As one of house music’s most enduring DJ’s, re-mixers and producers, Matt Warren has released his first new music in a decade. A pioneer of house music in general and with a career spanning over 40 years, ‘Music is my Life‘ is a very fitting title for the concept. Through lead track ‘Get on Up‘, this is the defining sound of Nu-House from one of the original genre’s heroes which seems destined to become a classic of dance music.
With audiences wise to a market saturated with make-at home beats pounding the airwaves, it’s been long since noted that the contemporary sound is beginning to lack the raw intensity and heartfelt enthusiasm it once did. Drawing upon all of his experience in the field ‘Get on Up‘ epitomises a resurgence of real musicians playing over beats created in a studio help breathe a maturity and new life into the track, while also being reminiscent of classic disco. Lined up alongside vocalists Pepper Gomez and Elena Andujar; soul diva Janis McGee; jazz bassist Wes Nelson and Grammy-nominated trumpeter, Ron Haynes, it’s very refreshing to see musical veterans tearing up the formula and having fun with it.
During his time away from the front-line, Matt Warren has worked with a genre-spanning array of artists, such as remixes for Bjork and Faith Evans. This new release depicts a nurturing of his creative longing with a record that reflects his journey both as a musician and as a DJ with a return to that old-school feel that pays homage to the music he grew up with. There’s no two ways about it, without Matt’s influence, the world of dance music would look very different, and we thank him all the more for it.
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Describing his hip hop heroes include the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Drake and J Cole, also taking inspiration from grime greats like Kano, Ghetts and Skepta. Starting out freestyling with friends, he has since developed his own formidable style merging speedy flows and vivid lyricism.
His new self-produced EP is a hi-octane thrill ride that blurs elements of hip hop, grime and electronica. ‘TLC’ is the lead single, which sees Humor spitting energetically over a murky backdrop of squelchy synths and punchy 808s.
Listen to TLC here:
This track is the kind of track, you would hear at a grime rave with a bottle of Grey Goose or Wray and Nephews…
Having already released a 12” on Ambivalent’s new Valence imprint and featured on the latest Innervisions ‘Secret Weapons’ compilation this year, GoldFFinch now return to Tiga’s Turbo Recordings with their new EP, ‘Unworthy’.
Three tracks of tight, lean Techno that ranges from the ominous title track, all pulsing tones and drones and swirling arpeggios, through to the claustrophobic sub-aquatic Techno of ‘Brother’ and onto the martial kick drums and discordant bleeps of ‘Layers’. Meanwhile on the remix front, Sunju Hargun, fresh off his collab with Forrest on Twin Turbo, and Crosstown’s Fur Coat provide the big room reinforcements with new versions of ‘Unworthy’.
Having released critically acclaimed music on some of the best underground House and Techno labels around, including Numbers, Dirtybird, Black Butter, Innervisions and Turbo, GoldFFinch have proven themselves to be more than worthy to carry on the torch of Belgium’s rich history of electronic music.