Exclusive Interview With Matteo Floris
With the release of Shakaman EP, we not only premiered this tune on Urban House Music but we had a chat with Matteo Floris. Check out where Mr Floris loves to DJ, what tracks he NEEDS to play and what he has in store for everyone going forward.
So break down Matteo Floris for us?
“I started making music around 8 years ago, It took time (years) to find my own style and I’m still learning many many things and continuously changing my producing workflow. I think moving to Barcelona really helped me understand which is the kind of electronic music I love since here I’ve the chance to listen many international djs and easily travel to other countries. In the last 5/6 years I had the opportunity to release my music on some of the top labels on the market also getting solid support from artists I really admire; I also played in many places like Belgium, Lithuania, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Austria, Lisbon, Tenerife, Belfast, Ibiza, Italy… and of course Barcelona. So now just keeping doing my thing and enjoying it :)”
Describe the sound you produce in 3 words?
“Groovy, Sexy, Raw.”
Inform us how ‘Wollongong’ EP came about? Its namesake track is fire! Makes you wana take over the dance floor
“I love this EP and I think is really solid, probably one of my best work by far, also happy it came out on Hector Couto’s ROUSH which is currently one of my fav labels. The whole EP reflects my sound and my skills since by listening to the 3 tracks you can notice some rolling groove, involving basslines, sampled vocal cuts, original vocal lyrics and underground housy vibes.”
What track does Mr Floris HAVE to play on a set?
“Waze & Odyssey - On The Down Low”.
The next release, Shakaman is an absolute banger. What where the influences behind this track?
“Glad you dig it guys, I received great feedbacks and support on this one, also remixes are sick! Influences came from old school Chicago house, breaks, hip hop vox sampling and of course from other house / tech house tracks I used to play often in my sets. I made this track long time ago, now I changed my producing vibe a little bit…but I recently played Shakaman during one of my last gigs and I have to say it works really well on the dance floor :)”.
Which DJ can make you get up and onto the dancefloor?
“Martinez Brothers, Jesse Perez, Dj Sneak, Jamie Jones, wAFF, Detroit Swindle, Honey Dijon, Dennis Ferrer and many many more!”
So playing ‘Snoozy’ in the office had the place wanting to host a dance off! Inform us how this track came to be cos wow!
“Happy you dig this one too! I made Snoozy long long time ago, it came up quickly and I would say in a freestyle mood, I wasn’t thinking on any label while producing it and Daylight Robbery Records was a perfect home for this tune, got strong support especially on Traxsource where I reached position #31 on Tech House Top100 and selected on Essential Tech chart.”
Where is your favourite place to DJ?
“Is hard to choose one because I love the intimate underground vibes of a small dark club but I also love to play in a big open air daytime festival. I definitely have more fun when I’m close to the crowd instead of when I’m on a big stage separated from the dance floor. Even I played in many places all around the world, Barcelona could be my fav one because is where I feel at home and I love to be surrounded by my friends and share party actions with them :)”
If you could do a Back2Back set with anyone, who do you choose?
“At the moment I would say: Martinez Brothers / Jesse Perez / Dj Sneak”
What can we expect from Matteo Floris in the coming seasons?
“Fresh new music as always, I’m now signing new EPs on wicked labels which I cannot disclose now…new podcasts coming out via Toolroom Radio and Music On Radio, few international gigs in Tenerife, Gran Canaria, London, Italy + my local gigs here in Barcelona. Also I recently joined RSH Management owned by Antonio Melo who will take care of my Bookings as well…so more news will follow soon for sure!”
New EP Out Now And Is A Must Have
Swerve Digital are proud to present the Shakaman EP from Matteo Floris – a four-track affair consisting of two heavy, impeccable productions, with remixes from Chicks Luv Us and Andre Salmon.
Matteo hails from the tiny island of Sardinia, just off the coast of Italy but now calls Barcelona his home after studying Music Business at the SAE Institute.
As a youngster, Matteo used to perform electric drums in nightclubs in his hometown while the DJ’s would spin House music from Chicago. Matteo began selecting the music in lieu of accompanied drumming and after a few years, he wanted something of his own to play in the clubs. That’s when he turned his hand towards producing and bringing together his different musical tastes and influences including Hip-Hop, Soul, Funk and of course Chicago House. Groove and melodies are high priority for this budding DJ/Producer and its his skills on the dance-floor as a B-boy/Break-dancer that makes sure he’s delivering cuts designed to get you moving.
Matteo has released on the likes of Roush, Flashmob, Elrow, Resonance, Material, etc. and has and continues to receive support from DJ Sneak, Mark Jenkyns, Jamie Jones, Richy Ahmed, Low Steppa, Hector Couto & Sam Divine.
Leading this EP is Shakaman, a fusion of Matteo’s Hip-Hop background and House music. This Tech House roller is filled with cool rap/hip hop electronic vocal stabs creating something special when you hear it.
Urban House Music is feeling the Tech House vibes being emitted from Shakaman, The Original Mix. This track will bring you to on your feet, with its’ heavy baseline this lively Tech breakdown that will have you trying to shuffle, standard! With its blend of Hip-Hop and some dope beat boy breaks, don’t be surprised you end up trying to dance like a 90s B-Boy. There is no way you can listen to this track and not want to get that inner swagger on as this track just oozes of dope drops. Matteo knew exactly what he was creating with this one... an absolute banger!
Khalid Drops New EP
Global superstar Khalid drops his new EP Suncity along with an EP trailer today. Suncity, which consists of 5 tracks along with an intro and interlude, is the first complete body of work Khalid has dropped the release of his critical and commercial smash debut album American Teen. Suncity is available now at all digital retail providers via Right Hand Music Group/Columbia Records.
The release of Suncity coincides with his debut album today becoming a certified UK Gold album. Khalid, who just won the American Music Award for Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B, is currently in the studio working on his highly anticipated sophomore album (due out early 2019). Inspired by a recent trip to his home of El Paso, TX, (AKA the “Sun City”) where he received the Key to the City, had a day named in his honor, performed two sold out hometown shows, “Suncity” marks the beginning of a new era.
Says Khalid, “More than anything in life right now I want growth. I want my music to grow and represent how I am growing up. “Suncity” is the start of a new era for me, this music poured out of me and I didn’t want to wait to share it. I wanted to be able to live in this moment with my fans and my friends and speak from the heart.”
Suncity includes Khalid’s huge single “Better” that has rocketed in the UK Official Charts peaking last Friday at #20, his third top 20 single of the year! The track has been praised by PAPER Magazine for being, “an easy throwback track that sounds just as at home in the '90s and it does today.”
Lauded by The Guardian, Noisey, Metro, and many more, Khalid has been described by The Evening Standard as “…a remarkable young voice”. Finishing fourth in the BBC Sound of 2018 shortlist and with performances across Jools Holland, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Late Show With James Corden Khalid had a huge 2017. Wowing fans around the world with tours across select European cities and the U.S Khalid sold-out every single date before his debut album “American Teen” was released. In addition to his own headlining tours, Khalid has toured with the likes of Lorde and Travis Scott. He has also been featured on a number of collaborative songs including the UK number 1 single “Eastside” with Benny Blanco and Halsey; top 3 UK single “Silence” with Marshmello and top 10 UK single “1-800-273-8255” with Logic and Alessia Cara. Khalid has garnered over one billion streams worldwide across all partners, and is one of two solo teenagers to reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200 in the last 12 months. Last summer, Khalid was named MTV Push: Artist to Watch for the month of July. Additionally, he won MTV’s Woodie To Watch Award; was nominated for a 2017 MTV EMA for Best New Artist and Best Push; along with a BET Award for Best New Artist; a Teen Choice Award for Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song for “Location”; a 2017 American Music Award for Favorite Song-Soul/R&B for “Location” and Grammy® nominated for Best New Artist, Song of the Year (“1-800-273-8255”), Best R&B Song (“Location”), Best Urban Contemporary Album (American Teen), and Best Music Video (“1-800-273-8255”). Khalid’s “Location” is officially certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA, and “Young Dumb & Broke” is also certified Platinum.
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Welcoming you into her world, Marcelle Adrianna sprinkles sweet R&B, Pop and Soul to create her tantalising EP ‘The Prologue’.
Enriched with radiant vocals and glorious melodies Marcelle Adrianna provides us with the key to her mind as she unravels her thoughts and memories in her body of work ‘The Prologue’ EP. A snapshot into her life she relays her story which is woven together from conversations, voicenotes, voicemails, text messages and diary entries.
Paying homage to old school RnB, her EP encapsulates the nostalgic essence that radiate from everything composing the records, from instrumentals, lyrics her powerful voice and the delivery. From the stripped back nature of ‘Realise’ to the tantalising melodic gem ‘Fallin'’, the spellbinding EP explores the many crevasses of RnB. The lead single ‘Fall Back’ was exclusively premiered on DJ Ace’s Breakfast show on BBC Radio 1Xtra, with a flawless voice the single demonstrates pristine harmonies sealed together by an uplifting beat.
Inspired by the iconic sounds of Motown to more contemporary R&B, South London native Marcelle has a radiant voice that is submerged with an eclectic repertoire of inspirations. Growing up in a household filled with music and singing in church as a child, music became second nature to Marcelle. Living on a healthy diet of the iconic sounds of Motown and RnB, she spent her young years soaking up the likes of Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding to the modern day R&B sounds of Destiny's Child, Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill, Keyshia Cole, Ashanti and Alicia Keys.
Her passion, drive and most importantly appreciation of music motivated her to embark on a music career of her own. In 2016 she quickly begun to make waves in the industry, from performances with the 1975 to collaborations with Melissa Steel her release debut came in 2017 with single ‘F.WU’ followed by 'How We Do'. Over the course of 2017 she assembled the music that would become ’The Prologue' EP, carefully etching together a catalogue of work demonstrating her fine-tuned vocal ability.
A Mixture Of Different House Vibes
Check out this submission sent in by Kabutey. A fresh sound for a the fresh drops and we think you can have a good time soaking in these tracks as each one offers something very different. Below is what Kabutey had to say on the EP.
'Euro African American' is an EP celebrating my heritage. Euro because my great grand father is French from Marseilles. African because i was conceived by Ghanaian parents and raised in Ghana, West Africa. American because i was born in Brooklyn and currently live in New York.
Three different countries so you know that there music influences are going to be all over the place. Check out the sounds.
Oh, CamelPhat drop ANOTHER banger
So it seems CamelPhat enjoy dropping tracks to get everyones attention and the latest EP, The Solution EP is no different as fans are going ape sh*t online over these new tracks. So let’s take a look at what’s going on with the first track off the EP, The Solution
Bringing in some Futuristic sounds from the get go, it seems there’s a bit of a Future House influence with this track. The build up is an absolute gas tank as the vocals before the drop will definitely have you on your way on the dance floor. And then when the beat drops.... oh my word the sounds coming from the speakers just too sick to even contemplate not attacking the dance floor with your hands in the air and you screaming at the top of your longs.
If you’re the kind of shuffler that likes to lose their voice and enjoys leg cramps and sore shoulders from all the dancing you do, then we suggest you thank CamelPhat as this track is ram packed with heavy base, infectious bars and some sweet beats fused into one seriously party track. Festivals lovers are gona hear this and go wild.
Debut EP Set To Do Wonders By A Fascinating Creative
The creative mind that is, Becky and the Birds has delivered to us her debut self titled EP. The 5 track EP by the Singer / Producer has been cleverly stitched together with soul-stirring spoken word vocal samples and noises plucked from nature.
The Becky and the Birds EP features the highly acclaimed debut single ‘Holding On’, which was released earlier this year to an avalanche of praise for its eclectic alt-pop and trip-hop influences. It also features the latest single ‘Concept Store’, which incorporates jazzy pianos and bass among classic hip hop beats.
The EP opens with the lush ‘Becky’ intro before breaking into ‘Malaysia’, where Becky and the Birds' rich, flighty vocals soar among delicate orchestrated samples. The following ‘Die While You Love Me’ is a tantalising pop song with a magnificent sky-high chorus, while the EP closes with intoxicating vocal samples in ‘My Man’.
When listening to music Becky and the Birds experiences synaesthesia, visualising colours and patterns. Regarding how this reflects the EP Becky and the Birds says, “I want people to feel it… I want it to be about the art, and to build a whole world around it, with visuals - art using all of the senses. I don't want it to be so much about me, or what I look like.”
The Becky and the Birds EP features a genre-spanning blend of lush electronics, with nods to trip-hop and ‘90s R&B and the result is reminiscent of SZA, Solange and Erykah Badu. It finds Becky and the Birds taking ownership of her work while rejecting the pop-saturated sound of her native Sweden, resulting in a true-to-self, multifaceted project.
Perfect way to say “Hello” Again
Just days after reintroducing herself to the world, Cosha has release the much anticipated Mixtape ‘R.I.P. Bonzai’ on Columbia Records. Names like Mura Masa and Grades are on this project and we say, this is the perfect way to say introduce Bonzai to the world.
Speaking about the mixtape Cosha said, “R.I.P. Bonzai is the ebbs and flows through the mind of a confident but paranoid, sexual but shy, wild young Irish lady. It's all in the lyrics”. Listen to the R.I.P. Bonzai Mixtape.
5 years ago, at the age of 17, Cassia O’Reilly started making music under the pseudonym Bonzai. During this time she’s enjoyed an impressive array of critical acclaim and has since gone through somewhat of a transformation, both as an artist and to put it simply, as a human being.
Dublin native Cosha released 3 critically acclaimed EPs during her reign as Bonzai, garnered huge support from Annie Mac (enjoying 3 Hottest Records from the Radio 1 DJ) and mass acclaim from the likes of Dazed & Confused, Pitchfork and Vogue, to name but a few.
This EP you need!
So looking for something to invigorate us and have us thinking “wow... okay this track will be played day in and day out”. And we have found an EP capable of taking over our playlists for a long time to come, therefore meaning these tracks on the EP will also control YOUR playlists as we think these tracks are something to admired, appreciated and played over and over again.
We wanna give our focus to the DJ Spinna Galactic Soul Remix of TipToe, a track by Trevor Lawrence. See now the original is super sick, with some great vocals and a beat fused together with Soulful House and R&B. In its own right, the original stands firm and can hold its own. But this remix is just everything and more..... and more!
This particular version of TipToe on the EP is a fusion of so many different types of House music. From Soulful to Deep to Afro, trust us when we say, this remix is going to take you by surprise and have you skanking out wherever you decide to play it. The vocals were very strong in the original and stay just as strong in this remix but with a little bit of a tempo and pitch increase, you have what has to be a hidden gem of a track.
We implore you all to go and check out this super sick remix and we have a feeling you may be hearing this one a lot during the festival season and for the rest of the year.
Exclusive interview with Wittyboy
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Just who is Wittyboy and how long have you been involved in music? I’m an electronic music DJ/Producer originally from Leeds but now based in London. I’ve been making and releasing music for the best part of 10 years now and was heavily involved with the early days of the Bassline music genre. I would say my sound is influenced from all aspects of underground music I heard while growing up on a council estate, such as UK garage, Grime, Dancehall, Jungle etc.
How did you get into music to begin with? I had a mate in secondary school who’s brother was a DJ. I would stay at his house and we would hijack his brother’s turntables when he went out. It only took me a few goes to fall in love with it, and from that moment I knew that I had to have my own decks! I eventually got some cheap belt-drive turntables and began to practice, while also making beats on Fruity Loops. UK Garage was transitioning into Grime at that point and I started to MC over my own sets. This led onto me having my songs featured on BBC and receiving plays from the likes of Mary Anne Hobbs.
You released a number of singles over the years. What sound were you bringing back in the day? My early catalogue of music can only really be described as Bassline or 4x4 music. Being from Leeds this was a sound that was beginning to surface evolving from the Speed Garage sound which clubs such as Niche were championing.
How did the relationship with Bingo Bass come about? I started sending music to Zinc with the hopes that he might play them in his sets, He responded with positive feedback and asked if I would be interested in releasing through Bingo. The Bingo label played a huge part in my inspiration when I was coming up and I had pretty much every Bingo release on vinyl, so to be releasing on that same label to me was a big deal.
How has it been communicating with DJ Zinc? Has he played you any unheard hidden gems of music?! Zinc has been great, he has always been really responsive and honest which is important as a musician. He also offered advice and guidance on how to get the best sound out of the EP, which I really appreciated. He has also been kind enough to send me unreleased new music before release date, which is amazing!
The sound you’re coming with on “Working With” and “Burning” is dope. Can you describe your sound for those who may not know how to? I would describe my sound as melodic, energetic and raw. I don’t like to pigeonhole my music or limit myself to a defining genre. It might sound like Garage, House, Grime etc, but it will always have an element of me in it, which I believe people will recognise as being a Wittyboy beat.
What was the thought process behind creating “Burning”? There’s so much going on in the beat, but it all sounds under control and in proportion and makes for a sick listen. I have always been a fan of chords and chord progressions. Most of my music is very melodic and tries to tell a story. I felt like there was a lack of good vocal “feel good” songs out there at the moment so I tried to incorporate that vibe while still packing a punch with the heavy bass and synths
“Working With” has an old school feel to it but with elements that will have the shufflers shuffling lol. How did this one come about? I always seem to make the best music when there is emotion involved. Working with was basically me saying literally “Im going to show everyone what I’m working with this year” as cheesy as that may sound. I was playing with the bass patterns and accidentally made it a half step. I knew straight away it sounded different and reminded me of early dubstep in some respects.
What’s the next step for you? Events and some more music we hope? I guess for me the ultimate goal would be to release an album at some point. I want to continue making and releasing great music and collaborate with other artists who I admire. I will be continuing to do my regular DJ bookings across the country and Europe and hopefully play some festivals I haven’t played before. Wittyboy – Working With / Burning is out now on Bingo Bass https://www.beatport.com/release/working-with-burning/2257582