Ferreck Dawn) has been active as a DJ and producer for over 14 years now. His productions -- released on well-known labels like Spinnin’ Records, Toolroom, D:VISION, and Material records -- have been supported by DJs like Avicii, Hardwell, EDX, Robin Schulz, Sander van Doorn, Mark Knight, Oliver Heldens, The Magician and other big guns like Steve Angello, Martin Garrix, Chuckie, Pete Tong and Tiësto.
After numerous Beatport top 10 charting tracks and remixes for artists like Martin Garrix, Sander van Doorn, DVBBS, Steve Aoki, Sander Kleinenberg, Philip George and René Amesz, Ferreck released 'Love Too Deep' together with Redondo in 2013. The melodic hit resided in the Beatport Deep House Top 10 for an impressive 3 months in a row, was supported by all the top jocks, got massive airplay on UK radio stations like BBC Radio 1 & Kiss FM and Dutch radio station Slam FM declaring the track a Grandslam (most important track).
After Love Too Deep, the success continued in 2014 / 2015 by signing to one of the biggest dance labels in the world, Spinnin Records, and releasing chart topping tracks like 'Something Else', 'Another Day', 'Heaven Sent', 'Baby Slow Down' and 'Superman', the latter reaching #4 in the South African 5fm top 40.
2016 started off very well for Ferreck with his new single 'Man Enough' reaching #1 in the Beatport house charts for 2 weeks and steady at #2 in the main chart, an EMPO Award nomination for 'Best Deep House DJ' and a full agenda with (inter)national shows. With a lot of new tracks and remixes in the pipeline, and upcoming performances in countries like Indonesia, Dubai, France, the UK, Denmark, Romania, Czech Republic and Portugal, 2016 is going to be the year that Ferreck Dawn takes it to the next level.
“When you hear Kelli-Leigh live it’s like someone’s pressed play on the record and added an extra hit of epicness…” Mixmag
There aren’t many vocalists that can do to a record what Kelli-Leigh does - and that’s certified. Chances are you know the songs but now it’s time to get to know the voice.
Whether it’s getting her Whitney Houston on for Duke Dumont & Jax Jones’ global Grammy nominated anthem, ‘I Got U’, or coming like Toni Braxton for Second City’s club smash ‘I Wanna Feel’, her critically acclaimed vocal hits the spot and some. Both no.1 singles in the UK and across Europe (‘I Got U’ also topping the Billboard Dance Chart), Kelli-Leigh went on to join Duke Dumont’s first European tour, which included the coveted ILoveTechno festival, playing the main stage at Capital FM’s Summertime Ball and performing for Fearne Cotton on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. A performance in the window of Topshop to launch Kate Moss’ new collection also bought chaos and tube closures to Oxford Circus as the sounds of ‘I Got U’ with Duke’s live band bought the crowds to a standstill.
Having since lent her distinctive R&B-inflected voice to Ferreck Dawn & Redondo’s ‘Love Too Deep’, Duke Dumont’s ‘The Giver (Reprise)’& new release ‘Melt’, Low Steppa’s ‘So Real’ (previously no.1 on Music Week’s Cool Cuts chart), and Ministry of Sound’s latest signing A Minor’s ‘Be Mine’, it’s fair to say she’s the go-to-girl for vocal house delivered with actual soul.
When she’s not doing Pilates, cooking up a storm or performing at a nightclub somewhere in the world, Kelli-Leigh spends her days in her south London studio where she’s been writing with an array of talent including MK, Jax Jones, Arches, DJ SKT, Rob Harvey, Felon, Ferreck Dawn and more. With another Duke Dumont release (‘Be Here’) on the horizon, Kelli-Leigh will be bringing the heat whatever the season.
In case you need anymore convincing, her CV really does stand a head above the rest. Fully proving her aim for the top is not to be underestimated, Kelli-Leigh previously toured with Adele on her 21 album (and performed alongside at The Grammy’s, The Oscar’s & The Brit Awards), as well as lending her BV’s on tours for Leona Lewis and Jessie J. Other behind the scenes work has included vocal arrangements for Rita Ora while an earlier collaboration with Bingo Players on ‘Cry (Just A Little)’ back in 2011 has wracked up an impressive 17 million video plays on YouTube.
As 2016 looks set to be a busy one – her new tracks ‘Runnin’’ with Low Steppa & Bisou’s ‘Ain’t Got Nobody’ already receiving radio support from MistaJam, Danny Howard and DJ Target among others – Kelli is still finding time to build up her own musical repertoire, recording demos on a vintage set up, capturing the emotion the technology and sonics of decades ago allowed.
The only thing you need to do now is remember the voice – and the name.
“Your voice! I had goose bumps during you singing that! You made it look so easy, beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.” Fearne Cotton, BBC R1 Live Lounge