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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, Instagram and Twitter in the process.
This year has seen a plethora of successful releases for Matthew Schultz. In January, he released the single Promise For Keeps, following up with a version featuring Jamaican reggae singer Gyptian and an Electric Bodega remix in the following months. All these were given glowing reviews by me and have been massively successful, with combined streams of over 3.5 millions plays on Soundcloud. “Promise for Keeps” climbed the iTunes UK Dance Charts to number 21 and also hit #18 on Music week and Top 100 on Beatport. Schultz has racked up over a million streams on Spotify and had a dance contest that went viral and featured dome of the best dancers from NBC’s World of Dance. The Electric Bodega Remix has also charted on iTunes and top 10 on Music Week and currently still climbing. Also hugely popular was another single, All Night Long, featuring Gyptian and Rico Tayla.
This latest track, Somewhere FAR, is solely a Matthew Schultz affair, having shared the spotlight with other artists on recent releases. It’s essentially a continuation of what is now the Matthew Schultz signature sound: chilled pop/EDM with elements of reggae, dancehall and Afro Beat blended into the mix, catchy melodic hooks and cool lyrics.
Starting with mellow vibe-esque synths and a pulsing bassline, Schultz gives an understated but charismatic vocal performance, with all manner of stylish production tricks giving his voice that cutting edge pop/EDM sound. The track builds gradually across the verse and bridge, working up to a slinky calypso-influenced beat, underpinned by a pumping ‘four to the floor’ kick that drives the momentum of the music.
Lyrically, it’s perfect for these summer months, about craving freedom and adventure with your lover: “She says ‘Take me somewhere far, let’s just jump inside the car, it’s the summer and no wonder I’ve been working way too hard….”. The words and music combine to create an evocative soundscape that captures the magical feeling of summer and chasing after the good times, a feeling everyone can relate to.
Overall, this is another slam dunk of a track from the prolific Matthew Schultz. It’s another anthemic, instantly memorable pop EDM song that will work equally well on radio and the dancefloor. With Schultz’s popularity snowballing with every new release, there’s every reason to think that Somewhere FAR will take his success to the next level and become the soundtrack for the second half of the summer.