Mat Zo’s first official signee, Shadient offers impressive debut EP on Mad ZooShadient Winterreality Artwork

Mat Zo’s first official signee, Shadient offers impressive debut EP on Mad Zoo

Mat Zo‘s independently operated release imprint, Mad Zoo, originated as a promotion tool designed for the Self Assemble producer’s own creative output. With the exception of one past joint-effort with The M Machine, Mad Zoo has been exclusively for Zo’s products, that is until English wunderkind Shadient came along. The 19-year-old beatmaker has become Mat Zo’s sole signee, effectively repurposing Mad Zoo into what will presumably become an emerging new full-scope dance label. Making his debut with winter = reality, Shadient is kicking in the door with a heavy-handed four-track EP that sets the production bar extremely high for the young operator.

The EP’s lead track, “Lotus,” is a beating bass piece that sounds like it draws influence from Knife Party, Aphex Twin, and Moody Good‘s deepest crates, delivering a bold one-two punch to open the release.  Quickly switching gears to a pensive, melodic interlude on “Secret Fires,” Shadient immediately sets his versatility as a producer in plain view, hopscotching right back to twisted, crashing bass on “Leidenfrost.” The EP closes with a soothing, quiet outro on “The View From Up Here.”

With high-profile support from Porter Robinson, Rezz, and more, expect Shadient’s imminent rise, and perhaps Mad Zoo’s ensuing expansion.

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