Review: Irish techno veteran Matador is back to present the latest offering on his ever reliable Rukus imprint. This one is titled "Eightball", a haunting expression in dancefloor drama. Utilizing a seething yet restrained bassline in an elaborate arrangement, plus a spellbinding melody that accentuates the tension and suspense lurking in the background. This is followed by the glassy-eyed and bittersweet progressive house epic "Higher", getting you into the mood by way of its seductive vocals and mesmerising layers of texture.
Review: Damian Lazarus' Crosstown Rebels imprint has been bringing some consistent quality over the last months, with releases by drum & bass legend DJ Krust and most recently Audiojack and Kevin Knapp's "These Days" which came with a killer remix by Pearson Sound. The label is now into the fourth edition in the SPIRITS compilation series, with highlights coming from Radio 1 legend Pete Tong teaming up with Italian tech house producer Alex Kennon on the slinky groove of "Apache", the ever reliable Francesca Lombardo with the mesmerising cosmic dancefloor journey "Freak On Sea" as well as Los Angelno pair Lubelski & Xkylar with the afterhours minimal shuffle of "Passion Fruits" and the Minus affiliated Matador with the lurking bass and moody atmospherics of "Vulture" - plus many more.
Review: The ever reliable Gavin Lynch aka Matador has been a known staple of Richie Hawtin's Minus/Plus 8 imprints, in addition to running his own successful Rukus operation. Now he makes his debut for Hot Creations with the 'Wildside' EP, which the label best described themselves as featuring 'two contrasting tracks that stay true to the ethos of the label, synonymous with White Isle hedonism' and showing off a much different side than we're used to from the Irish producer. With that in mind, the quarantine party begins with the funky and tough rolling title track, packed full of swing fuelled rhythms and hypnotic vocal loops, followed by the slinky and hypnotic summer bliss of "Sweet Release".
Review: The mighty Matador is back on his brilliant Ruckus imprint, that has been bringing in the goods of late with electrifying releases by the likes of Carlo Ruetz, Alex Preda and Russell - to name but a few. The label head honcho serves up half a dozen peak time executions on the Air EP, that are aimed squarely at the main room. From the brooding and slinky dancefloor drama of "Itajai" with its buzzing synth melody, or the euphoric progressive house style of "Moonman" or "Shamen" - the latter led by an enchanting vocal reminiscent of Dead Can Dance's Brendan Perry. Finally, the emotive and bittersweet title track is perfect for those heads-down moments in the club, particularly under the strobe light.
Review: The fourth release on Rukus shows how far its owner, Matador, aka Gavin Lynch has come. Having made his name with releases on Richie Hawtin's Minus, the title track seems to channel John Carpenter's dystopian soundtracks and fuse them with a contemporary disco-noir groove. "The Vicar" sees the Irish producer make a return of sorts to club techno with its buzzing bass and stuttering vocal, but Lynch quickly makes a shift back to the disco sound he explored on the title track with "Space Charmer". There, an ominous, throbbing bass and minor key trance hooks vie for attention and the interplay creates wonderful tension. "Clowns" and "Bells And Whistles" are like halfway houses between Lynch's techno and newly-found disco style, with the latter impressing thanks to its incessant cow bells.
Review: Stadium-conquering techno artist Matador drops a second set of remixed tracks from his recent Ructions album. With a focus on club-focused grooves throughout, the Irish producer's choice of remixers nonetheless keeps the sound varied. On Anna's take on "Stanleys" that manifests itself through tight claps, a leaden bass and enormous waves of filtered effects. The Paco Osuna take on "Back to Bass" is faster but not as stark-sounding with the Spanish producer dropping a rolling party techno interpretation. Patrick Topping's take on "Inceptions" revolves around sharp drums and dense percussion and has more in common with Anna than Osuna's remixes, while Pig & Dan's version of "Remember" is a speaker-leveling slice of peak-time bass-heavy techno.
The Enemy (feat Felix Da Housecat) - (6:33) 122 BPM
Remember - (8:23) 124 BPM
Stanleys - (7:21) 124 BPM
Rizzle - (4:23) 124 BPM
The Resort - (6:26) 123 BPM
Strings For Life - (6:08) 120 BPM
Review: After a string of high-profile releases for Richie Hawtin's Minus, Gavin Lynch aka Matador delivers a new album for Ruckus. It sounds like the Irish producer has matured as a producer. At times, Ructions seethes with an understated menace. This is evident on "Drifting", a drawn out groove with menacing bass pulsing underneath. "Back 2 Bass" follows a similar trajectory, augmented by a repetitive vocal sample and sirens firing off into the ether. There is still a lot of big-room style tracks - just check the ominous "Inceptions" and the heads-down pulses "Klout & Bones" - but this album works best when Lynch explores unexpected directions, like the subtle, sub-aquatic house of "Harcourt Street".
Review: The latest release from Irish producer Matador will do much to dispel the image that surrounds Minus. "Play With Me!" is built on firing percussion, a building bassline and dark synths - all of which provides the basis for a robotic vocal to intone the track's title. "It's a Rollover" is in a similar vein, with a buzzing bass supporting trance keys, but the release surprises again by providing other, more reflective sounds. In particular, the spooky vocals and hypnotic filters on "Sunsets" and "The Doghouse", where Matador delivers a series of epic breakdowns over a pulsing, bleepy groove, show both the artist and label in a radically different light than usual.