One of dance music’s most enigmatic figures returns home to Anjunabeats. GRAMMY-nominated producer Mat Zo is back with a brand new artist album set for release in October: ‘Illusion of Depth’. At the age of 30, this is the London-born, L.A.-based producer’s third artist LP.
He broke onto the scene in 2008 and has been causing an uproar ever since. In the early naughties, he penned Anjunabeats classics like ‘The Lost’ and ‘Synapse Dynamics’ which were far ahead of their time. They were followed by the likes of ‘Superman’, ‘The Sky’ and ‘Rebound’ (with Arty). He pushed the Anjunabeats sound to the mainstage, racking up spins from Pete Tong, Axwell and Armin van Buuren.
It was his GRAMMY-nominated debut album ‘Damage Control’ that fully showcased Mat’s avant-garde approach in 2013. Featuring break-out hit ‘Easy’ with close friend Porter Robinson, the track took Mat mainstream: a Radio 1 A-List addition, Sirius XM BPM listing, a #1 Billboard Heatseeking record, an Essential Mix of the year nomination and, ultimately, a GRAMMY nod for best dance and electronic recording.
Since then, Mat has grown his own stable. Self-releasing his second LP in 2016, ‘Self Assemble’, via Mad Zoo, Mat’s imprint nurtured a new generation of eclectic, genre-agnostic creators.
He’s stayed close with Anjunabeats through that time, joining Above & Beyond for shows at Madison Square Garden and Huntington Beach and Anjunabeats label shows around North America.
We come full circle with ‘Illusion of Depth’, a modern homage to the sounds that made him a star.
Mat Zo explains: “I started working on ‘Illusion of Depth’ because I wanted to make a body of work that was cohesive. I’m usually known for being all over the place, but I wanted to make an album that had unifying qualities. In this case, partly it’s the tempo. Everything on the album is in the 124-128 bpm range, but within that constraint I still managed to be all over the place stylistically. There’s also a lot more live/non-digital elements on this album than my previous work. I was getting really tired of how clean everything is in this corner of dance music. Above all else I wanted to make an album with grit, texture and attitude. I wanted to make a fuck you statement to the safe, sugary, fluffy world of post EDM trance.
A big part of the conception of the album came from working with Olan. She’s a highly skilled singer, songwriter and producer and we’ve known each other for years. We had been in the studio working on a bunch of material before this, and that helped us grow a common musical identity. When it came to writing this album we were already comfortable with each other. This allowed the songs on the album to be honest, opposed to a bunch of toplines plastered on top of already formed tracks. Every song we wrote together is personal, sincere, and holds a lot of meaning for both of us.”
Mat Zo’s third artist album “Illusion of Depth” is out on October 09th 2020!
Tracklist “Mat Zo – Illusion of Depth”: 01. Mat Zo – I Media Res 02. Mat Zo – Love Songs 03. Mat Zo feat. GQ – The Next Chapter 04. Mat Zo feat. Olan – Problems 05. Mat Zo – Bruxism 06. Mat Zo – Fly While You’re Still Free 07. Mat Zo – Petrushka 08. Mat Zo – Dangerous Feeling 09. Mat Zo feat. Olan – Colours 10. Mat Zo feat. Olan – Paralysis 11. Mat Zo – Begin Again