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Mathew Gold’s smooth and dreamy vo­cals have been rid­ing high on the South African air­waves over the past four years thanks to a num­ber of pow­er­ful hit col­lab­o­ra­tions.

Re­leas­ing his de­but al­bum, The Rush, in 2013, Mathew fea­tured the who’s who of pro­duc­ers in South African mu­sic, in­clud­ing Crazy White Boy, Justin Deno­brega (Die Ant­wo­ord), AKA, Mr Sak­i­tumi, Pas­cal and Pierce, David Jones and Good Luck. In May this year, he re­leased his self-ti­tled se­cond stu­dio al­bum, which comes af­ter the re­lease of his lat­est com­mer­cial sin­gle, “Mag­netic Field”, ear­lier this year.

The al­bum is a cul­mi­na­tion of three years of writ­ing while work­ing with nu­mer­ous pro­duc­ers and co-writ­ers. Recorded in three dif­fer­ent stu­dios across the coun­try, the al­bum fea­tures nine lo­cal and four in­ter­na­tional pro­duc­ers who have lent their sig­na­ture to the fi­nal prod­uct.

For this al­bum, Mathew found in­spi­ra­tion from his own life ex­pe­ri­ences. The songs come from a per­sonal place – they were writ­ten about his girl­friend as well as sig­nif­i­cant sto­ries from his past.

Mathew de­scribes him­self as very pos­ses­sive over his mu­sic. This al­lows him to be in­ter­ested in ev­ery sound that gets added into a song. He says this al­bum helped him to un­der­stand when to let go of a song and love it for its sim­plic­ity. He de­cided to self-ti­tle the al­bum be­cause it’s a mu­si­cal and truth­ful re­flec­tion of who he is – a per­sonal mu­si­cal diary of sorts.

“I be­lieve I have al­ways been versatile in mak­ing mu­sic or col­lab­o­rat­ing, but what makes this al­bum so dif­fer­ent is the free­dom in which the mu­sic was made. It’s risky to be that open-minded, but I had noth­ing to lose – or at least it felt that way. It’s a col­lec­tive of mu­sic I’ve never been prouder to call my own. My mu­sic can take you many places. I would rather be­lieve that I’ve taken more risks than won­der if I ever took enough.”

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