Those people reading about Recloose for the first time may not know the bit of techno folklore about how he got discovered, while those fans of the DJ and producer from his previous releases on Planet E have probably heard all about it. Both parties, however, should be interested to know that yes, the sandwich story is indeed true. Fact, even. Fresh from a college degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Recloose was slingin’ lunch specials behind the counter of the Russell Street Deli in Detroit. One afternoon, the burgeoning DJ, who previously went under the moniker Bubblicious as a spry, young hip-hop teen, spotted Planet E poobah and techno ing√©nue Carl Craig in for a quick sandwich. In a crafty bit of fortuitousness, Recloose dipped into his backpack past the SoleSides and Pharcyde tapes to pull out one of his newly minted demo tapes. And in a triumphant bit of resourcefulness, he slipped the tape between some bread and into Craig’s to-go order. Taken with the kid’s deli-sized deftness,
Craig listened to the tape and loved what he heard. And so the story began. Five years later, Recloose (a.k.a. Matthew Chicoine) offers his debut album Cardiology after a number of well-received releases have made him one of Detroit’s signature artists. Through his two EPs, two singles, one mix CD and numerous remixes, Recloose has developed a sound and style that he best sums up as "shape- shifting," an amorphous aesthetic that mixes samples, chopped beats and lots of rhythms predicated on tweaks and abstractions of sound. That his album is called Cardiology is intended to mean that it is music not intended to be dissected and academically deconstructed but rather, felt. "I was trying to create music from the heart," he describes. "Less with my brain and more with my innards." (In a sentimental bit of vulnerability, he might also tell you it was inspired by the longing he felt from being so far from his girlfriend while he recorded the album).
Recloose moved to Detroit after graduating from Ann Arbor in 1996. Like many, he was a DJ at his college radio station, enthralled with hip-hop, jazz and funk. In those days, especially to hip-hop heads, techno held an irredeemable stigma, even if Recloose didn’t quite know how to articulate it. While just 45 minutes away, Detroit might as well have been on another continent