It seems that fresh new producers are all over the place. Off the grid, hiding in basements. A loyalty to only their headphones. That being said, I’m constantly searching for new instrumental music. Newcomer Matt Fucht, under the name Dirty Up, dropped an instrumental EP a couple months back that only recently made its way into my ears. It wasn’t the Instrumental EP that put me on his radar, though, but the new single, “Home”, off of his upcoming album, Trillwave. Flipping the final song from Garden State, Dirty Up manages to show off his lyricism on top of his already strong production skills.
Dirty Up also did production work on Cory Jreamz’s Invictus EP, on the spacey anthem “Will You Be Here.” Splitting time between the Bay Area and Chapel Hill, NC, Dirty Up defines no particular region. Instead, he combines all internet influences, from cloud rap to bass heavy trunk shakers to synth-friendly electronica.
His Instrumental EP takes you to another planet. Screwed up vocals, swirling life in slow motion. Donnie Darko samples. Some tracks have harmonious pianos that keep you from losing your mind (“Jim”). Other tracks throw vocal samples in reverse and turn everything into a foreign land (“Rosebud”).
“When the lights go out, will you still be here? On the lost highway tryna find my way out, so I just now gotta leave you here, world.”
His instrumental project sounds like the apocalypse. Looking for food, seeking shelter from the lightning bolts. The song “Solitary” sounds like hiding, like being uncertain about tomorrow. The haunting vocal sample (Imogen Heap?) creates an environment resembling an attempt at trying to sleep but having too much on your mind.
Obvious Clams Casino influences are visible on this EP. From the slowed down female vocals to the scraping, hard-hitting drums. But Dirty Up manages to listen to an array of music, as his sample selections are unique or unknown. See “Wake”, for example.
Check out Trillwave, which just dropped, before it’s too late. “Home” is the first single, snagging the sample from Frou Frou’s famous “Let Go” ballad. “Move across the country, but I stay reppin’ my home state.” On top of it all, take a journey through the third eye of a new instrumental talent. A storm is coming. The artwork will tell you that much. You better Dirty Up.- neonpajamas