Thursday 22 February 2018

'The Collaborations' by Matthew Rhys Daniel

2018 looks set to be a real landmark year for British writer, producer and musician, Matthew Rhys Daniel, and with a brand new project on the horizon, we thought this would make a great time to revisit the producer's previous 2016 release, 'The Collaborations'.

Released through Germany's Lemongrass Music, Daniel's style of R&B - which is heavily inspired by the R&B and neo-soul breakout artists from the late-1990s onwards including Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott - was a perfect fit for the record label's genre aesthetic of chillout, ambient and nu-jazz styles of music.

From learning piano at five years old, to graduating from The University For The Creative Arts, music has long been the ambition, focus and passion for Daniel who can already boast so many achievements and incredible collaborations so early in his career.  And in true collaborative spirit, the 'Collaborations' album has an excellent list of guest vocalists throughout including former vocalist for Incognito and The Brand New Heavies, Linda Muriel, who guests on the single 'Soul Personified', as well as now-frequent collaborator, Lina Loi, who appears on three of the album's songs ('What Goes Around', 'Joy' and 'Joy [Alt. Version]').

French vocalist, Meemee Nelzy, shines on 'No Time To Waste', as does Zulema Cheek who appears on 'No Friend Of Mine' and 'Beautifully Imperfect'.  The chemistry with Zulema Cheek proved to be so effective that it's spawned Daniel's production on her 'Love Again EP' which saw release in January of this year.  

So while we wait with excitement for new music from Matthew Rhys Daniel, we're happy to showcase 'The Collaborations' as a project demonstrative of an artist on the verge of an even grander stage.

For more music from Matthew Daniel, please visit here.

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