In many ways, 2017 feels like a landmark year for Matador, as the Irish techno stalwart has indisputably found his footing among his underground peers.
Back in February, he released his official remix of Oxia’s “Domino,” reinterpreting the rave classic into a modern, melodic techno anthem. The remix went on to receive widespread support from the likes of Carl Cox and Adam Beyer.
Now Matador is poised for his much-anticipated follow-up, returning to his own RUKUS imprint for a new five-track EP titled Ramaha. One of the standout tracks is “Juniper,” an uncharacteristically progressive cut, which Billboard Dance is exclusively premiering.
“Juniper” serves as an ode to Roland’s iconic line of analog synthesizers, featuring a blissful array of Juno synth lines interspersed throughout the track. It’s a refreshingly melodic cut from the Dublin producer, who originally cut his teeth charting minimal techno for Richie Hawtin’s Minus label.
“The Ramaha EP stems from a collection of ’80s synthesizers that I patched together in the studio,” Matador says. “I wanted to focus on exploring such iconic instruments and their influence on my music to date.”
His new Ramaha EP is due Oct. 6 on RUKUS. Listen to “Juniper” below.