DJ Steaw – Bel Air EP

Madhouse Records has dedicated a quarter of a century to producing deep and soulful house, employing the likes of Todd TerryChristopher McCay and even Roy Ayers to grace the studio, promoting the sounds from Chicago, Detroit and further afield. Characterised by warm, innovate bass lines and seraphic vocals, Kerri Chandler’s prestigious label’s most recent release comes from Parisian producer DJ Steaw – who’s addition to the roster has received an ‘overwhelming’ response’ (Madhouse Recordings, August 2017).

DJ Steaw has released on labels including Hot Haus and his own labels Rutilance and Steaward, establishing himself in the Paris music scene with his unique production style and DJing at local venues Rex ClubConcrete and further afield at Fabric (London) and Tresor(Berlin).

DJ Steaw’s forthcoming EP, Bel Air, highlights the European DJ’s transatlantic influences, complimenting the label with the use of heavily swung drums and effervescent sub tones. His production style is a throwback similar to the sounds of the 90s and artists such as DJ Pierreand Mark Pritchard’s N.Y. Connection, with subtle hints of French House.

The EP opens with title track, Bel Air, launching you into dance with a raw kick and an energetic bass-introducing vocal. Bright and atmospheric pads float and disappear modulated by the filter cutoff at every bar to provide one of many rhythm sequences. The first breakdown slices through a carefully crafted ambience, ascending the tune with a series of organ stabs that could only be replaced with the word; PARTY! The organ sound is reminiscent of the revolutionary rave days of the late 80s and early 90s which re-injects energy and completes the song.

Reach Out sets the groove from the off with a punchy baseline, attitudinal drums and marimba awash with reverb and delay. The track is similar to Bel Air in theory; soft chords juxtaposed with lively drums, however the intensity is risen for the second track, progressing the listening experience throughout the EP.

Destiny, the final track of the release, opens with a rigid and gritty percussion pattern and animated bass synth. The mood is deeper than the previous tracks on the EP, reflected in the chord selection and extrospective vocal sample. The vocal dissolves into a sea of delay and dynamic effects, leaving the listener momentarily questioning whether the track has ended, before the bright and resonant chords return accompanied by delayed and spacey percussion.

DJ Steaw’s first Madhouse release is an accolade to Kerri Chandler’s ability to run a successful label, Steaw’s sound perfectly represents the the label’s 25 year history and brings an offering of new styles and concepts. His productions are well crafted, creating groove using little instrumentation and the EP progresses fluently.

Dennis Quin – You Read Me Wrong


Dennis Quinn serves up a new EP via the long standing Madhouse imprint this July, entitled ‘Read Me Wrong’.

Hailing from Amsterdam, Dennis Quinn has been climbing up the ranks over his career, which spans two decades, working alongside producers such as Low Steppa and Todd Terry and reaching the top 20 of Beatport’s top selling House artists of 2016. Now, Dennis Quinn returns with his EP ‘Read Me Wrong’ following his collaborative EP alongside Roog in January for Kerri Chandler’s Madhouse.

The opener ‘Read Me Wrong’ incorporates stab sequences which wrap around weighty drum patterns and are then later met with a horn riff layered over drifting strings.

‘You Get That’ then finishes off the EP with rattling hi-hats, warped synths and vocal chants that ebb and flow throughout the composition.

‘Read Me Wrong’ drops on Madhouse Records 7th July 2017.



1. Read Me Wrong
2. You Get That



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.


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

2. James Curd feat. Jdub– 4FootTall

3. James Curd–I’m So Glad