Brighton singer Louis Mattrs has had a rock solid couple of years, after being picked up by Chase & Status to vocal their 2015 hit "Lost & Not Found", Louis found himself in the daunting and frankly bizarre position of making his second ever live appearance in front of a crowd of thousands at Glastonbury. We can only imagine he's the only artist who can make that claim. From there, he met the intense pressure of that exposure with a steady stream of instantly likeable vocal cuts, all with his own style. The temptation to adhere to the ground he'd covered with the D&B dons must have been tempting, but his perserverance paid off with pretty much every release finding critical acclaim.
Now, a couple of years into his career, and with the backing of most platforms and publications, Louis is making his return to the pages of Complex UK with a stellar mix to warm us up for his new album On The Rocks, out today. A combination of new cuts and classics, this is 30 minutes of the slow jams that have informed his music. Frankly, anyone who appreciates the trinity of J Dilla, D'Angelo and Common is alright in our books, so take in the mix below and stream his new album here.
Tell us a bit about your selections in this mix.
I went for a selection of new songs that are on heavy rotation in my house right now, and I also threw in a couple oldies that I've loved over the years. These gems are all soulful in their own right and make my head bop back and forth until my neck hurts [laughs].
What was the one track you absolutely had to include?
I had to include "Pink Lemonade" by Louis Mattrs as he's amazing and that's the best song in the world right now! [Laughs] Just kidding. "So Far To Go" by J Dilla is an all-time favourite of mine and I could listen to it forever.
Any tracks that narrowly missed the cut?
I almost put in "Round & Round" by Hi-Tek, which is an absolute classic, but I didn't want to get told off for going too far over 30 minutes.
What's the first single or album you ever bought?
It was either Justified by Justin Timberlake or Confessions by Usher. Both of these are amongst my favourite albums ever and both have such guilty pleasures on them.
What's the last physical record you bought?
I haven't actually bought a physical record in years, but pass me an aux lead and I'm lethal!
What do you want to see happen musically over the next 12 months?
I would love to hear more albums that I can listen to the whole way through without skipping a single song. My attention span is annoyingly very short.
01. Jesse Boykins III - Earth Girls
02. Smino - Netflix & Dusse
03. Moonchild - All The Joy
04. 112 - You Already Know
05. Louis Mattrs - Pink Lemonade
06. Elli Ingram - Getaway
07. J Dilla, Common, D'Angelo - So Far To Go
08. Frank Ocean - Nights
09. Mac Ayres - Show Me
10. Phony Ppl - I Wish I Was A Chair
11. Saba, Jean Deaux - Photosynthesis
12. BJ The Chicago Kid - Roses