Women in Music 2016

Matt Lange Premieres Modular Techno Track 'My Love Aside' From New Album 'Ephemera': Exclusive

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Matt Lange

Matt Lange’s credentials speak for themselves. The L.A.-based producer is a Berklee College of Music graduate who dabbles in isorhythms and modular synthesis. He’s also the latest signee to deadmau5’s mau5trap imprint, where he’ll be delivering his debut album, Ephemera, later this year.

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For an artist who built his name crafting amicable house music for labels like Anjunadeep and Armada, Lange’s newest work is a change of pace. Sinister-sounding and techno-favoring, it’s a stark contrast from the lighter aesthetic of previous years.

Part of the new direction can be attributed to the gear he’s incorporated into his studio setup: “Much of Ephemera was inspired by my modular synthesizer which I first started building around the same time I started writing the tracks that now appear on the album,” he says.

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The first single from the album is “My Love Aside,” a minimally arranged techno composition with the kind of organic progression that feels ripe for an after hours dancefloor. The song weaves through its seven-minute span with ease, drifting through deeply layered pads and heavily processed vocals in a sort of hypnotic daze.

Lange says of the track: “Minus the vocal sample which I recorded of myself and mangled, ‘My Love Aside’ is almost entirely sourced from the modular. It's based around a 5/8 isorhythm that lies on top of the fairly traditional 4/4 techno groove underneath it. The shifting all the melodic rhythm against the back beat is what, in my mind, keeps a simple 5 note motif interesting as it's repeated over and over.”

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Ultimately, the track represents a larger thematic shift for Lange in the DJ booth as well: “‘My Love Aside’ is influenced primarily by how my DJing has changed over the past few years to a more minimal and groove based techno direction. It allows me a lot more freedom in how I DJ and to be much more improvisational with how I can use looped pieces of multiple tracks at the same time without the final output being too cluttered. In turn, that allows me to feel a bit more artistic and less like a human jukebox.”

Matt Lange’s debut album Ephemera will be released on mau5trap on Sept. 11, and can be pre-ordered here.