Krayysh soars with lethal new single, ‘Birds of Prey’ on Mad Zoo

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Krayysh soars with lethal new single, ‘Birds of Prey’ on Mad ZooKrayysh Birds Of Prey

Rising bass music star Krayysh is back with a unique new single called “Birds of Prey,” out now on Mat Zo‘s Mad Zoo imprint. The producer has been a mainstay on the label since its inception, maintaining a bracing, hard-edged style characterized by mind warping sound design. “Birds of Prey” double checks those boxes, but brings some seriously creative twists to the table. Krayysh’s signature bass sounds explode behind a crunchy beat that’s eons away from the breakneck pace of past releases like “Running From Death.” Squealing synths lazily ride the breakdowns, but ear slapping distortion is never far off.

Krayysh has been an absolute monster for the past year, and has received some well-earned support from industry heavyweights including Porter Robinson of of course Mat Zo’s firm co-sign. For those previously unfamiliar with the Mad Zoo member, jump into “Birds of Prey,” and strap in for the rest of Krayysh’s catalog.

Swardy of The M Machine releases debut solo EP

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As one half of the fan-favorite electro duo The M Machine, Ben Swardlick has a catalog that has reached most electronic fans at one point or another. After nearly a decade of production and touring with partner Eric Luttrell, Swardlick has decided to take another path with his new solo project, Swardy. Under this new moniker, the artist has released his debut Here On My Own EP.

Spanning five tracks, Swardy takes a more laid-back approach to his solo work, straying away from the heavy electro builds and grinding bass characteristics of his old work. Even a track like “Ballyhoo,” which features more traditional electro percussion, diverts from any early 2010s cheesiness with an intriguing use of vocoder and overall textured production. Released on Mat Zo‘s Mad Zoo imprint, Swardy joins a cast of talented producers finding their place in the ever-changing world of electronic music.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 49

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 49Deters Beat Lab@0.

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.


Since its release in fall 2017, Slow Magic‘s “Wildfire” has received numerous remixes. The Float track has been flipped by the likes of Mielo, NΣΣT, and more — including the latest, from Airynore. This new rendition of “Wildfire” comes as a light, breezy song, highlighting the powerful, emotive vocals. Though the majority of the song lacks a percussion backbone, it’s illuminated by warm synths and intriguing piano melodies, making it calming and relaxing.


Monstercat mainstay Rogue has kept fans waiting since last fall for his next release — but it was worth the wait. His first release of 2018 on the Canadian label is “Mirage,” a melody-centric future bass track. The UK artist has been thrilling label listeners worldwide with his versatile production skills since 2012’s release with Tristam, “Pushed Away.” On “Mirage,” we see Rogue in his finest form: lending his own vocals over top of an irresistibly groovy synth melody.


I have Costa Rica’s Envision Festival to thank for my love and respect of Slynk. The gifted Australian producer flaunts insane mixing skills in his performances, and his original tracks are equally impressive. His latest comes from the 2018 Fractal Forest compilation and is called “Scrunched Up Faces.” This Westwood Recordings release radiates good vibes from start to finish, layered with funky guitar licks, lively flute melodies, and a substantial amount of bass along the way,


Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” has been remixed, covered, and redone in nearly every way imaginable. Nearly 50 years after the original’s release, artists are still drawn to its melancholy lyrics and haunting melody. Lido did a thrilling remix in 2014, and Jenaux adds his name to the list in a new cover with Andy Cooper. Jenaux’s mellow take on the iconic track is a minimalist approach, with Cooper’s vocals at center stage, backed by subtle guitar and wavy bass.


Few songs of late have matched the sheer eeriness of WAVEDASH and QUEST‘s “Devil Music.” The title track off the duo’s recent Mad Zoo EP features creepy vocals and unhealthy doses of bass, and has been remixed by label founder Mat Zo himself, along with  label mate Shadient. Shadient doesn’t stray from the sinister atmosphere of the original, using the dramatic intro as a launchpad for his own rendition. He slows the track down considerably, honing in on hefty bass and letting it truly seep into his listeners’ ears.

The M Machine’s Swardy makes his solo debut on Mad Zoo

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The M Machine’s Swardy makes his solo debut on Mad ZooSwardy Here On My Own

Swardy, half of electronic music duo The M Machine, is making his solo debut with new release, “Here On My Own.” The track is the lead single on his forthcoming solo EP, which is set to be released on Mat Zo‘s imprint, Mad Zoo.

Synthesized vocals float over a stunning electronic backdrop in “Here On My Own,” and the track perfectly channels a laid-back vibe with its groovy chords. “It means a great deal to me, and there was never any other plan — my solo project was always going to begin with this song,” Swardy says of the track.

It’s certainly a captivating debut from the producer’s solo project, and although this is Swardy’s first official original release, he’s already gotten the support of fellow producers such as Porter Robinson. After listening to the producer’s debut original track, the reason for Robinson’s support of the track and forthcoming EP quickly becomes apparent.

Mat Zo had an AMA! Here are 10 exciting takeaways, including new music

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Mat Zo had an AMA! Here are 10 exciting takeaways, including new musicMat Zo 3

“Apparently I don’t share enough,” joked Mat Zo on Twitter ahead of his latest Reddit AMA. The iconic producer and proud has always has quite the cheeky sense of humor.

It hardly feels like he needs to share much at times, however, given his track record of bold, yet pristine releases that have made their way onto Anjunabeats and beyond. His ability to adopt any style — from drum ‘n’ bass, to trance — into his range with finesse while remaining grounded and good-natured has made him a household name across the dance spectrum, with many dedicated fans hungrily consuming all they can about him.

That said, Zo still shared plenty during his brief stop at Reddit, divulging details about upcoming music, offering advice and lessons he’s learned through his time in the industry, sharing his favorite Beatles song, and more.

DA has sifted through the pile and picked out the most insightful and intriguing factoids.

He believes dance music is cyclical.Mat Zo had an AMA! Here are 10 exciting takeaways, including new musicMat Zo AMA1

Fresh Kill The Zo is on the way

Mat Zo had an AMA! Here are 10 exciting takeaways, including new musicMat Zo AMA2

We heavily agree with his Beatles pick – how ’bout you?
Mat Zo had an AMA! Here are 10 exciting takeaways, including new musicMat Zo AMA3

A poignant memory…

Mat Zo had an AMA! Here are 10 exciting takeaways, including new musicMat Zo AMA4

ALERT!! He’s working on a third album. 
Mat Zo had an AMA! Here are 10 exciting takeaways, including new musicMat Zo AMA5

Working with vocalists physically and through email both have their pros and cons. 
Mat Zo had an AMA! Here are 10 exciting takeaways, including new musicMat Zo AMA6

It’s better not to try and force inspiration
Mat Zo had an AMA! Here are 10 exciting takeaways, including new musicMat Zo AMA7

Avoid this common error. 
Mat Zo had an AMA! Here are 10 exciting takeaways, including new musicMat Zo AMA8

 

His house inspirations include Junior Jack and Cassius.
Mat Zo had an AMA! Here are 10 exciting takeaways, including new musicMat Zo AMA9

The best kind of virtual crate digging. 
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Mat Zo puts his spin on Wavedash and Quest’s “Adagio”

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Mat Zo puts his spin on Wavedash and Quest’s “Adagio”Wavedash Mat Zo Adagio

It’s been a little over a month since Wavedash and Quest released their Devil Music EP on Mad Zoo, and now they reveal yet another trick they’ve had up their sleeve.

After releasing a remix for “Star Power” by AWE, it turns out the pair were also able to get Mat Zo himself to remix Devil Music‘s opener, “Adagio.” The original is a cinematic piece that serves as an eerie introduction to the EP with ringing organs and gritty synths grumbling in the background.

Mat Zo adds his own kind of cinematics and gives the tune more of a retro feel as he elongates the song and creates a veritable adventure out of sounds and elegant atmospherics. With a heavy kick and stabbing synths, he casts a more cunning air into his rendition, making it feel like it belongs in a horror movie or a video game.

Mat Zo releases first track off of forthcoming house EP

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Mat Zo sparked excitement in fans with the promise of new music and a house EP. Yesterday he tweeted, “I haven’t released any straight up club music in a while, so I think I’m gonna do that, maybe tomorrow. I couldn’t clear any samples in it so it’ll be free to download. I hope that’s ok with you.”

The track titled “Bad Posture” is out now, and it is available as a free download. The track showcases Zo’s diversion into a funk with an interesting house backdrop with a light and groovy chord progression. Zo commented on twitter that his inspiration for the title of the song came from his girlfriend, who came into his studio and told him to ‘sit up’ everytime he was working on the song.

“Bad Posture” will be featured on Zo’s forthcoming house EP, which is set to be released on June 14. It will come out on his own label Mad Zoo.

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.”