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It all started in the spring of 1997 when Detroit native Matthew Chicoine, aka Recloose, made contact with techno pioneer Carl Craig by way of a legendary ‘demo-on-rye sandwich’. This fateful meeting led to the signing of Recloose to Craig’s seminal Planet E label and the birth of an eclectic and vibrant musical career.
Recloose’s musical roots trace back to eight years of studying music and playing jazz saxophone, later shifting his focus to the art of collecting and mixing vinyl while at the University of Michigan. His eclectic DJ sets, which were first heard on Ann Arbor’s WCBN, have led him to become an in-demand DJ, playing at clubs and festivals around the world as well as performing as a turntablist for both Carl Craig’s Innerzone Orchestra and the more esoteric Uri Caine ensemble.
Over his fifteen year career Recloose has developed into a true standout of Detroit’s musical litter. To date he has released a number of groundbreaking 12″s for Planet E and Rush Hour, a host of remixes for the likes of Funkadelic, Herbert, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Tei Towa, Dennis Coffey, MJ Cole and Azymuth, a live album, and three full-length LPs debuting with ‘Cardiology’‚ on Planet E / !K7 in 2002, greeted with wide critical acclaim.
Recloose relocated to New Zealand in 2001 to plant new roots and explore fresh musical horizons. 2005 saw the release of Recloose’s second LP, ‘Hiatus On The Horizon’ (Peacefrog/Loop), an album that features a host of New Zealand’s finest musicians and vocalists (and spawned the dancefloor stomper ‘Dust’ featuring Fat Freddy’s vocalist Joe Dukie). This was followed in 2006 by the Recloose Live Band’s funk compendium ‘Backwards and Sideways’, recorded live at the San Francisco Bathhouse and released on Recloose’s on-off imprint ‘Fingertips’ in early 2007. Recloose’s 2008 international long player, ‘Perfect Timing’, features yet more stellar New Zealand talent (including Tyna Keelan, Rachel Fraser, Joe Dukie, Jonathan Crayford) and took out the prestigious Tui Award (aka NZ Music Award) for best Electronica/Dance album of 2008. In 2010 Recloose teamed up with long time musical comrades Rush Hour records to release “Early Works”, a retrospective collection of standout and lost material from his days in Detroit. Since then he has been continued to release a number of ambitious 12″s on Rush Hour and Delusions of Grandeur.
In 2009 Recloose launched his Hit It & Quit It radio show, broadcasting with broadcast partner Frank Booker every Monday from Auckland’s George FM and quickly growing the show into one of the highest rating on the station. In 2010 Recloose took up residence at Auckland’s Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand to set up and deliver a full-time DJ and Electronic Music Production (DJEMP) programme, now rotating between teaching and securing his masters degree at the University of Auckland.
A prolific producer, Mazi Namvar has written or remixed over 200 records in 15 years time. He works under several pseudonyms the most popular of which is Audio Soul Project. Current original ASP releases have appeared on Dessous, Systematic, Circle Music, SAW, Mood Music and Ovum. His latest production “Traditionalist” for Systematic recordings was featured on that label’s 5 vinyl box set entitled “5YSYST”
and reached the top 10 Deep House chart on Beatport.com. His music has recently appeared on compilations such as Loco Dice “The Lab01” on NRK Music, Darren Emerson’s “Bogota GU36” on Global
Underground, Ralph Lawson’s “Fabric 33” mix, Sander Kleinenberg’s edition of the famous “This Is” Renaissance series and on the 9th volume of the “KM5 Ibiza” series on Belgium’s impeccable NEWS label. Other than his solo work Mazi has an ongoing collaboration with Justin Long as Wasted Chicago Youth. The duo has already picked up lots of attention with releases on
.dotbleep, Fresh Meat and a set of releases for Jay Haze’s Tuning Spork label. As live support for their productions they feature a four turntable set that has already been road tested in Denver, Los Angeles, London and their hometown of Chicago.
Mazi continually works on remixes. Recent credits include Marc Romboy and Tyree Cooper’s “Lost” on Josh Wink’s Ovum Recordings, Cates & dPL’s “Through The Weekend” on OM Records, Alexander
Maier’s “Sahara Rain” on Mood Music, Nick and Danny Chatelain’s “Sube Conmigo” on NRK, Chaim’s “C Factor” on Missive Recordings and Matthias Vogt’s “Roofs” on Fresh Meat.
A DJ for 18 years, Mazi has visited clubs like Fabric in London, Crystal in Istanbul, Q in Zürich, Avalon in Los Angeles, Masai in Varna, Level in Bahrain, Red Light in Paris and Simoon in Tokyo. He still finds time to play in Chicago, DJ’ing or performing live at local venues like Spy Bar, Moonshine, Zentra, Vision and Smart Bar.
As an A & R executive, Mazi presides over
his label Fresh Meat Records which he coowns
with partner Nathan Drew Larsen. Fresh Meat is mainly a platform for music by Nathan and Mazi with occasional releases by other like minded talent. The label scored
its first club hits with “No One To Care For” by Nathan under his House of Black Dress moniker and with “Anymore” by Badmouth (a collaboration between Mazi and Cass). Releases on Fresh Meat have included
production and remixes by Phonique, Will Saul & Tam Cooper, King Roc, Worthy, Kyle Szmurlo, Alexander Maier, Luna City Express, Fine Cut Bodies, Akbal Dubroots, Alex Parsons, David Duriez, Phonogenic,
Subsky, Florian Kruse, Sandrino & Adryan and Julien Parisé.