Posts Tagged ‘Matt Woods’

February 28, 2018

It’s hard to believe it’s been less than half a year since we’ve been on the receiving end of some moving new music from Matt Woods. It’s felt much longer than that. Maybe we’ve gotten used to having Matt Woods in our lives, which must have something to do with how incredibly smooth his falsettos are, and how immensely affecting his electro-soul always is. Prepare to melt into the floor as the UK artist serenades us with that impeccable voice on his new single and in his first official video, Rearview“The track is built around this idea that as you put more and more distance between you and somebody else they appear smaller and smaller, but no matter how far you drive away from them, they never fully disappear” explains Woods as he documents a saga of chance meetings across the globe with a love interest that led to a whirlwind relationship, doomed from the beginning by the distance they would put between each other while traveling. That anguish is more than palpable on his creamy molten lament, a sleekly rippling song that draws back from the heady electronic production of Woods’ prior “future soul” offerings. Rearview is lifted from Matt Woods’ forthcoming EP, tentatively titled Fauxstalgia. It’s mauve video is inspired by hours spent playing video games at the arcades when Matt was growing up in Newquay, when his dad owned most of the arcades in Cornwall. Catch Matt Woods on tour in Europe this March, tickets can be found, here. Prepare for a stunning treat. Matt Woods is phenomenal live.

October 9, 2017
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MOOSIQ MOSAIC : 10.02.2017 – 10.05.2017

Featured Music – October 2-5, 2017
(excluding tracks not available on Soundcloud)

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October 3, 2017
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Matt Woods is arguably our favorite solo artist from the UK. Each and every one of his releases these past two years have blown us away, and his voice has always been utterly remarkable. The dashing singer songwriter leaves us trembling in the powerful wake of his deeply cutting new single Stop. It’s as if he ignites a fire within my heart with his exceptional falsettos and sensationally produced electro-soul, which he’s been dubbing future-soul long before the more dance relevant sub-genre of “future soul” was ever coined. The breathtaking and cathartic ballad evokes a blend of James Vincent McMorrow and Ben Howard, with widescreen electronic production replete with rich swelling synths and spine-tingling bass wobbles. Re-visit Matt Woods’ outstanding collection of tunes, here.

August 15, 2017
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It’s been eight long months since Matt Woods gave us his Ain’t No Use EP, and almost one and a half years since he blew me away with his incredible vocals and stage presence at SXSW in Austin. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’ve been wondering for quite some time now when we’d hear from the singer songwriter and producer next. The British phenom breaks his silence with a heart stopping new single named Nervous, on which he gives us a stunning falsetto performance that evokes James Vincent McMorrow. It’s a welcome and comforting, familiar and soothing return, since we’ve spent many an hour obsessed with Matt’s prior music. That exquisite voice comes on a downy bed of rich luxuriant electronic production. The combo is deeply stirring, to say the least. No one does “future soul” quite like Matt Woods, who very well may have been one of the first artist’s to coin the term, or at least one of the first to pinpoint its early sound. “Future soul” has taken off on a bit of a trajectory since, with the advent of certain dance culture trends. This could explain why Nervous is tagged as “post-future-soul”, which makes a lot of sense, since Matt Wood’s sound also conjures gospel inspired maestro James Blake and what we used to call “post-dubstep” back in the day. Whatever you want to call it, Nervous is a spectacularly moving hymnal, and a ravishing taste from a new EP named Re:Connection arriving later this year. 

December 7, 2016
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MOOSIQ MOSAIC : 12.05.2016

Featured music – December 5th, 2016

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December 6, 2016
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If there’s any one person on earth who can make the thought of styrofoam seem smoothly enticing and intricately mesmerizing, it’s Matt Woods, the gifted singer songwriter and producer from London we’ve been enamored with for well over a year. Matt Woods’ meditative Styrofoam is a gospel imbued future soul ballad that reflects on our modern tendency to treat relationships as disposable and ephemeral. As always, Matt’s golden falsettos and vocal superiority keeps me spellbound through the steady surging work of sensory opulence. Styrofoam is lifted from Matt Woods’ four track Ain’t No Use EP, out since Friday. Take the phenomenal EP for a full spin on Soundcloud.

October 24, 2016
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MOOSIQ MOSAIC : 10.20.2016

Featured music – October 20th, 2016

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October 21, 2016
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It’s been a long seven months since we last heard new music from Matt Woods, and I’d be a shattered mess if not for the fact that I caught him at SXSW back in March. The sheer power of that set resonates within me still. There’s no forgetting that spectacular voice, and the torridly rousing, intimately heartrending future soul he belted out on stage. The British singer songwriter makes his long awaited return with a song more than worthwhile waiting for. Matt grasps our hearts in the palm of his hand with his velveteen sultry, choppy thrilling electro R&B on Nothing Less, which is nothing less than exceptional. A pillowy plush groove and Matt Woods’ silky smooth R&B falsettos lift us to extreme levels of intoxicated bliss. If you managed to criminally miss out on Matt Woods till now and you’re fond of Jack Garratt and James Vincent McMorrow, there’s no doubt you’re going to fall head over heels for this tune. Adding to my rapture and excitement are reports that news of a sophomore EP will be arriving shortly. 

March 13, 2016

I HEART MOOSIQ x SXSW

It’s mid March, and that can only mean one thing. It’s time for I Heart Moosiq to head out to Austin to take in one of the most intensive music weeks of the year. In the meantime, IHM writer and contributor Nick will be holding the fort back here in the Bay, channeling his immense passion for music through IHM while I’m away. 

For those of you also converging in Austin for SXSW, I Heart Moosiq is co-supporting an event on Wednesday night, March 16th, at the Speakeasy (Kabaret room), alongside Liberal Arts, Free Bike Valet, and Beating Lights. The official showcase, hosted by Los Angeles based tastemakers We Found New Music, features a spectacular lineup filled with IHM lauded talent. Come out and enjoy this diamond studded evening, and please do say hello! Showcase details below.

DATE:
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
7:30pm to 2:00am

VENUE:
SPEAKEASY
(Kabaret Room)
412 Congress Ave
Austin, Texas 78701

ENTRY: Free with SXSW Badge/Wrist band. $10 for public entry.

RSVP here
SXSW Schedule here

SET TIMES:

8:00: Pr0files 
8:50: Bel Heir
9:40: Matt Woods
10:30: Oberhofer
11:20: Geographer
12:20: ASTR
1:20: EMI

Avec Sans and Paperwhite will also be DJing in between band sets. In other words, this is going to be one incredibly jam packed night of fabulous music.

Check out this year’s official The Independent Blogger’s Guide to SXSW for more on several of these acts, of whom yours truly had the pleasure of writing about for We Found New Music (Pr0files, Bel Heir, Matt Woods). I Heart Moosiq also wrote about XYLØ, Pastel Ghost, and Freedom Fry in the guide, which introduces 100 up and coming showcasing artists, many of which I hope to catch while I’m in Austin. 

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March 9, 2016
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Here I was, thinking I’d already maxed out the level of giddy excitement boiling within me at the prospect of finally catching Matt Woods live at SXSW next Tuesday night (at a showcase I Heart Moosiq is helping out at and collaborating on, nonetheless), but then the British artist goes and does THIS. On Ain’t No Use, Matt’s soulful crooning, tender keys, and contemporary electronic production combine for a gut wrenching, emotion pummeling experience. The spectacular musician calls his music future soul, and you can certainly hear that modern twist on classic gospel and soul in his powerful balladry. I might have to sit down when he belts out this tune on stage next week. If you’ll be at SXSW, too, come hang and swoon to Matt with me at We Found New Music’s official showcase, details, here.