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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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.

Wavedash & Quest Releases Brutal New EP, ‘Devil Music’ Off MAD ZOO

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Every generation champions a new genre of music. Rock hit the scene in the 50’s, then protest songs of the 60’s, soon disco took over in the 70’s, electronica and pop in the 80’s, hip-hop and rap in the 90’s and of course dance music in the 2000’s. What do all of these seemingly unlike

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Above & Beyond’s AnjunaBeach SoCal Lineup Revealed

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Beloved British trance trio Above & Beyond are throwing a beach party next month in Orange County, California and they’re bringing some of Anjunabeat’s top acts with them to celebrate. The full lineup for AnjunaBeach SoCal has been revealed and it includes a yoga set by Above & Beyond as well as sets from Luttrell,

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