The Black Madonna is no stranger to playing or releasing proper music. Chicago’s unconventional soccer mom has been a major part of Chicago’s House scene of late, holding a residency at and even running the booking for Smart Bar for a period of time, while playing gigs across the country and managing to maintain one of the most impressive collections of music you’ll come across. 2016 was a bit of a breakout ear for The Black Madonna, as she went from national talent to globally recognized selector, rocking gigs at some of the world’s most notorious festivals, Dekmantel included, every step of the way. As 2016 ended, The Black Madonna released her first original work since Lady Of Sorrows’ titled ‘He Is The Voice I Hear’. First released on vinyl, the record was distributed through the famed Gramaphone Records initially before moving on to other local record shops, and finally seeing it’s full release in early January.
‘He Is The Voice I Hear’ has just about everything you could ever want in a proper record. With roots firmly embedded in House music, dripping in Disco instrumentals and rhythms, all pulled together in a properly orchestrated manner, the final product is a masterpiece. Clocking in at over 10 minutes long, to call the latest from The Black Madonna a journey would be an understatement, and just down right unfair. Piercing string melodies are joined by groovy piano melodies with Electro/Techno, 303 inspired, synth lines providing a hypnotic rhythm. ‘He Is The Voice I Hear’ is sinister, yet energetic, with a variety of instrumentals that play off not only each other’s sounds, but emotions as well, giving the track a livelihood few can match. If you’ve heard, you already know, but if you haven’t given this true ballad a chance yet, it’s time to witness what one of the finest ears in music has been up to lately. Enjoy. ~