Danny Matos - The Tarmac (Album)
NYC's Poet/Emcee Gets One Step Closer to Takeoff on Latest Effort
At a concise and cohesive ten tracks, this project hits its stride immediately, pulling in listeners with the powerful lead single, "Fought The Devil" and refusing to let go. That's because Matos and his go-to producers, Rusty Mack and The Red Walrus, put their all into what they create. Where his passionate delivery provides a view into the fire in his belly, the musical duo's colorful instrumentals display their unique approach, complementing each other perfectly.
That goes for any topic Matos decides to tackle. He deftly takes on difficult subject matter including depression ("Fought The Devil"), heartbreak ("Too Soon"), and society's view of women and men (the brilliant one-two punch of "Red Carpet Globe (Animus)" and "Stay Together (Anima)." While these topics can seem heavy, there's also a swagger to Matos and how he views his own abilities. He brags and boasts his way through several cuts, including "Music Thing" and "Dice," but it's never a braggadocio overload from the kid.
"This project shows some confidence, but it also shows some darkness," Matos explains. "Whether people admit that or not, there's no escaping it. Human beings have a duality within them at all times, and we're constantly blurring the lines between both of our sides. I think I'm just way more comfortable with it now."
That comfort allows him to open up and flex, sometimes even on the same track. While closer "Bring Me" isn't super-heavy on bravado, it does take some moxie to throw caution to the wind like he does on that track. When he croons, "I don't know where I'm going, but I know I gotta bring me," you believe it—and you're also wishing him the best. The Tarmac becomes available through all major digital retailers and streaming portals on August 26.
01. Fought The Devil (feat. Joie Giordano)
02. Ota benga
03. Too Soon (feat. Taylor)
05. Music Thing
07. Red Carpet Globe (Animus)
08. Stay Together (Anima) [feat. Joie Giordano]
09. Prince Charming
10. Bring Me (feat. Samantha Leon)
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