Matador – Zoles E.P (Minus)
So after a little hiatus from the reviews whilst we wrote a LOT of new music we thought what better way to return than with a review from our pal Gav Matador with his latest release on home label Minus.
After a long summer season touring the worlds biggest festivals with Richie Hawtin and Ibiza’s hottest club night Enter, Matador was clearly feeling inspired to deliver an E.P to the label that has given him the platform he deserves.
The E.P is trademark Matador. Dark synth lines laden over growling basslines and ferocious beats. He certainly knows how to create strong hooks in his tracks. We feel the sign of a good producer is when listening to a track you can tell who produced it without having to look at the track title! Matador definitely has a knack for that as his tracks are quickly identifiable, he just seems to have crafted a unique sound, a hard thing to do in todays times.
Our pick of the 5 track E.P is lead track “Zoles” but it’s a tough one to call! Make up your own mind and check out the full E.P below.
You can purchase the full E.P on Beatport by clicking here.
Keep checking back on these pages as you may see another release on Minus on December 9th that you may like!
Joran Van Pol – _Conscious E.P (Minus)
You may remember we interviewed our good friend Joran Van Pol last year. Well we are really excited to have him back on these pages with his debut E.P for Minus.
Joran has recently been welcomed into the Minus family and rightfully so. At the young age of 23 this is a huge achievement and just the start to what we think will be an incredible career. It’s no surprise that Richie Hawtin has signed Joran. His track “Faded” was a mainstay in Richie’s sets throughout last year and we witnessed first hand the damage that the track does on a big sound system when both Dubfire & Richie opened their sets with it at Awakenings at the Gashouder last October.
This E.P is the perfect lead up to Faded. It’s clear that Joran has an extremely identifiable sound which is so important with the amount of music that is released every day. Its difficult to stand out from the crowd but he has managed to do this whilst also keeping his own identity and branding well aligned and consistent. Whilst all tracks on the E.P are equally as strong our pick is the second track “Detach”. Check it out below.
We spoke to Joran about the release and whats he has planned in the near future. He told us “It’s a great honour for me to put out my first EP on one of the most respected techno labels in the world. Faded is coming out on the MINUSminMAX compilation end of may, then an EP on SCI+TEC mid june and I have an amazing festival season coming up with festivals like Awakenings, Welcome to the Future and Indian Summer”.
Check out the full release on Beatport by clicking here