Matt Nash writes STMPD RCRDS history with long-awaited debut album, ‘Half Human’
STMPD RCRDS holds a extensive list of citable talent, but for the label’s first-ever album release—not including AREA21’s, which is still unwinding—Martin Garrix and company deemed Matt Nash a fitting candidate for the milestone. Near the end of April, Nash alluded to his freshman LP’s completion and, following a summer of dispensing singles that would eventually become part of its tracklist, Half Human steps through the STMPD RCRDS doors for a historic moment in the imprint’s half-decade history.
Like most artists, extra time not spent on the road welcomed a unique opportunity for Nash to have the freedom to trial and error with different stylistic routes beyond his usual production breadth. The full dispersal of Half Human sees four fresh additions—”Rooftops” with Leo Stannard, “Be Here,” “Human,” and “Otherside”—join eight previously released originals from the past few months that include “Ready Or Not” with Nikki Ambers, “Lose It All,” and “Losing My Mind.” Built on the theme of technology’s inescapable involvement with daily life versus true human nature, Half Human further dives into the evolution of Nash’s quintessential house dealings into a more modern-day approach, adding a monumental feat to his near decade-long tenure with a well-rounded body of work. Matt Nash spoke on how Half Human came to be during his time throughout the pandemic, explaining,
“I really had the time and creative space during the pandemic to explore sounds that we’re not exclusive to the club or festival, but to really focus on melodies and just get lost in the process. Ever since I started making music I had always dreamed of releasing an album. I definitely felt more connected to my music than ever before during these recent times and think this helped to add a great depth and meaning behind what you’re about to hear!”
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