Liverpool-based duo Matrefakt land on Peggy Gou‘s Gudu Records for their first release on the label: a four-track EP of undeniable dance floor weapons.
The last half-decade has seen Matrefakt release a steady stream of high-quality dance records with minimal fuss, and the support speaks for itself: Peggy Gou, Skream, Patrick Topping, Anja Schneider, DJ Boring, Richie Ahmed, Sally C, Sarah Story — the list goes on, and when you listen to their music, their rapid rise comes as no surprise. They’re also regulars at their city’s famed Circus parties, while the last two years have seen them play key sets at Creamfields, Hideout, Watergate and more.
Their first EP for Gudu is the definition of doing a lot with a little: samples are often looped across one or two bars, but Matrefakt know how to use them for maximum effect, building up tension with chopped vocals or looped bubbles and beeps over raw, loose and chunky drum patterns — just how we like it.
After Peggy playing multiple Matrefakt tracks in her sets for over a year, they played together for the first time at Creamfields last Summer and an EP naturally developed from there.
With transcendent late-night moments at the forefront of their mind, Matrefakt just get how to make dance records work. If you’re new to them, then ‘Dimension‘ is as good a calling card as you’re going to get.
It continues a stand-out 2023 for Gudu, which has already seen releases from Special Request & Novelist, Mogwaa, Matisa and DMX Krew, as well as the inaugural entry in Gudu & Friends – a new annual compilation series which introduced Salamanda, Closet Yi, Lady Blacktronika and more to the roster. With several other artists confirmed for releases later this year, 2023 should be one for the books.
Listen to the track below.