Matt Black – Ghost in the Machine (Segment Records)

Segment Records returns for their 50th release which features label founder Matt Black and his latest single ‘Ghost in the Machine’.

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Long time progressive house fans have reason to be happy this week as a long standing label from the past has resurfaced with a brand new release. Matt Black’s Segment Records was founded in 2003 and the first release was from then up and comer Eelke Kleijn. 11 years, 49 releases and a few hiatus’ later Segment Records returns under the new ownership of Jersey Islands based producer Manouvers Music. It’s a monumental affair as it’s the labels 50th release which sees Segment’s founder Matt Black with a brand new single entitled ‘Ghost in the Machine.

The original mix leads the release off with a strong progressive house vibe. The old school aficionados are sure to be all over this one as it’s charming melodies and playful club grooves stand out instantly. Matt’s rhythmic stabs and intricate bed of electronics work perfectly with the bouncy groove which carries a nice energy towards the main break. Here the full melodic theme of the record comes to life with soothing harmonic sheets and epic tension which builds to a great climax. The second half carries that anthemic vibe and pushes it even higher for an exhilarating finish. Great original work from Matt and likely one of his best ever club productions.

The first remix on the release is provided by Nick Le Bon aka Manouvers Music who as I stated earlier is now the Segment Records label boss. Nick’s first ever productions actually came courtesy of Segment records back in 2010 so it seems fitting that he’s now ended up as the labels owner. More recent appearances on LuPS Records and Suffused Music have further accentuated Nick with the progressive house underground and his remix here goes down as his best work to date. In going with a more indie dance spin on the track Nick has provided a much more club friendly rework. Filled with big bouncy melodies and clever edits the tracks romping energy is a breath of fresh air. Definitely a more commercial sound for Nick but something which complements Matt’s traditional progressive house vibe perfectly.

The second and final remix on the release is provided by Steve McGrath who is well known not only for his great productions but also for running Lynx Records. Steve’s remix is my favourite on the release and I actually think it’s one of his best ever studio works. It’s smooth harmonious build and stellar drum work are just some of many highlights. There’s a real emotional grip that the track has and it certainly grows monumentally especially during the tension filled final breakdown. It’s quite epic and should see its fair share of goose bump moments in the coming months. Great to see Segment Records back with a renewed focus and really looking forward to what they do next.

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