James Curd – “Freak of Nature”

KCTDL1165 - Madhouse Records - James Curd - Freak of Nature EP - Low ResOriginally from Chicago but now based in Adelaide, James Curd has been making music for over a decade now under a number of guises, this includes the late John Peel acclaimed Greenskeepers alias with Nick Maurer and the Eskimo recordings signed Holy Models with Adam Frawley and Mitch Van Kaathoven. Curd’s solo releases have landed him on labels such as Munich’s Permanent Vacation plus Derrick Carter and Luke Soloman’s Classic, whilst his gigs span the globe from Chicago’s Smartbar to Melbourne’s Brown Alley. Joining Curd for his next Madhouse release is fellow American producer Turbotito, Australian native Jdub and vocalist Likasto.

Kick starting the EP with pure summer vibes is ‘Freak Of Nature’ ft. Likasto, where bubbling synth leads and an organic percussive swing combine with stab-led bass and soulful vocals to create an immersive cut. Next up, glistening chords and a hypnotic panpipe hook shimmer alongside shuffling hats, crisp snares and crafty spoken word samples in ‘4 Foot Tall’.

James Curd’s only solo production on this EP entitled ‘I’m So Glad’ is another fervent affair, that slowly builds with the aid of acid arpeggios and eloquent synth lines, further tied together with an amalgamation of soulful vocals and a tight drum groove.

James Curd’s ‘Freak Of Nature’ EP drops on Madhouse this May 12th.

Tracklist:

1. James Curd & Turbotito feat. Likasto–Freak Of Nature

2. James Curd feat. Jdub– 4FootTall

3. James Curd–I’m So Glad

 

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T.Williams & James Jacob – “Together EP”

T WILL - WEBKerri Chandler’s Madhouse Records return this April with a 3 track EP from T.Williams and James Jacob entitled ‘Together’.

Londoner Tesfa Williams has been a figurehead in the UK underground scene for a few years now, moving through a wide spectrum of UK club music and transcending genres, he is known for varied musical palette and this shows in his back catalogue. Williams now joins forces once again with James Jacob, whom he recently collaborated with on an EP for the seminal Strictly Rhythm label, in the aptly titled ‘Together’ EP on Kerri Chandlers Madhouse.

Kick starting the EP in old school leaning vibes is ‘Together’, where classic jazzy chords and a jacking groove combines with wide-open shimmering hats and a fluctuating low end. Next up is the glistening and mesmeric ‘I’ve Been Thinking’, which employs driving 909 rhythms and cavernous kicks whilst fusing in soulful vocals and deep strings to create an immersive cut.

Closing the package in true Madhouse aesthetic is ‘Work’, where raw house stabs and a filtering acid bass line roams freely within the confines of the tracks immersive percussive drive.

T.Williams and James Jacob’s ‘Together’ EP drops on Madhouse Records 21st April (Traxsource) and 5th May (General) 2017.

Tracklist:

1. T.Williams & James Jacob – Together

2. T.Williams&JamesJacob-I’veBeenThinking

3. T.Williams & James Jacob – Work

 

OPOLOPO ft Elle Gee – “Lowlife”

Madhouse - Opolopo ft. Ell Gee - Lowlife - Low Res LRHailing from Stockholm, Opolopo is a DJ and producer who needs little introduction – releasing tracks for over a decade on seminal labels such as Joey Negro’s Zrecords and Sweden based Local talk. Opolopo translates as ‘Plenty’ in Youruban, which explains the diversity of his back catalogue and ventures within the electronic music scene, this has led to a number of gigs in world famous venues such as Glasgow’s Sub Club and Croatia’s Fort Punta Cristo for Dimensions Festival. Opolopo will be joining the Madhouse catalogue alongside a myriad of legendary house artists such as Roy Ayers and Dennis Ferrer.

The Original Mix of Lowlife is a soulful vocal number that fits within the tried and tested aesthetic of Madhouse. The track is driven with shuffling hats, punchy kicks and a crafty sub bass hook, featuring twisted and layered original vocals from Elle Gee all of which gains gravitas with the introduction of jazzy piano chords and strings.

The Dub Mix of Lowlife takes a stripped back and deeper approach to the original, keeping the emphasis on the tracks jacking groove with a more subtle set of vocals. Depth is then added via disco tinged string lines and a blues Sax sample, exemplifying the varied musical styles that Opolopo’s productions are known for.

Opolopo ft. Elle Gee’s Lowlife EP drops on Madhouse records on the 3rd March 2017.

Tracklist:

  1. Lowlife (Original Mix)
  2. Lowlife (Dub Mix)