WHAT YOUR EARS SAY & THE COVER LOOKS LIKE
WHAT WE SAY
It's not often an artist comes along and shakes up a genre with hardly any reference to what came before but MADTEO is one. His new LP for Honest Jon's Records is a slo-mo deep, dark, wild atmospheric twisted house dive sounding like an ecstatic dance soundtrack for K-Hole exploring urban deviants rather than group hugging hippy 2.0s.
WHAT THE RELEASE NOTES SAY
Visceral, elemental, electronic funk, conjured from scraps of sound, breath, mutterings, dubwise remembrances, scuffling, sweat and blood, thin air - ‘crawled out of the slime’, as the opener puts it, self-engendering like the baddie in Terminator - all harnessed to cruelly grooving earthquake bass and b-boy drum science.
Rhythmically it has ants in its pants and it needs to dance, with an improvisatory, streetwise nervous energy and uninhibited, purposeful rapture - akin to this guy, say, eighteen minutes in - crossed with on-song Pepe Bradock and stripped-to-the-bone, mongrel hip-hop.
It’s unruly and edgy, a bit off its rocker, emotionally ranging - typically anxious, often nostalgic - and riveting dance music.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT GOES SOMETHING LIKE THIS
Lazy Days, Hazy Moments & Dancing to a Slower Groove