Compiling the tracks from both of Matta's vinyl records for Ad Noiseam, their appraised remix for Hecq, two older tunes and a brand new one, "Prototype" is a way to look at the short but already very rich past of this British duo. The ten tracks of this CD confirm not only the sheer efficiency of Matta's material, but also its very detailed, deep and sharp nature. A colossal, multifaceted and remarkable first full-length snapshot for this rising act. (Get this on CD / as mp3)
Six months after "The Lost" (Ad Noiseam adn126), their first solo record, Matta are back with another three tracker, confirming that while they have gathered a lot of praises for their remixes for Hecq, Skism, Noisia, Black Lung and Bong-Ra (all delivered this year), they also haven't been shy of writing some original material.
The title track, on the A side, is a particularly insidious tune: the high end dictates the flow, building up to an abysmal drop which has sent club goers panting at many parties this year (and brought Matta props and plays from DJ as varied as Distance and DJ Hidden). High paced, detailed in its grittiness and very energetic, this is undoubtedly a side that will gets tons of needle-wear in clubs.
The B side opens with "Chaos Reigns", an equally pounding track which also integrates a long, majestic melody, bringing a contrast to the dynamic beats and huge-robot-from-hell sweeping low frequencies. Finally, the third track, co-written with The Abyss, adds a bit of glitch and breaks to round up the record with something which might be a bit darker, but also allows clubgoers or headphone-listeners to come down and breathe a bit (not for long though, as the syncopated drum will put everybody in movement again).
We wrote this Spring that Matta were bringing some very welcome enthusiasm and excitement to dubstep, and it seems that we were not the only ones to think so. Time has now come to add a new piece to this duo's fast growing discography and enjoy more of their talented and powerful tracks.
Here's the official video to the track "Mass", taken from both "Prototype" (adn138) and "The Lost" (adn126):
November 9th, 2010
Tracklisting: 1. Mass 2. Chaos Reigns 3. Monster 4. Suicide Stutter 5. Hecq: Sura (remix by Matta) 6. Release The Freq 7. Echo Babylon 8. Inquisition Part III 9. Solar Driftwood (featuring The Abyss) 10. Outlaw
Mastered by Ralf Pytlik at Meadow Master. Paintings by Martin Isaac. Voice sample on "Mass" originally by Judy Dyble.