NYC transplant Madteo takes us through some of his favourite YouTube moments.
Matteo Ruzzon, the 37-year old Queens resident known to most as Madteo, is one of the more interesting cases in modern electronic music. A long-time music freak whose own productions only found an outlet in the past five years, he is a producer who uses classic influences to tie together a distinctly unconventional thread of house, techno and beyond. Moving from his native Padova to New York in 1994, the young Ruzzon spent much of his youth immersed in early 90s house and golden-era hip-hop, influences evident in both the aesthetics of his music and his obsession for collecting vinyl. Take these foundations, a love of Italo disco and Detroit techno and an abundance of charm, knowledge and eccentricity, and you begin to understand both the man himself and the experimental sonic tapestry he weaves.
Since breaking through in 2007 Ruzzon has released on the eclectic schedules of Morphine Records, Workshop, Sex Tags Mania offspring label Wania, Joy O and Will Bankhead’s Hinge Finger imprint, The Trilogy Tapes, and recently dropped his second album ‘Noi No’ via seminal Finnish label Sahko. His diggings in the YouTube crates are similarly varied, paying respect to Bernard Parmegiani and Dennis Rodman, via 90’s hip-hop and 60’s Bahia, and a few unsung NYC scene heroes thrown in for good measure.
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“My young roommate Taka from Osaka tipped me on this one. From a band that’s been around since the early 80’s. Orginally a post-punk, new-wave outfit, now this guy seems to be on his own tip of moody, resonant atmospheres. A bit of all-in-one chiller, thriller & killer sound. I also suggest checking the whole 4 part live-set up on the tube.”
“Enchanting, astonishingly mind-boggling, mesmerising tape collage/collisions by this still quite unsung musical visionary. What can I say other than hearing it I felt like i should give up trying to make sounds?”
DENNIS RODMAN: Hall of Fame acceptance speech
“The uber-flamboyant NBA all-star & OG badboy Pistons legend has had a colourful career and was recently seen in a very surreal in-studio prime time news interview by George Stephanopoulos about his North Korean jaunt hanging with the dictator. Amazingly exploitive bit of TV (S. Lumet’s ‘Network’ sprang to mind), with him wearing a full US$ printed pattern blazer and his usual collection of ear, nose and lip rings, but watching this speech had me in tears. The guy struggles to keep coherent but ultimately lets it all out for the world to see he has a heart. A big “thank you and I am sorry, but I love you” speech. His life story is something too.”
BEEF Doc. (Vol. 1)
“I found these docs very informative. Written, produced and directed by Quincy Jones III, one of Quincy Jones’s sons, they seem low-budget but ably string together and eloquently narrate the histories of hip-hop’s most important beefs. What’s interesting is that digging into those beefs you pretty much get a big panoramic picture on the history of the genre as a whole, as beefs are fundamentally entwined with its genesis, so I highly recommend them. I’ve watched the first three but apparently there are more.”
KIRLIAN (SAHKO #9)
“Amazing SAHKO release from a Queens native and veteran producer, Abe Duque under an early moniker. I was 19 going on 20 when this was released and I’m sure if I’d checked it then I’d think it was ridiculous. A bit like Sensational’s hip-hop – raw, dirty, spare but pure proto-minimal techno.”
Metabolics – Last Rites
“Another classic from Wordsound’s old catalogue I did the mailing for, and another all killer no filler hip hop LP with tight lyrics, sick flows and premiere production by an also totally slept-on producer, BIMOS, who I remember being a super humble and earnest guy driving a UPS truck by day and making golden-era style soulful beats by night. One of the many releases I was involved in as the menial kid stuffing the envelopes and bringing about 300 promo CDs to the post office for Wordsound’s head Skiz Fernando. I remember having Christopher, Mr Dead, at my house in Greenpoint in the late 90’s with his family, wife and kid when my parents were over from Italy and my mom made pasta with this regional meat delicacy, a type of cured, dried, smoked and shredded horse-meat. Horse meat might not seem like a nice thing to eat but is predictably the healthiest and most nutritious of meats. After dinner when my parents were sleeping I rember Mr Dead freestyling and his rambunctious kid getting slapped by his mom to keep quiet and mindful that my folks were sleeping!. Oh, one fresh track on this LP is them riding the “Is it all over my face” classic by LOOSE JOINTS.”
Novos Baianos – Preta Pretinha
“I spent four and a half months in Rio between ’05 and ’06 and I didnt leave the city at all, just took in the incredible mix of things in the City that is Wonderful (Cidade Maravilhosa). I was staying in a strategic location and had a cheap room in a shared apartment right in Arpoador, in between two of the best neighborhoods in the South Zone, the newer part of Rio. I walked out the apartment and had the beginning of Copacabana two blocks on my left and Ipanema two blocks on my right. I did nothing but make music and hang at Posto 9 in Ipanema, and one day I walked into a fancy music/books etc store that seemd to be very well stocked with Brasilian sounds and I got talking with one of the staff and let him know I was there to buy a few CDs of some true Brasilian classics. I said “I want the real shit, the one to give goosebumps”. This track from this seminal group from the 60’s Bahian scene is my favorite off their classic “Acabou Chorare” LP.”
Gringo – Story of a Junkie (Lech Kowalski, 1987)
“This guy was one of those ubiquitous Beast Village denizens with a storied career as an eccentric dope fiend who was well known to be a friend of some of the original punk-rockers. There used to be an amazing documentary on J. Thunders where Thunders is totally (and typically) strung out on stage, eyes rolling up, slow moving but impeccably balanced forward leanings of the body, and J. Spacely (also completely zonked out of his mind) gets up on stage and starts wrestling Thunders. The scene developed into a few minutes of them desperately but unsuccessfully trying to gather the strength to knock each other out until J. Thunders grips his guitar by the neck and starts bashing Spacely as hard as he could. Can’t remember how it ended but it was amazing to watch. Up until maybe the 90’s on St Marks Place, on the empty windowless flank of the building where the old Coney Island High venue was, there was a huge mural with a one-eyed patch guy. It was him, John Spacely. Had no idea who he was until later. Across the street there was the best indy video-store I’ve ever been into, Mondo Kim’s Videos & Music. After finding out about the movie I went to ask if they had it but said their last copy was dead, damaged and had to be junked or something.”
MINK DEVILLE “A” Train Lady
“Didnt know about this guy until a few years ago while checking a documentary on the 90’s Downtown NYC art-scene called “Beautiful Losers” . What is interesting is that he was the only act out of the original CBGB’s house/resident bands that had nothing to do with the punk-rock scene. His sound and attitude didnt at least. A bluesy, highly poetic, at times almost country southern rock style. He was known to be a big morphine addict and spent his last years living in Louisiana. And lastly this song was written by my neighbour and good friend David M. Levine, the Magical Kosher Motherfucker (a tee given to him by his young friend and roommate James, had me cracking up). David’s got a big brain – I love taking the elevator down to his first floor apartment and pow-wow-ing heavily! He’s a major supplier of reading material from his vast library.”