Press Release: Christos DC stuns with his new, five-track EP Matchbox.
Seasoned Roots artist Christos DC has been a staple on the conscious Reggae scene since the mid-2010s. Now, he’s back with another stunning release: small, perfectly formed and carrying on the mantra of ‘honest music’ that this artist has lived by.
Matchbox EP, released via Christos’s own label Honest Music, sees this accomplished singer, songwriter and producer take the listener on a deep dive into thoughtful, intricate, and richly orchestrated Roots:
The EP follows-on from his incredible 2021 albums Crisis 2.0 and Crisis 2.0 in dub, and previous to that his 2020 album Self Evident, which landed Christos a HOT 100 entry on US outlet IRIE’s 2020 Reggae playlist. Pauzeradio called Self Evident an “expansive, technically brilliant… effortless project”. Now, with Matchbox EP we see those organic creative processes flourish further. Across five tracks, Christos hones the Soul and Jazz-influenced style that he has become known for – all while staying true to his Reggae roots.
Christos said of Matchbox EP:
“While recording the album, I found myself isolating from external influences, including other musicians initially. I wanted to create a project by myself from scratch to express the questions and feelings I was experiencing.
This album was written during a period of transition and personal growth. It was like being an actor who wants the audience to really understand the character: not only to watch and listen to what I am sharing, but to feel it as well.
Matchbox EP was not about sharing perfection – but something much more”.
Across the record, there’s a real focus on a rich and warm sound – evident in the overarching use of horns, organs, and a Rhodes piano. This hones-in on Christos’s own eclectic background as a Greek American, whose parents were Opera singers and vocal coaches – as well as his love for the music of Jamaica. Some familiar names in the culture also come on board – including the expert bass playing of David “Jah David” Goldfine (Zion I Kings), and the mixing of Laurent “Tippy I” Alfred (I Grade Records and Zion I Kings)
“Matchbox EP is, predictably, small yet perfectly formed from the consummate artist Christos DC. An intricately crafted Smorgasbord of Roots and Soul, tinged with Jazz influences, sees him produce something that is gorgeous on the ears and thoughtful for the mind and spirit. Elegant, oozing class and infinitely listenable” – Mr Topple, Pauzeradio
Tracks like Pleasure and Pain take the listener on a voyage through soulful Roots, with its mellow yet still striking horns. Friends sees the dulcet yet smouldering tones of Navissa Yasmin complement Christos’s perfectly – oozing pointed Jazz. Meanwhile, Headlight and the fourth EP track First Class Ticket feature use of smooth organs and Rhodes piano respectively – while Lies, which concludes Matchbox EP, is the perfect blend of brooding Roots and something more soulful.
Christos’s vocals throughout are sublime, and he has also formed a project which has strong, conscious lyrical messages woven throughout. All this makes Matchbox EP the perfect Roots-led release – and it’s sure to please his fans, and music critics, alike.
You can download or stream Matchbox EP here.
For more information, you can contact Christos DC via his website here.
Matchbox EP track listing:
1. Pleasure and Pain
4. First Class Ticket
Matchbox EP credits:
Vocals and backing vocals: Christos DC; Navissa Yasmin, additional vocals – 2
Drums and Percussion: Leslie “Blackseed’ James
Additional percussion: Christos DC – 4
Bass: David ‘Jah David’ Goldfine – 2,3,4,5; Pierre Stone – 1
Piano: Christos DC – 3,4,5; Earl Michelin – 2; Darryl Burke – 1
Organ Bubble: Christos DC – 1,3,4,5; Earl Michelin – 2
Organ: Christos DC – 2,4,5; Earl Michelin – 2; Scott Schoem – 2,3; Tomasz Mackiewics – 3
Rhodes: Christos DC – 1 (phrase); Earl Michelin – 2; Darryl Burke – 1 (sustain)
Guitars: Christos DC – 1,2,3,4,5
Lap Steel: Christos DC – 1,2
Saxophone: Brian Falkowski – 1,2,3,4,5
Trombone: Paul Hamilton – 1,2,3,4,5
Tracks composed and recorded: Honest Music Studios by Christos DC
Mixing: Holy Mountain Studio, St Croix VI by Laurent “Tippy I” Alfred
Mastering: Trakworx by Justin Weis
Art design: Nico de Silva
Graphic design: Maria Papaefstathiou
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Christos DC Matchbox EP Press Release by Mr Topple / Pauzeradio PR Services (30th March 2023).