Matt Black returns to Bonzai Progressive for his full debut with the impeccable Mindscape. We first saw Matt here on remix duties for Jones & Stephenson – The First Rebirth as part of our 25 year special remix series. The remix went down a treat with many DJ’s placing it high in their charts as well as top recognition on download portals. Matt has been making music since the mid 90’s but it was when he started Segment records in 2003 that his work really began to get noticed. Since quitting the label in 2014 Matt has gone on to have tracks signed to labels such as Stripped digital, Mirabilis and Pro-B-Tech and has had remixes on labels such as Crop Circle, Emotional Content and 3rd Avenue. In the past Matt’s music has been supported by DJ’s such as Nick Warren and Hernan Cattaneo and has been played on both major radio stations and internet stations such as Proton radio and Frisky. With more projects and releases to come in 2017 Matt continues to develop as an artist as his star continues to rise
Mindscape is centred around a powerful probing bassline with space age synths and FX populating the spectrum. A tight drum section delivers a solid rhythmic flow to the sound while cool riser FX create tension. A super bright and simple yet highly effective synth line adds an uplifting quality to the groove which is enhanced on the break by thick, hypnotic pads. The break keeps us locked in, teasing us with its climax before releasing us back into full on mode for the duration. An absolute stomper for sure.
Trigger Effect gets right into a deep progressive groove from the off thanks to a tantalising bassline that draws you in without mercy. Matt explores different layers of progressive house here as he allures us with his excellent piano notes and captivating arps. We get a sense of deep contrasted with brighter elements that make for a very intriguing piece indeed. On the break is where the track really takes hold as those simplistic pianos lay down their charm. A definite must have for the serious prog enthusiasts.