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  • Release Date 2014-03-04
  • Label Proton Music
  • Catalog PROTON0246
Reaching yet another milestone with his brand new "Why Do You Love Me?" EP for Proton Music, Australian, Matt Rowan, has been at the vanguard of the progressive and tech house movement since the late 1990s. A classically trained musician with DJ credentials of the highest order, his residency at Sydney's leading progressive night, SweetChilli was the catalyst for a career that has grown rapidly in the twin spheres of production and club performance. Playing alongside such homeland legends as Chris Fortier, Anthony Pappa and Steve Porter plus a host of international stars, Rowan carved out a niche sound that would see regular DJ appearances at home and across the globe to rapturous acclaim.

A DJ career established; production work that began in 2006 achieved immediate success. Collaborative work with industry heavyweight, Jaytech, saw the track "Tomorrow" licensed to Dave Seaman's "Renaissance Masters Series Part 7", while a twin-track EP was signed to Nick Warren's Hope. Further success followed and Rowan's production portfolio engages a host of industry leading labels and artists. Baroque, Curvve, Outside The Box and Armada sit loftily alongside industry stalwarts such as, Danny Bonnici, Kriece, Derek Howell and Dousk, as production work alternated with multiple DJ compilations for leading imprints.

2008's "I Play This" saw a debut album received to critical acclaim while Matt Rowan's work for Proton has been in bountiful supply since a first appearance in 2006. A surfeit of original productions and remixes has graced the imprint, culminating in 2012's stunning, "Basics" album. Fifteen tracks of blistering quality showcased Rowan's unique production talents in the tech and progressive house arenas, supported by the likes of Ad Brown, Zack Roth and Mango. Now, reprising 2012's success, Matt Rowan returns to Proton Music with his four-track, "Why Do You Love Me?" EP leaving Jay Epoch to proclaim, "A legend is back!"

Coupled with typically imaginative artwork from Ben Mautner, the title track itself is a groove-laden jewel mined from the depths of underground bass. A crunchy, robotic voice intermittently questions, "Why Do You Love Me?" as clicking, popping percussive rhythms mingle joyously with filtered arpeggios and sublime chord stabs to create a modern house masterpiece. By contrast, "In The Morning" follows a lighter, upbeat path with its combination of house beats, glassy riffs and melodic interplay, balanced securely on a foundation of subtle bass rhythm.

"Toy Box" provides a moment of unadulterated peak-time joy as an arpeggiated bass line provides instant energy. A collage of top end riffs and complementary motifs play their part in a dynamic, vibrant offering that provides a retrospective vibe from the heyday of progressive house. Final track, "Lazy Raver" continues the effervescence of its predecessor as a similarly vibrant bass line, rapid-fire hats and shakers provide a platform for a series of stabs and melodies to build in repetitive filtered glory. The upshot is a club track of unrivalled skill and verve from a producer very much at the top of his game.

While Matt Rowan is entitled to ask, "Why Do You Love Me?" the answer is easily found within the quartet of stellar offerings that comprise his new EP.

AandR by Jay Epoch
Mastered by Matt Rowan
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren

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