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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NMF Roundup: Dillon Francis remixes Saweetie, Mat Zo unveils ‘Emotion Sickness’ + moreDillon Francis Gerald Rave Jungle

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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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.

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

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NMF Roundup: Mat Zo gets fired up with ‘Motivate,’ Lost Frequencies remixes Martin Garrix + moreMat Zo 3

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.

Mat Zo releases sublime first EP of 2019, ‘Tracing Steps’

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Mat Zo releases sublime first EP of 2019, ‘Tracing Steps’Tracing Steps MatZo

No stranger to crafting genre-warping productions, visionary Mat Zo continues to stun with his newest Mad Zoo release, Tracing Steps. A master of both construction and exploration, the UK artist has traversed through trance, drum and bass, techno, dubstep, and funk—all while maintaining a sound that’s distinctly his. Fans of Damage Control will revel in Tracing Steps, which Zo notes as a return to his earlier work.

The four-track EP packs a heavy punch with each track clocking in around six minutes of listening goodness and featuring an extended version of “Deep Inside,” the single released earlier in March. Diverse yet saturated with classic Zo sounds, Tracing Steps channels a progressive structure overlaid by a complexity of futuristic synths, distortion, and nostalgic bells. From the awe-inspiring “Tracing Steps” to the dark groove funk of “Lust,” Zo exhibits an artful control of stylistic storytelling. In his work, Mat Zo delivers anything but the standard, once again championing a soundscape unlike any other.

Lunar Lunes: Dr. Fresch and Sinden are up to ‘No Good,’ Crankdat teams up with Sara Skinner, Stephen returns + more

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Lunar Lunes: Dr. Fresch and Sinden are up to ‘No Good,’ Crankdat teams up with Sara Skinner, Stephen returns + more11.9.17 DrFRESCH 020 Edit

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.

Dr. Fresch and Sinden grind out a groovy house number, “No Good,” released via Insomniac Records. Mat Zo‘s four-track Tracing Steps EP has arrived, kicking off with a cheery track that shares its title with the EP. Louis The Child have released a remix EP for Kids At Work, which includes a blissful rework from Win & Woo. Half An Orange have revealed part one of their Mostly We Grow EP on Monstercat, which is stacked with diverse tracks like “Buzz Lightyear,” and Stephen returns after almost a year with the it’s too much love to know my dear EP. AC Slater and TS7 cook up a ferocious house number on Night Bass, and Syn Cole shakes off the winter blues with a sun-soaked funky song, “Horizon 83.” Showtek encourage fans to listen to their mothers in their new collaboration with Leon Sherman on Skink. Teminite and Whales have composed an anthemic dubstep heater, “Mayhem,” and Young Bombs have unveiled their debut original track, “Starry Eyes.” Crankdat welcomes fans to the jungle in a dramatic new release on Welcome Records, and DNMO taps Noy Markel for a bass-fueled Deadbeats release, “No Way Out.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

Mat Zo thrills in first 2019 release, ’Deep Inside’

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Mat Zo thrills in first 2019 release, ’Deep Inside’Mat Zo Press Photo E1552406771509

Mad Zoo mastermind and producer extraordinaire Mat Zo has kicked off his year in fine fashion, releasing his first single of 2019, “Deep Inside.” The glitched-out number evokes feelings of nostalgia from the start, drawing its strength from a lingering background melody and warped bass at the drop. The track is also Mat Zo’s first attempt at making a synthetic voice sound “convincingly human.”

“This track and the rest of the EP mark a revisit to the Damage Control sound,” Mat Zo noted in a tweet, referring to his debut 2013 Anjunabeats album.

In that sense, we can expect the forthcoming EP to be an amalgamation of classic Zo sounds, delivered straight to listeners’ ears on March 18. Additionally, an official music video for “Deep Inside” is premiering on Mad Zoo’s YouTube channel on March 14, directed by Rob Wadleigh.

“Deep Inside” marks Mat Zo’s first Mad Zoo release since 2018’s funky drum & bass number, “Vice,” and its coinciding VIP mix that arrived a few months after. He also released the aptly titled THIS IS A MAD ZOO HOUSE EP in summer 2018, thrilling fans with groovy numbers like “Bad Posture,” and finished the year out with a return to Anjunabeats with the No Words EP.

Lunar Lunes: Mat Zo takes listeners ‘Deep Inside,’ Flux Pavilion teams up with CRaymak & Tasha Baxter, Malaa shares ‘Addiction’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: Mat Zo takes listeners ‘Deep Inside,’ Flux Pavilion teams up with CRaymak & Tasha Baxter, Malaa shares ‘Addiction’ + moreMat Zo Self Assemble

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.

Mad Zoo label head Mat Zo brings a brand new glitchy original to his imprint, “Deep Inside,” and Nicky Romero shares a club mix of “Se7en.” Dutch producer Joris Voorn makes his Anjunadeep debut with a highly anticipated remix of Yotto‘s “Walls,” and Nora En Pure thrills with a gorgeous remix of “We Found Love” with Passenger 10. Flux Pavilion teams up with CRaymak and Tasha Baxter for a dramatic new single, “Saviour,” and Malaa brings “Addiction” to Tchami’s CONFESSION. Kayzo brings the heat with a new collaboration with blessthefall, “Before the Storm,” and BIJOU and Schade throw a “House Party” in their new Unlocked Vol. 1 contribution. TheFatRat, Anna Yvette, and Laura Brehm tug on listeners’ heartstrings in an emotive new collaboration, “Chosen,” and Dion Timmer and Micah Martin bring the electro-fueled “Internet Boy” to Monstercat. Barren Gates and RMND cook up a moody new original, “In the Darkness,” and DVBBS tap Saro for their new single, “Somebody Like You.” Julian Jordan‘s newest does anything but “Backfire,” and Justice Skolnik brings the feels in a new emotive remix of RL Grime‘s “I Wanna Know.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).