Off The Record: Roog & Dennis Quin – Igohart
Dutch duo Roog & Dennis Quin have been steadily carving out a name for themselves over the past few years via labels like Defected, Toolroom, Simma Black and Get Twisted Records with their energetic house style. Here we see the pair opening 2017 with a fresh new collaboration in the shape of ‘Igohart’.
The original mix opens the package and sees Roog & Quin employ thunderous subs and crunchy 909 rhythms alongside classic house stabs sequences and Berget Lewis’ soul drenched vocal stylings to create something that’s truly the embodiment of the Madhouse sound.
What inspired you for this release?
ROOG: The manner in which this track came about is pretty textbook for how we work. Dennis came to the session with a fat beat. Probably I stripped the session down to get to the essence of the groove
and then came up with the chords. We really liked the track, however, it was lacking a vocal. Since I have recorded a lot of music over the years for my other projects (Hardsoul/Housequake etc.) I have hard disks full of unfinished projects. I said to Dennis I wanted to try a vocal I recorded with Berget a long time ago. And sure enough it fit like a glove. We were vibing so hard to the track that Dennis made a quick video of it. The reactions on Facebook and Instagram were exploding and the craziest thing happened when the A&R for Madhouse responded that he wanted to sign the track. Being BIG Kerri Chandler fans we didn’t have to think long! Haha!
How did the remixes come about?
Dennis: Simon, the A&R for Madhouse first suggested Josh Butler and we were both thinking
‘That would be so cool!’ We are really into his sound at the moment! We never thought it would happen but Josh was really into the original mix, he was even playing our unmixed demo version in his sets! We are very happy with his remix! We hadn’t heard of Frag Maddin before, but he delivered an innovative and very interesting version. All the uber-cool DJs are supporting his mix. So we are very happy with the whole package!
What’s coming in the future?
Dennis: In the studio I have a lot of releases planned,
both with Roog and also solo.
ROOG: We just signed a track to another label on our dream wish list, so we are very happy with that. Dennis: In the clubs I have been asked to play Ministry of Sound for the first time and we
will be playing this summer in Ibiza.
ROOG. I have a very busy DJ career here in Holland under my own name and with my DJ partner Erick E, our summer season is already filled with cool festivals. To summarise, we are pleased to see that house music is back in a major way and
that our sound is being adopted by all the cool DJs and labels. This just feels like the beginning for us, we have so much cool music on the hard disk and we can’t wait to share it with the world!