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MJ Cole holds no truck with what people reckon he should do, wear, speak like or think. He strolls into the Voxstar suite looking relaxed, happy and at ease – no need for the showboating dynamics of the Gucci and champagne lifestyle that so unfairly shackles much of the UK garage scene.
Far from arriving today in some UV lit Beamer, Cole has done the decent thing and buzzed up on his motorbike. “Actually,” he grins, “it’ a scooter, not a real bike man’ bike. It’ a Piaggio – one of the fastest you can get. It’ the cheapest and quickest way to get around London. No matter where you are you can always move forward.”
A bit like Matt Coleman then. Ever since Sincere exploded early in 1998, Matt’ been busy conquering both the underground garage and overground pop scenes. There’ been some stunning remixes, a hit single in the form of Crazy Love, his debut album, also called Sincere, and now a single, Hold On To Me, featuring Elizabeth Troy with mixes from K Warren to be released on October 30.
A blend of ruffed-up, out and out two step dancefloor action and slinky, perfectly realised soul numbers, Sincere is UK Garage’ first proper artist album. Just ask the experts, Matt has recently picked up Best Producer at both the Eriksson Muzik Awards and the Mobo’ as well as a nomination for the Mercury award.
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