Matmos always seemed a little too arty for me. I admire their ability, for it takes great patience and skill to do what they do. The level of complexity they bring to electronic music is something to be admired, but it lacks something. Its a bit like the precociousness that a really talented jazz musician has on a massive solo. Sometimes it can make you feel wonderful and blow you away with skill. Other times its just a display of skill for its own sake and although I like to masturbate as much as the next guy I don't necessarily like watching it for entertainment.
Soft Pink Truth has done some great stuff though. That is Drew Daniel's(the younger member) side project. It functions for the dancefloor and he makes some killer tunes. On Matmos's new album The Rose Has Teeth In The Mouth of a Beast they bring a much more melodic sensibility to their music that seems influenced by Drew's side projects. Like the last Soft Pink Truth album, which was a collection of punk and hardcore songs done in a microhouse style, the new Matmos album is a bit of a tribute. They write songs to heros. This one is done to the memory of Lerry Levan. I think it is what he might be playing if he's lived to the 21st century. A cut up druggy disco tune.
Matmos - Steam And Sequins For Larry Levan