Introducing The Hazy Summer With Matt Martians’ ‘The Last Party’
As termed by J Dilla’s brother describing his regal sibling, Matt Martians is definitely the odd being of the group. He catches onto the sounds of the extraterrestrial, hampering them with smooth R&B grooves.
His previous solo project, The Drum Chord Theory, introduced his unique capabilities with an odd pattern of space-inspired chords and, at times, sonically luscious wind breezes.
The Last Party is lackluster with four fewer tracks than The Drum Chord Theory but carries the same vibrations through Matt Martian’s musical Sisyphean Task. Introduced a week before the EP’s release, the track Knock Knock was his foreshadowing for more of the stars being intertwined with the Summer’s joy.
The first half of the track is a cool homage to the relaxed R&B grooves of the 1970s, something that Matt loves to emulate. The second half of the track humorously has him delving into his love affair, appreciating her for not judging the quality of his shoes and inquiring her to marry him for that.
From one track to the other, the sounds sway and swish towards slightly different avenues, but never losing their virtue. Southern Isolation 2 flows heedlessly, tinkling with Matt’s soft vocals and beautiful saxophone moans and piano chords.
The two-parter track, Off My Feet/Westside Rider Anthem, is the perfect semblance of his sound. The first half of consists of prolonged space-chords enveloped by snippet drum loops and two vocals dancing around the ambiance. The second half of the track involves masterful drum play by Christopher Smith and bass lines from TheInternet’s Patrick Paige II.
The Last Party is not the most exciting project to come from The Internet’s catalog but serves as the perfect entrance to, hopefully, a careless and hazy Summer season, thanks to Matt’s odd mental framework and his talented coterie.