Mat Zo thrills with new VIP mix of ‘Vice’

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Mat Zo thrills with new VIP mix of ‘Vice’Mat Zo Self Assemble

Back in September, Mat Zo released his standalone drum and bass track, “Vice.” The track blended Mat Zo’s signature sound across genre and tempo. Filtered-down half-time sections, pitched-up vocal runs, three unique builds and drops, and immaculate synth lines made “Vice” a true example of how much of a virtuoso the Mad Zoo head truly is. Despite the display of skill that is “Vice,” Mat Zo has never been one to leave things alone. The vocals in the original came from an unfinished but great clip called “Stoned Clip 1.wav,” which can still be found on SoundCloud.

“Vice” was released under Mat Zo instead of his drum and bass alias, MRSA, and now it’s clear why. He knew he’d be playing around with this track for a minute, as well as playing it live. The VIP mix has the same atmospheric build as the original — an 8-bit, synth wave, fueled by the city-at-night feeling. The bass bends, and the energy builds and breaks down in more and more unique ways. “Vice – VIP” is polished, reworked, and truly exceptional. It’s even the exact same length at 6 minutes and 53 seconds.

Declan James Drops An Absolute Fire Mix In Vibes II

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Declan James has put together what I consider to be one of the finest mixes I have ever heard in my entire life, hands down. His Vibes II mix took me on an absolute adventure. Declan takes you from feel-good trance to angry thumping techno to ear-splitting power sludge and back again. My favorite thing

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Mat Zo Returns To Anjunabeats With Groovy New “No Words” EP

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Mat Zo, responsible for one of the labels iconic albums and countless catalog classics including ‘Easy’, ‘Superman’ and ‘Rebound’, returns home to Anjunabeats with the ‘No Words’ EP. One of the most innovative artists over the labels 18 years, Zo joined the Anjuna family at the age of 17. A series of revolutionary releases followed,

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NMF Roundup: Habstrakt comes in hot, Alpha 9 soothes with ‘Azzura,’ The Black Madonna remixes Silk City and Dua Lipa + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday.

We’ve truly been blessed this week, with some of electronic music’s hottest acts dropping insane new productions. Habstrakt drops it low in his fiery new single, “About You,” and Malaa, too, delivers a house anthem in “We Get Crunk.” We welcome the return of Manila Killa, who’s delivered the beautiful “Run Away,” his first single in eight months. Mat Zo‘s released his highly anticipated No Words EP, from which we’ve selected the unparalleled “Music Lost All Words.” It’s also a stellar day for remixes, including The Black Madonna‘s rework of Silk City and Dua Lipa‘s “Electricity” and Syn Cole‘s bouncing take on Matoma‘s “Losing It Over You.” NGHTMRE and SLANDER‘s Gud Vibrations label celebrates with its first release today, too: WAVEDASH and fknsyd‘s “Deathwish.”

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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Mat Zo Opens Up About His Feelings Around Medicating On Tour With Marijuana

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I respect Mat Zo more each day. He introduced me to a new world of dance music when he was first releasing on Anjunabeats. In a weird twist of fate, he introduced me to the label before I was even aware of Above & Beyond. Soon I started to follow Mat on social media and

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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.

Oliver Smith, Mat Zo, and Kyau & Albert drop new music on ‘Anjunabeats Worldwide 08’ compilation

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Oliver Smith, Mat Zo, and Kyau & Albert drop new music on ‘Anjunabeats Worldwide 08’ compilationOg Image

Above & Beyond and their Anjunabeats label are gearing up to wrap on a summer season for the history books. With label favorites Ilan Bluestone, Andrew Bayer and others churning out albums in 2018, the team has called upon a stalwart imprint mainstay to usher in its latest compilation from and for the Anjuna family, the annual Anjunabeats Worldwide 08.

Since joining the team in 2000, Oliver Smith has made a name for himself with tracks like “Lovingly,” among one of the many singles he’s released over his almost two decades of involvement with the label. He’s also shared his deeper alter ego, Meramek’s music with its deeper offshoot label. And now, he’s following in the steps of Grum, Jason Ross, and ARTY by mixing Anjunabeats Worldwide. On the compilation, we find an extensive showing of Smith’s expansive, lush music. As each compilation in this series promises, there are also exclusive new tracks from artists like Mat Zo, who returns to his home at Anjunabeats and to a trance sound on “Meaning Lost All Words.”

Mat Zo remixes Breakbot & Ruckazoid’s ‘Another You’

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Mat Zo remixes Breakbot & Ruckazoid’s ‘Another You’Mat Zo Self Assemble

Breakbot and Ruckazoid‘s track, “Another You,” has been out since June, but the tune is a gift that just keeps on giving. The collaboration between the French artists got even more legs through an animated video playing out the artists spreading their love.

Mat Zo also declared his love for the track earlier this month, leading him to put his own spin on “Another You.” Posted on his SoundCloud, Mat Zo’s bootleg takes the original’s funky soul leanings and amplifies their energy into a solid gold disco track.

This house remix follows the release of THIS IS A MAD ZOO HOUSE EP earlier this summer.

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

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“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

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We heavily agree with his Beatles pick – how ’bout you?
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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
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Avoid this common error. 
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His house inspirations include Junior Jack and Cassius.
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The best kind of virtual crate digging. 
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