Individually and as part of a duo, Matrix & Futurebound have decades worth of experience in shaping the drum & bass landscape. Brendan Collins and Jamie Quinn possess one of the most impressive track records in the genre’s history, boasting one hundred million combined streams, one critically acclaimed album ‘Universal Truth’ and multiple consecutive Top 40 UK records. Their expert song writing can be seen through cuts such as ‘All I Know’, ‘Magnetic Eyes’ alongside Baby Blue, ‘Don’t Look Back’ ft. Tanya Lacey and the legendary silver certified ‘Control’ with Max Marshall, which reached number seven on the UK’s Top 40 singles chart whilst representing their fourth consecutive track to be playlisted on BBC Radio 1. Matrix & Futurebound are set to capitalise on this success for 2019– their forthcoming second studio LP ‘Mystery Machine’ is a testament to the legacy which they’ve built throughout their career, as they’ve become one of the most influential figures for a colossal dance music export.
2005 was the year which led to the collaborative project between Matrix & Futurebound; ‘Strength to Strength’ was a pivotal moment for both artists, who were already prolific through their individual pseudonyms and it’s a relationship which soon developed with exciting results. Their debut album ‘Universal Truth’ in 2007, jointly released on Matrix’s Metro Recordings and Futurebound’s Viper Recordings, signified the beginning of their joint alias. With Futurebound already having a powerful stake in the Liverpudlian bass scene and with London-based Matrix becoming a staple in DJ sets across the city’s major club spaces, they had laid the foundations to launch a critical production team.
Since then, the pair have gone on to cross over the divide between the underground world of drum & bass and mainstream commercial achievements, with their music translating to both intimate clubs spaces and global festival audiences. 2018 saw the first steps towards ‘Mystery Machine’, with title track ‘Mystery Machine’, ‘Tardis’, ‘Live Another Day’ and ‘Believe’ signalling the dancefloor viability of their next historic addition to an already impressive back catalogue. Having debuted many of its ground-breaking new records on stages at EDC, UKF Buenos Aires, Reading & Leeds, Glastonbury, Creamfields, Exit Festival, Let it Roll and due to showcase their album at the first of their ‘Matrix & Futurebound Presents’ nights at XOYO, they helped define the year’s taste making tracks.
But it’s not just their standalone tracks which have caught the ears of fans and trend setters alike; as two of the biggest drum & bass figures, they’ve also remixed the likes of Emeli Sande, Pendulum, Eric Prydz, Jess Glynne, Demi Lovato, Labrinth, Birdy, Tinie Tempah plus many more names of the same stature. Their Emeli Sande rework was one of the vocal drum & bass anthems of the year gaining huge support from daytime Radio 1, making its way into the A list and with extensive specialist play from Annie Mac. This culminated in a highly successful Live Lounge appearance where the duo performed ‘Breathing Underwater’ with Emeli at Maida Vale, with their remix closing the London NYE fireworks.
Their next single ‘Got You There’, penned by esteemed songwriter Becky Hill and featuring alt-pop newcomer Zelah on vocals, begins the New Year with a slab of stunning musicality. Released through Viper / Metro Recordings, the emotionally charged anthem received three consecutive weeks of Radio 1 support on Mistajam’s Dance Anthems slot, as well as being featured on the Spotify UK and US New Music Friday playlist. It was a hugely successful offering from Matrix & Futurebound and it’s another chapter which brings listeners closer to the reveal of ‘Mystery Machine’.