New York-based octet, Mad Satta have developed a reputation for what they’ve dubbed a future-soul sound consisting of bright blasts of horn, sinuous bass lines, angular, Nile Rodgers-like guitar chords, shimmering synths and electronic drums parked with vocalist Joanna Teters’ effortlessly soulful, coron, as you’ll hear on “Break Me Free,” the first single off the octet’s forthcoming Break Me Free EP slated for a June 30 release. Unsurprisingly, the song bears a resemblance to some of Escort’s later singles, in the sense that it subtly channels late 70s and early 80s disco and early 80s dance music, New Wave and R&B. Whereas Escort’s sound draws quite a bit more dance music and R&B, Mad Satta’s sound on “Break Me Free” seems to draw from R&B, dance music and New Wave; in some subtle way the song sounds as though it were inspired by Tom Tom Club’s “Genius of Love” and Chaka Khan’s “I Feel For You.” It’s joyous music that should make you move towards the dance floor and dance your ass off.
The official video for the song directed by Kate Howl and Jak Ritger and produced by TRLLM, features the work of Addie Farr, Sara Cannon, and Sam Hayes and it manages to be reminiscent of the video of Tom Tom Club’s “Genius of Love” as it consists of neon bright colors but with a surreal, cosmic glow that creates a futuristic sheen.
Catch the band live for their July 2, EP release show at DROM. Get information and tickets here http://www.dromnyc.com/events/3957/mad-satta-ep-release-concert#.VWiDxdNViko