THE REVUE - AUGUST 2016

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..."MATSU MIXU HAVE NOT SOLELY CRAFTED A SONG FILLED WITH SENSUAL BEATS AND MIND-ALTERING EFFECTS, BUT THEY HAVE INCLUDED A STORY THAT IS EXHILARATING. BIG THINGS ARE IN STORE FOR THE BAND – REALLY BIG THINGS. IT WOULDN’T SURPRISE US THEY ARE MENTIONED IN THE SAME BREATH AS CRYSTAL CASTLES IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE."


PURE VOLUME - AUGUST 2016

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..."The black-and-white video features Michelle Yue and Mat King in a mysterious element, along with vintage clips cut in that give the song a haunting vibe."


"MARKER MUSIC" ANIMATION FT. MATSU MIXU - 2016

 

Marker Music is an abstract experimental, marker-on-paper animation drawn by 4th and 5th graders in a two-month Summer workshop at Wesley Community Center in Houston, Texas, during an Aurora Picture Show residency. Music by Matsu Mixu. Shot by Cooper Collier. Edited by Dave MH.


INTERVIEW WITH IMPOSE MAGAZINE - JUNE 2016

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Meet Houston, TX by Portland, Oregon duo Matsu Mixu, who present the southwest deep-fried premiere of “Fried Chicken Dossier” from Manimal. Michelle Yue & Mat King are readying their debut full-length LP1 available August 18, promising future chill beats soon to arrive to assuage the raging rays of the summer heat. Listen now as Michelle & Mat create their own world of echoes, digitized atmospheres that float along the highway trails that connect TX to PDX.

“Fried Chicken Dossier” is executed like an experimental French pop gem that flies with stealth & grace under the radar via the lo-fi frequencies. Michelle enlists herself as the central voice that repeats the track title among sung romance tongue quips of thoughts that are littered throughout the track. Mat keeps the production super restrained, accentuating everything from Michelle’s breaths, the way synths & beats resonate, & to the subtle sustains of synths that provide a kind of backdrop for Matsu Mixu’s professed love for fried poultry delights. Immediately after the following debut listen to “Fried Chicken Dossier”, read our interview with Michelle & Mat.


MATSU MIXU NAMED IN HOUSTON'S FIVE BEST ELECTRONIC SINGLES OF 2015

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Houston's electronic scene is bursting at its seams, which means it is time for these technological savants to have their own column: Future Sounds of Houston. During my conversations with many of these musicians, a sense of community has emerged distinctly tied to this city's incredible diversity. Filled with brilliant artists, composers and producers, many of them have eagerly collaborated with each other, sharing their knowledge as well as their gifts...

MATSU-MIXU, “Masochist Letter” 
Michelle Yue’s vocals fall from the heavens while Mat King’s keen encyclopedic appreciation for Detroit's house-music history finds its way onto “Masochist Letter.” Bright rhythms pulse through dark themes of a love destined for destruction, yet pause to find some pleasure within the experience. Hopelessly devoted to house, Matsu Mixu reminds us that fleet-footed trends and subgenres owe much of its delight in the genre to those who desire to dance into the wee hours of the night.

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Long before electronic music was capitalized by hordes of laptop and Digital Audio Workstation enthusiasts, a portentous duo called Suicide employed vocal manipulations, hypnotic drum machine rhythms and throat-grabbing keyboard lines to draw listeners into a world that was entirely of their own creation. Like Suicide before them Houston-based electronic duo Matsu Mixu invents spellbinding worlds where the listener becomes a mandatory participant, not just a casual tourist here for the perfunctory pictures and obligatory souvenirs.

A “Sleephop” act influenced by the finest elements of Deep House music, Matsu Mixu use the swell and sustain of their grandiose synths to create artful backdrops to lurk within. Michelle Yue and Mat King craft songs that appeal to people who appreciate getting out on the floor and dancing, while at the same time catering to those who enjoy holding up the club’s walls. Both revere elements of shoegaze and trip-hop, citing bands like My Bloody Valentine and Portishead as sonic influences. On the other hand, the convergence of Yue’s indebtedness to lush textures and King’s admiration for the production of '90s East Coast hip-hop has created a musical marriage that works. 

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HOUSTON PRESS REVIEW: APRIL 2015

The ceremony commenced with Matsu Mixu, an electronic duo featuring Michelle Yue on vocals and synths and Mat King, a DJ whose emphasis on uniquely accenting beats and shading the spaces between is second to none. Yue's vocals leave vapor trails of scintillating reflection -- breathy, airy, light, and capacious.

A perfect blend of classic house and chillwave, the beats move from four-on-the-floor classicism to abstract rhythms that sound like harsh mood swings. The duo's standout track, "Masochist Letter," seizes the senses while skillfully weaving a subtle narrative around the carnal cadence. Each subsequent track that followed "Masochist Letter" exposed the group's attention to detail. Every moment created new wonders that keep the listener interested during the entire set. Only their fifth show, Yue and King sounded seasoned, yet at the same time their sound arise a promise of greater things to come.