Last week the ever-changing and ever-versatile Mat Zo released Tracing Steps, a four-track EP on his label, MAD ZOO.
The title track “Tracing Steps” has an upbeat spring feeling to it that’s perfect for riding around in the car with your best friends, windows down with your arm hanging out the window while “Heat Wave” delivers a progressive vibe with its energetic build-ups and glitchy synths. “Lust” and “Deep Inside” are serving some electro, Daft Punk realness though his sound remains distinct despite moving across genres.
In a tweet, Zo says he’s “been struggling to find a sound that’ll satisfy the trance/house” part of him while working to incorporate what he’s learned from other artists like Noisia and Kill the Noise. Well, I think he's found it. Tracing Steps follows the release of “Vice”—classic Mat Zo, and “Says Without Going”, a trance track released on Anjunabeats, and is really the culmination of his skills, sounds, and who he is as an artist right now.
Mat Zo, real name Matan Zohar, has been pushing the boundaries of genre for years, having produced everything from trance, drum and bass, house, electro and progressive, and has done huge collaborations with Kill the Noise as Kill the Zo, and the legendary “Easy” with Porter Robinson. I swear, that will be my wedding song if I ever get married. Who knows what’s next for this genre-ninja, but I already know that it’s good and I love it.
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