Review: On this must-check EP, Madhouse offers up another selection of 21st century revisions of vintage productions by label head honcho (and all round US deep house legend) Kerri Chandler. Henrik Schwarz kicks things off in fine style with a warm, groovy and melody driven soft-touch deep house rework of Chandler and Jerome Sydenham's superb "Powder", before D'Julz gets dreamy and gently intoxicated on a hypnotic, locked-in version of "Peace of Mind". Kettama raises the dancefloor pressure version with a bumpin', late '90s U.S garage style take on Lafayette's "Better Late Than Never", while Marquis Hawkes also takes a trip to New Jersey via a skipping, life-affirming "Classic Club Mix" of Jiletta Riley's "The Way Things Were" (think late 90s David Morales and Frankie Knuckles remixes and you're close).
Christopher McCray - "Get It Right" (Mad mix - Kerri Chandler Remaster) - (6:43) 124 BPM
Kerri Chandler & Arnold Jarvis - "Music Is My Friend" (Kerri Chandler Remaster) - (5:14) 125 BPM
Review: Launched in 1992, Madhouse Records was a joint venture between NYC legend Kerri Chandler and Mel Medalie of Champion Records. It became predominantly an outlet for Chandler's music, alongside tracks he discovered from peers while DJing around the globe. Today marks a quarter of a century pioneering the true sound of house music and they are proud to finally reveal their celebratory compilation. Mixed by Chandler - one of the most respected DJs on the planet - 25 Years Of Madhouse is a reminder of the imprint's considerable contribution to the house music canon and of a legacy that continues to shape electronic music in 2018 and beyond. Highlights not limited to: the swingin' "Don't Stop" (25th Anniversary Re-Edit) by Sebb Junior, Californian veteran CPEN's deep and sexy "I'm Searching" feat. Bluey Robinson, French rising star DJ Steaw's emotive and hypnotic "Bel Air" and Freerange boss Jimpster's rendition of Chandler's "Powder".
Review: Fresh from the recent release of his killer Vinum EP on Let's Play House, Salzburg sort Bernard Weiss brings his Demuja project to Madhouse for the very first time. The EP is headed up by "Come To Me", a rubbery chunk of classic deep house rich in saucer-eyed vocal samples, lilting Rhodes chords, bustling stabs and crunchy machine drums. Folamour's accompanying remix naturally pushes the track further towards warm and woozy deep house territory - via the box marked "glassy-eyed late night positivity" - before Demuja unfurls two fantastic bonus cuts. Of the pair, it's "Take", a tribute to early New Jersey deep house rich in buzzing synth-sax and memorable chord progressions, that arguably hits home hardest.
Review: This is a deliciously simple idea, impeccably executed. It sees a quartet of contemporary producers take it in turns to remix archival tracks by Madhouse boss (and all round legend) Kerri Chandler. Dutch duo Detroit Swindle steps up first, delivering a bustling, bass-heavy, interpretation of '92 jam Get Out that sits somewhere between booming, warehouse-friendly pump and fluid, disco-influenced NYC bounce. Josh Butler's take on the Chandler-producer Dreamer G anthem I Got That Feeling is an organ-laced, 21st century U.S garage treat, while Peggy Gou's interpretation of 1993's I Need You effortlessly joins the dots between vintage New Jersey deep house and wild acid tweakery. Finally, Jimspter delivers a fine version of "Powder" that's simultaneously lusciously warm and pleasingly bouncy.