‘Honey Rocks’ EP on Aus Music, drops May 27!

Friends. While I’ve been plenty busy the last few years with family, moving country, running Serato’s east coast artist relations, writing a master’s thesis, DJing, and Hit It & Quit It radio its been way too long since I dropped a record.


Happy to say the drought is over- the home studio is firing, brand new release out this month, and next one (an extra special collab with Henry Maldonado aka Son of Sound) is currently in the oven.


The ‘Honey Rocks’ EP is out via Aus Music on May 27. Sneak preview of the title track for you–>


Recloose X Serato Performance Video

Check my brand spanking Serato performance video rocking CDJs in HID mode, the DDJ-SP1 and a cavalcade of OG CLASSICS! Can you tell I had fun??

I’m Back…

Its official, I’m a U.S. resident again. Loving life in NYC… Thanks to 5 Magazine for the front-page announcement!

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Photo credit: Mike Weston


A New Dance



October 2014 will mark my return to the United States as a resident. I’ve had an amazing 13 (!) year run here in New Zealand raising my family, making music with some of the best musicians in the world, developing my passion for teaching at the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand.


But now it is time to move (the whole damn) shop to New York City to take up work with the mighty Serato Audio Research. Needless to say I’m very excited at the opportunity to work with the world’s leading purveyor of DJ technology in one of my favorite cities in the world. A dream job? YEP!


This move also affords me time to get back to the essence- pursuing my music career. Yes, releases have been scant this year (outside of this MCDE remix I hope you picked up) but fret not, I’ve amassed a number of songs I’ll be finishing up for release in 2015 as well as an exciting new project with an absolute legend of R&B (I will let you all wonder in anticipation, details to follow). PLUS many many more DJ appearances (hit me on for bookings!)… In the meantime keep the ears to the ground…


Jet. Set.

So at the moment I spend a lot of my time teaching these youngsters and up-and-comers the finer points of production, DJing and how to be an “artiste.” But every once in awhile I have to come up for air and practice what I preach. So here it is…


After two STONKING tours last year (one in the USA, one in the EU/UK) I’m cramming two continents into one trip (of course, during the school break… you know how we do). Very excited to be re-visiting some of my favorite spots this time as well as checking out a few new locales… I really hope to see you in one of these fine cities soon…


Wed April 24th           San Francisco- Housepitality at F8

Thu April 25th             Detroit(!) – TV Bar

Fri April 26th               Toronto- BLK Box

Sat April 27th              Miami- Electric Pickle

Sun April 28th             Brooklyn, NYC- Output

Fri May 3rd                 Strasbourg, France- Rafiot Club

Sat May 4th                Berlin- Panorama Bar

Sun May 5th                Nottingham, Wherehouse?

Fri May 10th                London, Plastic People

(and ending it with a bang…)

Sat May 11th                Minehead- Southport Weekender!!




True to the moniker, laying low (and keeping busy) has been a priority as of late. But 75 days without a post? Inexcusable! So for anybody that cares to read on, here’s a short run down of what the first half of 2013 holds in store for all things “Recloose”…

First up, I have just wrapped a remix for one of my all time inspirations- Funkadelic (yes, THE Funkadelic). My friends Brendan “BMG” Gillen and DJ Tom Thump sent the “Sexy Ways” stems directly from the Westbound vaults late last year, and (with the mixing help of my MAINZ colleague Zed Brookes) we kept the sound and vibe of the original but gave it a proper extended disco interpretation. It was technically challenging not warping the original recordings (Ableton Live speak for non-techies) but I managed to overdub period-sounding drums, sync it all to the tambourine track and roll out the recording well past the original  3:07 (the stems were six minutes of untapped studio gold). Laying ears on the inner workings of legendary recordings always feels like a privileged window into another world, and this one was even more of a trip when I considered that the album “Standing On the Verge of Getting It On” dropped right around the time I landed on earth. So my thanks to George, Eddie, Bernie and co. for letting me kick it in the studio with them 38 years after the fact. A soundcloud preview will be up soon and I will keep you posted on release details… Also be on the lookout for a Recloose remix of Motor City Drum Ensemble’s “Raw Cuts #4” which I’ve been told should be dropping in April or May via Faces records with other remixes from top blokes like Scuba and Marcellus Pittman. Beyond that I’ve got a few brand new 12″s in the pipes for this year that are simmering well in the lab, details to follow…

Gig-wise, I’ll be hitting the road again this April/May, and the confirmed dates are posted just to the right of here on the Songkick feed. Very excited to be rolling through both the states and the EU, and honored to be welcomed back to esteemed events like the Southport Weekender and world-renowned clubs like Panorama Bar (I must have done something right!). In addition to DJing I’ll be returning to my hometown of Detroit to conduct research and interviews for my M.A. thesis I’m writing this year entitled “Renaissance: Musical Mediation in Post-Industrial Detroit.” Yes, it is going to be another stimulating year… Watch this space.


After hearing stories of stolen records for years it's now my turn! The airport handlers got me good, and a semi-surgical operation at that- popped open record box, took 40 killer house and disco 12"s but somehow left $1000 worth of gear and my 2x Serato records (clearly some vinyl snobbery going on in this den of thieves). Didn't bother putting the top back on (it was backwards) which was lucky or else I wouldn't have found out until I got to gig tonight. Anyways... @delta better sort this out, in this day of big brother CCTV bullshit there's no way they can't figure out what happened... #aaargh #thebeatgoeson ...

Final day of The DJ Expo with Recloose dropping an eclectic set of tunes on the Denon DJ #MCX8000 w/ Serato ...

Portland, tomorrow night!!

Spend The Night :: Recloose (AKutcornersRush HoSeratoen Tactic, Graintable

(PLUS jFortuneand the don Kutcorners for a Serato workshop at 6pm, jumping off at Fortune)

#letsdance #letsnerd ...

Spend The Night :: Recloose (Aus Music, Rush Hour), Ben Tactic, Graintable

August 19, 2016, 9:00pm - August 20, 2016, 4:30am

Friday, August 18th

Spend The Night Presents:

Recloose (PDX Debut!)
Aus Music, Rush Hour, Planet E Communications - Detroit/NYC

+ Spend The Night Residents:

Ben Tactic & Graintable

The Liquor Store
3341 SE Belmont
21+ 9:00pm

It all started in the spring of 1997 when Detroit native Matthew Chicoine, aka Recloose, made contact with techno pioneer Carl Craig by way of a legendary ‘demo-on-rye sandwich’. This fateful meeting led to the signing of Recloose to Craig’s seminal Planet E label and the birth of an eclectic and vibrant musical career.

Recloose’s musical roots trace back to years music study and playing jazz saxophone, later shifting focus to the art of collecting and mixing vinyl while at the University of Michigan. His eclectic DJ sets, first heard on Ann Arbor’s WCBN, led him to become an in-demand DJ, regularly playing at clubs and festivals in the EU/UK, USA, Japan, China, Singapore, Indonesia, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand.

Over his twenty-year career Recloose has developed into a standout of Detroit’s musical litter, releasing a number of groundbreaking 12”s for Planet E, Rush Hour, Delusions of Grandeur; remixes for the likes of Funkadelic, Herbert, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Tei Towa, Dennis Coffey, MJ Cole and Azymuth; a live album; and four full-length LPs debuting with ‘Cardiology’‚ on Planet E / !K7 in 2002.

In 2001 Recloose relocated to New Zealand to explore new musical horizons, releasing two LPs for Peacefrog and Sonar Kollektiv, assembling a live band that would tour the world, and dropping his largest tunes to date including the dancefloor stomper ‘Dust’ featuring Fat Freddy’s vocalist Joe Dukie. He went on to launch the Hit It & Quit It radio show with partner Frank Booker in 2009 (recently revived on NYC’s East Village Radio), and take up residence at Auckland’s Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand to set up and deliver a full-time DJ and Electronic Music Production (DJEMP) program.

In 2014 Recloose’s career entered a new phase, with him re-locating to Brooklyn, NY to re-invigorate his music making and take up work for DJ technology company Serato helping to run their artist relations program at their new Studio 2 facility in Greenpoint. He has a new EP slated for release on Aus Music in June 2016.

Recloose updated their cover photo. ...

Looking forward to welcoming Dj Mell Starr to the Denon DJ booth tomorrow (Thursday Aug.18) dropping a 1-hour set on the #MCX8000 - Joining fellow Jam-Masters, Recloose & DJ Melissa Nikita w/ Serato
The DJ Expo - Booth 614