Not too long ago, Matthew Reid wasn’t sure he was going to make another album. The artist’s last release Matthew Reid's Tall, Dark, & Ugly was in 2017 and since then a lot of life has happened. There were a number of things that happened to him in 2020 that gave him the motivation and inspiration to continue making music. His latest album entitled Matthew Reid's The Roaring Twenties is arguably his best release yet and showcases some of his new sounds and styles.
The album opens with “Stellary Awesome” and this song has pensive and thoughtful energy. Reid raps about a lot of different subjects including COVID, the politics behind it and the NBA. It’s sort of a brief summary of the last year or so.
“The Jaunt (The Jet Age of Tomorrow) (feat. TJAOT)” is a fun tune. I loved the beats and atmosphere. The initial beat has an old school A Tribe Called Quest type of vibe. It’s fresh and feels a little like summer. There’s a fantastic transition about halfway through where the song speeds and locks on to a killer bass and drum groove.
I’m not sure where the beat came from on “27 (feat. Black Marble)” but it sounded like a mix between The Cure and Joy Division. “I Tell 'Em (feat. Grown Man Flaco)” contains a big deep beat not unlike Gorillaz while “July Summer Knights” is has a spliced, bright and airy flow to it.
“I Should Tell You Things'' was a highlight. The beat is slick and Reid tears it up. He speeds up his flows, slows down and creates a trance like mantra with his words. “Art Game Houston (The Michael B. Show) (feat. Flight Facilities, Emma Louise)” contains a great hook. I loved the female vocals on this song and there’s also some funky clean guitar which hits the mark.
“On The Line (feat. Gavin Turek)” is next and perhaps the funkiest song on the release. In fact I was getting ’70s disco vibes with this song. Reid raps are on point and quite fast. “Speak, Get Up” is a slower ballad of sorts but there are still some ’70s aesthetics here. Reid raps about the rat race we all have to deal with as well as more insight into issues with COVID. Last up is “Into Life (feat. The KVB)” which contains ethereal sounding music and airy female vocals.
Reid is in top form. His wordplay and ability to relate stories beyond himself helps you connect with his music. There’s a lot of anecdotes he mentions regarding issues I think most people will relate to. Recommended.
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