Matthew Larkin Cassell

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Matthew Larkin Cassell is an American songwriter, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and writer. His songwriting style is a fusion of funk, R&B, jazz and pop. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Cassell has made numerous appearances in the Bay Area and European tours throughout his formative years as a musician.

Cassell is best known for his original, privately pressed vinyl recordings from the 1970s and 1980s : the LP Pieces from 1977, the EP, Matt The Cat released in 1978, and the untitled 45 released in 1980. Cassell has seen a revival of interest in his music through the internet, rare vinyl and beat collectors, worldwide. Copies of his original records have exceeded $1,300.[1]

The re-discovery of Cassell's recordings were covered in the Huffington Post.[2] Joel Selvin of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote[3] of Cassell’s re-emergence, “A 21st century digital fairy tale,” and Cassell's first interview with Paul Liberatore of the Marin Independent Journal.[4]

First re-emerging in re-release through compilation on, The Kings of Digging[5] compilation helmed by the DJ team Kon & Amir, recording artists Madlib, M. F. Doom, and People Under The Stairs and others have since sampled Cassell’s early recordings.

Portions of Cassell’s catalogue have been re-issued by the Blues Interactions / P-Vine label in Japan, Rapster Records in Berlin, and the BBE label in London, and is currently signed to the Stones Throw [6] label in Los Angeles. His complete works are to be released by Stones Throw on May 17, 2010.

Cassell resides, records, and performs in Northern California.

Discography[edit]

1977 'Pieces' 12”(private press) LP Track listing: 'Heaven' / sampled by Madlib/MF Doom' Madvillainy'; 'In My Life"/ 'Kings of Diggin' Kon & Amir

1978 'Matt The Cat' 12”(private press) EP Track listing; 'All I'm Missing is You' / sampled by PUTS/Stepfather 'You'

1980 'Untitled, w/kid picture' 7” (private press) 45 single

2006 Reissue 'In My Life' appears on 'Kings of 'Diggin' CD, Kon/Amir, Rapster Records, Berlin/BBE, London

2007 Reissue 'Heaven' Single 7' 'Off Track' Kon/Amir, BBE, London

2008 'Privatepress4' 12”(private press) EP single

2008 Reissue - 2 CDs- 'Pieces' & 'Matt The Cat/45 Untitled' P-Vine / Blues Interactions label, Tokyo

2010 Reissue Complete Catalogue Vinyl (2x) & CD, Stones Throw, Los Angeles

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