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Norwegian electronic music star Matoma’s innovative ‘Hakuna Matoma’ album project – available via Big Beat Records/Parlophone – continues to go from strength-to-strength as it expands and evolves over time on streaming media platforms. With over 280 million streams to date and more than 7.5 million regular monthly listeners on Spotify, Matoma is proving that his unconventional approach is paying dividends.
Matoma’s latest single, ‘False Alarm’, is a collaboration with British singer /songwriter Becky Hill who topped the charts as vocalist and co-writer of Oliver Heldens’ ‘Gecko (Overdrive)’ and has collaborated with the likes of Rudimental and Wilkinson. The blissful ‘False Alarm’ captures the shimmering, summery side of Matoma’s sound, which presents an immediately captivating hook with his uplifting brand of dance music.
‘Hakuna Matoma’ demonstrates Matoma’s ability to reach beyond the confines of house with elements of urban, dance, pop and Caribbean sounds within its palette. The album’s highlights include guest appearances from Washington D.C. rapper Wale and Jamaican dancehall artist Popcaan on the feel-good ‘Feeling Right (Everything Is Nice)’; ‘Try Me’, a collaboration with global superstars Jason Derulo and Jennifer Lopez; the jubilant ‘Wonderful Life’ as featured on the Angry Birds soundtrack; Matoma’s inspired reimagining of Coldplay’s ‘Adventure of a Lifetime’; the HypeM #1 ‘Knives’; and the gorgeous ‘Running Out’ with MTV Music Europe Award winner Astrid S. The track ‘Paradise’ features Sean Paul and KStewart and was launched during Matoma’s festival-highlight set at Coachella 2016, where Sean Paul was on hand to reprise his performance on the track.