Premiere: Madeaux x Safra Nikoto – “The Mean Reds EP”

We first discovered Madeaux’s unique brand of colorful electronic music (or “underwater pop music” as he so aptly calls it) when he made this brilliant mix for us back in mid-2012, and since then he’s continued putting out consistently inventive original material and a variety of remixes of everyone from Kendrick Lamar to Lana Del Rey.

Madeaux’s lush, synth-heavy productions have always seemed the perfect fit for a vocalist with strong enough vocals, and that’s exactly what his new EP provides. Singer Safra Nikoto alternates between powerful pop vocals on the EP opener “Rhinestone Smile,” and something a little more hazy and ethereal on the subsequent two tracks, with the results giving a fresh take on the currently prevalent combination of R&B vocals and electronic production.

Listen to the EP below, and buy it via Llucid Records here.