Track of the week: Halibab Matador – ‘Shake It Off’

Belgian beatmaker Halibab Matador delivers a celestial rework of a pop-classic in this week’s track of the week.

Layering soothing background vocals, a trickling guitar riff and head-nodding beat, Halibab Matador’s latest release is a gentle wave of warmth upon our Somewhere Soul shores. Nevermind the fact we never thought a Taylor Swift vocal sample could ever sound this good.

We’ve spent over a year infatuated with Halibab Matador’s production. In 2017, we raved about his previous release ‘ocean/sea’. And the good news is there’s plenty more where that came from. He’s been dropping beat tapes for the last 4 years, so to get you started take a listen to two of our favourites, 'Easy' and 'On My Mind' from his latest release. (While you’re at it, you should also check out his work as part of triphop trio ‘YellowStraps’).

If that wasn’t enough, you’ll see in the description to this track that his first solo EP is “coming soon”. We can’t wait.


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