If you witnessed Norwegian producer Matoma‘s set at Royal Oak Music Theatre last week, you likely had no trouble bouncing and swaying with the tropical house sounds circulating from the venue’s speakers. There is also a good chance you were in a flowered “Dad” shirt or basketball jersey because that seemed to be the crowd’s dress code (another story for another time).
If young producer’s demeanor seemed extra joyful, it was because Matoma was celebrating the official release of his debut “album”, Hakuna Matoma. I’m going to assume the appropriate title is a slight nod to many of Matoma’s songs sounding out of “The Lion King” soundtrack, until I hear otherwise. The “album” is not your traditional long player though as Matoma is experimenting with a playlist format (releasing a few initial songs + new songs from time to time) that works well with streaming services of today.
Matoma’s clout has clearly risen since “Old Thing Back” dropped as well. Akon, Nico & Vinz and Wale are pretty big names to appear on anyone’s debut, but those cosigns must feel pretty great for a 24 year old. Up and coming acts like Madcon and DBoy make impactful features, but newcomers FRENSHIP particularly makes their presence known on hypnotic single “Knives”.