Over the past few months I’ve been seeing the name Matoma pop up all over the place, and even listed on a lot of people’s most anticipated debuts of the year; so, of course I had to check out One In a Million when it finally dropped. I went into this one completely cold and not knowing what to expect from the producer but right off the back I could see why he was receiving hype. As a producer he has a clear grasp of mainstream dance production – everything is clean and sharply produced; the thing that was lacking however, was any real emotion. One In a Million is a generally decent listen that’s a safe bet for any mixed crowd as the aggressively generic songs won’t offend anyone one way or another. The sound is comparable to anything you’d hear from any other producer on the Top 40 and the guest features are all serviceable, but the album as whole is lacking in any real punch or excitement. It’s one predictable sound to the next. So yeah I can see where the excitement for his debut would have come from but he came up woefully short of producing anything really memorable.
Everything Chromeo has to offer here is so shallow and devoid of any real soul that not even their varied array of guest features could do much to save it. All this album did was make me want to listen to some real funk.
Dada Life's "Our Nation" is enjoyable in that it's more Dada and they do those monster, face-melting songs as good as anyone out there, but the album as a whole feels a bit too formulaic and at times outdated compared to where everyone else is in EDM.
Human feels like an awakening, a new direction in life, and a result of a search for deeper understanding. It's an album that's full of spirituality and (at times overtly) religious overtones that sees Steve Angello pull out all of the tools in his deep tool kit, and while it's a clear departure from the music that thrust him to the upper echelons, it's a glorious new beginning to something special.
Have you heard One In a Million? What’d you think about it? Did Matoma live up to the hype with his debut album? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions for the album.
Matoma – One In a Million Reaction
'One In a Million' is a generally decent listen that's a safe bet for any mixed crowd as the aggressively generic songs won't offend anyone one way or another.