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

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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.

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

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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.