“Stuck in Love” is out now on FAVOURITIZM

Stuck In Love” is the stunning debut solo single from Ukrainian singer/songwriter Irena, produced and mixed by Julian Bendall (Bah Samba) and Mark Ralph (Filthy Dukes/Hot Natured) for Favouritizm. “Stuck In Love” sees Irena deliver a distinctive, heartfelt vocal, telling a love story that resonates in a million broken hearts, underpinned by a warm backdrop of retro electronica, fused with lush Deep House sensibilities.

Joining forces on remix duty are Italian producer Alex Vanni and Fav label boss Sarah Favouritizm, who crank up the thermostat and drop a gloriously cinematic 80¹s synth Electro-pop / Nu Disco flavoured bomb for peak time. Topping off this dynamite package, Italian Deep House maestro Aki Bergen administers a large dose of his unique beat wizardry and drizzles with his lush, signature melancholic synthology.

Irena, born in the Ukraine, studied music in Manchester where she is now a popular fashion blogger is not just another beauty on the European dance scene. Boasting a unique vocal talent, there is something inexplicable, almost mysterious, which all of her songs are infiltrated by.


Being a classically trained jazz singer whose CD collection includes Kraftwerk and Joy Division records suggests that we are not dealing with another “common soldier” of the army of pop/dance singers. Her compositions are full of dark energy and 90’s sounds, European epicness and seductive 80¹s glam. After success of her previous synth ­ pop project Rubika (some critics compared her with Blondie and Goldfrapp), Irena decided to experiment with fusing the elements of electro and eurodance into dance music. The results are a unique combination of cold electronic harmonies, lush rhythms and sultry power vocals. Her recent gigs, where she shared the stage with Frank Music and Sugababes, secured a very promising future for her International solo career. Irena is busy in the studio working on some new material for later in the year.

Good friends Julian Bendall and Mark Ralph have worked for many years together in music, namely in the highly acclaimed UK band, Bah Samba, but also lending their individual heavyweight musical talents to countless successful band projects, productions and remixes under many guises. Italian producer Alex Vanni is deeply inspired by the Chicago/Detroit electronic music of the late 80’s and early 90’s. In 2005 Alex as Mono, together with DJ Tony Barbato released Flowers’, with supporters including John Digweed, Alex Neri, and Steve Lawler. He has remixed everyone from Adamski, Pastaboys and Roger Sanchez. Alex met Fav¹ label boss / DJ Sarah Favouritizm 2013 when she moved Italy. Sarah¹s production projects include Rise ŒThe Way We Get Down’ with Timmy Vegas and remixes for Bah Samba. Both sharing a love for vintage analogue sounds and sexy electronica, 2014 saw Alex & Sarah team up on some new production and remix projects, with ŒStuck In Love¹ being their first fruit. Mix engineer, composer and producer Aki Bergen, aka Simone Bocchino is, is top of his game when it comes to producing quality Italian deep house. He has graced the no.1 spot on the Deep House Beatport chart many times, including their main chart with the smash hit, “Jazzy Stuff”. He has collaborated with artists such as Dannii Minogue, Ralphi Rosario, Oscar G, Miguel Migs, Goldfish, Noir, The Layabouts, among others and continues to release his music on his own acclaimed label Neurotraxx. Aki is currently busy in the studio putting the finishing touches to his new album.



1 Stuck In Love (Vanni & Fav’s Discopop Remix) Radio Edit

2 Stuck In Love Mix (Original Mix)

3 Stuck In Love (Vanni & Fav’s Discopop Remix Extended)

4 Stuck In Love (Aki Bergen Remix)

5 Stuck In Love (Vanni & Fav’s Discopop Instrumental)

6 Stuck In Love (Aki Bergen Instrumental)

ŒStuck In Love¹ will be released June 9th 2014 on Favouritizm.



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