Album Review: Mat Zo – The Bipolar EP

Electro, Featured, Progressive House, TechHouse, Trance
February 16, 2012 12:44 pm

Mat Zo released his much-anticipated Bipolar EP this week on Above & Beyond’s Anjunabeats label.  After his massive collaboration with Arty on Mozart, Mat has been getting some well-deserved recognition lately.  I was fortunate enough to catch Above & Beyond in Philly this past weekend, and while the set was fantastic overall, the crowd’s energy was at its absolute peak during Mozart.  Listen to the track here:

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With his 4 track Bipolar EP, Mat has cemented himself as one of the most talented producers throughout EDM, not just trance.  None of the songs are as huge as Mozart, but the synths will still fill a room, and the outstanding production quality makes it one of those albums you can listen to 10 times consecutively (which I did) without realizing it.

Bipolar

The title track starts out with a tech house vibe before transitioning into an unexpected progressive segment, featuring some soothing chord patterns before dropping back into a house beat.

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It’s Yours

One thing that Mat does so well is chopping up his synths.  Instead of gradually building up the chords, he’ll hit you with it all at once.  And then he’ll throw a bunch of quick breaks (pauses) into the progressions, which keeps the song fresh and different.  The second track, It’s Yours, is a good example.

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Ring On It

Ring On It features samples from Beyonce’s “All the Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” that you probably wouldn’t hear unless you’re listening for it.  There’s also the familiar clap.  Overall, it’s a good tune, but probably my least favorite of the album.

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Yoyo Ma

The fourth and final track, Yoyo Ma, is hands down my favorite.  At first it seems a bit Daft Punk-influenced, though I can’t put my finger on exactly why – maybe the robotic vocals, reminiscent of Human After All?  The mood then quickly changes two minutes in, transitioning into a softer melodic section before building up to its blissful finish.

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Download the full Bipolar EP on Beatport.

 

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