REVIEW: Mat Zo & The Anjunabeats Boys Take New York


Friday, April 14th, may have been “Good Friday” for some – but “good” does not nearly describe the stellar sets played by the Anjunabeats crew. The sold out Brooklyn venue, Bkwrhs, was packed wall to wall with Anjuna fans nearly drooling over the stacked lineup of trance talent.

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The undeniable star of the night had to be Mat Zo; granted, this may seem obvious seeing that he was listed as the “special guest” on the lineup itself, however, Mat Zo used this performance as an opportunity to showcase his artistic versatility and range. He opened his set with “Yoyo Ma” off his “The Bipolar EP” from 2012.

From there he transitioned into throwback classics like deadmau5’s “Not Exactly” and his own collaboration track with Porter Robinson, “Easy.” Aside from the crowd-friendly favorites, he dropped a few Anjunabeats remixes to cater to the true #TranceFamily members, including Wippenberg’s remix of “Needs To Feel” by Super8 and Tab and Mike Koglin’a remix of Zo’s “Superman.” His set list included other Anjunabeats tracks like Signalrunners’ “Meet Me In Montauk” and “These Shoulders” by Signalrunners and Julie Thompson. Needless to say, Mat Zo was there to prove that he can spin the trance game just as well as any OG Anjuna DJ.

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Aside from Mat Zo’s perfection, headliners Ilan Bluestone and Andrew Bayer indulged fans in an iconic b2b set. Andrew Bayer utilized his set time to play some of his own musical hits, including “Super Human,” while on Ilan’s side, he played some of his own remixes, including his remix of Armin Van Buuren’s “Make It Right,” but if that wasn’t enough, he brought out his mommy during part of his set to share the spotlight!

The two truly knew how to cater to their audience, by playing an array of Above & Beyond tracks including “We Are All We Need,” “On A Good Day,” “Total Recall” and, of course, “Sun & Moon.” True to Anjuna form: sing alongs of these trance staples broke out instantly at the drop of each song, where a wave of emotions and positive vibes wafted over the venue space.

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 Trance family reunions are unparalleled in every way, and shout out to RPM Presents to delivering another one for the books! Until next time!

– Liz Tillman

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Liz Tillman

Entertainment marketing professional by day, electronic music lover and journalist by night. Instagram & Twitter: @liztillmanny

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