DC and Hooks have a knack for seasonal mixes, and thus it comes as no surprise that the Canadian bass music duo has presented a very special Holiday Mix for 2013. In typical Zeds Dead fashion, the mixtape serves as a window into the pair’s insanely eclectic music tastes, ripping through genres like trap, dubstep, drum ‘n’ bass, future garage, grime and more with intuitive ease. Beginning with Camo & Krooked’s infectiously groovy “Loving You is Easy,” Zeds Dead spreads the holiday cheer by merging through more than 35 tracks in a mere hour.
Zeds Dead respond to criticism on Major Lazer collaboration, ‘We’ve never tried to be just one thing or let genres define us.’
After receiving a bit of backlash for their recent collaboration with Major Lazer and Elephant Man, “Turn Around,” bass-heavy duo, Zeds Dead took to Facebook to issue a response to their fans. “We’ve never tried to be just one thing or let genres define us,” the duo announced on Facebook earlier this evening, acknowledging that they understand the hate surrounding the dancehall track but arguing that their real mission is to show people the sounds and styles that they like.
Join in the conversation on their Facebook page. They welcome all discussion concerning the new track.
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in an attempt to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
This week’s edition of SMM features five dubstep tracks of the gentler nature. I hesitate to even call these tracks “dubstep,” as the term tends to connote disorderly loudness these days (not to mention a few of them may be better classified as breakbeat). Regardless, the following five tracks are some of the cleanest, lightest bass music tunes around. Sink in to the 140 bpm delightfulness of Blackmill, Phaeleh, Zeds Dead, High Rankin, and Neutralize.
1. Blackmill is a sacred name in the world of chilled out bass music. His remix of Coldplay’s “Trouble” is as therapeutic as Sunday morning music gets.
In an exciting collaborative joint, Zeds Dead has teamed up with Major Lazer and Jamaican rapper Elephant Man to produce “Turn Around,” a hot and heavy dance track with a fierce, primal backbone. Fueled by the fervent flow of Elephant Man, the dance music juggernauts combine their shared affinity for tribal percussion to create a raucous, dancehall-inspired beast. The last minute of “Turn Around,” features an engrossing drum break, making the track well-worth the entire listen.
While you may know Greta Svabo Bech as the angelic voice on “Raise Your Weapon” or “Chronicles Of A Fallen Love,” the Faroese songstress has embarked on her solo career – almost. After several successful collaborations, the young singer released her first single this July, aptly titled “Shut Up & Sing.” Two months later, the song is getting a rework in the form of an EDM remix package, with Zeds Dead, Designer Drugs, The Frederik and GSB Uncovered signed up for remix duties. Instead of ramping up the pretty percussive tune, DC and Hooks took things down a notch with a delightfully understated dub rendition. By countering bare vocals with basement wobbles, the rework gets Greta the right amount of grimy by emphasizing the “music” in bass music. Already played out in Zeds Dead sets, the track will be officially released September 6th.
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With their Altered States Fall Tour quickly approaching, Zeds Dead continue to build off the hype of their recently released Summer Mix by officially unveiling “Jericho.” Featuring fellow Canadian bass music producer Memorecks, the tune first made its appearance in Zeds Dead’s March Essential Mix. Sampling “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho,” Zeds Dead’s newest takes on a gospel-like fervor while establishing a happy medium between trap and dubstep. For the cost of a Facebook like, Zeds Dead have offered up “Jericho” for free on their Facebook page.Posted by
Zeds Dead’s mixtapes have always been something special. From their outstanding 2013 Essential Mix to their memorable Holiday Mix, the duo excel at piecing together genre-bending mixtapes which alternate between harder and and more groove-driven selections. Zeds Dead’s newest work is a preview of what’s to come in their Altered States fall tour.
While their Essential mix displayed their remarkable catalogue of productions, Altered States Summer Mix is a showcase of Zeds Dead’s deeper enthrallments. The first track, DEVolution’s “My Friends,” is a perfect example of this, as Zeds Dead dive right in with some UK garage. Other surprises like Camo & Krooked’s latest d&b original “All Night” and Kastle’s future bass single “Death From Above” even out the headier selections from Distance, Datsik and more. Tack on the techno fervor of Gesaffelstein’s “Pursuit” and the deep house elegance of Gorgon City and we’ve got quite a diverse mix on our hands.
Zeds Dead’s love of jazz, blues, and soul music is no secret. Thus it comes as no surprise that the duo have officially remixed Nina Simone’s “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.” First heard on their 2013 Essential Mix, Zeds Dead rework the famous 1964 record into a deft drum ‘n’ bass track. With its smooth percussive pattern and brilliant integration of Nina Simone’s vocals, Zeds Dead have further showcased their ability to produce enticing bass music of all tempos.Posted by
After experimenting with different sounds in their last EP Hot Sauce, Zeds Dead are back with another EP and this time they’re giving it away for free. The four track EP Altered States features contributions from Zeds Dead, Green Lantern, Branchez bootleg, and Paper Diamond, making it near impossible to pick a genre to label it. The EP is meant to promote the tour of the same name (featuring all of the artists on the EP) and will hit 35 cities starting September 18th in Winnipeg, Canada. Pre-sale starts June 5th and tickets go on sale June 10th. Until thenm you can listen and view all the dates past the break download the EP below.
BBC Radio 1‘s infamous Essential Mix will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year and with several stellar mixes already in the books for 2013, it should shape up to be one of the best years yet. Host and curator, Pete Tong, continually brings on up-and-coming acts as well as industry phenomenons to interject their sound into one of the world’s most legendary radioshows — this week Zeds Dead took the honors. (more…)Posted by