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Matter & Funkform – Trails EP [Higher States]

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Matter & Funkform present their debut collaborative project via Roger Martinez’s Higher States imprint. As one of Australia’s premiere progressive house talents, Matty Doyle aka Matter lays claim to an impressive discography. The Melbourne resident has showcased his music on Cid Inc’s Replug Records, Hernan Cattaneo’s Sudbeat Music and UK behemoth Anjunadeep. Maddy Hughes aka Funkform also calls Melbourne home and has been a fixture of Australian underground for over a decade. He has played a vital role in the evolution of the scene with a series of releases on local labels Open Records and Vapour Recordings, while also landing on Proton Music for a remix of Pole Folder’s ‘A Glimpse Into The Past’. Most recently Funkform’s ‘Synthesia’ was selected by Patrice Baumel for release on his highly regarded ‘GU:Berlin’ compilation. Although Matter and Funkform have remixed one another on more than one occasion in the past, their much anticipated ‘Trails’ EP marks their first ever collaborative project.

Comprised of three tracks it’s the title piece ‘Trails’ which leads the release off. Putting your emotional centres on high, a bed of warm beats and hip swinging bass set the stage for percussive waves and redolent rhythms. Airy atmospheres add an effervescent charm as the first act unfolds, while vocal wails and sensory saturating effects are gently teased leading into the main break. Coming to full realization yet tastefully indistinct, it’s a musical narrative for the soul searchers out there, delivering a profound emotional message through harmonic resonance and fragmented melodies, before shifting energy into a transcendent finale. Also included is the ‘Cosmic Dub Edit’ version which opts for a fuller more fluid groove, while keeping a greater emphasis on the atmospheric storyboard and effects narrative, both of which play off each other beautifully for a radiant glow.

Capping off the EP is the equally impressive ‘Nosedive’. In crafting another wonderfully contoured groove, the Aussie duo lock down another inviting foundation. Complemented with airy voices, hypnotic pulses and gentle percussive drive, it’s charming design qualities become hard to resist. Tastefully emotive yet irresistibly dreamy, harmonic phrases carry the journey into an emotive centrepiece. Short yet impactful it’s an interlude for the more astute listener, one where subtle decay and elegant chord changes unite, before segueing into a finale of hopeful reflection. It rounds out a hugely successful collaborative project from two of Australia’s most highly touted artists. A meeting of musical minds where the end result exceeds expectation and makes this a must have for any progressive music aficionado. Highly recommended.

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Release Date: 09-09-2019

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