Automaton EP

Artist Mathew Jonson
Release date 15 Apr 2013
Label Rebellion
Catalogue CRM110


  1. Automaton
  2. In The Stars

Honorary Rebel Mathew Jonson will soon be unleashing his long awaited third artist album on Crosstown Rebels but first a slice of the Canadian minimal house pioneer’s inimitable style with two tracks of distinct tonal contrast both with the unique stamp of a Jonson production.

Killer A-side ‘Automaton’ is a powerful trip with a solid yet nuanced drive, intricate tribal beats with an almost syncopated African influence combined with gnarled bass sequences in a never-ending groove.

B-side ‘In The Stars’ enters a more abstract realm, with celestial synth melodies melting into a sound bed of futuristic bleeps and a soporific groove of percussion and a heavy bass beat. In the breaks, vague jazzy chords fuse with an echoing voice descending from space.

The Mathew Jonson sound is instantly recognizable. Rhythmically complex and with a truly timeless fluid style, Jonson has a propensity for epic, dark and dynamic sound scapes that leave a dancefloor helplessly enthralled. Canadian born but residing in Berlin for the past decade, Jonson is widely considered a figurehead in the minimal house and techno surge of the early 2000s. Also part of the ground-breaking live techno project Cobblestone Jazz, Jonson is part-founder of the illustrious Wagon Repair imprint as well as his own Itiswhatisis Recordings and has appeared on heavyweight labels such as M_nus and Perlon. ‘Automaton’, Jonson’s second release on Crosstown Rebels after the runaway success of ‘Dayz’ in 2012, is a precursor to the hotly anticipated forthcoming album ‘Her Blurry Pictures’ – due on the label in June 2013.

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