Last year Matthew Reid released In The Rain With Dog's which was impressive album that showcased his skills as a producer and rapper. A little more than a year later and he is giving us a little more than a taste of his upcoming full length Matthew Reid's Tall, Dark, & Ugly with an EP entitled The Depressive Nation EP.
The EP contains four songs that play into his style as well as his evolution. He opens with “Everytime (prod. by kooliedscope).” The sample sounds like a song you would hear in a Quentin Tarantino movie. Once the beat comes in I was reminded of The Avalanches. His vocals enter and remind me what I enjoyed about In The Rain With Dog's .
His rhymes are ambiguous in some ways but also revolve around themes like destiny, medication and anxiety. He raps “Can he fix his problems? we hate anxiety/ we hate that we have to take a pill everyday. I wanna wake up and not embarrass myself/ jump out the car as I cut my seatbelt. Up next is “The Losing Doctrine” which starts off a little self-deprecating at first while also tipping his hat to popular 90’s hip hop with an anthemic hook. The beat is chill, relaxed and easy to enjoy.
“Lungs” has a different feel from what I’ve heard before. The beat is dark, more experimental and arguably the most original I’ve heard from. It reminded me a bit of dub step artist Burial. It doesn't have a deep, thick bass drum and instead feels like an ominous blanket over the music.
He closes with “The Interlude II” which has a organic, jazzy beat which came closer to sounding like A Tribe Called Quest. It’s hard to tell if the last two tracks were fully formed or just snippets. The runtime of about two and half minutes felt short to me.
Reid is in top form here and The Depressive Nation EP is an appetizer before the main course. Check it out.
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