Matroda delivers piping-hot house on his ‘Shut It Down’ EP
The 21-year-old’s first fierce success came when he teamed up with house icon, Chris Lake, for their “California” remix, which topped Beatport charts, racking up millions of streams across multiple platforms. In the past, Matroda has experimented with a number of styles – most extensively dubstep. However, he seems to have found his niche with his nefariously nuanced brand of house.
Shut It Down is deliciously wicked. The EP has captured the most riot-inducing elements of g-house, garage, and bass house; the result is a diabolically playful sonic landscape. The lead track, “The Beginning,” throws the listener for a loop with its wompy dubstep and trap elements. The rest of the EP more or less follows a 4-by-4 pattern, with a bit of breakbeat sprinkled in on “Damn Floor.” Matroda proves himself a master of vocal chops, which are suffused throughout the EP, seamlessly aligning themselves with the stuttering bass and overall buoyant nature of tracks like “Shut It Down,” “Boom Bap,” and “The Drive.”