Soulful former Mattafix frontman Marlon Roudette breaks down “The Loss,” a song which featured on his debut solo album Matter Fixed and was written in tribute to his late grandmother; an inspirational figure to him despite losing her sight as a child.
With a musical family behind him [his father is renowned producer Cameron McVey (Massive Attack, All Saints), Neneh Cherry is his stepmother], Matter Fixed is a personal album Roudette created with a talented roster of collaborators including Guy Chambers, Brian West, Paul O’Duffy and Kwamé Holland, with a guest feature from Finley Quaye.
“The difference between this album and anything I’ve done before is the personal vibe,” says Marlon. “I’ve literally just told my life as it is.” Album track number 10, titled “The Loss,” was written in dedication to his late grandmother. “She was an inspirational character in my life, blind from the age of five,” Marlon shares. “She lost her sight in an East London hospital.”
“For a long time I didn’t see blindness as a disability, because I saw her conducting her life just like any of us,” he adds. “I think that was inspiring for me and I really felt it the week she passed.”
Matter Fixed is out now.