This Matador article was written by Benjamin Bowles, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse.
Matador is a spark that rose from the Irish club scene and took on Europe with his thumping club fillers and worked for numerous labels since 2007. His sound can only be described as “that song you couldn’t stop humming at work on Monday”. That rather nothing track the DJ seemed to have on repeat all night while you sipped vodka trying not to look too old.
His new EP ‘The Enemy’ hits in a few parts here and there – the collection isn’t bad, but it could have used a little more originality. This club house genre is so flooded with artists that you struggle to differentiate between who’s who some of the time, and with such heavy hitters already charting music of this calibre, you need to stick out from the sea of people with something different.
The track titled ‘Remember’ seems to evoke that nostalgic neon feeling of driving down a long road at night, reminiscent of the marvellous work of Kavinsky with its reverberating claps and soothing, over-tuned vocals. Among the others, this shines through with a real feeling of work, whereas the rest of the tracks seem to fall short of anything new.
It’s not going to revolutionise dance music for the masses by any means, but if thumping tracks fit for a dance floor is what you’re after, then you’ve hit the nail on the head with ‘The Enemy’. With a feature from Chicago Dance music legend Felix Da Houscat, you know this EP has some traction at the very least.