After unveiling his stunning, 70-track Essential Mix back in February, it became clear that Mat Zo was no ordinary artist, but rather, a visionary of sorts — someone who not only saw hope in the nooks and crannies of dance music, but inspired promise through his own creativity and belief. Today marks a special day for Matan Zohar: his debut LP, Damage Control, has finally been released. It’s an album that’s been brewing, shifting, and materializing for four years now. Having journeyed through Damage Control at least ten times, it’s safe to say that all the hope, the hype, the rampant enthusiasm surrounding Mat Zo’s debut album… all of it has been justified. This is one for the ages.
We caught up with Mat for some insight into his astonishing new LP, released today on Astralwerks. Through an extensive interview, Mat elucidated the inspirations behind the album as well as the personal significance of the release.
Click past the break for a full glimpse into the wondrous world of Mat Zo’s Damage Control.
French techno producer Gesaffelstein has made a bold and concise statement with the release of his new album Aleph: Gesaffelstein is taking over. Already boasting impressive production credits on albums like Yeezus, and showcasing his versatile sound by remixing the likes of Justice, Lana Del Rey and Depeche Mode, the name Gesaffelstein has been on everyone’s tongue for the past year. In its first day available, Gesaffelstein’s artful and compelling debut album reached the top spot on the iTunes dance chart. After listening to the album in its entirety, it is very clear why. The music is dark and powerful, and each track reflects a diverse blend of influences as they are seamlessly meshed into the producer’s raw, distinct, heavy techno sound. Read past the break for our review of Aleph.
It’s remarkable to think that Feed Me has yet to release a formal LP up to this point. Having been producing music under the guise of Spor for nearly ten years, Jon Gooch’s catalogue of singles is numerous to say the least. When Feed Me first rose to prominence in 2010, it was after the debut of Feed Me’s Big Adventure, the closest thing to a full-length album in his discography. Three years later, Feed Me presents Calamari Tuesday, 15 tracks of cinematic electro, dubstep, progressive house and more.
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Acclaimed UK producer Sub Focus has been releasing music since 2003, yet prior to yesterday, had only one album to his name: his 2009 self-titled debut. While his first release made waves in the drum ‘n’ bass world with such iconic tracks as “Splash” and “Timewarp,” Sub Focus has returned four years later with Torus, the crowning achievement of his career and an album that will stand as one of the biggest releases of 2013.
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For over two years now, Adventure Club has captivated the dance music world with their infatuating melodic dubstep. In this time span, the Montreal duo has achieved nearly every significant milestone, with the exception of a formal extended release. While countless singles and remixes have blanketed Christian and Leighton’s production catalogue, their recently announced Calling All Heroes Pt. 1 marks their first EP.
Calling All Heroes will be a two-part release, with the first four to five tracks due out on October 22nd. Not many details have been provided on the release, other than the fact that “Gold” will be included, along with a feature of The Kite String Tangle.
Bromance’s dark prince of techno has completed his first full-length album and he’s ready for the world to know it. This week, Gesaffelstein released a 40-second clip of menacing static over foreboding visuals of monochrome circuitry to announce the album’s title and release date. Aleph will be unleashed just in time for Halloween on October 28th, so mark your calendars and commence your countdowns.
The collaboration between Noisia and Foreign Beggars has been brewing for over five years, and now it’s finally got a name: I Am Legion. Having previously worked together on tracks like “Contact” and “Shellshock,” the combination of legendary bass triumvirate Noisia with UK grime/hip hop kings Foreign Beggars is a natural phenomenon, and by all means the dawning of a new supergroup. With their first formal release, I Am Legion has unveiled a forward-thinking 16-track LP.
The story of the M Machine’s Metropolis culminates today with Metropolis Remixed, the third and final portion of their grand endeavor. With nine remixes, including their own re-imagining of “The Palace,” Metropolis Remixed puts the album in a fresh perspective. Like the previous installments, the remix album is best listened to cumulatively, as the track list ventures through familiar vocal and chord infrastructures while placing the tracks in a new space.
Both the Digitalism remix of “Moon Song” and the Kill the Noise remix of “Ghosts in the Machine” were previewed earlier this month and are undoubtedly standouts, yet some of the best renditions lie deep within the release. Robotaki, for instance, puts a mellow house spin on “A King Alone,” while Tantrum Desire turns “Schadenfreude” into a deft drum ‘n’ bass track. Matt Lange’s otherworldly deep-dubstep take on “Shadow in the Rose Garden” is a clear candidate for top remix, yet no song from the album should be discounted.
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To call John Dahlbäck prolific is an understatement. The long-locked Swedish scene stalwart has amassed an eye-popping discography that runs the gamut from subterranean tech cuts to big-room ready progressive house floor pounders. On his new 18-track mix album Mutant Presents, released on Dahlbäck’s Mutants Records imprint, the versatile producer showcases a cohesive array of electro-infused progressive house tracks by himself and other Mutants artists that well embody the artist’s own stylistic approach, evolving to embrace new musical trends without compromising production finesse and attention to detail.
The hour-long album kicks off with a contemplative introduction courtesy of the label boss himself that settles quickly into the progressive electro stylings of Faustix‘s “Inner Freak.” Lucky Date‘s chugging electro bass drives a muscular remix of John Dahlbäck & Greg Cerrone’s “Every Breath,” an early standout track that serves to set the tone for the electro-infused fare to follow. Further notable tracks include the soaring synth driven Feenix Pawl remix of Dahlbäck’s ”Diamonds” and Astro’s “Bomba,” which sports crushing electro elements in a progressive-minded arrangement.
The almighty Lorin Ashton has been called upon for remix duties for Verve Records’ upcoming album Verve Remixed: The First Ladies, paying tribute to jazz music’s most celebrated matriarchs. Taking on the lovely Nina Simone, Bassnectar has crafted a masterful trap rendition of “Feeling Good.” Amplifying the original’s horn section to a spine-tingling bravado, Bassnectar deftly emphasizes the big band brass, eventually transforming the horns into a flurry of dicing, distorted synths. The remix’s booming 808 kick drum recalls Bassnectar’s much overlooked 2009 remix to Fever Ray’s “When I Grow Up.”
Verve Remixed: The First Ladies will be released on July 9th, with accompanying remixes from Pretty Lights, Flume, Maya Jane Coles and more.