Matador returns with ‘Tuesday’, his debut album contribution to the ambient realm. Offering an immersive montage of stories that pay tribute to Ireland’s idyllic vistas, the multifaceted producer’s LP echoes a dedication to his craft. Following its soft launch in March, it now celebrates its official release – available to stream and download via his RUKUS imprint.
Following Matador, aka Gavin Lynch’s recent Astralwerks Records White Label release ‘Bush’ and vinyl-only ‘Cyclone’ series, his ‘Tuesday’ project presents as a down-tempo addition to his back-catalogue. Proposing a fresh perspective on both concept and sonic sensibilities, the ambient-led electronica release takes an alternative stylistic route from its predecessors, welcoming nature as its muse.
Perched in a tucked-away spot mere metres from the water, Matador’s Dublin-based workspace is enveloped by an abundance of nature and wildlife that serves as an endless source of inspiration for his production output. Harnessing field recordings from the untainted seascape, the album’s 20 cuts are replete with organic sentiment; from indigenous birdsong, to breaking waves and blustery storms; each composition stimulates a period of reflection for the listener, serving as an intimate retreat from every-day noise. Founded on a love for the free-flowing progression of music and an authentic composition process, it is designed for start-to-finish listening and is available as a continuous mix.
Matador: “My idea was to create a soundscape that connects and fills in the spaces; the physical spaces around us, the silences in between, and the space amongst our thoughts, actions and reactions.”
The conceptual anthology of productions highlights a new dimension of scope for the Irish musician, as he references a myriad of musical styles from his repertoire. With an approximately three-hour runtime, the album in its entirety stands as a testament to his musical vision and artistic vibrancy.
Matador has attracted support from the likes of Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Jamie Jones, and Richie Hawtin, and has had performances at places such as DC-10, Sonus Croatia, Space Ibiza, and Stereo Montreal, and releases on labels Cocoon, Minus, and Perc Tracks.
Just four years after launching his RUKUS imprint, the producer’s label has chartered releases from ANNA, ARTBAT, Coyu, Hot Since 82 and Skream to name a few.