Dec 4, 2013
"When DJ Sneak asks you to do a mix, you go 100% or don't go at all." That approach is exactly why there's a real treat in store from Chicago's Kid Enigma who has served up a mouth-watering taste of the jacking sound cultivated in the Windy City.
The South Sider's journey with house music started at the age of 19: "I left 3 residencies to discover the deep and dirty. Top 40, reggae, dancehall, hip hop. That was cute. It made me a lot of money. It didn't satisfy my want for more. I didn't know what more was. I heard Shades of Dank at Zentra. I had to learn how to make new records that made me feel the way I felt when I heard that. It was a bootleg, but it was a great bootleg. I remember dancing to that and feeling like the track was 7 hours long because it was so amazing to me. Money Can't Buy That Feeling." Kid Enigma has gone on to release music for Blue Town Records, So Sound, Plant 74, 1200 Traxx and several more fine labels.
On his Gangstercast, KE says: "I'm from Chicago, and I chose to sound as close to home as possible with each record. With records from up and coming artists from Chicago like Ed Nine and Garrett David, as well as other random artists that have sent me promos which I am ultimately grateful for, I have chosen to bang my favorite percussion, stabs and chants at the moment and put them together for this mix. I like to integrate live blending with the garnishment of delays, echoes and reverb effects to paint an audible dream of how I'm feeling at the moment, which is the most important part. The Moment."
And he has a great viewpoint on the overall House Gangster sound which he describes: "The percussion behind the mix bangs the side of your head like a bat on a trash can, similar to the call out from one gang to another. The wave of sounds should take you up and down, like coastal winds and storms do to their boats and ships. Our chants are for the forward movement of creativity and individuality, dating back to the roots of tribal evocation."