Days of Being Wild continues their collaboration with Berlin based French producer Franz Matthews, releasing his first solo EP, the spacey, cosmic “Ostkreuz”.
Half of the duo Languages, whose 1st EP the label released at the end of last year, Franz Matthews explores a very different sound on his first solo effort, all space disco, retro synths and funky guitars out.
Title track “Ostkreuz” has been road tested by the Days of Being Wild crew on dance floors all around Europe all of last year and has created euphoria and anticipation in equal measure.
This is a cosmic hit from outer space, all constructed around well known ingredients that thanks to Franz Matthews musical and melodic talent rise here to epic heights.
The B-side “Guns Of Rixdorf” is another devastating peak time tune. While remaining in the same vein as “Ostkreuz”, it feels more high energy with its irresistible funky guitars calling and responding over a driving bass.
Days of Being Wild always try to pair producers with remixers that will shed a new light on their work. It’s no exception with “Ostkreuz”, who gets the reinvention treatment from no other than Moscoman and Rodion aka The Claydermans.
The cosmic vibe is still here hovering on top in the opening chords of the remix, but soon enough a sub, housier bass makes its way in the mix and won’t let you go until the end. Carried by shuffling claps and a bouncier beat, the groove here is totally re-invented, taking “Ostkreuz” from peak time to the darker edges of after land.
About Franz Matthews :
Franz Matthews is a franco-german music producer & DJ based in Berlin.
After growing up in St Brieuc, (Brittany, France) - where he learns the guitar & the piano at a young age, spending some time in Wyoming and studying in Angers, he settles in Paris, where he forms the Indie Dance Pop band PARLEZ-VOUS ANGLAIS ?.
With his band and as a DJ, he played many shows across Europe, and released a few EPs on several different labels, including his own imprint HIFI/LOFI.
Now living in Berlin for the last 4 years, Matthews kept busy developing his music production studio, MOWD, composing, producing and mixing music for many artists and commercial projects.
￼￼He also formed the chilled psychedelic electronica duo LANGUAGES, of which the acclaimed debut EP came out at the end of last year on Days of Being Wild, featuring a chart topping remix from the master Ewan Pearson.
These last couple of years and in between his many projects, Matthews has also been concentrating on his solo project as Franz Matthews, focusing on a more futuristic sound based around his love for spacey analog synths and electronic disco grooves, oscillating between the past and the future in his very own way.
After releasing a remarked first track together with Atelier Francesco on Timo Maas’ imprint Rockets & Ponies, remixed by Swayzak and played by no other than the techno king Laurent Garnier, Franz Matthews is back with his debut EP, ‘Ostkreuz’.
The 3 track EP, released on Vinyl by Days Of Being Wild and designed by Franz Matthews himself, will take you on a cosmic trip, passing through melancholic, psychedelic, as well as epic constellations, all named after Berlin locations that are very special to Franz.
Cherry on the cosmos, you will land on planet Marzahn (the east Berlin suburb) to discover Claydermans’ (aka Moscoman & Rodion) deep and introspective remix of the eponym tune, Ostkreuz.