It may not be the glitziest or coolest label in the world—and, at ten years old, it's definitely not the freshest—but Plant Music is a workhorse of the club world, quietly and consistently releasing rock-solid material that fills floors. The New York imprint's latest comes from Philadelphia newcomer Matpat, a producer who, despite having only one release to his name (the Crush EP on Terry Farley's Strobelight Honey label), has produced the kind of record that you might think came from a house music veteran.
Matpat's basic strategy—especially on Everybody Rise's title track—is to produce a skeletal, funky-tinged rhythm, circularly arranged vocal samples and an extremely simple two-bar melody... and then work those elements for all they're worth.
(Imagine Victor Simonelli after chugging seven or so energy drinks.) The track is pure get-down music, eschewing such niceties as deepness or subtlety to focus on peak-time. "Work That Nerve" takes a similar tack, adding a touch of tribal drums and a two-chord synth line that slices its way through the groove; a fun Ben Mono remix funks up the rhythmic template and adds a slew of old-school touches.
The EP finishes with a redo of "Everybody Rise" from the Glass (DJ Wool and Plant head Dominique Keegan) that drops the BPM in exchange for a nice bit of 303 filigree. None of this is exactly rocket science—but who needs NASA technology when there's a party going on?
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Tracklist: Matpat - Everybody Rise01. Everybody Rise
02. Werk That Nerve
03. Werk That Nerve (Ben Mono Remix)
04. Everybody Rise (The Glass Remix)