Two of the biggest up and coming names in trance music, Arty from Russia and Mat Zo from England, have already given the world a sample of what happens when these two producers cross. Audience reaction to Arty’s remix of Mat Zo’s Synapse Dynamics is a good example of that. However, even that does not compare to their recent collaborative effort. A track that was so widely liked that it was voted as the web vote winner on Above and Beyond’s radio show, Trance Around the World, not once – not twice – but three times in a row. It also had the honor of closing out the On The Beach disc of Armin Van Buuren’s A State of Trance 2011.
That track is none other than Rebound. And if you have not heard it, then get your ears and your senses ready. It is a roller coaster of adrenaline, emotion, and euphoria.
Arty and Mat Zo’s Rebound starts with a loud and energy-pumping tune. It makes me think more of a high-octane house track than anything else, but within less than a minute, fades into a very complex compilation of electro sounds and beats which reminds us that we are listening to trance. The loud and chest-rattling beat fades into a funky but constant sequence of beats before pulling back into an uplifting lull of beautiful synth.
One of the things that impresses me the most about this track is that, while it retains the basic notes for the beats that repeat, there is such a combination of sounds layered over it that the overall sound is very complex and shifts, giving the audience that recognizable beat that they can dance to while sounding fresh for a good two minutes.
As it reaches halfway into the song, there is a strong build-up to when the beat returns, leading into a drop that is unparalleled. Even on the twentieth listen, I am still moving to the high volume and high powered drop which acts as the voice and the lead for the rest of the track’s energy. Honestly, it leaves me without words. You have to hear it to truly understand how magical it is.
Arty has done some incredible work over the past year, with tracks such as Zara and beautiful remixes ranging from Cosmic Gate’s Back 2 Earth to D-Mad’s She Gave Happiness. Mat Zo has also been flexing his producer muscles with powerhouse tracks like Superman and some phenomenal bootlegs, including a mesmerizing remix of Codex by Radiohead which made its debut on Trance Around the World 361. The two, with their combined efforts, have created a trance track that will be very hard to forget this year.
Arty and Mat Zo’s Rebound can be found on A State of Trance 2011, which is already out, and Anjunabeats Worldwide 03 which will be officially released later this month.
Review written by Mike Rosenberg