Matthew Dear Playlist

Posted by Jakub

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With Matthew Dear’s recent release of his new album Black City and 10+ years under his belt of releases under different monikers I felt like the time was right to share what this man has actually created over the years which is an inviting song writing style for a dancefloor and the soundtrack to a night with friends. Moody at times, hidden storytelling and hypnotic rhythms that touch on similarities of David Byrne/Brian Eno work, I really believe in Matthew’s sound as something revolutionary, so here’s an 18 song playlist of songs that have made my day at one point of my life.

With strong art direction by Will Calcutt and recent covers by Michael Cina of alias like Jabberjaw, Matthew has always had a tight branding campaign that not only shows his personality but is always so thought thru and cared for.

I really hope everyone can find the beauty in Audion, False, and Jabberjaw, those songs seem long and repetitive to a fresh new pair of ears but even after the first listen to songs like Just A Man I feel like there’s a natural instinct to enjoy that organic sounding drive, swelling and circular feeling the songs gives off.

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Wim says:

August 9, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I saw Matthew Dear in the Silo in Belgium. This guy is a genius dj and a great producer!

Whenever you have the chance to go and see him, don’t hesitate!


James says:

August 9, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Matthew Dear is amazing. Saw him in Melbourne once as Matthew Dear (best) and once as Audion (still awesome). He is one of the few artists I can track through the years and appreciate the progression of sounds and styles. I think Deserter is my favorite, good to see it made your list.

I have to say the Hot Chip version of Don and Sherri is way better than his version though, some sort of folksy feelgood vibe going on.


Colin says:

August 10, 2010 at 3:43 am

Matthew Dear: interesting, engaging, high quality in all his guises yes, but I don’t hear revolutionary at all. And “Matthew has always had a tight branding campaign”? That gives me shivers.


Kevin Terry says:

August 10, 2010 at 8:16 am

I’ve been extremely inspired by Matthew Dear looking up to him over the years, but must admit I’ve been slowly losing interest in his music. I think his best years were about 4-5 years ago. He produced some of my favorite tracks and mixes during this time as Audion and False. And yes his branding… phenomenal.


gabriel says:

August 16, 2010 at 5:43 am

Saw him last weekend in Tel Aviv – he was pretty amazing. Just great selection + mixing… Highly recommended.