Sample Jazz, Rich Textures & Solo Piano by Matthew Tavares (formerly of BADBADNOTGOOD)Sample Jazz, Rich Textures & Solo Piano by Matthew Tavares (formerly of BADBADNOTGOOD)


Sample Jazz, Rich Textures & Solo Piano by Matthew Tavares (formerly of BADBADNOTGOOD)

Having worked with Ghostface Killah, MF DOOM, Kaytranada, and Kendrick Lamar, it's safe to say former BADBADNOTGOOD keyboardist Matthew Tavares knows what makes a good beat. Drawing off his background in both jazz and hip-hop, he since offered music for sampling himself with a release on Kingsway, and his solo piano works on 'DOUBLE DOUBLE.'




June 1, 2023

Matthew Tavares' solo debut album as Matty, Déjàvu, was co-produced by Kingsway Music Library head honcho Frank Dukes. That had undoubtedly sparked some chemistry, because Matty ended up releasing music on the library imprint. His first outing boasts a wide palette of sounds ranging from wavy guitars to synth lines to dreamy vocals. Just like Déjàvu was a departure from the jazz-centered approach of his former band BADBADNOTGOOD, Matthew Tavares Vol. 1 follows a similar path towards carving out his own sound.

"From the wide range of rich textures to the nostalgic melodies and chord choices, 'Matthew Tavares Vol. 1' is expertly put together for the modern producer. These compositions were made with vintage guitars, synthesizers, and vocals recorded through vintage mics and preamps."

—Kingsway Music Library

On DOUBLE DOUBLE, Matthew Tavares takes that solo venture even further. The 18-track collection of short compositions and improvisations features all-him on more contemplative, calm piano pieces. A buyer’s review on Bandcamp even dubbed the track "Amanda Crying" as "some of Matty’s best work."

The likes of Kenny Beats and James Blake previously sampling Matty's music indicate the variety of styles that can be found in the work of Matthew Tavares. Lastly, to end on a playful note like Matty's own rough sketches: his piano improvisations make for a perfect fit to give Tracklib's beat player a go…

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