Track Talk: Matrefakt break down how they made their brand new record ‘Ethos’ with Culture Jam

The EP is out now on Anja Schneider's 'Sous' imprint

Matrefakt are a duo who’s music oozes groove and style with uplifting melodies and driving rhythms. Known for mixing up their genres, they’re records span the breadth of electronica, with house, disco, techno, and downtempo influences. Having met through various mutual friends whilst pursuing other projects, two lads from Liverpool soon discovered they shared a mutual passion for the same styles of music and so began Matrefakt.

Their releases have gotten support from some of the world’s leading electronic music artists, such as Solomun, Yousef, Patrick Topping, Eats Everything, Anja Schnieder, Mella Dee, Joris Voorn, Jax Jones, MK, Nicole Moudaber, Laurent Garnier, Richy Ahmed and Skream and also have received radio support from Danny Howard, Jaguar and Sarah Story. They also run the label ‘Attitudes To Life’, releasing their own records and a wicked EP from house heavyweight Denis Sulta.

Matrefakt’s latest EP ‘Ethos’ is a two-track groover out today on Anja Schneider’s seminal label ‘Sous’, featuring a collaboration with Culture Jam on the A side (Ethos), and a techno-stomper from them on the B side (14:47).

‘Ethos’ is a funk-laden italo-disco cut certified for the dance floor. Littered with 80s and 90s inspired synths, the bouncing bassline keeps you locked in to the rhythm with crisp percussion shining through. The melodies make you dream of those late summer nights with your friends. 14:47 flips the EP on its head. It’s a thumping techno record with hard-hitting rave stabs jumping out and punching you in the chest. A monstrous low-end rumbles your speakers to great effect, with a hint of breaks dotted throughout. This one is destined for the late hours raves. We’re not surprised Anja decided to put this one out on her label!

Talking to us on how they made they made ‘Ethos’, Matrefakt said:

The track started out as a carefree studio jam session with our friend Corey (Culture Jam), we had been spending quite a bit of time with each other in the studio just jamming and writing with no pressure on what the end goal should be and out of this period came a number of collaborations together, with one being ‘Ethos’.

Corey (Culture Jam) was playing around with some bass notes on the midi keyboard that had a distinct 80’s feel to them, we decided to roll with the 80’s feel of the bass and program some drums for the track using drum machine samples to stick with what had now become the theme for the track.

Once the foundation was in place and we were happy with it we knew exactly where we wanted the track to go, we put a lead over the top from our JU-06 that brought the track to life and worked really well with the drums, but left the bass feeling a bit weak and lacking something, we replayed the bass on the JU which brought the track together even more and made the bass sit a lot better with the lead.

At this stage we were happy with the idea and the direction it was taking so all that was left was to sort out the arrangement and add in some sound FX which again we used the JU-06 ran through some pedals just to enhance things a little bit more.

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