Big Tunes from the big hitters…
1. Matt Walsh & Zhao – Where Were You (DC Salas Remix) (Kill The DJ)
Released at the end of the year, on one of my all time favorite record labels.
2. Sebastien Tex – Ana (Clouded Vision)
One of the biggest tracks on my forthcoming compilation “The Clouded Vision Experiment”
3. Raudive – Dancing & Slaving (White)
Raudive makes the perfect mix of punk and techno, hope this one gets a full release!
4. The Mansisters – Lille Du (My Favorite Robot Records)
Funky main room disco techno from one of the best labels this year.
5. Daniel Avery – Naive Reception (White)
My partner in club promotion that has had one hell of a year
6. Hannah Holland – Candy Girl (Clouded Vision AKA Matt Walsh & Steve Cook Remix) (Batty Bass)
Slo-mo acid drum workout. Released this week.
7. Remain & Populette – Discomfort (MEANT)
Groovy guitar funk from a pair of French pals
8. Morgan Hammer – Farah’s Night (Nhar Remix) (Clouded Vision)
From the next single release on my label, Clouded Vision
9. Red Axes – Frozen Cities (Edit) (White)
Another great edit from Tel Aviv’s new heroes
10. Paul Muller – Williamsburg (Matt Walsh Remix) (Romancity)
My best solo remix for a while, including additional vocals by me.
“The new compilation ‘Matt Walsh presents: The Clouded Vision Experiment’ will be out on 26th November.”
Matt Walsh’s interest in DJing and production was fostered in the late 1990’s, while he was at university and progressive house was at its peak. “I think it all stemmed from going to prog house nights and being the only indie kid,” he remembers. “It was the first time I’d heard house music outside my bedroom but I wasn’t into the scene. You had to wear shoes and I kept not being let in!”
Fast forward a couple of years, a new decade heralded the birth of Electroclash and with it DJ Hell’s Gigolo Records, City Rockers and Playhouse. “Gradually as this new sound appeared it began to suit me more and more; it was my middle ground,” Matt recalls. Residencies in his hometown Colchester beckoned, followed by a move 60 miles down the road to London, closer to renowned club nights Bugged Out and Trash and dance music mecca Fabric.
As Matt began to develop his trademark sound of modern disco-infused electronic house and techno, an offer of a residency at East London’s seminal T-Bar club set off a chain of events that would lead to Turbo Recordings don Tiga spotting him there in 2007. Following an invite to play “an all-acid party in a cave” in Montreal, Matt was swiftly signed to the label and has resided there ever since.
Matt’s hunger for finding new and interesting records, always steering clear from the easy and obvious has allowed him to tour the world, not only with Turbo, but as a long term resident of Bugged Out! Clouded Vision is not only his production alias, but also the clear minded platform to showcase the musical talent that has caught Matt Walsh’s sights. Matt began working on musical production as part of a duo, formed with friend and studio partner Steve Cook in 2007. After producing their first track together, “Saturation” the pair were soon signing remixes with Turbo and labels such as Mute and Universal Music. His continued success in solo projects and working with Steve gave Matt the confidence to set up Clouded Vision Recordings in 2009. Their first two EP’s were remixed by Permanent Vacation’s 40 Thieves and Portuguese tastemakers Photonz. They continued to gain support from the cream of the contemporary dance music crop including Tensnake, Cosmo Vitelli, The Revenge, Joakim, Mugwump, Trevor Jackson and Shit Robot. Ep’s followed from Darabi, Bozzwell, The Countach, Sishi Rosch, Bubba, Remain and Morgan Hammer and planned for the end of 2012, an all exclusive mixed CD compilation titled Matt Walsh Presents: The Clouded Vision Experiment. To celebrate the release a tour will take place across Europe in November/December 2012 with Matt playing alongside some of the artists from the compilation such as Raudive, Remain, Bubba, Snuff Crew and more.
Under his own name, Matt’s original material has been described as techno with a propulsive and percussive energy, never afraid to take risks. “I try to move beyond the safer techno house sounds and hopefully create something a bit different. It’s important to me to stay true to what I grew up with and I think that comes through in my productions, the EBM and new wave sound.”
His combined work with Hypercolor Boss, Alex Jones, on a remix for electro high priestess Peaches’ ‘Lose You’ on XL Records was played on Radio 1’s Essential Mix and supported by Andrew Weatherall, Laurant Garnier, Tiga and Paul Woolford to name a few.
Matt’s first 2 solo EP’s were released in 2010 through UK club night Wax:On’s record label and Turbo label mate Sei A’s Seinan Music respectively, and fast became favourites of DJs as widespread as Optimo, Simian Mobile Disco, M.A.N.D.Y, Jennifer Cardini, Chloe, Ivan Smagghe, Cari Lekebusch and of course Tiga. He ended 2010 with his biggest selling piece of music so far, a peak time rolling techno version of Popof’s ‘The Chomper’ on Turbo Recordings tour compilation, Planet Turbo.
Matt began 2011 with a new collaboration EP with French producer Zhao, released on This is Music (home of Boy 8 Bit and DJ Mujava) and a Clouded Vision EP on Parisian label MEANT. Alongside this he produced a slew of remixes on Family Name, MEANT and notably Turbo. His partnership with the new french techno wizard Zhao was strengthened by a hit remix of Murphy Jax’s “Time To Bump” finding itself a staple the boxes of dj’s including Chloe, Miss Kittin, Brodinski and Tiga.
This year has seen another Clouded Vision EP release, this time on NYC house imprint “Throne of Blood” which has been critically acclaimed across the board. Late 2012 will see the release of the pair’s second EP, this time on Chloe and Ivan Smagghe’s “Kill The DJ”, which will be followed by another EP on Headman’s “Relish” imprint in early 2013. Matt has remixed tracks for Big Black Delta, Frankfurt’s Paul Muller, Morgan Hammer, Hannah Holland and many more to come which, alongside his first mixed CD release, will mean a big start to 2013.
2012 also saw the start of Matt’s new London based clubnight “Movement”. Set up alongside new star of 2012, Daniel Avery, the pair have run three nights at Hysteria, Dalston with totally unannounced guests of a calibre as high as Andrew Weatherall, Trevor Jackson and Simian Mobile Disco. Each guest is given the freedom to play whatever records they want in a small capacity basement to a core crowd of music lovers, a unique new twist in London’s clubbing timetable. More parties are planned in late 2012 so watch this space.