Mat Zo teases drum ‘n’ bass-focused Mad Zoo compilation album with new single

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Mat Zo just teased the upcoming Mad Zoo compilation project with the release of premiere single, “Blessed Be Thy Name,” on behalf of the head honcho himself. The drum ‘n’ bass trendsetter characteristically curates clever sound spaces within the rapid-tempo genre, and this track is no different. Through a mist of swift high-hat percussion, the production virtuoso slows the atmosphere with scintillating guitar echoes and dynamic synthscapes for an Arabian nights feels.

Mad Zoo’s second compilation album will center mostly around whiplash drum breaks with other styles mixed in for good measure, featuring a grip of talented sound smiths such as Acrillics, Tsuruda, and more. The album will drop on Beatport on January 20 and everywhere else January 24.

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 123 | Top Tracks of 2019

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 123 | Top Tracks of 2019Deters Beat Lab@0.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor 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.


When I started using SoundCloud in early 2014, I made playlists weekly (read: obsessively). I’ve backed off a bit in recent years, but I still take time to collect songs for my yearly “best of” playlist, which I create every January and add to throughout the year. In late December for the past five years, I’ve narrowed it down to my 50 favorite releases of the year. They range from hard-hitting anthems to serene soundscapes, which truly sums up my music preferences.

In 2019, I was fortunate enough to premiere a few of my absolute favorite tracks of the year, including The Midnight‘s remix of SYML‘s “Clean Eyes,” Com Truise‘s remix of Gold Fields‘ “Waterfall,” and Essenger‘s “After Dark.” (A big thank you to all the artists who choose DA as their platform to reveal new music—we love you!)

2019 was a stellar year for drum ‘n’ bass, exhibited in tracks like Kove‘s “Le Retour,” Koven‘s “Love Wins Again,” 1991‘s “Guiding Light,” Metrik‘s “Hackers,” and so many more. The genre took some fun twists and turns, which fans heard in Mat Zo‘s Latin-infused “Games” and Sub Focus‘ earth-shattering remix of Bring Me The Horizon‘s “Mother Tongue.”

This year saw the arrival of a slew of monstrous collaborations—some unexpected and some that simply made sense. Regardless, tracks like Sullivan King and Grabbitz‘s “Crazy As You” and Delta Heavy and Zeds Dead‘s “Lift You Up” blew my mind. I was delighted when Fox Stevenson and Feint teamed up on a remix of the former’s “Out My Head,” since it flawlessly combined both their styles.

Speaking of Fox Stevenson, the UK producer released his highly anticipated album, killjoy, this year, and it’s a dynamic journey through all sides of the producer’s capabilities. Goldroom wowed me with his double-sided, multi-faceted Plunge/Surface effort, which has quite a story behind it. I had a hard time picking a favorite from A R I Z O N A‘s nostalgic Asylum LP, which is gorgeous and heart-wrenching from start to finish. I also need to mention what was likely my most-listened-to album of the year, which isn’t on SoundCloud: Ollie Wride’s Thanks in Advance. It’s gold. I lived in the aforementioned albums this year, and I’m so grateful to the artists who made them for sharing their creativity with the world.

Without further ado, here are my 50 favorite songs of 2019, in no particular order.


A look back…

Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2019

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2019 has been a remarkable year for new music.

The past twelve months brought with them a collection of highly anticipated LPs: Madeon‘s Good Faith, Avicii‘s posthumous Tim, Gesaffelstein‘s Hyperion, Illenium‘s ASCEND, along with a Flume mixtape. Notable collaborations like REZZ and Malaa‘s “Criminals,” Seven Lions, Wooli, Trivecta, and Nevve‘s “Island,” and GRiZ and Subtronics‘ “Griztronics” hit the airwaves in blazes of glory. Supergroups like Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize) and Get Real (Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet) showcased the power of doubling up on brainpower. And, of course, countless singles had us hitting repeat more times than were calculable: Dillon Francis‘ “Still Not Butter,” i_o‘s “House of God,” Habstrakt‘s “De la Street,” Alesso‘s “Progresso,” and so many more.

In no particular order, we present a 30-track collection of our favorite songs of the year, chosen by DA writers and editors.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 118

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 118Deters Beat Lab@0.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor 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.

Listen in playlist format here


The countdown to UKF10 continues, and with it comes the arrival of a new Mat Zo tune. This drum ‘n’ bass tune with some Latin flair sprinkled in is one of the producer’s most refreshing tunes to date. “Games” is both cool and collected and rambunctious and bold. Mat Zo holds nothing back and does so with style.

Drum&BassArena‘s newest release comes from Kove, a talented staple in today’s drum ‘n’ bass scene. The UK producer has followed up August’s grinding release on the label, “The Motor,” with “The Music,” an energetic piece that plays more into the more vocal-based side of Kove’s production. A frenzied vocal rings out over the powerful rhythm, drawing the listener in.

UKF continues to unleash heaters leading up to the UKF10 release on Nov. 29, including T & Sugah‘s “Never Be Alone,” which debuted earlier this week. This smooth dnb tune kicks off with a compelling vocal, quickly building to the commanding tune it soon morphs into. T & Sugah continue to dominate the scene, no matter what label they’re releasing on.

Au5 and Nori‘s Dusk EP hit the airwaves on Nov. 22. The four-track EP is an exploratory compilation that shows a different facet of Au5’s production. “Nori and I wanted to create a work that’s musically different all while exploring where the depths of one’s emotions can take us,” Au5 said of the release.

Dombresky has revealed an uplifting, empowering new house track called “Trust The Process” on Insomniac. The producer told Billboard the track “is not just about literally trusting the process in life, but about believing in yourself along the way.” It features a groovy piano melody, infectious beat, and irresistible vocals and leaves the listener no choice but to feel optimistic upon listening.

Mat Zo chills with galvanizing intricacy on ‘Emotion Sickness’

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Mat Zo chills with galvanizing intricacy on ‘Emotion Sickness’Mat Zo Press Photo E1552406771509

Undeniably one of the most dynamic producers to mark his lasting influence on the scene, Mat Zo returns to his drum ‘n’ bass roots with his latest release, “Emotion Sickness.” Although the Mad Zoo label head has kept relatively quiet under his beloved drum ‘n’ bass moniker MRSA—most recently resurfacing with a VIP of 2017 single, “Bio Weapon” via Noisia‘s Invisible imprint—the newest track arrives under his main pseudonym. pointing to an expanding experimental palette. Effectively exploring diverging branches of genres and mastering the complex sound designs that accompany each, Zo links with Bassrush Records to deliver an auditory whirlwind for the senses on “Emotion Sickness”.

Perforated by relentless drum lines and texturized with shape-shifting synth pads, the track brings forth a mind-melting amalgamation in the form of warped soundscapes and synapse-firing energy. Haunting harmonic progressions ease into reverberating bass-induced layers that gradually trickle into a metronomic chaos of percussion and syncopated top lines. In the spaces left unmarked by frenzy, Zo fills the interludes with enchanting melodies of equally galvanizing energy and succeeds in proliferating the 7:23 minute-track with intoxicating momentum.

Order a copy of “Emotion Sickness” here

NMF Roundup: Dillon Francis remixes Saweetie, Mat Zo unveils ‘Emotion Sickness’ + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Dillon Francis pumps his fans up this NMF with a remix of Saweetie’s “My Type,” and Mat Zo reveals his long-anticipated “Emotion Sickness.” Lane 8 showcases another brilliant single in “Sunday Song,” and Lost Kings, Sevyn Streeter and Luh Kel get the party started with “LA & The Parties.” Matt Lange and Kerry Leva reveal their blissful collaboration, “Every Word,” and Vincent and Naderi waste no time on their new powerful single, “Wasted Time.” Spooky dubstep returns for October in Figure and Dubscribe’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” and Chris Lorenzo tries his hand at drum ‘n’ bass production in “Take Me as I Am.” MitiS and RUNN craft a gorgeous soundscape on “Shattered,” and Chrome Sparks remixes Whethan and The Knocks’ “Summer Luv.” Dash Berlin shines on a new remix of Myon and ICON’s “Cold Summer,” and Morgan Page, Matt Fax, and Lissie take “The Longest Road To The Ground.” TroyBoi gets intense on his new single, “The Truth,” and Armin van Buuren and Cimo Frankel offer a dreamy trance collaboration, “All Comes Down.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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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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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.

NMF Roundup: Mat Zo gets fired up with ‘Motivate,’ Lost Frequencies remixes Martin Garrix + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Mat Zo has unleashed a brand new Mad Zoo compilation into the world, complete with a new original from the head honcho himself: “Motivate.” Lost Frequencies puts his spin on Martin Garrix, Macklemore, and Fall Out Boy’s “Summer Days,” and Whipped Cream and LICK team up for “The Greatest.” Cedric Gervais joins forces with MJ Cole and Freya Ridings on “Waking Up,” and MK takes on Mark Ronson and Camila Cabello’s “Find U Again.” BIJOU flexes his hefty house chops on “Floetry,” and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, David Guetta, Daddy Yankee, Afro Bros, and Natti Natasha deliver a mega-collab called “Instagram.” Foxen remixes Gill Chang and glasscat on “One For You,” and Leandro Da Silva has released a take on Oliver Heldens, Devin and Nile Rodgers’ “Summer Lover.” Sick Individuals, Justin Prime, and Bymia team up for “Not Alone,” and Frank Walker delivers his cut of Kygo and Chelsea Cutler’s “Not Ok.” Don Diablo has remixed Zara Larsson’s “All the Time,” and MOTi and Riggi & Piros collaborate on “Habibi.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 83

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 83Deters Beat Lab@0.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor 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.

Listen in playlist format here.


Dutch producer Edlan has been making a name for himself through a variety of Liquicity works over the past few years. Most recently, he’s taken to the label to release his new EP, Go Back Home. The four-track collection offers a diverse blend of his drum & bass production, opening with a dramatic first track that shares the EP’s title. Edlan’s tapped MVE and Neil Hollyn to set the tone for the compilation, and the result is a track that’s peaceful and packed with emotion.

Dabin‘s sophomore album, Wild Youth, made its debut on March 22, showing the full range of his growth since his Two Hearts LP in 2017. On nearly all of the new album’s 10 tracks, Dabin’s collaborated with a slew of talented producers, including Kansas City’s Essenger. These two combined create an emotive force to be reckoned with. They’ve created a melodic piece called “Home” that’s layered with powerful vocals and heavenly piano melodies, tugging constantly at listeners’ heartstrings over the course of the song.

Just before the official start of spring, Mat Zo unleashed some warm-weather music via his new Tracing Steps EP. The Mad Zoo release is comprised of three tracks, plus an extended cut of the previously released “Deep Inside.” In the EP’s opener, “Tracing Steps,” the producer leads the unassuming listener through a sun-soaked introduction of merry string melodies and lighthearted vocals before an unexpected drop takes over. Mat Zo continues to captivate listeners with unpredictable twists and turns—all of the highest quality.

Scottish producer Last Island has taken to Washington D.C.-based label Montaime to release his latest endeavor, “Let’s Go Somewhere.” The new single is full of the ever-grooving melodies Last Island has become known for. Its spirited synth themes are ushered along by occasional clapping and a funky beat, giving the tune a simultaneously funky and laid-back vibe. He calls living on a remote island in Scotland “both a challenge and an inspiration,” but the inspiration is clear and present in his consistently dynamic releases.

Mysterious duo Far Out may be anonymous, but their music certainly isn’t. Their productions are routinely powerful, whether they’re releasing Star Wars remix or taking on Daft Punk’s iconic “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.” Their latest release is an original, though, creating “Strangers” from passionate female vocals and a healthy dose of bass on the drops. This melodic tune ebbs and flows beautifully and carries a strong message in its lyrics.