For his debut on Spectral Sound, San Francisco DJ/producer Matrixxman returns with a strong and versatile four track EP. Amulet is rich with analog ideas, and explores his interests in deep Chicago moods juxtaposed with techno futurism. Having previously made a name for himself in 2013 with the well received, underground hit The XX Files, his drum machine-laden rhythm tracks, and melodic experiments have enchanted the hearts of elite dance music tastemakers left and right.
Using a number of classic Roland pieces for this release, Duff fluctuates between bouncing house rhythms and hypnotic techno. Most Notably of the latter style is “The Caravan,” with hefty, driving syncopation under scrubbing, distorted hints of melody that fit in perfectly alongside Audion and Spectral itself. “Venetian Mask” goes deeper with a hint of restrained jacking, calling up summer Sundays and setting up for "Enter Me," an infectious balearic excursion that will stick in your head for days and shows off Duff’s ease with composition. Finishing off the Amulet EP is “Scimitar,” which leans closer to a UK style of dubbed out bass coupled with an estranged yet futuristic touch of deep house.