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  • Release Date 2013-04-25
  • Label Apollo
  • Catalog APOLLO1313
Unbounded by musical convention, Mathias Matthew has a background rooted in the artistic scenes of Detroit and Chicago. Responsible for a plethora of DJ performances at the hotspots of both cities, including Bleu Room and Vision, Matthew has played alongside luminaries, James Holden, John Acquaviva and Frankie Bones. Going on to form "Migrashun" in 2009 as a way of extolling the virtues of "young, unique and gifted producers" from within the Chicago community, it wasn't until 2011 that the American moved away from the more traditional tools of the DJ trade into a hardware and software contoured approach that would give a greater flexibility to his music.

By extension, Mathias' move into production has firmly taken hold in 2013 with playfully named EPs, "We Are All Weird" EP on Stasis Recordings and "Melody is Not Your Enemy" on iElektronix. Adding to his growing portfolio of commercial work, Apollo is thrilled to announce the release of Mathias Matthew's debut EP entitled, "Forget Your Regrets".

Fixed firmly in the techno genre, "Forget Your Regrets" opens with the delightfully named "Pronk". A snarling, bass note hits every bar to form the backbone of a repetitive sequence that bristles with a low-key rhythm and reverb-drenched effects section, eventually bursting into life with a huge beat to partner the remorselessly driving bass, combined with a distorted and upper-frequency riff that pose a real aural menace.

"Hinderance" immediately has a more up-tempo feel to it with a cascading and delayed rhythm section. However, the dark sense of foreboding, mechanical beats and distortion remain until a riff and shuffle patterned hi-hats trigger an urgency to the track that will inevitably help drive dance-floor fascination. A rasping but melodically involving bass line provides further evidence of club-night empathy in the final movement.

"Dementor" is the aptly named, final track of the EP. With images already conjured of evil and fearsome creatures, a complex melange of distorted, straight bass line and clicking off-beat percussion combine with fizzing white-noise to provide a real sense of tension and unease. Used as a rhythmic bed, a vocal sample of vivid rhetoric is laid atop in all its mysterious glory. Echoes of English wartime leader, Winston Churchill, are in full evidence here as the meanings behind Matthew's song title are open to devilish interpretation.

Given the rich, innovative sounds on display throughout his debut EP, there is nothing to lament about Mathias Matthew's "Forget Your Regrets".

Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by Marina Gerardi
Mastered by Nick Stoynoff
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren