Last year, Matrixxman took some time off from touring to work on the new Depeche Mode album “Spirit”, which will be released March 17th on Columbia Records. Matrixxman was involved the project as Martin Gore’s assistant and dealt with synthesizer and drum machine programming matters on the album. As stated by the American producer: We had some spare time after the record was completed so we put that time to good use and made a bunch of alternate versions as well. Those versions will be featured on the bonus disk entitled “Jungle Spirit Mixes”.
” Jungle Spirit Mixes” will feature in a 2-CD Deluxe version of the album which will include a special 28-page booklet of exclusive artwork and photos.
“Amid a serious dearth of US techno producers in recent years, Charles Duff, also known as Matrixxman, has been busy soundtracking the technological singularity that unfolds before us.” – Invite
San Francisco producer Matrixxman is bringing out a new EP in three sections – ‘Rhythm’, ‘Acid’ and ‘Polyphony’.
The three 12″s are forthcoming on Dutch label Dekmantel, which describes part one as an “exercise in rhythm”.
The first EP, entitled ‘Sector I: Rhythm’, focuses on drumming, ‘Sector II’ hones in on acid and ‘Sector III’ explores the concept of polysynthesis, as it was created primarily with only an analog keyboard.
The first section is out October 24. You can stream ‘Rhythm’ below and pre-order it here.
Matrixxman and Echologist, AKA Brendon Moeller, are putting out a new double EP together.
Matrixxman, AKA Charlie Duff, is a newer entrant on the techno scene, rising to fame on the back of records for labels like Dekmantel, Ghostly and Fifth Wall, including his well-received debut album Homesick. South African-born, New York-based producer Brendon Moeller, meanwhile, is a veteran̦—he’s been making dub-influenced techno under a number of different aliases, including Beat Pharmacy and Echologist, for over a decade. The Black & White EP is the first time the two have worked together, and it’ll come out on long-running Dutch label Planet Rhythm on September 5th.
Listen to clips over at the distribution website.
Recorded live at Gashouser in Amsterdam on New Year’s Eve for Awakenings.
Matrixxman’s LP ‘Homesick’ was selected by Resident Advisor staff and contributors as one of their standout records of the year. The full list can be found here, where they wrote “Sometimes it takes an outsider to remind us just how exhilarating techno can be. This year that outsider was San Francisco’s Charles McCloud Duff, a chameleonic producer who’s tried his hand at just about every type of electronic music there is. Homesick, his first album as Matrixxman, was like a window into an icy future, yet it still felt strangely familiar. Simultaneously hot and cold, bleak and uplifting, the album created for itself a unique sonic space.”
The San Fran producer continues to rattle cages.
Matrixxman made his name as one half of 5kinandbone5, a West Coast duo whose music ranged from 2-step and r&b hybrids to rattling rap beats (most notably on the backing to Le1f’s Wut.) Despite the success the group found in a short space of time, they dissolved in 2013 and Matrixxman has been rattling out records since – appearing on labels like Dekmantel, Spectral Sound, Unknown to the Unknown and Delft, though this summer he settled on Ghostly International to release his debut album Homesick.
Although Homesick is a techno record at its heart (albiet one that draws heavily from industrial and electro), it also marks Matrixxman’s attempt to push against the genre’s boundaries – or explore its possibilities, depending on your perspective. “The whole reason I’m doing an artistic pursuit is so I can do what the fuck I want to do,” he told FACT earlier this year. “I’m hellbent on eschewing expectation where possible. My whole approach is distinctly subversive at its core. Too many people get comfortable in their safe zones. And while I’m getting comfortable settling into the confines of techno, I’m still trying to fuck it up as much as possible.”
His FACT mix nods to the techno gods at times (Plastikman, Hood) but generally keeps things weird and obscure, cribbing gems from Johannes Hell, Ground Loop, Adbdulla Rashim and more. Homesick is out now through Ghostly International.
Following his debut LP Homesick on Ghostly International, LittleBig are pleased to welcome techno futurist Matrixxman to our roster. With new material forthcoming on a highly respected label next year, contact email@example.com for 2016 availability now.