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Matthew Schultz is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, singer and performer who started out playing guitar in Chris Daughtry’s first band. He has already made a strong impact on the music industry with his previous releases. His first single, Money or Me, was produced by Armando Guarnera and earned him a nomination at the 2013 EOTM Awards, as well as one for best new male artist.
He followed this up with Crazy Heart (ft. Alessia Guarnera) in 2014, then in 2015 he released We Own The Night (feat. Jim Jones). Last year saw a house remix of this track by Follow The Moon gain considerable popularity. These releases were all widely acclaimed and he has accumulated a huge following on Facebook and Twitter in the process. The Original version of “Promise For Keeps” Has over 500,000 streams on Spotify already and has hit #21 on the UK Itune Dance Charts. This track has made it into the Top 100 on Beatport as well as #18 on Music Week Charts.
This remix features the Jamaican reggae singer Gyptian, who is very successful in his own right. He has been having hits in the Jamaican charts since 2005 and had crossover success in 2010 when his song Hold Yuh reached 91 in the Billboard Hot 100, followed by an album of the same name which reached number 2 in the Billboard Reggae charts. Hold Yuh went on to become a chart hit worldwide.
The track contains vocals from both Gyptian and Matthew Schultz, with the original song given a radical musical transformation. Keeping the essential melody, the music is given a dancehall, reggae-fusion vibe in the vein of Major Lazer, Tory Lanez and Partynextdoor. It has been produced to a very high standard by Schultz himself and Johnny Thomas Jr.
The laid back tropical, reggae-tinged rhythm gives the track a slinky, syncopated groove that is guaranteed to work well on the dance floor. Gyptian gives a smooth-as-honey vocal performance that fits perfectly with the vibe of the music. He performs the majority of the vocals for this version, with Schultz interspersing at certain points throughout, which helps add a little variety and his own stamp on the remix.
Overall, this is a highly enjoyable and inventive reinterpretation of the original Promise For Keeps rather than a standard remix, which surely seems destined to become a massive hit in the clubs.