Walter Ego’s new EP on MadTech, the Heaven EP, is out next week on August 5th, and it’s house-y garage-y goodness. The title track opens up the EP is soulful and warm, big garage vibes, bubbly pads, and soft organs in the background. It has a nice little shift towards the end, sharper drums and slightly more aggressive pads take it to an interesting new level. ‘Grab Somebody’ is a little bit more energetic, the combination of jazz-influenced hi hats and cuts of acid with what could almost be a xylophone on the chord progression deliver a fascinating and danceable house tune. The last track Jam Roll (For Love) takes things to a deeper and darker place, much more moody synths and pulsating bass. All three are solid in their own right, MadTech really nailed the choices, making the Heaven EP a memorable listen and a great asset for many a variety of DJ crates.
On Monday I hopped back on my favorite social media platform, Twitter, and got to chatting with MadTech Records (specifically James, who heads the label) and the latest artist on their top-notch and busy release schedule, Walter Ego. The boys and I discuss the artistic process, our influences and current musical explorations, food, and much more. You can check the interview behind the jump.
A few weeks ago we had a massive twitter interview with MadTech Records and their latest slew of artists: Lakosa, iO, and Pedro123. The man behind the scenes at MadTech, James, was an absolute pleasure to speak with and has continued to deliver some lovely tracks in our inboxes. So, when he shot us over the announcement of MadTech’s sublabel, MTDL, which will be pushing free music downloads, I quickly jumped on it. Awesome music… for free? Consistently? Sounds like a win. Continue Reading
More from MadTech here to set your weekend off on a hot one. They’re consistently grabbing new talent in the universe of UK Bass, Funky and the experimental. This one is Ill Blu, a production duo of Def1 and Jreel. Rumbling bass, sliced up by synth strikes and an ever-present, pounding 4/4 beat. Have a listen, and grab the free download at the bottom.
Our second round of #AskGDD went down early in the afternoon yesterday, and after Steven and Laura had a nice long chat with James from Mad Tech Records, as well as Lakosa, iO, and Pedro123 (Stef, Rob, and Pedro, respectively), we decided not only to transcribe it for everyone who missed it to enjoy, but to continue along and start up a weekly Twitter chit chat with a selection of yours and our favorite artists, record labels, and more. Stay tuned via our twitter and of course with the #AskGDD hashtag every Thursday, where you can follow along or even ask questions yourself!
Our conversation with the group, as well as plenty of jams from them all for you to enjoy (as well as the dope new tunes they talked with us about) all after the jump. Continue Reading
More world-class emerging talent here from Kerri Chandler’s latest, MadTech Records. Kashii weaves bass house music that is at once detailed, lush, so deep and smooth but at the same time, grabs you with its one-foot-in-front-of-the-other pace, trading off between a pounding beat, striking leads and varied percussion. What’s really going to blow you away is once the title track, Rome, gets to the 3:50 mark.
Citizen is the first to be released on Kerri Chandler‘s latest, MadTech records and, once again, the deep house originator delivers with Citizen and this release. “In 1992 Kerri Chandler had a vision. A vision of deep, heartfelt, meaningful music.” This vision helped forge the soulful standards of Madhouse records, establishing some of deep house’s very foundations, which continue today in Kerri’s new label MadTech. As I introduced Citizen in The Dirt #73, his sound is decidedly “House Over Everything” and today we’ve got a sublime exclusive mix from him, as well as his entire EP and details on our Twitter interview with the label this Friday. Go Deep.
Tre and Steven N. Ewald on Dirt duty this week and we’re very excited to be coming at you with everything from melodic techno to intricately designed glitch beats on Tre’s end and some truly deep, deep sensuality with jacking chicago house thrown in to keep you on your toes from Steven’s end. Even a fan submitted, fan selected track from GDD Facebook on this week! Grab The Dirt #73 .zip and all tracks after the jump. And how ’bout that Dirt Babe?