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Wake Up EP


MTM Records
MTM005 | 2022-10-14  
Shinedoe readies her fifth album ‘Freedom Riders’ on her MTM Records imprint with the release of
her vinyl-focused ‘Wake Up’ EP, offering a four-track preview into the project while unveiling a
selection of diverse electronic productions for home listening through to the dancefloor.

Over two decades, Dutch DJ and producer Chinedum Nwosu, aka Shinedoe, has established her
presence as one of house and techno’s most loved talents, while carving a true path to her own vision.
Based in Amsterdam and featuring as a key part of the city’s rich and blossoming underground scene,
with performances across De Martkantine, Shelter and Thuishaven to international institutions such as
Berghain to fabric, her releases on the likes of Rekids, Cocoon, Bpitch Control and her 2021 release ‘The
Observer’ on Jeff Mills’ iconic Axis cemented her reputation as one of the scene’s first talents. Having
launched her own label MTM Records in 2018, releasing four EPs on the label to date, October signals
the arrival of the label’s first album in the form of her ten-track ‘Freedom Riders’ - an expansive and
diverse project created in lockdown capturing sonics from across the spectrum - with the LP preceded by
Nwosu’s four-track album sampler EP titled ‘Wake Up’.

“Freedom Riders is about living in a world where there is peace, and all our basic needs are
fulfilled. Each being having the right to live in peace, be happy and to be. We are all Freedom
Riders, some of us get lost and need to get back to the source.” - Shinedoe.

Opening production ‘Wake Up’ is a tension-building journey through metallic textures, warped vocals and
eerie interludes, while album title cut ‘Freedom Riders’ fuses hazy atmospherics, rich chords, crisp
percussion and sweeping acid lines to offer a late-night ride through smoky territories. On the flip, B1
‘Peace’ offers an exemplary balance of light and dark with delicate yet vibrant leads guiding murky
undertones and sharp percussion throughout, before closing with the hypnotic, off-kilter and mind-altering
sonics of ‘Safety First’, traversing soundscapes to showcase and excellently crafted early-morning cut.

Cuts across the album continue this wide-reaching and rich variation, with the likes of ‘Shine’ and
‘Lockdown’ drawing on classic and modern house influences to offer striking additions for the dancefloor,
while ‘Floor Action’ and closing track ‘See The Light’ veering into more dubby, paired back territories to
offer up a sense of space and tranquillity - with the ten-track project showcasing a carefully crafted album
rich in sound design showcasing one of Amsterdam’s finest talents.

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