“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, the 12” package contains the extended version of this classic house track. The Space Children Extended Love Mix also features, 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.
Published: 6th February 2019