Mat Zo Announces Album ‘Illusion Of Depth’ and Releases Single “Problems”

27 July 2020 - - The DJ List


Mat Zo broke onto the scene in 2008 and is behind ANJUNABEATS classics like "The Lost" "Synapse Dynamics," "Superman," and "Rebound" with ARTY, which brought the Anjunabeats sound to the mainstage. In 2013, his GRAMMY-nominated debut album 'Damage Control' fully showcased Mat’s avant-garde approach and featured break-out hit "Easy" with PORTER ROBINSON, which took him mainstream. Mat released his second LP in 2016 'Self Assemble' on his MAD ZOO imprint, nurturing a new generation of eclectic, genre-agnostic creators.

He returns to ABOVE & BEYOND’s Anjunabeats for his third studio album 'Illusion of Depth', a modern homage to the sounds that made him a star.

“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,” Mat said. “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 a post-EDM trance.”

Fans should be excited for a mix of styles including the brashness of “In Media Res,” 90’s warehouse techno in “The Next Chapter” featuring legendary jungle/D&B MC GQ, and some French, filter house with “Love Songs.”

The album introduces Atlanta-based singer, producer, and long-time collaborator of Mat’s, Olan, who is featured on the brand new single "Problems."

“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,” said Mat. “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.”

“‘Problems’ was a song that came together seamlessly at the time,” Olan added. “We wrote the entire song in a day, but its meaning and depth wasn’t clear to me until recently. It feels like a conversation with myself or some inner spirit that’s trying to find some neutral ground or peace when I’m overwhelmed by things I can’t control. The lyrics seem to be about accepting things as they come and trust the voice in my head that tells me to keep trying my best.”

“Problems” is the second single off forthcoming album 'Illusion of Depth' due out October 9 on Anjunabeats. Fans can pre-save the album now.

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