Artist: Opolopo
Title: Madness EP  

Cat No: SB013
Release date: OUT NOW!
Format: 12" Vinyl & digital download



Swedish producer Opolopo has been immersed in soulful music since early childhood. Having a keyboard playing father with a respectable collection of jazz, soul and fusion records, laid out the obvious musical path. Artists like Herbie Hancock, Jeff Lorber, Earth Wind & Fire, Bob James, George Duke, Quincy Jones, Chaka Khan and Gino Vannelli started him off and are still major influences.

After been doing productions and remixes for the majors he’s now following his own path, focusing on jazz and soul influenced dance music. His productions and remixes have been supported by, among others, Kyoto Jazz Massive, Daz-I-Kue, Afronaught, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Rainer Trüby, Patric Forge, Solid Steel, Dez Parkes and Kristi Lomax.

First time out on the Swedish Brandy label Opolopo hits us with the Madness EP. This EP gives us a nice blend of various of styles that will fit any club or dancefloor. The title track Madness feat. Nadine Francois could be described as vocal soulful house with loads of energy and interesting instrumentation. We also get the alternative Reach for the Stars Mix. This mix is slightly more broken that ends up in a straight 4/4.

The flipside starts of with the funk-breakbeat moster Unidentified Funky Object. Crisp, heavy drums and base on this one, with strong influences from the sounds of Herbie Hancock etc. The second track Lorber continues in the same funky spirit but with a slight touch of the underground west London sound.



"Every time I hear music from Opolopo, my spirit lifts a little more. Technically and musically gifted, his risk taking grows with his confidence on every release. An undoubtedly necessary warrior in the new underground resistance to the norm." - Domu

"Always challenging, constantly surprising and definitely one of the leaders of the euro new school. louder!!!" - Mark de Clive Lowe

"Opolopo and Amalia together is like FIRE!!!!!...I have to wear my oven mits to play their tunes!" - Daz-i-kue

"Opolopo, madness & reach for the stars remix are technical bliss, Awesome vocal production, free as a bird! Beautiful." - Atjazz (Mantis Recordings)

”Great Ep with quality throughout but Madness is far & away the best track here. Loving both mixes but the original just edges it. Lots of plays will follow & I will support this at every opportunity!” - Ian Allan

"The right release in combination with opolopos album release in japan. Future funk at its best. Can you do the european licensing of the opolopo album? ;-) Big up!" - Matthias Desch (Bogaloo Radioshow)


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