Good Morning Mix: Mat Zo mixes madness on ‘This is Mad Zoo’ [Stream]

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Good Morning Mix: Mat Zo mixes madness on ‘This is Mad Zoo’ [Stream]Mat Zo Vice Drum And Bass Single

Earlier this summer on July 1, Mat Zo debuted his imprint’s inaugural compilation album, This is Mad Zoo. Geared with 12-tracks ranging from drum ‘n’ bass to dubstep, breakbeats, and more, This is Mad Zoo is as proper of a showcase of Mad Zoo‘s roster as it is fittingly in tune with Zo’s visionary roots in pushing the boundaries of the scene.

Now, the Mad Zoo boss once again proves to be one of the most eclectic forces in dance music, re-channeling his attention to This is Mad Zoo in a 37-minute mix. Redefining tracks from the compilation with masterful transitions and fortifying the experimental extremities championed by This is Mad Zoo‘s spectrum of genres, the UK producer takes listeners through a genre-blurring journey that exudes energy, beauty, and darkness all at once.

Immerse yourself in the madness of Mat Zo’s This is Mad Zoo mix below.

Mad Zoo debuts inaugural compilation, ‘This is Mad Zoo’

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Mad Zoo debuts inaugural compilation, ‘This is Mad Zoo’Mad Zoo This Is Mad Zoo Comp Album

It’s been nearly five years since Mat Zo launched his Mad Zoo imprint, and the Los Angeles-based label has finally graced the world with its inaugural compilation, This is Mad Zoo.

The collection of songs brings together artists spanning a wide range of genres, kicking off with a new slow-grinding tune from Craze called “We Outta Here.” The compilation continues with a cutting drum ‘n’ bass number from the head honcho himself and leads into other original material from Mad Zoo favorites like counsel pop, Kayoh, Rome in Silver, and more.

“This compilation shows the full spectrum of what we like at Mad Zoo, from bangin’ techno to laid back beatsy stuff and everything in between,” Mat Zo said of the compilation in a press release.

The label celebrated the release of This is Mad Zoo with a July 6 party at Catch One’s Underground Room in Los Angeles, hosted by MC Dino and featuring performances by Craze, Glacci, Vhsceral, and Roxanne.

Buy This is Mad Zoo here.

Lunar Lunes: Flux Pavilion teams up with GLNNA, Gorgon City hit up ‘Elizabeth Street’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: Flux Pavilion teams up with GLNNA, Gorgon City hit up ‘Elizabeth Street’ + moreFlu Pavilion Press Photo 2019

Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

Flux Pavilion takes an emotive approach to his new collaboration with GLNNA, “Somebody Else,” and Gorgon City pay homage to Chicago in “Elizabeth Street.” Noisia deliver a unique time signature on their newest original, “The Hole Pt. 1,” and Com Truise remixes Gold Fields’ “Waterfall” to follow up his new album. As part of Mad Zoo’s new compilation, counsel pop lends his nontraditional sounds in the form of “jd sports,” and Tom Budin links with Tylah Winyard for “Hold On.” Monstercat continues its eighth birthday celebrations with the release of WRLD, Keepsake and Laszlo’s “Back to You,” and Vintage & Morelli delivers “Senshi” to Silk Music. Summer Was Fun puts his own spin on Madeon’s “All My Friends,” and Edu Imbernon releases “S.Y.L.” on Anjunadeep.

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Exclusive: Counsel pop shares brilliantly chaotic EP, ‘counsel pop presents’

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Mat Zo‘s fellow Brit producer and latest MAD ZOO signee, counsel pop, has unveiled his marvelously maddening debut EP, counsel pop presents.

There is an air of nostalgia running through the EP, which CP himself describes as, “trying to recreate that feeling of driving around in your mate’s car listening to the only dance CD they ever had.”

The irreverent, four-track EP is almost dizzying in its ability to synthesize several genres into a single soundscape, with big beat prowess reminiscent of that of the Chemical Brothers, and liquid drum n bass evoking warranted nods at Mat Zo himself — most evident in “trino (counsel’s mental mix).”

The newcomer masterfully executes jolting electro synth stabs and frenzied vocal sampling in “fazeley industrial estate,” resulting in glorious, cinematic disarray. Meanwhile within “in a mcdonald’s carpark” CP lays down laser-esque synths and stuttering, quixotic percussion before moving into a vapory, utopian outro.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 36

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA music editor and staff writer Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic — to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery — DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.

Just a few weeks ago, Mad Zoo sent over an insane track from an artist they’d just signed called counsel pop. I was immediately drawn in by “fazeley industrial estate” and enthusiastically wrote it up. Only days later, the artist’s second track appeared on SoundCloud: “trino (counsel pop’s mental mix).” This one is more subdued than its predecessor but is still layered with gorgeous sound design and insane complexity that honestly transcends description. After hearing these first two releases, I’m even more excited for the artist’s debut EP, out a week from today.

Turning back time to the ’80s, We Are The Way For The Cosmos To Know Itself (WATWFTCTKI) present “Flashbacks,” a retro synthpop tune that drips with wistful nostalgia. The Danish pop act have crafted a retrospective song that’s true to its name. “Flashbacks” is brimming with pensive vocals, backed by a slow-moving, synth-laden beat. It’s a bit reminiscent of some of my favorite Goldroom songs, and that’s perhaps why I’m so drawn to it.

While I might not love Post Malone in his songs’ original forms, I’m all about some of the ingenious remixes that have been surfacing over the past few years. Like this one, for example. Oakwite has transformed “Psycho” into a groovy drum & bass rendition. While classified as a bootleg, Oakwite has crafted a smooth and clean take on the song that shows pure creativity and gives Postie’s hip-hop collaboration with Ty Dolla $ign a fresh, energetic vibe.

Los Angeles trio Wake the Wild have created the perfect feel-good anthem with their latest release, “Body Language.” They’ve intertwined elements of pop and funk for a dancefloor-primed single that’s authentically them. “When we wrote ‘Body Language’ it was just easy,” Wake the Wild say of the release. “It felt natural. Like the song was already there just waiting for us to unlock it. It’s fun, it’s upbeat, and it’s not trying too hard.” They cite influences like Disclosure and Michael Jackson in their music, something that’s evident in the cheery, bright feel of “Body Language.”

Drum & bass king Muzzy is prepping for the release of his massive EP, The Cascade, due out on Monstercat May 14. He’s kicked off the EP’s releases with “New Age” featuring Detroit powerhouse Celldweller. The track is pure energy and fury backed by top-notch quality, leading many SoundCloud commenters to relate it to respected Pendulum tracks. Fusing punk rock vocals with rapid drum & bass patterns, “New Age” shows Muzzy at his finest. The Cascade is sure to be worth the wait.

counsel pop – fazeley industrial estate

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Seemingly out of nowhere, counsel pop bursts onto the scene with a massive Mad Zoo release, “fazeley industrial estate.”

Though brief at two minutes and 40 seconds, the Canadian artist’s debut release flexes his well-developed production skills in a feisty big beat-inspired tune. “Fazeley industrial estate” is a concise, energy-packed expedition that lets in a momentary glimpse of what we can expect from the mysterious producer down the road in his forthcoming inaugural EP.

“The music is inspired by trying to recreate that feeling of driving around in your mate’s car listening to the only dance CD they ever had,” counsel pop says. “Or, hanging around outside SPAR listening to old dance tunes, surrounded by the grey of the estate and shite weather.”