Zeds Dead issue impressive sequel to their Deadbeats Radio dubstep series with second episode

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Following the popularity of their “Old School Dubstep Throwback Episode,” Zeds Dead continue their saga with another impressive “All Dubstep” installment of their Deadbeats Radio label mix series. The special episodes are dedicated to exploring the full spectrum of dubstep, from the genre’s humble beginnings to the classics that influenced their own unique sound.

In Deadbeats Radio 041, the boys explore the contemporary current of dubstep, showcasing a few of their own recent tracks, with some masterclass mixing that takes listeners on a rollercoaster ride through low tempo sound and melodic breaks. Of course, it wouldn’t be a dubstep throwback episode without Zeds Dead paying homage to some old classics in Truth’s “Lion,” Skrillex‘s “Ruffneck,” and Caspa‘s heavy remix of deadmau5 and Kaskade‘s “I Remember.”

Ganja White Night x Zeds Dead – Samurai
SPL – The Vision
Infekt – Fearless (Original Mix)
Juju, Magalodon – Eine Fette Party (Original Mix)
Lifecycle – Zero-X (Original Mix)
Lifecycle (NL) – CPT. Bassline (Original Mix)
Roadsbeaf – Hollywood (Original Mix)
Synkro – Everybody Knows
Chad Dubz – Void (Original Mix)
Cookie Monsta – Soundboy
Zeds Dead – Woman Wine
Jardin Bruxsel – Requake
Breakage – Higher
Farkas – Keepin’ It (Original Mix)
Sub Focus – Coming Closer (feat. Takura)
Truth – Lion (feat. Taso)
Skrillex – Ruffneck (Flex)
Ganja White Knight – Outta Time (feat. The Widdler)
J Kenzo – Cross Polarity
Mydas – Squared (Original Mix)
Proxima – Trapped
TMSV – Modification
Deadmau5 & Cascade – I Remember (Caspa Remix)
L-Wiz – Powder
Dubamine – Mental (Original Mix)
Von D ft. Phephe – Show Me
Burial – Archangel

Weekend Rewind: Zeds Dead’s Deadbeats Radio 029 surveys the full spectrum of Drum n’ Bass

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Zeds Dead has never sacrificed quality in their weekly radio show output. Following an announcement they’d be taking time away from touring to focus on their Deadbeats radio show, the Toronto duo has delivered another robust mix. Every few weeks or so, the boys keep their mixes fresh by introducing special guests or special themed mixes, such as their dubstep throwback episode.

Zeds Dead have taken on a “Drum n’ Bass Special” for the 29th episode of their Deadbeats radio show. The entire hour-long mix is an ode to their personal inspirations in the genre over the span of twenty years. Featuring nods to Noisia‘s “Could This Be” to Adam F‘s “Circles,” Zeds Dead are vocal about the DnB artists who’ve had an influence on their own sound design as they began crossing over from hip-hop into electronic music.

“Coming from making hip-hop, drum n’ bass is double the speed of hip-hop and it was the first sort of gateway drug for us into electronic music, and it was cool because a lot of drum n’ bass people were remixing hip-hop songs and it had kind of the same attitude, back then at least. So it was sort of the natural progression and it was the sound designs and textures and insane production quality that really attracted us to it, and we wanted to use those sound in different ways, it inspired us to up our production game, and I think anyone who listens to drum n’ bass has a really high standard for beat making.”

The mix also features Zeds Dead’s monstrous collaboration with Jauz, “Lights Go Down,” and their special DnB flip of Drake‘s “No Tellin’.” The boys also reveal that they are going to start doing many more themed episodes in the future.

Tracklist:

Zeds Dead x Jauz – Lights Go Down
Commix – Be True
Capleton, Chase & Status – Duppy Man feat. Capleton
Keeno & Whitney – Hold Ya (VIP)
Noisia – Could This Be
Memtrix – Numb Eye
Calyx And Teebee – Make Your Choice
Annix – Kilamanjaro (feat. Profile)
Break – Crunchy
Culture Shock – Low Frequency
Dimension (UK) – Maschinen
Hamilton – Bounce That
John B – Numbers (Camo & Krooked Remix)
Manikin – Berlin
Sub Zero – Inside the Beast
DJ Hazard – All I Can Say
June Miller & Teddy Killerz – Wildlife
1991 – VHS
Taxman – Evasion (VIP)
Mind Vortex – The Day After
Adam F – Circles
Konichi – Visions
Sub Zero & Dub Motion – Oh Girl
I Got U feat. Jax Jones (High Contrast Remix)
Maduk – Don’t Forget
MK – Always feat. Alana (Friction Remix)
Legion & Logam – When Stars Fall
DJ Fresh ft. Pendulum and Fats – Babylon Rising
Drake – No Tellin’ (Zeds Dead dnb Flip)
June Miller – Ups & Downs Feat. T & Sugah & Anouk Visée

Zeds Dead – DeadBeats Radio Episode #031 ft Hunter Siegel

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Christened with the same name as the bass behemoth’s continually evolving imprint, Zeds Dead’s DeadBeats Radio show routinely curates the latest releases from DeadBeats labelmates and guests alike. Episode #031 of the weekly radio series sees Canadian DJ and “no neon” aesthetician Hunter Siegel hop in the DeadBeats cut as the featured guest mixer for the show’s 31st installment. While Big Wild drives temps on the sonic thermometers upwards, receiving the “DeadHeat” designation of the week for “When I Get There,” Siegel’s personality as a producer shines through in both his manipulation of track pacing and bass punctuation. Siegel seamlessly shifts BPM speeds, surprising listeners with pops of bass at unexpected junctures as the mix progresses.

Dancing Astronaut’s top radio series of 2017 are…

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Dancing Astronaut’s top radio shows of 2017 are…

Words by: Christina Hernandez, Katie Daubert, and Kanvar Koli

Today’s electronic music scene is a blessing and a curse. Accessing music across all genres and subgenres has never been easier; same goes for making it. However, with such abundance comes saturation; where to even begin seeking out new music that speaks to the soul?

Such daunting task is thankfully made much easier thanks to radio shows, many of which are generously bestowed upon the public by DJs who go the extra mile to bring their sounds to the masses. These regular occurrences not only shine a glimpse into the artist themselves, but also provide a more concise stream of neatly-organized music to look forward to, and fall in love with.

Given the importance of such shows in the electronic sphere, Dancing Astronaut has chosen 10 radio shows, in no particular order,  that have particularly stood out in 2017.

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Radio Wonderland (Alison Wonderland)

Alison Wonderland’s refreshing radio show started quite recently, with the first installment of Wonderland’s radio imprint airing on May 1, 2017. Having already featured guests like Slander and Valentino Khan, Radio Wonderland has already established itself as a platform for quality music.

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Deadbeats Radio (Zeds Dead)

Deadbeats Radio was launched in summer of 2017, and has wasted no time in climbing to the top of ranks for its forward-thinking look on bass music and overall embodiment of the Zeds Dead aesthetic.

In addition to being a prime source for all things Deadbeats-related, the show also made waves with its nostalgia-ridden 17th episode, which featured a slew of tracks that inspired the influential and well-loved bass duo that we see today.

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The Birdhouse (Claude VonStroke)

Claude Vonstroke maintains his reputation as a dance pioneer with his weekly radio show: THE BIRDHOUSE. This year, the show provided an extension of Vonstroke’s carefully-curated musical output where he continues to showcase some of the finest and latest independent house, techno and bass music producers and DJs. Not only did the show celebrate its two year anniversary in the 105th episode with a live mix from the host himself, but also featured a delectable range of legendary and up-and-coming artists like Tensnake, Sacha Robotti, MIJA, Claptone, and more.

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Diplo & Friends

Diplo & Friends is easily one of the gold standards when it comes to radio shows. Even after half a decade, Diplo & Friends continues to impress, as it handed mix debuts to breakout stars Illenium and Ekali while also featuring some of Diplo’s best live sets— including his performance at Afrikaburn in South Africa.

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The Cookout

AM Only & Sirius XM joined forces in 2016 to create The Cookout as a way to showcase the next generation of dance music icons. Since then, the weekly show has become a fixture within the electronic scene for its impeccable selection of talent joining on for mix duties. This year witnessed another bountiful slate of caliber music, curated by the likes of TOKiMONSTA, Malaa, Giraffage, and Whethan, to name a *very* few. It’s safe to say that this podcast is a “must-follow.”

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Night Owl Radio (Insomniac)

Insomniac has stretched far beyond being simple promoters. The behemoth brand, ran by Pasquale Rotella, launched Night Owl Radio in 2015 alongside Sirius XM. It has since become a well-loved happenstance, known for its diversity in guest selection and consistency in quality. This tradition continued on relentlessly throughout the past year, inviting guests like Flosstradamus, Shiba San, and more, and also earning points for its Kaskade takeover.

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Radio One residency – deadmau5

Another radio show inaugurated in 2017, deadmau5’s BBC radio one residency has been nothing short of spectacular. The Canadian legend made full use of the platform available to him, helping to break through new Mau5trap talent, reviving his dormant testpilot alter-ego, and consistently delivering some memorable techno/progressive/electronica sets. Though the residency has come to an end, fans were delighted at deadmau5′ announcement that in 2018 he’d be launching a brand new show on his own podcast.

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Global Trance Grooves (John 00 Fleming)

John 00 Fleming’s Global Trance Grooves has become a stalwart in the underground trance scene throughout its decade-plus of existence, bringing the best and most underrated talent and songs into its fold each month.

What sets this series apart from others is Fleming’s unrelenting drive to remind the masses of trance’s true ethos, in a time where he feels it’s been diluted and mischaracterized. Everything under the sun is covered, from lush progressive, to Goa, to subtle hints of uplifting. Having amassed a powerful lineup of guest mixes over the past 12 months, including Hernan Cattaneo, Airwave, and Sean Tyas, 2017 has certainly been the year of Global Trance Grooves.

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EPIC Radio (Eric Prydz)

This year saw the return of EPIC Radio on Beats 1, curated by the renowned Swedish icon Eric Prydz. A seasoned vet in pushing the boundaries of electronic music, Eric Prydz keeps things interesting in his highly-acclaimed mixes by featuring a medley of exclusive tracks, unreleased bootlegs, and private remixes. Only a few months ago, he used his radio show as a platform to debut eight new IDs in the eighteenth episode of his Beats 1, EPIC Radio, inciting excitement from fans and heightening the anticipation of new music to come.

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Fool’s Gold Radio (A-Trak)

A-Trak‘s launched his Fool’s Gold Radio show six years ago, and has since stood as a revered platform of today’s biggest and brightest sounds in dance music – all curated by the famed turntablist himself. Earlier this year, the Fool’s Gold label celebrated its 10-year anniversary, followed by the producer’s return to the Beats 1 lineup on Apple Music with a brand new open format for his Fool’s Gold Radio show which now supports a rotation of news, interviews, and music from his label and music contemporaries.

Zeds Dead unveil heavy ‘Deadbeats Compilation 2’ LP

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When Zeds Dead announced their very own indie imprint in spring 2016, the Toronto-based dubstep pioneers were essentially making their foray into the broader sounds of bass music. Not even one year later, the iconic duo would release their first Deadbeats compilation, further solidifying the then-blossoming careers of Nebbra, REZZ, and Megalodon, among others. Along with their weekly Deadbeats Radio series, the continual hard work and ruthless output of Dylan Mamid and Zach Rapp-Rovan is beyond human.

Zeds Dead now unveils another label compilation to give fans a taste for the evolving sounds coming out of Deadbeats Records. Dubbed Deadbeats Compilation 2, the LP offers up 10 brand new tracks that explore the heavier side of bass music. Busy, stabbing synths, aggressive 808s, and garage house arpeggios mark the sonic landscape of the album. One of the standout tracks of the LP, “Freestyle Flow,” comes from trap newcomer Schlump, with its outer space-inspired sound design and otherworldly appeal.

From dubstep and grime-inspired tracks like YOOKiE‘s “Intruder Alert” and Champagne Drip‘s “Industry Black” to the bass house offerings of Nebbra’s “Get Busy” and “Bop It” from Astronomer, the entire compilation seems to spotlight the stylistic direction Mamid and Rapp-Rovan envision for their line of bass music.

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Zeds Dead deliver masterful Deadbeats 017: ‘Old School Dubstep Throwback Episode’

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Zeds Dead have churned out another installment of their label mix series, Deadbeats Radio, which gives fans the chance to hear the latest tracks from the boys and their entourage. However, DEADBEATS RADIO #017 is not just any episode, as the duo behind Zeds Dead have cooked up a very special “Old School Dubstep Throwback” show to take listeners on a sonic journey to a time when the duo first launched their collaborative project.

Hear tracks from The WIddler, Skream, Rusko, Chase & Status, Caspa, and Nero, along with many more legendary producers. Zeds Dead had the following to say in the mix that doubles as an old school dubstep lesson,

We’re taking it back. All the way back to when we first got into the [dubstep] genre, when we were first going to clubs and hearing this kind of music, and scouring the internet for anything we could find, these are the sorts of sounds that we were hearing that were inspiring us to start getting involved…It was also about the time that people were just figuring out where the boundaries lay for the genre.

Tracklist:

Skream – Rutten
Benga & Coki – Night
N-Type – Way of the Dub (Caspa Remix)
The Bug – Jah War feat. Flowdan (Loefah Remix)
Stagga feat. Skamma – Sick As Sin
Subscape – Apple Candy
Jahdan Blakkamoore – The General (Marcus Visionary Remix)
Digital Mystikz – Anti-War Dub (feat. Spen G)
Joker & Ginz – ReUp
The Others – Africa VIP
Synkro – Dub Specialist
The Black Ghosts – Some Way Through This (Plastician & Skream Remix)
Breakage – Hard (feat. David Rodigan & Newham Generals) 26.37
The Widdler – Lady Dub
The Streets – Blinded By The Lights (Nero Remix)
Conquest – Forever
Martyn – Vancouver
Mutt – Sherm
Chase & Status – Saxon
Zomby – Spliff Dub (Rustie Remix)
Damian Marley – It Was Written (Chansing Shadows Remix)
Excision, Datsik – Boom
EmalKay – When I Look at You
Joker, Jakes – 3K Lane
Rusko – Cockney Thug
Zeds Dead – Dark Side Dub

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