Outside’s flawless electronic cinematic jazz EP ‘A New Beginning’

"I’ve been very lucky to predominately do the music that I love with Outside/Incognito/STR4TA"
28 November 2022

Outside has just released a 4-track EP titled A New Beginning on Dorado Records. It’s the ideal introduction to his cinematic, jazz electronica sound, right before his forthcoming sixth studio album Almost Out that arrives in Spring of 2023.

A New Beginning features the gifted multi-instrumentalist, writer and arranger Matt Cooper, aka Outside, playing a variety of instruments including drums, keyboards, and more. The EP interlaced the playful and melancholic, creating a hauntingly beautiful soundscape, drawing on his 20 years of experience and clear influences from Philip Glass, Steve Reich and soul & jazz classics.

Described by Gilles Peterson as “An incredible pianist, drummer, writer, producer and artist, he has been leading the way with British Jazz Funk for the last 30 years”. Recently, we had the opportunity to chat with Cooper about his musical career and more.

I’ve been very lucky to predominately do the music that I love with Outside/Incognito/STR4TA

What can you tell us about the new four-track ‘A New Beginning’?

It’s the first new music that I have released with the OUTSIDE project since 2001 and this time hopefully I have matured and chilled a bit and have gone for quite a minimal sound but with still enough interesting layers to keep the listener engaged.

What first got you into music?

My dad had a dedicated music room in our house and he would play loud jazz funk on his hi-fi that would resonate throughout the house.

From the time you founded Outside in 1993, to Musical Director of Jazz-Funk pioneers Incognito and the collaboration on the STR4TA project with Incognito’s Bluey and Gilles Peterson as co-writer/producer/performer. What has your musical journey been like so far?

I’ve been very lucky to predominately do the music that I love with Outside/Incognito/STR4TA

Where do you think your music fits in today’s world?

On a popular playlist!

If you were stranded on a desert island which three albums would you choose to wash up on the shore?

Pat Metheny – ‘Still Life Talking’
Marvin Gaye – ‘What’s Going On’
Stevie Wonder – ‘Songs In The Key Of Life’

If you could tour with any musicians, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Miles Davis. He was always ahead of his time, incorporating the latest genre of music fused with jazz

If you had to describe your sound in three words what would they be?

Electronic cinematic jazz.

What do you want people to take away from listening to your music?

A positive trip and a listening experience.

What are your plans for the rest of this year?

Working in my studio on some new music and some family time over the holidays.

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