Battle of the Beats is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that pits two remixes against one another to determine which production made better use of the original. With remix packages growing in length and increasing in frequency, the number of reworked tracks has skyrocketed. After wading through the archives, we are opening it up to our readers to weigh in on whose rendition takes the proverbial cake.
San Francisco’s The M Machine has risen to the challenge of taking on one of 2013′s most highly regarded works, Mat Zo‘s “Lucid Dreams.” The M Machine stays true to Zo’s feathery, intricately layered tune but turns down the tempo and weaves in a heavier bass underlay and a darker melody while still highlighting the poignant aspects of Zo’s original work.
In conjunction with the “Lucid Dreams” announcement, The M Machine took to their Facebook page to explain future plans. The trio divulges that there are plenty of originals and singles in the works and are headed towards an EP release. They plan to diverge from a ‘Metropolis Pt. 3′ and hope to transition towards a different artistic and thematic direction. In the meantime, listen to The M Machine’s remix of “Lucid Dreams” and purchase the Lucid Dreams (Remixes) on iTunes or Beatport today.Posted by
Still glowing from their Ally Pally performance, UK uplifters Above & Beyond are diligently back to the broadcast for the 54th installment of their famous Group Therapy radio sessions. Featuring new music from Mat Zo, Arty, EDX and Ilan Bluestone, the Anjunabeats label heads bring us two hours of progressive house, trance, and deep house mixes selected this week with the help of vocalist Aruna. With songs ranging from Arty’s “Flashback” to Oceanlab’s own “Sirens of the Sea” flashback to a surprising Demi Lovato appearance with her summer hit “Neon Lights,” the latest installment of ABGT will surely jumpstart your morning better than any shot of espresso could.
Still basking in the success of his debut album Damage Control, Mat Zo treats his fans with yet another mix put together for Sirius XM Radio. Starting off on a slightly slower note, Mat shows off his eclectic taste with a range of genres from drum and bass to trance to progressive. It’s evident Mat is one of the best mixers of his day finding the right balance between credible selections and funky beats. What other producer/DJ do you know who could provide such diverse weekly offerings? Check out our interview with the man himself here and enter to win a signed copy here.Posted by
Mat Zo‘s “Damage Control” is considered by some to be one of the best albums of 2013. It transcends genres, eras, and conventions and solidifies Zo as a producer that doesn’t hesitate to push the envelope. Dancing Astronaut has the pleasure of providing one of our lucky readers the chance to win a signed CD of “Damage Control” from Mat Zo himself along with a poster, and to be honest, we’d rather keep it for ourselves.
Though Mat Zo’s Damage Control was released less than a week ago, the Anjunabeats team has already revealed the first official post-release remix. The UK’s Ilan Bluestone took a rather unorthodox route by selecting the interlude-like “Lucid Dreams” for his rework, but by doubling the length and emphasizing the “dream” managed to build out a progressive-flavored but funk-edged tune. First heard in ABGT 051, the remix comes on the heels of another Group Therapy victory for the low-key luminary: During Above & Beyond’s celebrated 50th episode, the trio dropped three brand new Bluestone tunes and one reworked favorite, effectively spotlighting the producer for all the world to hear. With more in store for year’s end, his “Lucid Dreams” remix will be released on November 26th.
Occasionally the only way to move forward is to look back. This was the case for Mat Zo at least, whose debut album Damage Control rocketed to the top of the charts by mining influences of an electronic era gone by. Citing The Chemical Brothers as a huge influence, Zo’s album taps more than the big beat genre but delves into the Chem Bros ethos in general. While “Pyramid Scheme” may harken more to “Block Rocking Beats,” it is the dust brothers’ Surrender that seems to have been the greatest influence.
The third studio album from the pair, Surrender stepped out of the big beat box and called on guest artists from Oasis, New Order and Mercury Rev to do so. While the vocal “Hey Boy, Hey Girl,” “Let Forever Be” and “Out of Control” may have outshone more instrumental efforts on the charts, this weekend rewind brings you “Got Glint?” as a shining example of how to create something timeless in every sense of the word. Released in 1999 but still sounding future today, the tune takes a simple beat structure to a higher plane with soaring bridges and slithering breaks. Though designed with an outro that doesn’t linger, “Got Glint?” satisfies as only the nights you can’t remember can.
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.
Before you let the Monday morning blues get you down, turn on Mat Zo’s latest mix… and make sure to turn it up loud. His sixth installment in a series of Sirius XM guest mixes is another crowd pleaser. As anticipation builds for his upcoming album, Damage Control, set to release on November 5th, Zo presents us with a deep electro mix that’ll be sure to kick start the week ahead.
Looking for the tracklist? Look no further. Zo keeps that information under lock & key so dedicated fans can ID their favorite tracks on their own. Luckily for us, though, the mix is available for free download so you can hold onto the “Easy“ listening all day long.Posted by
In anticipation of his new album Damage Control, set to be released on November 5th, Mat Zo has presented his fans with a full length preview of lead single, “Lucid Dreams.” The title is certainly on point for the track has you spinning through echoing melodies and multi-layered loops, marrying the genres of progressive and trance in perfect Zo fashion. If this is any indication to the quality of his new album, we’re sure it could be one of 2013′s best. If you’re looking for more Zo check out his latest mix and world tour dates.Posted by