Chicago young gun DJ/Producer Keith Perez, aka Kid Enigma, drops his exciting debut on DJ Sneak’s I’m A House Gangster imprint with a monster 5 for track EP titled ‘The Blessing of Ipseity’.
Kid Enigma started out as a turntablist at the young age of 14, by 16 he had 3 residencies mixing Top 40, Hip-Hop and Old School. Later Kid Enigma launched himself as a producer and teamed up with Edgar “MAC” Pineda to establish B Natural Records, developing his production skills and releasing his own music. With a curiosity for underground music, he ventured off to NYC and fell in love with the sounds of MAW, Kerri Chandler and 1200 Warriors. Having attended his first Winter Music Conference (WMC), Kid met and found help and guidance from key mentors such as DJ Rampage, Lego, Mark Farina, Stacy Kidd, DJ Sneak and Derrick Carter among others. Today, having played around the US, Kid is dedicated to fine-tuning his unique production style of “deep and dirty”, sealed with an objective to promote life through the powerful stimulation of music, paired with artistic expression
In just a couple of years, IAHG have elbowed their way into the packed house music marketplace, creating a unified sound, culture and image for their label, making them stand out from the many pretenders. Continuing what has been a great year of releases, IAHG follow up the brilliant ‘Space Powder’ EP by BlakSpun (Blakkat & DJ Spun) with an EP of fresh rolling Chicago grooves from young-gun Kid Enigma.
Diesel (X-Press 2): Oh my fucking days!!!!! This IS awesome!!!!! Amazing EP!! Total Killer! incredible!! Full and total support from X-PRESS 2
Joyce Muniz: nice ep!
Dirty Channels: Cool stuff!
Terry Farley: fantastic EP .. got it all . Shoelaces my fave at moment
Round Table Knights: Dope Ep!
&ME: no rules is freaking ace !!!!
‘The Blessing of Ipseity’ EP features five tracks all built around 808 and 909 beats with four of them featuring verses and hooks from Kid Enigma himself.
This sublime package sports moody 3am head-nodders to percussion-rich, relentless house grooves, all full of swing, booming basses and jacking beats, epitomising aspects of the true IAHG sound. Put together with love and devotion for the music, Kid Enigma’s only motivation is, as he says “…unifying people on the dance floor…” We think it’s pretty safe to say he’s nailed it!
Kid Enigma tells us the story behind the creation of his tracks for his debut I’m a House Gangster Release;
“Shoelaces” is a dedication piece for those who treasure their own ipseity. Every great flavor deserves a second taste. Kid Enigma drops two verses and a hook a top of his signature 808 bang with a simple synth riding along. Enjoy the ride.
“Bangin’ on Skis” is a combination of a chant I grew up hearing in Chicago’s south side mixed with the violent percussion you may hear on the streets of downtown Chicago. It embraces the simplicity of great rhythm and a classic vocal redone by yours truly.
“!87” is self-explanatory and to the point. The track stems from the culture of friendly unspoken competition between Chicago DJs and their lives sets. Strings, toms, bass and claps keep you on edge while a pompous vocal makes your head rock like a pendulum.
“Unconditional” bellows the sadness of a lost love inside a thick warehouse synth that rides heavier as the song progresses. While exuding pain at the tracks climax, it also conveys peace through the subtle breakdown, which allows a tie into any direction you may wish to walk in.
“No Rules” may be the most laid back vibe on the EP, but it sure follows through with its title. Starting with a simple stab which is followed by a round bass line, it takes off into a percussive madness filled with a highway of melodies and chords riding in and out through the end. A gem for early sets or early morning madness.
To this end, he has served up an EP where the beats draw on a Chi-Town culture “…of friendly unspoken competition between Chicago DJs and their live sets” and the “percussion you may hear on the streets downtown”.