We first heard Matrixxman's kickdrums and skittering beats on Mykki Blanco's April 2013 hit "God Created the Beat," and that set us on a mission to find the man behind the track's addictive production for our own mix series. Charlie McCloud - formerly one half of UK garage duo 5kinAndBone5 - is a San Francisco native whose productions often nod to the Detroit techno and Chicago house scenes that inspire him. "God Created the Beat" wasn't the first time that McCloud had paired up with Mykki Blanco and, thankfully for us, it wasn't the last, either. The two joined forces again when Matrixxman produced "Feeling Special," from Mykki's Betty Rubble: The Initiation EP. A frequent collaborator with artists like Physical Therapy, Ill Life, Myler, Le1f, and Zebra Katz, his latest EP, The XX Files, was released under Fifth Wall last month.
Matrixxman's mix opens with an extended ambient intro courtesy of Maurice's "This is Acid," followed by classics from Kraftwerk and Planet Soul, and Matrixxman's own productions and remixes.
Photo by Molly Decoudreaux