Matador - Apollo 11

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Matador and ARTBAT release their debut collaboration ‘Apollo 11’ on Matador’s RUKUS imprint.

When two of the hottest techno acts announce an alliance, a hypersonic gestalt is created. Their two-tracker, named after the first successful moon landing craft, is out of this world, and arrives bang on target.

‘Apollo 11’ blasts off in rhythmically driven fashion bolstered by plucky synths and vigorous pads. SH101 licks propel the listener into a bubbly, scintillating arpeggiator breakdown, and hi-hats navigate a close encounter with celestial horns.

The unearthly calls and spectral pads in ‘Visitor’ celebrate restrained vocals and a glitchy Prophet lead line. Oscillating, low-frequency vibrations chart a course through infinite space and time, and command an astral musical sequence.

Amy Wildsmith