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Lee Mvtthews - Single Review: Turning Back

13 Jul 2020 // A review by Gareth Heta
Lee Mvtthews are one of the biggest names among a new breed of NZ Drum & Bass producers making a mark on the global stage. Fresh off a big 2019 which saw the release of their debut LP Bones, a slew of awards at the Georgies as well regular appearances on club and festival line-ups, their latest single is a perfect distillation of their powerful, upbeat sound.

This is the first release on new label Dark Machine Records out of Australia, which promises to promote 'forward-thinking bass music'. Turning Back fits firmly in the well-established dance floor sub-genre of DnB, and while it doesn't push many boundaries in terms of the main features of that sub-genre (soaring vocals, catchy riffs and an uplifting, pop-like vibe), it does all three of these with accuracy and a genuine sense of fun.

The lead vocal refrain (by Tom Lee, one half of the duo) is fist-pumpingly anthemic, with lyrics hinting at the duo's own career ascension. The floaty breakdown segments soar with dreamily nostalgic arpeggios giving way to stomping drops, and there's a satisfying WOMP WOMP WOMP bass progression that brings a delicious nastiness, ensuring things don't get overly saccharine (a trap that lesser dancefloor producers can easily fall in to). It's an assured tune from a pair who have clearly mastered their tools and sound, and in a year that has already seen some seminal dancefloor releases (such as Metrik's Ex Machina), it has the potential to bring the duo even more recognition.

Stream the tune here.
Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Lee Mvtthews

Lee Mvtthews aka Graham Matthews and Tom Lee have been musical collaborators since 2013, quickly gaining a reputation for infectious tunes that pair colourful melodies with bass-driven drops.

Their debut EP, Silhouettes, was released in late 2017 and featured collaborations with well-known Kiwi acts such as Pieter T and TY. The record’s stand-out track, Nothing To Lose, featuring Jay Bulletproof and Marino Mariner, was a huge hit on George FM winning them Best Track of 2018 at the George FM awards.

In 2018 the duo released four singles, Stay Ft. Omega Levine, Inside Out Ft. Watson, Fool, and Let Me Go ft. Embher with three of them receiving music video funding from NZ on Air. The lads have also taken on remixes for NZ pop/hip hop sensation Kings and Perth drum and bass virtuoso’s Flowidus.

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Releases

Bones
Year: 2019
Type: Album
Silhouettes
Year: 2017
Type: EP

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