DJ Madd – The Real & The Shadow / Blackbox
An album of darkside halfstep murk forms the core of The Real & The Shadow, a soundprint increasingly being termed ‘dungeon‘. A term I’m not overly familiar with but one that is perhaps best used to describe Youngsta’s weekly Rinse FM sessions on Monday nights. Spaced out pitch black chest rattling sub pressure.
There are more delicate touches on The Real… as closer Kyoto Station shows with its eastern textures and a lighter vibe together with that darkfloor bassweight that DJ Madd is a go-to-guy for.
Standout cut, for me, The Life You Chose has proven itself as a serious slab of dubplate on Youngsta’s show again and again the past few months. The Life… is a track I love both for its immense and bruising throb but also the well placed Doug Bradley sample in his role as Hellraiser’s Pinhead, a favourite film of mine, so I’m somewhat bias. Nice to see it finally coming out.
From what I’ve heard of this album it’s not breaking any new ground, but it is big, and it is clever, so does it need to be new? Well I’d argue no. It does what it does, and it does it very well and I’m very happy with that.
DJ Madd – The Real & The Shadow
DJ Madd – Deeply feat. Lady Maroo
DJ Madd – Riginal
DJ Madd – Body Pop
DJ Madd – Program feat. LX One
DJ Madd – No Tomorrow feat. Rebel MC
DJ Madd – Bristol 2 Budapest
DJ Madd – Junglist
DJ Madd – The Life You Chose
DJ Madd – Kensal Avenue
DJ Madd – Moving On
DJ Madd – Kyoto Station