Drop It f. Mat Zo

When: Tue., Dec. 31 2013


“Whatever sounds good,” is how 23-year-old electro-dance wunderkind Mat Zo describes his shape-shifting take on techno-dubstep-EDM. The British-born scion of a musical family, Zo cut his teeth playing drums and guitar in funk and jazz bands while barely in his teens. Taking cues from Daft Punk’s hazily nostalgic robo-disco and the Chemical Brothers’ big beat movies-of-the-mind, Zo hit electro euphoria pay-dirt with the buoyant Porter Robinson collaboration “Easy.” Like Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, Zo’s 2013 calling card LP, Damage Control, is a song-centric aural cycle that stands on the shoulders of retro funk, disco and soul. Refreshingly, Zo occasionally unshackles his tunes from the omnipresent dance-floor beat tyranny, delving into ambient and trance. Yet his forte remains intuitive cut-ups where Middle Eastern chill cozies up to perky jazz fusion synths, “Eye of the Tiger” jock rock bumps uglies with mind-bending neon hip-hop, and pan pipes-cum-Theremin tones drip like warm honey over art damaged drum ’n’ bass. There may be nothing new in his audio deck, but Zo shuffles his components into delightful, tuneful and surprising configurations. (Pat Moran)

Price: $15-$63

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