While the use of ’90s samples has becoming quite prevalent recently, some make more sense than others. British DJ/producer Mat Zo is best known for his big room progressive tracks (“Easy” with Porter Robinson, “Mozart” with Arty) and remixes (Empire of the Sun “Alive,” Kylie Minogue “Get Outta My Way”). He is also is a drum-and-basshead under the pseudonym MRSA, so digging back to seminal ’90s jump-up/drum & bass track “Rock the Funky Beat” by Natural Born Chillers doesn’t seem like too big a stretch. For “Pyramid Scheme,” he constructed a progressive stadium house track which moves between big beats and quite a pretty midsection. Enlisting Chuck D to come back and rerecord the vocal line (which was originally sampled from the Public Enemy track “Caught, Can We Get A Witness?”) is quite the genius move. Though the track is strong in its current form, I have a feeling there will be another version forthcoming with an additional topline aimed at the pop market. As for the title “Pyramid Scheme,” one can only wonder if it could be a sarcastic reference to the behind the scene mechanisms of the EDM industry.
As Daft Punk is dominating the EDM headlines with the leaking/release of new music, take a minute to make sure you have “Easy” on your mp3 player. This massive collaboration by the duo of young twenty-somethings Porter Robinson (mastermind of “Language”) and Mat Zo topped the Beatport charts at the end of last year and is finally getting a full-on commercial release. You’ve no doubt heard the track, a synth-heavy monster with a retro feel reminiscent of Daft Punk’s “One More Time” and a catchy vocal hook updated with a big room stadium electro sound. The remix package is quite sick, with out there takes by Botnek, Andy C, Modek, and LeMaitre which mutate the synth hook in interesting directions. The animated video by The Line (animators Wesley Louis and Tim McCourt) is a retrofuturistic take of Daft Punk’s cartoon album with elements of classic Don Bluth. Why do I have a feeling that this is going to become the theme song for a major advertisement campaign in the very near future?
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