Zeds Dead announces remix package with collaborative project on the horizon

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2019 is a big year for the bass-heads, as Zeds Dead is in full swing since teaming up with Delta Heavy on “Lift You Up.” The drum ‘n’ bass collaboration was followed by reworks of the Billie Eilish hit “bury a friend” and Diplo‘s “Close To Me,” as well as original collaborations with Dion Timmer and, more recently, DROELOE on “Stars Tonight.” However, fans learned over the past few months that these releases are leading towards something bigger on the horizon.

In May, the Toronto-born duo took to Twitter to announce a full collaborative project, confirming that “Rescue” featuring Dion Timmer and Delaney Jane would be included.

Rescue is off an upcoming project we’re putting out where we collaborate with a lot of our friends and artists that we play in our sets. The project kind of embodies the type of feel we’re trying to create with our label Deadbeats,” they wrote.

As label heads, they’ve been commended for building a unique roster of creatives from all over the electronic and bass music spectrum, including 1788-L, BLU J, Grandtheft, and more. With the synergistic work that’s come out of their Deadbeats imprint of late, there’s a lot to look forward to in the upcoming album. The boys took to Twitter to confirm a 10-track remix package for “Lift You Up” will precede the project.

The guys are clearly hard at work, continuing to tour the globe well into Fall 2019. Fans can catch performances at Tomorrowland July 19, HQ2 Beachclub in Atlantic City July 28, Veld Music Festival in their hometown come August, with more dates to come.

Excision and Dion Timmer release collaborative ‘Breaking Through’ EP for a headbanger’s paradise

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Excision and Dion Timmer release collaborative ‘Breaking Through’ EP for a headbanger’s paradiseEcision Deto Set 2018

Bass music behemoth Excision teamed up with fellow-producer Dion Timmer to finally release their collaborative EP, Breaking Through. The project is one they’ve been pushing publicly since last year. “Time Stood Still” was released to whet the appetites from the highly anticipated joint project with a more soothing melodic bass yawn.

“Breaking Through” is a proper introduction that describes sounds that are “visibly apprehended; sounds you can see.” This is certainly the case for this heavy monstrous terror, as enormous, mythological sonic beasts rampage through a high-tech overground.

“Proceed With Caution” features Shivers, and the song title shouldn’t be heaved simply as words on a page. Tantalizing bass binds the center of the track, surrounding the listener at both frequencies with utter rage. “Bones” is the final track off the extended play, and this one certainly carries that anthemic feel from the singable build to the grueling, guttural synth shots that might brake neck bones.

Braking Through follows Abel’s Apex LP released October of last year. Dion Timmer is also following from his 10-track EP, Very Extra, released in December. Timmer recently released a collaboration with Zeds Dead “Rescue” featuring Delaney Jane.

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Zeds Dead join forces with Dion Timmer on fiery new single ‘Rescue’

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After releasing a slew of remixes including a rework of Billie Eilish‘s “bury a friend” and Diplo‘s “Close to MeZeds Dead finally drop their second single of the year “Rescue,” preceded by the duo’s Delta Heavy-assisted track “Lift You Up.” Joining the production capabilities of two dominating bass acts— veteran dubstep producers Zeds Dead with the ripe, but explosive talent of Netherlands-based Dion Timmer—”Rescue” embodies the complements of old and new talent lending a hand to each other. With Delaney Jane providing the track’s vocals, the collaboration between the Deadbeats label heads and the Monstercat power player prove to be the latest Zeds Dead heater fit for the live stage.

“Rescue” begins with a plucky guitar riff and beating drums that almost echo the structure of an alt-rock song before descending into a wobbly bass-driven soundscape. Jane’s breathy vocals sing “It’s only you coming to my rescue” inter-weaved into a thumping drop, laced with high and low frequencies that make for a chaotic rush. Zeds Dead and Timmer have given the all-familiar dubstep anthem a refreshing makeover in their collaborative efforts on “Rescue.”

Lunar Lunes: Mat Zo takes listeners ‘Deep Inside,’ Flux Pavilion teams up with CRaymak & Tasha Baxter, Malaa shares ‘Addiction’ + more

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Lunar Lunes: Mat Zo takes listeners ‘Deep Inside,’ Flux Pavilion teams up with CRaymak & Tasha Baxter, Malaa shares ‘Addiction’ + moreMat Zo Self Assemble

Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.

Mad Zoo label head Mat Zo brings a brand new glitchy original to his imprint, “Deep Inside,” and Nicky Romero shares a club mix of “Se7en.” Dutch producer Joris Voorn makes his Anjunadeep debut with a highly anticipated remix of Yotto‘s “Walls,” and Nora En Pure thrills with a gorgeous remix of “We Found Love” with Passenger 10. Flux Pavilion teams up with CRaymak and Tasha Baxter for a dramatic new single, “Saviour,” and Malaa brings “Addiction” to Tchami’s CONFESSION. Kayzo brings the heat with a new collaboration with blessthefall, “Before the Storm,” and BIJOU and Schade throw a “House Party” in their new Unlocked Vol. 1 contribution. TheFatRat, Anna Yvette, and Laura Brehm tug on listeners’ heartstrings in an emotive new collaboration, “Chosen,” and Dion Timmer and Micah Martin bring the electro-fueled “Internet Boy” to Monstercat. Barren Gates and RMND cook up a moody new original, “In the Darkness,” and DVBBS tap Saro for their new single, “Somebody Like You.” Julian Jordan‘s newest does anything but “Backfire,” and Justice Skolnik brings the feels in a new emotive remix of RL Grime‘s “I Wanna Know.”

The selection is updated every Lunes (Monday).

NMF Roundup: Gesaffelstein reveals ‘Hyperion’ in full, Seven Lions remixes Above & Beyond, Rinzen releases new mau5trap EP + more

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NMF Roundup: Gesaffelstein reveals ‘Hyperion’ in full, Seven Lions remixes Above & Beyond, Rinzen releases new mau5trap EP + moreGesaffelstein Jorge Meza Photos

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

This Friday’s slew of releases is highlighted by the much-anticipated release of Gesaffelstein‘s HyperionWe’re also welcoming yet another Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge release, along with a calming new Baltra “Vocal” Remix of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs‘ “Energy Fantasy.” Seven Lions returns on a heartfelt remix of Above & Beyond‘s “Sahara Love” with Zoë Johnston, and Rinzen reveals a tantalizing two-track mau5trap EP, Prologue. Hardwell teams up with Mike Williams on “I’m Not Sorry,” and Pegboard Nerds return to Monstercat with the energy-packed “Gunslinga” with MC Mota. Boombox Cartel links with Karra on “Nothing to Hide,” and Dabin taps Inukshuk and Nevve on the journey-like “Another Day.” Audien and Echosmith craft a radio-friendly tune in “Favorite Sound,” and Lost Frequencies and Flynn “Recognise” each others’ talents in their new collaboration. Dance music pioneers The Chemical Brothers deliver a new original, “We’ve Got to Try,” and Shadient takes no prisoners in his new Gud Vibrations release, “Abberate.” David Guetta and Tom Staar team up for “This Ain’t Techno,” and Alesso unveils Progresso Volume 1 with tracks like “CONFESSION.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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Producer Sessions 009: Liquid Stranger reveals how his eclectic 30-track ‘INFINITY’ LP came to be [Interview]

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Producer Sessions 009: Liquid Stranger reveals how his eclectic 30-track ‘INFINITY’ LP came to be [Interview]LS

Producer Sessions is a series from Dancing Astronaut meant to shine a brighter light on the producer community. Each volume will guide producers toward professionals in their field.


Liquid Stranger‘s immersive INFINITY LP off his Wakaan imprint is a 30-track project that spans themes from serene introspection to savage madness. The esteemed “freeform bass” producer, DJ, and label boss commenced 2019 with its first single, “Burn Like The Sun” featuring Leah Culver, with a variety of other strong cameos from the likes of CloZee, Dion Timmer, and Chee; and features from Christian Acamo, CoJaxx, Hard Knock, KJ Sawka, Laura Brehm, Malin Staaf, MC Shells, Pistol, SoDown, Spear, Vern Knows and Warrior Queen also making the cut. This LP offers a myriad of styles the versatile transnational bass artist (real name Martin Stääf) has worked with over his years in the genre.

In a press release, Liquid Stranger expresses,

Creativity stems from powerful life experiences, and my inner processes have been very intense during the writing of this record for the past year and half. This journey urged me to learn how to self love, and unleashed some of the strongest emotional peaks I’ve ever experienced. INFINITY is a result of this process, which I’m extremely honored to share with you.

Toward the end of 2018, Liquid Stranger unveiled plans for the inaugural Wakaan music festival, with a save the date for Oct. 3–6, a next step for the freeform bass veteran and his collective of talented expressionist producers. Read the full Liquid Stranger interview below about the album’s production and journey to completion.


What made you decide on a 30-song album?

It wasn’t really a conscious decision per se. I make a lot of songs, and am working on something new most every day. Somewhere along the process, the INFINITY project took on a life of its own and formed into a much bigger body of work than I expected. It wasn’t very difficult to make a lot of songs, but I was very challenged by my own emotional processes throughout the journey. The general themes are outer space—the expanding consciousness of the human mind, and the vision quest we undertake in order to discover ourselves, and conflict—the obstacles we encounter along the way toward becoming a balanced human of power.

Why did you call the album INFINITY?

It represents the soul’s journey as infinity awareness. Musically, it encompasses so many different styles that it can be applied (at least in part) to most situations.

You showcase a lot of variety on the LP, is there a specific reason harder songs are at the beginning and while the end shifts the energy down a bit?

The tunes can be listened to in any order, or extracted and put into playlists based on the listeners’ preferences. The order I decided on starts off very soft, melodic, and uplifting. Then it ramps up in intensity for the middle portion, and expands toward the end into more trippy and freeform material… and concludes on a darker note, reflecting on the current state of our collective consciousness.

Do you have a typical production process? If so, what is it? 

I don’t have a process. I kill my ego and let inspiration lead me. Nowadays, inspiration is a force I can call on at will. It’s always there for me as long as I trust in its guidance. My songs tend to start by developing a strong theme, usually a vocal hook or a lead melody.

You have a massive amount of collaborators on this project. What is your collaboration process like?

There are only three bonafide collaborations on the album: “Zero Frontier” with Chee, “Ceremony” with CloZee, and “Spastic Elastic” with Dion Timmer. The rest are vocal/instrumental features. The process is always different. Most of it was done remotely, meaning we sent stems back and forth.

What is your go-to synth these days?

I use a lot of vintage, analogue equipment and acoustic instruments. I try to avoid sitting in front of a computer screen too much, since it’s kind of boring. I have a pretty good collection of equipment, so my favorite depends on what I’m trying to accomplish.

For a full list of credits, lyrics and the equipment I used, please click here and check out this website we built for INFINITY.

What was your go-to MIDI controller and why?

I’m a pianist, so I like using a keyboard for most of the work. It’s really just a way to interface with the music, and varies depending on the situation. Sometimes I use a launchpad for drums. On stage, I use CDJs.

Any special VST that really took the production home?

Not really, I’d say my vintage hardware synths, the drum set, my voice, and flutes/kazoo were the dominant sound sources on this album. I used Native Instruments Massive and Xfer Records Serum quite a bit too.

Which song took the longest work on and why?

Probably “Murder on the Freeway,” due to all the lyrics/vocals, and acoustic instrumentation.

How would you define your sound?

Music is an emotional language. The style, and vibe will vary depending on my mood. I’m all across the board. This album is a good example of that. Personally, I have no interest in fitting my art into a genre, or trend. I just create with an open mind—trying to be as honest as possible with my expression.

What DAW do you use and why?

I use Cubase. It’s stable, and has all functionality I need. I’ve worked with this software since I was 16 years old, so I know it like the palm of my hand and can work fast without any hesitation.

What was the most difficult sound to conquer on the project?

To me, the human voice is by far the most challenging instrument to record and process.

Do you have any unique studio habits?

I see my studio as a sacred sanctuary. It’s filled with little things of beauty that I love and help put me in the right frame of mind. I kind of view my machines as “friends” (for a lack of a better word), and arguably spend more time with them than I do with humans.

What was your most memorable in-studio moment while producing the album?

Working with my house mate and best friend Spear. We had some wonderful sessions where we just went in on the microphone without too much thinking, and I’m very happy with the result.

Another darker, but very memorable aspect, is how depressed I’ve felt throughout parts of the journey—battling with existential thoughts and quandaries. I’ve come to a point in my life where I don’t want to lean on anyone, or use anything as a crutch. I’d rather face the enemy within full on. I’ve spent a lot of time in solitude, and was celibate during the making of INFINITY, which gave me a lot of free time to work. More importantly, it helped me get clarity on the state of my mental/emotional self reliance.

I’m convinced creativity stems from powerful life experiences, and my inner processes has been very intense this year. The inability to find comfort and healing in intimacy from a significant other has forced me to learn how to self love on a much deeper level.

What is your favorite in-studio snack?

I normally fast while making music. I usually go in for 1-2 day sessions without any food or sleep. I do drink coffee, and a remedy I make from fresh lemon, honey, and ginger.

What is next for Liquid Stranger?

God knows 🙂

Good Morning Mix: Zeds Dead threads together their favorite releases of 2018 for #079 Deadbeats Radio

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Good Morning Mix: Zeds Dead threads together their favorite releases of 2018 for #079 Deadbeats RadioZeds Dead Deadbeats 1

It’s often easy to forget that the most prominent producers are also fans and connoisseurs of their gifted counterparts. Using their ever-expanding Deadbeats platform, Zeds Dead resolved to extend a retrospective tip of their producer caps to their favorite records and fellow artists of 2018. “The Boys” dedicated their 79th edition of Deadbeats Radio to rounding up their personal favorites from the calendar year–sneaking in a few of their own concoctions, of course.

From Fisher’s ubiquitous hysteria-inducer “Losing It,” to lesser-known drum ‘n’ bass delight, Noisa‘s remix of Pendulum‘s “Hold Your Colour,” the iconic duo’s multifarious taste is palpable as ever. Their fervent love of hip-hop is observed with additions like Pusha T’s “The Games We Play” and Nas’ “Adam and Eve” featuring The-Dream. Make no mistake: bass music, in its seemingly infinite forms, is sprawled across their preference palette, even over a decade into their career under their now-hallowed alias; as the mix recognizes offerings from Rezz, PEEKABOO, Skrillex, Dion Timmer, to name a few.

Track List:

Zeds Dead & DNMO – We Could Be Kings (feat. Tzar)
Pendulum – Hold Your Colour (Noisia Remix)
Dillon & Batsauce – Keep Pushin’ (feat. Sadat X)
Friction – Stinker (feat. Riko Dan & Tantrum Desire)
Rezz & 1788-L – H E X
Nas – Adam and Eve (feat. The-Dream)
The Voidz – ALieNNatioN
Fisher – Losing It
Vato Gonzales – Bump & Grind (Bassline Riddim) [feat. Scrufizzer]
Funkin Matt – Aeon
Mozzy, Sjava, Reason – Seasons
TroyBoi – Hey Bo!
Ficci – Alone (feat. Yves Paquet)
Jim E-Stack – I Did the Best I Could
3lau – Touch (feat. Carly Paige) (Zeds Dead Remix)
What So Not – Beautiful (feat. Winona Oak) [ZEKE BEATS Remix]
Jorja Smith – I Am
AFK & Carbin – Boss (feat. Cody Ray) (Dirt Monkey Remix)
Travis Scott & Drake – SICKO MODE (Skrillex Remix)
Shades – ALARMA Ft Killa P
XXXTENTACION – SAD!
Dion Timmer – Shiawase
Gentlemens Club – Little John
Pusha T – The Games We Play
Gorgon City – Go Deep (Zeds Dead Remix)
A-Trak & Baauer – Dumbo Drop (Gammer Remix)
PEEKABOO – Maniac
ZHU – My Life

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Excision releases his massive 2018 Lost Lands set along with 24-track festival compilation album

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Excision releases his massive 2018 Lost Lands set along with 24-track festival compilation albumEcision Lost Lands

Lost Lands ended two months ago, and bass heads will be happy to hear Jeff Abel, better known as Lost Lands helmer Excision, dropped some much needed content from the low-end showcase. Excision released the two-hour set he threw down in Legend Valley on the first night at his weekend bass Mecca, along with the festival’s official 2018 compilation. The 105 track mix contains tracks from a variety of X’s collaborators and up-and-comers in the bass music scene. It’s quite the list of artists that head bangers will certainly recognize and maybe even find new favorites in.

This heavy dose of bass music takes dips and dives from the highest energy head-banging madness to more downtempo wubs for much needed breathers. The compilation boasts 24 tracks and features artists such as Space Laces, Dion Timmer, Pegboard Nerds, Sullivan King, YOOKiE, HE$H, Carbin, Virtual Riot, PhaseOne, Riot Ten, and many more. Listen to both below.

Excision announces new 14-track album, ‘Apex’ featuring Dion Timmer, Space Laces, and more

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Excision announces new 14-track album, ‘Apex’ featuring Dion Timmer, Space Laces, and moreEcision Hollywood Paladium 2017 Rukes

Headbangers were thrust into the ultimate state of anticipation when bass legend Excision recently announced an upcoming new album. The project will be called Apex, and the release date is just around the corner on August 14. Rumors had been circulating that the producer had been working on a new album, with the Lost Lands proprietor eventually taking to Twitter to cement the news.

The 14-track collection will feature collaborations from dubstep heavyweights Dion TimmerSpace Laces, as well as Sullivan King. Fans have already heard hit collaboration, “Gold (Stupid Love)” featuring Illenium and Shallows from the impending new LP, and if this track was any indication of what to expect from the album, Apex will not be in short supply of bone-rattling bass hits.

See the full Apex tracklist below:

1. Exterminate
2. Slodd (Feat. Space Laces)
3. Wake Up (Feat. Sullivan King
4. Tonight
5. Gold (Stupid Love) [Feat. Illenium and Shallows]
6. Fall
7. Home (Feat. Dion Timmer)
8. Where Are You (Feat. Dion Timmer)
9. Power
10. Vault
11. Die For You (Feat. Akylla)
12. Hoods Up (Feat. Dion Timmer and Messinian)
13. Fight Through the Pain (Feat. Sullivan King)
14. Rumble (Feat. Space Laces)

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Figure crushes his remix on Dion Timmer’s Textacy Remix EP

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Figure crushes his remix on Dion Timmer’s Textacy Remix EPFigure Dion Timmer Remi Art

Dion Timmer has built his catalog up with face melting bass products, all marked by his gritty, energetic production style. Dropping off an extended experience of his recent Textacy EP, the young talent enlisted a grip of artists to re-imagine each song, resulting in a six-track remix EP.

Overall the remix package packs a handful of highlights, but standing above the rest is Figure‘s remix of Timmer and Excision‘s “Hoods Up” ft. Messinian. The venerated bass factotum has become a legendary name in bass music over time by releasing over 100 tracks that showcase his characteristically heavy, dirty bass offerings. On his “Hoods Up,” remix, Figure introduces the track with an eerie lead, the crispiest of snares, and explosive synths that will is designed to level dance floors. If you’re wearing headphones, proceed with caution.