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Matthew Dear

It didn't take long for Matthew Dear to catapult himself into the front rank of microhouse producers, emerging in the early 2000s with a string of high-quality releases for Spectral Sound, Plus 8, and Perlon. Dear broke out in 2003 with the singsongy single "Dog Days," at once a DJ favorite and something of an indie crossover, and continued to switch between (and sometimes fuse together) track- and song-oriented material. He wasn't just a constantly evolving producer but a DJ and a hard-working performing artist as well, a key driving force behind the success of Ann Arbor, Michigan's Ghostly International/Spectral Sound axis.

Born and raised in Texas, Dear first discovered electronic music at age 16; he later attended the University of Michigan, where he met future Ghostly International label founder Sam Valenti IV. He started DJing at parties and eventually moved into production. In late 1999, he and Daisha (aka Disco D) teamed up to deliver the inaugural Ghostly 12" release, "Hands Up for Detroit." Its speedy disco-house sound remains an outlier in Dear's discography. Dear wound up on Ghostly's more dance-oriented subsidiary Spectral Sound, for which he debuted in 2001 with the lean techno 12" "Irreparably Dented"; another, "Stealing Moves," followed in 2002. That year, Dear signed to Richie Hawtin's Plus 8 label, where he issued some of his most stripped-down productions as False.

Dear's busiest year yet was 2003. His first False singles were compiled on a self-titled disc. As Jabberjaw, he released the playful "Girlfriend" 12" on Berlin's Perlon label, and returned to Spectral Sound for EP1 and EP2 that summer. In November, he released his first true full-length album, Leave Luck to Heaven, also on Spectral Sound. Titled after the loose English translation of the word "Nintendo," the album earned positive notice from a number of publications and was led by the highly acclaimed single "Dog Days."

The following year, he issued Backstroke and the "Anger Management" single and initiated his Audion alias -- a vehicle for aggressive and challenging techno -- with a pair of 12" releases for Spectral Sound. Audion dominated Dear's next couple years, which involved an album (Suckfish), a handful of singles, and the Fabric 27 mix. Also in 2006, Dear's "Hands Up for Detroit" was sampled by Netherlands-based producer Fedde Le Grand for "Put Your Hands Up 4 Detroit," a pervasive club hit of 2006-2007. Asa Breed, billed as the proper full-length follow-up to Leave Luck to Heaven, was issued in June 2007 and stuck to sparse, song-based avant pop.

As Dear kept Audion active and revived Jabberjaw, he recorded another album of strange songs in the form of Black City, released in August 2010. Slowdance, issued in 2011 and billed as an EP, collected nine remixes and added "Innh Dahh," Black City's digital bonus track. In 2012, the four-track Headcage EP and "Her Fantasy" single preceded the Beams album. Dear's productions were growing increasingly unique and adventurous. ~ Steve Huey & Andy Kellman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Beams

1. Her Fantasy

2. Earthforms

3. Headcage

4. Fighting Is Futile

5. Up & Out

6. Overtime

7. Get The Rhyme Right

8. Ahead Of Myself

9. Do The Right Thing

10. Shake Me

11. Temptation

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Track List: Slowdance EP

1. Slowdance

2. Slowdance (How To Dress Well Seance)

3. Slowdance (Todd Edwards Remix)

4. Slowdance (Bear In Heaven Remix)

5. You Put A Smell On Me (Photocall Remix)

6. You Put A Smell On Me (Nicolas Jaar Remix)

7. You Put A Smell On Me (Breakbot Remix)

8. Little People (Black City) (Mark E Remix)

9. Little People (Black City) (Sascha Dive Dub Remix)

10. Innh Dahhh

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Track List: Black City

1. Honey

2. I Can't Feel

3. Little People (Black City)

4. Slowdance

5. Soil To Seed

6. You Put A Smell On Me

7. Shortwave

8. Monkey

9. More Surgery

10. Gem

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Track List: Asa Breed

1. Fleece On Brain

2. Neighborhoods

3. Deserter

4. Shy

5. Elementary Lover

6. Don And Sherri

7. Will Gravity Win Tonight?

8. Pom Pom

9. Death To Feelers

10. Give Me More

11. Midnight Lovers

12. Good To Be Alive

13. Vine To Vine

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Track List: Backstroke

1. Another

2. Tide

3. Takes On You

4. Grut Wall

5. I Know Howser

6. Huggy's Parade

7. Good Girl

8. And In The Night

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Track List: Leave Luck To Heaven

1. Nervous Laughter (Intro)

2. Fex

3. Just Us Now

4. The Crush

5. But For You

6. In Unbending

7. Dog Days

8. Huffing Stuff

9. Reason And Responsibility

10. You're F**king Crazy

11. It's Over Now

12. Machete (Outro)

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Track List: Beams (Expanded Edition)

1. Her Fantasy

2. Earthforms (TOBACCO Remix)

3. Earthforms

4. Earthforms (Jessy Lanza Remix)

5. Headcage

6. Earthforms (Michna Remix)

7. Fighting Is Futile

8. Her Fantasy (Poolside Remix)

9. Up & Out

10. Her Fantasy (Tornado Wallace Remix)

11. Overtime

12. Fighting Is Futile (Seth Troxler Remix)

13. Get The Rhyme Right

14. Fighting Is Futile (Kink Remix)

15. Ahead Of Myself

16. Fighting Is Futile (Benoit & Sergio Remix)

17. Do The Right Thing

18. Fighting Is Futile (Laid Back Remix)

19. Shake Me

20. Fighting Is Futile (Kink Extended Dub)

21. Temptation

22. She's Just That Way

23. Crimewaves

25. Street Song

26. Around A Fountain

27. Flunker

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Track List: Beginning Of The End: The Spectral Sound Singles

1. Killjoy (2003)

2. Stealing Moves (CSM Version)

3. Dog Days (Pantytec Interpretation)

4. Making Out

5. Versus You

6. Anger Management

7. Future Never Again

8. Irreparably Dented (David Alvarado Reconstruction)

9. Claudia

10. Pinch & Pillage

11. Brang D

12. Dog Days

13. Irreparably Dented

14. Stealing Moves

15. Krist (Ceiling)

16. Laguna Madre

17. Pulpse (2003)

18. Reae

19. Lakonic

20. Dog Days (Acapella Mix)

21. Hammers

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Track List: Deserter (Radio Single)

1. Deserter

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Track List: Fighting Is Futile Remixes

1. Fighting Is Futile (Seth Troxler Remix)

2. Fighting Is Futile (KiNK Remix)

3. Fighting Is Futile (Benoit & Sergio Remix)

4. Fighting Is Futile (Laid Back Remix)

5. Fighting Is Futile (KiNK Extended Dub)

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Track List: Headcage

1. Headcage

2. In The Middle (I Met You There)

3. Street Song

4. Around The Fountain

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Track List: Her Fantasy (Single)

1. Her Fantasy

2. Crimewaves

3. Her Fantasy (Tornado Wallace Remix)

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Track List: Pom Pom (Juan Maclean Mixes)

1. Pom Pom (The Juan Maclean Acid Overhaul Dub Mix)

2. Pom Pom (The Juan Maclean Mix - Instrumental)

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Love me some a2 love me some Matthew Dear. Elementary lover is the best! Go Ghostly.
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I can dance to this kid's beats all freakin day. Rock on!
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Fellow Texan who loves the Detroit sound right here! Matthew Dear is the modern innovator of electronic music!
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Woot for Ann Arbor/U of M bred DJs! I love the music. Keep it up.

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