Feb 14, 2012
Zo Expands His Sound
Mat Zo - Bipolar (Original Mix) [Anjunabeats]
Mat Zo - Ring On It (Original Mix) [Anjunabeats]
Mat Zo - Yoyo Ma (Original Mix) [Anjunabeats]

With a name like Mat Zo, it’s gotta be good. The 21 year-old Anjunabeats darling from London takes every genre he approaches to new heights, from trance to house and even techno. His superior skills landed him the #1 spot on our Top 15 Trance Tracks of 2011 for his collaboration with Arty on Rebound–a track that all but shoved trance into a new era of big room synths and housier breakdowns. Now he’s back with what might be his most house-heavy effort yet, but it’s house done well, so I’m not complaining.

The Bipolar EP had its title track show up on Anjunabeats Vol. 9, whetting all our appetites with a techy opening, a stunning synth line in the drop, and brilliant, billowing chord patterns in the breakdown. It was certainly one of my favorite tracks on the compilation, and now we have it here in its full form. Ring On It samples, you guessed it, Single Ladies by Beyoncé, amidst a clapping percussion pattern also seemingly inspired from her 2008 hit. The thudding breakdown and grandiose synth buildups really set this track apart from other Zo tracks, but perhaps all of his songs do that to each other.

The final track I’ve included, Yoyo Ma, takes inspiration from the Chinese cellist of the same name, with stuttered synth lines that, when connected in the mind, seem to form a flowing cello pattern. Around the 2:30 mark, the string influences become even more apparent, with synthesized strings coupling with sweeps galore in a brilliant breakdown section. This effort as a whole really feels like a natural step forward in Zo’s sound–nothing seems forced or contrived. When you’re as talented as Zo, though, your music can shine in whatever form. Be sure and pick up the full Bipolar EP on Beatport.

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