Launched in 1992 Madhouse Records was a joint venture between US DJ and producer Kerri Chandler and Mel Medalie’s Champion Records. Mel met Kerri on a trip to the US whilst visiting Todd Terry at Idler’s Studio in Brooklyn (whose Royal House project was later released on Champion). Madhouse became predominantly an outlet for Kerri’s music, as well as tracks from his producer friends, and tracks he came across through his extensive DJ experience.
The sound of the label is rooted in Deep and Soulful House. The first release on the label was a 6-track sampler entitled “A Basement, A Red Light & A Feelin’” which showcased some of the artists and releases to come, and sold in excess of 100,000 copies on vinyl alone. Singles and EP’s followed from Matrix (one of Kerri’s own aliases), Dreamer G, Christopher McCray, mostly produced, co-produced or remixed by Kerri himself. The catalogue also features collaborations with Jerome Sydenham, Dennis Ferrer and even Jazz legend Roy Ayers on the huge “Good Vibrations”.
Madhouse Records continues to be seen pushing quality, underground House Music and with the imprint now celebrating its 25th anniversary it has remained loyal to it’s original ethos. Over the last 12 months Madhouse has welcomed names such as; Josh Butler, DJ Steaw, Kevin Over, Black Loops, Frag Maddin, T.Williams, Dennis Quin, Roog, Demuja to their roster.