What is this?! Mat Zo has been altering his musical personality, and I was fine with it up to a point. His recent funk infused tracks were alright, and I respect him wanting to explore new sounds. However, this song is reallyreally disappointing.
First of all. Snare? Really? I thought the combination of the militaristic sounding snare and the vocalist that he picked was jarring and didn’t work well together. Then he hits us with some dubstep sounding whomps at 0:55 which leads into 1:17. I like the fullness of the base, but overall its a cacophonous mess. Just wait. At 1:44 he mixes in some middle-eastern flavored sounds, which don’t gel with this dub/trap fusion. That was the straw that broke this camel’s back regarding this song.
I don’t know what else to say here. I think what would be most effective would be to include his last studio album so you can hear the contrast for yourself. Check it out below. Zo has always has a funky flavor, as evidenced in “Only for You” and “Pyramid Scheme”, but he has gone to far for my tastes. I prefer his tracks like “Superman Lost” and “The Sky”.
I definitely recommend buying this album and Mat Zo tracks of old, but I don’t support his most recent track and certainly not his future ones if he keeps up this trajectory.
These songs are for those of you who like tracks towards the house end of the spectrum. Mat Zo has covered many subgenres during his time on the Anjunabeats label, but his true colors and preferences have shown of late. He started his own label and his first few releases were decidedly house. The first two tracks below are older, and the final two are from his new EP on his own label.
On this first track skip to 0:38 for the excellent drop. 1:25 is the most brilliant part of the song. Mat Zo detaches us from the song and gives us a stripped-down stretch to ruminate on, but at 2:05 you feel the track spiraling out of control as it morphs into its previous form.
This next one is pure brilliance.
Right to left, left to right… think you can resist dancing or movement at 2:00?
This last one incorporates a little too much funk for my taste. Its like adding too much of one herb to a recipe, but some of you may find it enjoyable.
Tomorrow I begin orientation for medical school. Everything that I have worked for during the past 6 years culminates starting tomorrow, and I am equal parts excited and nervous. As I stand on the precipice of medical school, I decided that the video for Mat Zo’s “The Sky” was fitting for the occasion. I imagine the folks in this video were at least equal parts excited and nervous although I would venture to bet the ratio favored nervousness. Take a look…