Berlin-based producer Matiryaloka returns with his debut EP ‘Drama Disc’, out independently on 20th February, following the release of his latest single ‘Compromised’.
Describing his sound a marrying of the darker parts of electronic and pop music, Matiryaloka draws on a myriad of influences, combining underground sensibilities with modern mainstream production.
Ghostly vocal samples are peppered throughout the sparse slow- burning intro over a restrained yet somewhat menacing bass note. We are introduced to the sultry R&B vocals of Eleanore, who found support from ZLR8R and BBC 1xtra’s B Traits with her ‘Thousand Thoughts’ EP. Her performance is reminiscent of BANKS as she croons the ominous lyrics “I feel you, I feel your presence, even if you’re not here” adding to the already foreboding Flume-esque production.
The only other vocal performance on the EP comes courtesy of rising singer Nashira Cole, whose emotional performance is paired perfectly with the rolling bass and whirring synths on the lead single ‘Compromised’. The aptly titled ‘Feral’ reveals a more aggressive side to Matiryaloka; the peaceful ambience of the preceding ‘Shallow Waters’ is washed away as the thunderous horns are joined by sinister synths and his trademark choppy percussion rhythms. ‘Air’ is a fitting way to close the EP, using a bright ringing piano and animated drum patterns to build up to the cinematic climax, before diminishing with one sharp breath into the final bars.
Feeling unfulfilled whilst playing in a number of post-hardcore bands growing up in a small village in Germany, he was eventually drawn to studying music production in Berlin, which led to composing for short films, adverts as well as songwriting for other artists. This experience in composing for films has perhaps lent a hand in forming the EP – not just a random collection of songs; they are all connected by theme where his penchant for storytelling comes to the forefront.