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DJ champion and Slow Roast label manager Matsu releases single “R U With Me” to debut new artist project


At only 24-years old, Brooklyn-based artist and Slow Roast Records label manager Matsu boasts an array of competitive DJ titles including Red Bull 3Style US Vice-Champion, Goldie Awards World Finalist, and Campus DJ US Champion (when he was merely 21-years-old).

Now, Matsu has translated his shrewd mixing prowess into his production project. The bubbling beatmaker has unveiled his “R U With Me” single to earmark his forthcoming debut EP of the same name, releasing on September 24 via the label he runs alongside DJ Craze Slow Roast Records

“R U With Me” arrives as the first original track by the half Japanese, half Russian producer under the production name Matsu — with his former 2020 “Eerie” single having been a collaboration with multi-instrumentalist black a.m. Running alongside his heroes and mentors, the acclaimed disc jockey considers the single to be his first official release to take foot in his home at Slow Roast Records, where he has also earned the role of Label Manager. 

Produced from his home studio in Brooklyn, “R U With Me” is a symbol of Matsu’s diligent efforts throughout the pandemic to hone his craft and evolving sound as a producer. Infused with classic M1 piano synths and 909 drums, “R U With Me” uses vocal chops and modern engineering to instill that classic house sound built for the dancefloor. 

“I was heavily inspired by Disclosure’s regular twitch streams early on during quarantine. I would spend hours watching and studying their sessions, and would sit down to apply those new things I learned daily. Eventually, I stopped watching the streams as often and focused entirely on just writing and crafting my own sound.” — Matsu

Matsu has already received cosigns from legendary DJs like Craze, A-Trak, and Jazzy Jeff, been supported by brands such as Redbull, Serato, DJcity/Beatsource, and performed across clubs in the US and Europe, including opening for superstars like Diplo and Post Malone

Already an expert curator in every sense of the word, Matsu’s “R U With Me” serves as the anchor point of the talented artist’s new sonic direction towards house.  We premiere ‘R U With Me’ on Data Transmission, check it out here and grab it on Beatport.

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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