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Next up on Underdog Records is a fiery new three-track EP from Matt Doe, titled Whatchu Lookin’ At. The Canadian producer and DJ is the second artist to appear on the fledgling label, following Elderbass, which positions Protohype’s label as a tastemaker in terms of finding burgeoning rising bass talent. Having previously been known as Frathouse Music and Maradonai, Matt Doe fully emerged as a solo act in 2019 with the Tremor EP, he went on to release for Subcarbon, Dim Mak, Subsidia, and DSV Audio.
After years of playing out his heavy, high-octane sets to extensive crowds, Doe comes forward with a new concept for his three-tracker. He reflects on the new project, sharing:
If there’s one message I could send out with this EP it’s that no matter how anxious you get trying different things in a single track, there’s always one thing you should remember, and it’s to have fun creating! Music can lead anywhere, and we shouldn’t be too stressed about being too linear with a story and vibe. Go with whatever idea you have and execute to the fullest with whatever inspiration you’ve got and great things will happen.”Matt Doe
Made while stuck in quarantine, Doe’s EP moves from heavy dubstep to weird trap and old school dubstep in its three inclusions. He wanted the project to touch on areas and sub-genres he hadn’t really felt comfortable working with yet. “I also figured, as much as these times have been weird for all of us, I didn’t want to let it affect my creativity and get stuck in the process,” said Doe. “I moved forward with the mindset of ‘I’ll see wherever this goes.'”
This storming EP collection kicks off with the title track, “Whatchu Lookin’ At,” a swaggering, rhythmically charged explosion of drum kicks, rugged bass, and hyped up vocals. Label boss Protohype has collaborated with Doe for “Hold Me Close,” a slow-burning and immense blend of drawling vocals with guttural stabs and wonky melodies.
Matt Doe flies solo once more for “Kickin’ Back,” filling the speakers with a stamping trap intro, sudden tempo switches and an old-school rave vibe that proves impossible to stay still to. “Most of the tracks ended up sounding much different than I anticipated but this has been something that I enjoyed from a lot of my previous releases,” continues Doe.