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.
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.
Click past the break to read our official review.
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.
Click past the break to read the full review.
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.
Though Barrett Richards has been releasing forward-thinking music under the moniker of Kastle for over three years now, Tuesday marked the release of his self-titled debut album Kastle – a 15-track odyssey of warping, vocal-driven bass music. With countless tempos represented, Kastle oscillates between slower 2-step jams and more upbeat, garage-centric productions. The culmination is an awe-inspiring first album playing off the sonic signatures of the past with a futuristic vision in mind.
Though he made a name for himself with creative dubstep remixes of popular songs, in the past few months, Butch Clancy has invested his energies almost exclusively in the flourishing, hip-hop-inspired genre of trap. For the past nine weeks or so, Clancy has gifted a plethora of free originals as part of his Trap Tuesdays series. Concluding the series, Clancy has organized the nine trap singles into a bulky LP entitled A Beautiful Mind. Click past the break to hear our thoughts on the LP and snag the free download from Butch Clancy’s Facebook.
It’s always nice when an artist releases a free track or EP for a download, but it’s really an incredible thing when he or she is willing to give away an entire LP free of charge. Today, UK electronica producer Four Tet (Kieran Hebden), a man who has been making a more abstract form of electronic music for over a decade, uploaded the entirety of his most recent LP, 0181, to Soundcloud — with a free download. This is a grouping of compositions by Hedben from between the years of 1997 and 2001 — that means this is work that began up to two years before his debut release Dialogue in 1999. It’s basically in a mixtape format but, although the tracks do all flow together, it’s still easy to discern one piece from another. As is the case with much of his recent work, he integrates elements of hip hop, breakbeats, techno, grime, and jazz into his productions.
Figure is back with his Monsters Vol. 3 LP just in time for Halloween. Drawing inspiration from some of horror cinema’s most prolific killers and other gruesome-in-general scare tactics, Figure’s latest compilation is a monster-mash of drumstep, dubstep, drum and bass, and whatever else you want to call his unique blend of fast paced drum rolls and wobbly bass. Volume 3 is a cacophony of fifteen hard-hitting tracks, including original mixes and collaborations with the likes of Bare and Tommy Lee, as well as remixes of older tracks from J.Rabbit, Oscillator Z, Alex Sin, Dr. Ozi, and Phrenik. Give each track a listen after the break and head over to Beatport to pick up your copy via DOOM Records.