More likely than not, Project Maldonado is an unfamiliar name. It’s even more likely that their music has yet to grace the ears of anyone reading this. The fact is, other than their name, four irresistible tunes, a provocative video, and a captivating short story, not much else is known about this relatively new group. However, this won’t be the case for long as their recent eponymous EP is certain to pave their way to notoriety. Entitled Maldonado, the EP features four tunes that fall somewhere between R&B, reggae, and future bass, all downloadable for free from PM’s Soundcloud page here.
The entire EP features the inimitable voice of Liam Bailey, whose arresting singing should be instantly familiar to fans of the ubiquitous Chase & Status tune Blind Faith. His scorned lyrics are certainly the focal point of every song on the EP, perhaps none more so than on the tune Confessions. Confessions is polished example of post-dubstep, with crisp instrumentation contrasted against Liam’s laconic lyrics. Swirling pads and an intoxicating piano melody ride shotgun to Liam’s voice, while the tune’s buzzing bassline provides a firm foundation for everything to rest. The next tune on the EP, entitled Rebel, dives deep into the territory of dub, with a weighty low-end and delayed piano stabs on the upbeats. For a straight-forward exercise in R&B, jump ahead to the tune Seraphim–a tune slightly reminiscent of a Sade track with its droning organ.
The Maldonado EP was released with a stirringly abstract trailer (below) and a sorrowful story of a man and his ill father, both of which can be found on Project Maldonado’s website. With so much quality art coinciding with Project Maldonado’s debut, they have definitely set the bar for making an entrance.