Mat Zo - Soul Food
Grammy nominated recording artist Mat Zo announces today that his second album, "Self Assemble," will be released March 25th via his own label Mad Zoo.
"Self Assemble" is the follow up to Zo's Grammy nominated debut album "Damage Control", which peaked at no. 7 on the Billboard Dance charts and made the top spot on their Heatseeker Albums Chart.
Drawing on everything from electro-funk and 70s disco through trance to 90s pop and dubstep, "Self Assemble" endlessly blurs boundaries to rhapsodic effect. Born from Zo's initial ambition to write a film soundtrack, the album is boldly cinematic in both scope and feel.
The first track to be released from "Self Assemble" is "Soul Food" which was premiered on Beats1 on Wednesday February 3rd by Zane Lowe. Available to stream and download beginning February 4th, “Soul Food” is a nod to golden age greats such as Daft Punk and The Chemical Brothers, whose influence runs throughout the album.
Hailing from an artistic family – his mother is a music teacher, father a world renowned painter (whose illustrious career includes painting a portrait for Diana, Princess of Wales), and sister an award winning Israeli folk-pop singer songwriter – 25 year old LA-based and London born Mat Zo mastered the guitar, bass and drums by the age of 12.
By the age of 16, Zo had released his first single, “Exodus”, on progressive house label a:LOUD Recordings. Remix commissions from some of dance music’s biggest names followed before Zo began releasing Drum & Bass productions under the pseudonym MRSA through Hospital Records. He then went on to cement himself as one of the leading artists in the electronic sphere through both the release of multiple original recordings via Anjunabeats and an ongoing string of remixes for everyone from Ellie Goulding to Empire of the Sun, as well as his collaboration with Porter Robinson on “Easy” which hit no. 1 on the Beatport Top 100 chart in 2012.
More recently, the studio Svengali and self-professed production nerd has been focused on his newly launched record label Mad Zoo, and performing live everywhere from Madison Square Garden to major festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival, and Tomorrowland. All in addition to continuing his pursuit of a musical story regardless of genre or convention with perhaps his most ambitious work to date:
“More than anything I’ve done before, I wanted this album to tell a story… what I want is for people to listen to the album as a whole—and then feel like they’ve arrived somewhere new once it’s all done.