Madeaux – Burn

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Madeaux releases his new album, Burn. Earlier this month, I mentioned that the Fool’s Gold artist was releasing his album describing his journey towards self-actualization. Here it is, and I love it. The arrangements and vocal distortion remind me of something Kanye would do; however, there are more fine-tuned electronic production elements in the sounds. Madeaux is known to infuse darker, industrial house vibes with techno and Detroit hip-hop.

I’m going to go through it. Song by song.

Like A Model has a future R&B feel from the vocals. The percussion elements are super textured, and the song transforms into a hard hitting R&B track with huge 808 hits. There’s also a bit of reggaeton percussion in the second half of the song, illustrating the set-to-be eclectic album. One of my favorite parts of this song is at 1:40, where the song is sped up for a moment, then goes back to it’s original BMP. It works. The single features Poter Elvinger and WILLS.

Look At Me starts off with haunting vocals and turns into drum n’ bass. The percussion elements really drive the song towards the UK grime vocals. The song slows down towards the end for a hybrid trap feel. Viktoria Modesta and Cakes da Killa are featured on the track.

Run With It has a dancehall vocal vibe towards the beginning, which turns into some dark deep bass house. This track features Tommy Lee Sparta.

Low Lights is a hip-hop track at the beginning that features OG Maco. The anticipation builds and the hardstyle comes out. There’s a great contrast between tempos , creating that double time effect for the hook with heavy use of bass and distorted brass. The other two featured artists are AGLORY and JRich ENT.

Sweat has R&B vocals on top of a unique arrangement of ambiance and acid-house. I found the the transformation of the vocals and instrumentation between the verse and the hook a unique contrast between old-school R&B and house. The featured artists are Class Actress and Black Atlass.

Afters is DARK, industrial house. It’s a distant track where you can find yourself in a haze at 3am. The single features AGLORY and NINTH CHILD.

Phantoms has more of a dark, hip-hop feel led by vocalist Vilas from Canada. I’m digging some reversed sampled throughout this track.  There are element of trap with help from producer, Ureta Kevin.

The Wave is more straight up techno and house with haunting ambiance with vocalist Brux leading the way. There are bouts of R&B vocals throughout the track. Industrial future R&B house?

Animal has that hip-hop, autotune feel with dark undertones.

Suicide Soldiers switches between UK grime and reggae vocal vibes. The featured artists are HxV and Zuse.

Heaven has such a unique drum n bass vibe on house. The vocal chops are where the kicks are, and the song takes you to that Weeknd R&B vibe to drum n bass wildness.

The album titled track, Burn, is the final song on the LP. It’s another unique take on industrial house with serene vocals and  R&B vocals.

Overall, this album is super unique from a storytelling perspective. Between old-school house/techno hooks and R&B verses, there are many hip-hop and industrial bass percussion elements.

Listen to BURN by Madeaux below.

Chris Stack

After graduating from Kenyon College, Chris Stack joined a branding and marketing startup, BrandYourself (as seen on SharkTank), in New York City. After leading the company to grow past profitability as a leading account manager, Chris set his sights on his passion: music. He currently runs his own LLC in New York City, helping musicians in the city with their online presence and marketability. A native of the Washington DC area, Chris Stack's passions and hobbies include music production (8 years on Ableton), marketing, baseball (Mets), football (Ravens), Netflix n chillin, and the experience economy.

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