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Renegade Riddims: Promo ZO


Promo ZO is a selector who hails from Kent and has been behind the scenes of many pivotal moments within the Drum & Bass movement.

From Drum&BassArena’s first album to legendary club promotions AWOL, Breakin’ Science and Ministry of Sound. Together with representing artists including former BBC 1Xtra’s Bailey and D&B’s amp man 2Shy MC, it’s no surprise that she knows her beats!

A music industry insider with a vast working history spanning back to the now defunct Limelight Club, React Records and more presently Sundown Festival, ZO certainly has a deep-rooted musical journey to share.

With past broadcasts on Ministry of Sound Radio presenting alongside the likes of DJ Zinc and regular guest mixes on Kane FM. Speed to the present day and Promo ZO can be found broadcasting live every Wednesday on Bassdrive, plus regularly playing the London club and festival circuit.

ZO’s recent DJ highlights include opening Worried About Henry for Shy FX at Dreamland Margate, featuring on the Ram Live House Party series, two massive Moondance live streams and playing Moondance Festival.

Whilst on productions, ‘The Truth’ Promo ZO’s debut solo self-release garnered great support from both BBC Introducing and Hospital Records with a spot on the WIDNB playlist, aside from a trio of tracks released under the Konnect collaboration project with 2Shy MC on Conjunction Recordings and ProgRam.

Enter 2022 and see further Promo ZO productions landing on the epic Moondance & Dope Ammo Records ‘Together‘ album and on the gig front, catch her debuting for Andy C presents ‘One7Four’ Weekender in Amsterdam plus representing Planet V, Multifunction, Jungle Mania, DNB Brunch, Pure Science and many other leading events.

Today Promo ZO adds another string to her arrow by joining our humble little Renegade Riddims mix series! I absolutely love everything about this mix. From the track selection to the mixing to the flow and beyond, there’s nothing I don’t like! There’s tracks from the likes of herself, Alibi, Taxman, Akas & Georgia Phoenix ft 2Shy MC, T>I, Calibre, Shy FX, Levela and a load more.

Get your weekend started the right way and check out Promo ZO’s mix below and download it for free here!

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Sum up this mix in 10 words…

Just over 60 minutes of rolling, thuggin’, steppers and vibes.

What’s your personal favourite track on it?

This is such a hard question, I love all of the tracks selected but if I have to choose one it’s Natural Industry by Oliver Ferrer which is forthcoming on The Brazilian Takeover on Chronic. I’ve been rinsing this one hard and it’s got such a gully vibe.

What’s the special ingredient in this mix?

Sub-bass, jungle funk and a nod to the classics front and end.

Tell us about your next EP or Release?

My next solo release is forthcoming on the mighty Moondance Together compilation album which is due out next month. My track features in this mix, can you guess which one it is?! I am also working on more tracks under Konnect with 2Shy MC, we just need to get them finished.

What have you got coming up?

I am super excited to be representing Planet V in Brighton in March followed by Moondance at E1 and in April I’ll be representing ProgRam for the Ram Residency at XOYO plus late summer I’ll be playing at Sundown Festival in Norwich.

When was the last time you actually raved?

I am always in the rave in some capacity so that’s a toughie, “actually raving” could well be Vibena in Dalston pre-pandemic! If you haven’t been to one of these intimate jungle events I highly recommend that you do for a taste of the real essence of old skool raving.

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?

Keep at it, work at your own pace. Life can often get in the way, but the music will never go away.


B Jam – Funkula
Akas + Georgia Phoenix feat. 2Shy MC – OldSkool NewSkool (Promo ZO VIP)
Alibi – Rave Digger
Paul T & Edward Oberon feat. 2Shy MC – Blame Game
Hazard – Butter
Konnect – Grass Roots
Tomoyoshi + MC Zai – Burn Dem
Shy FX feat. Jvck James & Chronixx – Bye bye bye (S.P.Y remix)
TC – Astronaut In The Ocean (DnB Remix)
Alibi + Sl8r – Break The Machine
L-Side – Atomic Bomb
Kommz – Hear You
Taxman – M16
Unknown – Dub
Promo ZO – Dub
Konnect – Six Foot Deep
Lopht – Loose Ends
Dynamite MC feat. Voltage – Legacy
Mistic – Xeno Science
Charlie B – Feeling (Sl8r Remix)
Shanks – The Outer Limits
Vektah – Every Time
Hexa – Radar Jammer
Oliver Ferrer – Natural Industry
Profile x Replicant – Less Is More
T>I – Bongolian Belt Roller
Jaydan – Locked Down
Trex – Colder
Paul T & Edward Oberon feat. MC Fats – Where Do We Go
Technicolour – Satisfy
Night Shift – Move Me
Levela x Eksman – Zone Out
A-Audio – Bulletproof Vest
Calibre – It’s…
Shy FX & L Double – The Shit
Levela – Bang Bang Bootleg


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