The story of Edwin Maduro in his records

My friend Jean-Luc Razza wrote this piece with admiration to Edwin’s music. Eddie “Satin” Maduro is an unsung house music hero and it’s impossible to find any info on him. So Jean-Luc decided to “get an article together and get the conversation going at least and maybe learn more about the man as a result”.

I first came across his music in 1995. I had moved from Mayo, in the west of Ireland, to London that year. My friends and I had been traveling to the great Sir Henrys in Cork city in previous years and had honed in on the house music from New York, New Jersey, Detroit and Chicago in a big way. I checked many record shops but the one where I felt most at home was Vinyl Junkies in Berwick Sreet in Soho. Lewis and JP were all over the best of house music and indeed often included the words “real house” on their flyers to differentiate their preferred house music from some of the bandwagon bilge that was being released. The shop was very multicultural with a great mixture of people from all around the World and as a result, had a great atmosphere. These were pre-Discogs days so often you would have a line of people at the counter humming the record from the night before to try and get Lewis or JP to identify it. The lads would come up with endless gems every weekend, warehouse finds, dead stock. One of these was Monolith “ Something Wonderful”. It was put on the shop system and immediately there was cash on the counter all around. It’s a simple track and has a ravey uplifting feel to it, lovely piano rolls and cool vocal samples throughout. A dance floor winner!

Monolith ‘Something Wonderful’

Monolith was one of the many aliases of Edwin Maduro, a New Jersey producer and owner of Mo’ Hop and also the Tombah record labels. The next one to come into Berwick Street was Satin ‘Out Of My Head’, an amazing record that I bought two of. Eddie’s label was Tombah records and this collaboration with Hippie Toralles had been released years before in 1992. The name Tombah came from TO (Hippie Torrales producer and DJ at Zanzibar)  M (Eddie Edwin Maduro) B (David Benus) and AH (Anthony Holland). 

Satin ‘Out Of My Head’

‘Out Of My Head’ starts off with clicky percussion you might hear on an Azymuth record which is joined by a vocal “out of my head, I’m going out of my head” followed by a piano and a short female vocal sample. The strings keep the track uplifting and Satin’s layering of brass stabs, sneaky percussion and other sounds are so perfect but then… BOOM! A haunting French maybe Arabic sounding vocal out of nowhere that sends you into an oblivion. The track gets back into its march with the cool sample “We gonna wear it out” and kicks off again with some lovely solos to the end. 

Angelique Kidjo ‘Batonga’

1991 saw the release of Angelique Kidjo ‘Batonga’ on Great Jones Records. The Jungle Club mix is my favorite cut and guess who is on remix and arrangement? Yes, Eddie Satin with his partner in crime, David Benus. This track has a calm chanty beginning and tough beats with sneaky percussion running through which gives way to Angeliques beautiful, strong vocals. It is said that Angelique made up the word Batonga in response to boys taunting her as she went to school. The boys didn’t know what the word meant but for her, it was an assertion of the rights of girls to an education.

Logic ‘The Warning / The Final Frontier’

Eddie was also one piece of Logic which released some of the best records on New York,  Strictly Rhythm label. With the wizard Wayne Gardiner he released ‘The Warning / The Final Frontier’ in  1990. David Benus is there too as an engineer and keyboard solo. That’s Eddie on the distorted vocals “the seed is planted when opposites attract, can you dig it?”

The Vision ‘Laidback And Groovy’

Eddie also released on the mighty Nu Groove in 1991. Under the moniker of The Vision, he released ‘Laidback And Groovy’ with a song dedicated to his daughter on the flip called ‘Shardé’. This is an astonishing record. With the help from Warren Rosenstein (who also worked on Soho’s ‘Hot Music’) ‘Laidback And Groovy’ is a relaxed opus. From the atmospheric start with slow hypnotic percussion it builds with synth, xylophone, piano and extra percussion stabs. The break at 3:41 brings it all home again. And at 4:58 comes a piano line that Satin brings in out of the blue and he somehow manages to make sense of it with the rest of the track. 

The Vision ‘Shardé’

‘Shardé’ is a house journey that really hammers home the talent Satin had. The track has a marching start followed by a flute which comes out of the ether. The percussion around it is perfect. The flute notes drift through like a kind of pied piper tune for the dancefloor and are backed up by sweet underlying keys. This is followed by the signature piano breakdown and more brass stabs and satiny noises. At 4:50, the track reaches the top of the hill and it’s back to the Napoleon army march. The track ends with some super solos with some help from David Benus. Essential record to own.

Edwin Maduro ‘It Ain’t Love’

1992 saw the release on Tombah under his own name Edwin Maduro called ‘It Ain’t Love’
It’s 8 mins 45 seconds long, it seems Eddie liked the longer journeys. Warm organ sounds, a skippy bassline and electric guitar open up the track. Eddie’s signature snary, bongo, string snippets are layered nicely. The track moves into a battle between a Latin jazz trumpet against the electric guitar plus keyboard. Neither outdoes each other! Uplifting strings make peace between the instruments until the first breakdown. Key solos and live drums keep the track going until the second “sunrise at the beach” guitar breakdown to bridge back to the skippy vibe. 

Eddie Maduro ‘Melody Message’

 

1994 saw a release as Eddie Maduro called ‘Melody Message’ on Mo’ Hop. A crazy Robot intro talking about the introduction of computers into music and harking back to the “good old days” of music moves to dancefloor heaven with a ravey feel but with all of the signature Satin stabs and trickery. 

Gigolo ‘I Wanna Tell You’

1994 saw a release under the name of Gigolo called ‘I Wanna Tell You’. This is a beauty. This one is about a guy getting dumped and his triumphant ex shouting down the rooftops. Lyrics like “like a dog without a bone, you ain’t got no home” and “I don’t need you now” run through the track. More great breakdowns and string stabs that make you want to go crazy!

Satin ‘I Want To See You Get Off’

Another from Satin in 1993 called ‘I Want To See You Get Off’ came out on Mo’ Hop in 1993. Another beautiful house record this one starts off in pain with a voice saying “Ohhhh” repeatedly. Enter the Satin keys and super drums and the track takes off. Slick samples like ABC ‘Tell Me How To Be A Millionaire’ and Carlton ‘Do You Dream’ are used here too!

There are many many more tracks and I’m sure some that I don’t know that I will hear about after this is published (samples too, hopefully). As far as I know, his first track was called ‘A Little Bit Hyper’ on Music Village in 1989 and it was by Deuce and Satin. There were other collaborations with Hippie Torrales, one of which surfaced in 1992 on Kaleidoscope Records as the group Wormhole and another released under the name Smooth which sampled Armando and the Jamaica Girls. The breadth of View was another alias! Some remixes I know of that Eddie did are D’ Bora ‘Love Desire’, Rozalla ‘Everybodys Free’, Charles and Eddie ‘Would I Lie To You’ and a nice dub of Mau 1 ‘Sweet Melody’ called the Transient Dub.

Words Jean-Luc Razza

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