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Matt Shadetek‘s new album The Empire Never Ended sees the Brooklyn-based producer (and co-head, along with DJ /rupture, of the Dutty Artz label) drawing sonic inspiration from American hip-hop and R&B. An overt Houston influence is evident on “Bout It Girl,” with screwed-up vocals from Shadetek himself, and a drawl-heavy verse from RiFF RAFF, in which the rapper rhymes “freshness” with “ambidextrous.” But this isn’t strictly an ode to syrup-induced Southern rap. In the keyboard tones that open the track, the unearthly quality of the disembodied vocals, and the synth flourishes that pervade the track, Shadetek’s mastery of grime and experimental bass music reveals itself, placing this track in its on category. The Empire Never Ended is out now on Dutty Artz (and iTunes).

You can hear Shadetek re-create on tour throughout the US this Spring.

Matt Shadetek spring tour:

April 3rd – Seattle, WA w/ Chief Boima + Malitia Malimob @ The Crocodile
April 8th – Portland, OR w/ Chief Boima + Anjali + Tarsier @ Tube
April 11th – Oakland, CA w/ Chief Boima @ Ultrawave (SOMAR)
April 13th – San Francisco, CA w / Chief Boima + Thornato @ Tormenta Tropical (Elbo Room)
April 19th – Los Angeles, CA @ Subsuelo Warehouse Party w/Atropolis, Brooklyn Shanti, DJ Orion + More! (The Fold)
May 3rd – Madison, WI w/ Chants @ Thorps
May 4th – Milwaukee, WI w/ Kiings @ Stonefly
May 10th – Providence, RI w/ Old Money + Chief Boima @ Fete
May 15th – Boston, MATogether Festival (Goodlife)

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