Zeds Dead unleash 14-piece ‘We Are Deadbeats (Vol. 4)’ collaboration project

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Zeds Dead unleash 14-piece ‘We Are Deadbeats (Vol. 4)’ collaboration projectZeds Dead Press Photo 2014

Zeds Dead release their highly-anticipated 14-track collaboration album, We Are Deadbeats, with newly released tracks alongside Deathpact, Holly, DNMO, Loge21, Omar LinX, Champagne Drip, and Slushii. Previous releases from the Canadian dubstep luminaries from the project came on behalf of alignments with Ganja White Night, Subtronics, Urbandawn, DROELOE, Jauz, Delta Heavy, and Dion Timmer. With seven new songs from the kings of sustained, lush bass drops around a outside-the-box sound design, fans are treated to a grip of new cuts from the infamous bass tandem of the decade.

DC and Hooks are known for their inimitable sound in the bass space, playing A&R to some of the most highly touted up-and-coming acts in the genre, as well as bumping elbows with tried-and-true bass purveyors. The Deadbeats torchbearers also recently announced their seventh go-around of their now hallowed annual Dead Rocks display at the prestigious Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Decadence rings in the new decade in Chandler, Arizona – photos by jacobtylerdunn and Rukes

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Zeds Dead unleash final tease of ‘We Are Deadbeats’ with Ganja White Night-assisted ‘Dead of Night’ [Stream]

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Zeds Dead unleash final tease of ‘We Are Deadbeats’ with Ganja White Night-assisted ‘Dead of Night’ [Stream]Zeds Dead Live Billboard Credit Scott Legato

Zeds Dead and Ganja White Night finally release their highly anticipated collaboration, “Dead of Night,” from the Canadian bass figurehead’ We Are Deadbeats collaborative project set to drop on January 14. The track that has already been heating crowds for some times opens with an ominous, mysterious intro. Then, a buildup of industrial synths interrupts the haunting serenity and warps towards a swelling break of syncopated synths connected by wobbling growls and fills.

DC and Hooks have released three tracks from the upcoming label compilation so far, including a unique drum ‘n’ bass effort with Urbandawn and a hard-hitting bass sound design clinic with the increasingly visible Subtronics. The Deadbeats helmers also recently announced their seventh installment of Dead Rocks at the prestigious Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Zeds Dead announce seventh Deadrocks iteration

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Zeds Dead announce seventh Deadrocks iterationZeds Dead Red Rocks Camille Breslin

With the turn of a new year comes another edition of Zeds Dead‘s famed Deadrocks festival at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. The duo have announced that this year’s event will take place July 2 and 3.

2020 marks the seventh year for the popular event, which got its start in 2014 at the iconic Morrison venue. In the years since its debut, Deadrocks has grown tremendously in popularity, leading fans to anticipate its announcement at the beginning of each year.

Last year’s Deadrocks featured performances by Liquid Stranger, Moody Good, Jeanga, Pax Impera, and Vampa. While this year’s lineup has yet to be announced, fans have only to look at past years to know the Canadian duo will thrill with their 2020 selections.

Pre-sale is available now here. General tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. MST here.

Photo credit: Camille Breslin

Zeds Dead share standout tracks of the decade on second leg of Deadbeats special [Mix]

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DC and Hooks are at it again with the second part of Zeds Decade mix from their Deadbeats SoundCloud shop. Zeds Dead formed in 2009, finding flagship touring success in EDM’s bass-burgeoning underbelly throughout the decade. They tout a deliciously strange taste in sounds with hefty sub frequencies, so to hear what these two princes of bass have to say about their favorite music from the decade is certainly an insightful treat.

The beginning of the mix is introduced as an ode to deadmau5 and Noisia, both huge influences for the Deadbeats label bosses in this decade, with the drum ‘n’ bass trendsetters’ heavy-hitting remix of the mau5trap label bosses’ “Raise Your Weapon.” Then the mix courses through an eclectic array of styles from Jamie XX to Tyler The Creator and Emalkay into Santigold into Taska Black into Branchez into NERO into “Griztronics” into Skrillex. This wide variety of decade favorites showcases the hip-hop crossed into melodic bass era from one of dubstep’s most prized possessions.

Below is part one for posterity sake.

Dexter’s Beat Laboratory Vol. 123 | Top Tracks of 2019

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Dexter’s Beat Laboratory is a weekly collection of songs from DA managing editor Robyn Dexter. With a taste that can only be described as eclectic—to say nothing of a name that lends itself to punnery—DA is happy to present a selection of tracks personally curated by Dexter for your listening pleasure.


When I started using SoundCloud in early 2014, I made playlists weekly (read: obsessively). I’ve backed off a bit in recent years, but I still take time to collect songs for my yearly “best of” playlist, which I create every January and add to throughout the year. In late December for the past five years, I’ve narrowed it down to my 50 favorite releases of the year. They range from hard-hitting anthems to serene soundscapes, which truly sums up my music preferences.

In 2019, I was fortunate enough to premiere a few of my absolute favorite tracks of the year, including The Midnight‘s remix of SYML‘s “Clean Eyes,” Com Truise‘s remix of Gold Fields‘ “Waterfall,” and Essenger‘s “After Dark.” (A big thank you to all the artists who choose DA as their platform to reveal new music—we love you!)

2019 was a stellar year for drum ‘n’ bass, exhibited in tracks like Kove‘s “Le Retour,” Koven‘s “Love Wins Again,” 1991‘s “Guiding Light,” Metrik‘s “Hackers,” and so many more. The genre took some fun twists and turns, which fans heard in Mat Zo‘s Latin-infused “Games” and Sub Focus‘ earth-shattering remix of Bring Me The Horizon‘s “Mother Tongue.”

This year saw the arrival of a slew of monstrous collaborations—some unexpected and some that simply made sense. Regardless, tracks like Sullivan King and Grabbitz‘s “Crazy As You” and Delta Heavy and Zeds Dead‘s “Lift You Up” blew my mind. I was delighted when Fox Stevenson and Feint teamed up on a remix of the former’s “Out My Head,” since it flawlessly combined both their styles.

Speaking of Fox Stevenson, the UK producer released his highly anticipated album, killjoy, this year, and it’s a dynamic journey through all sides of the producer’s capabilities. Goldroom wowed me with his double-sided, multi-faceted Plunge/Surface effort, which has quite a story behind it. I had a hard time picking a favorite from A R I Z O N A‘s nostalgic Asylum LP, which is gorgeous and heart-wrenching from start to finish. I also need to mention what was likely my most-listened-to album of the year, which isn’t on SoundCloud: Ollie Wride’s Thanks in Advance. It’s gold. I lived in the aforementioned albums this year, and I’m so grateful to the artists who made them for sharing their creativity with the world.

Without further ado, here are my 50 favorite songs of 2019, in no particular order.


A look back…

HiJinx Festival Selects: Bump cuts from artists slated to play the event’s second edition [Playlist]

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With its inaugural year in the rearview, HiJinx Festival will return once more to the Pennsylvania Convention Center for a second year of unmediated momentum. From December 27-28, HiJinx’s bass itinerary will position headliners Bassnectar, Excision, Slander, Skrillex, Zeds Dead, Porter Robinson, and GRiZ before the crowd assembled in Philadelphia.

A wonderland of low end artistry, HiJinx’s 2019 lineup additionally includes DROELOE, who recently wrapped their past, present, future EP series with the release of A Promise Is Made, CloZee, Big Wild, and dual riddim and dubstep experimenter, Subtronics, who partnered with GRiZ on the floor shaking “Griztronics.” Zion I, Kittens, SoDown, and The Underachievers will also cater to bass enthusiasts with resounding sets over the course of HiJinx’s two-day 2019 run.

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To ready attendees for what will be, for some, the final festival of the decade, Dancing Astronaut has coalesced original productions from all of the artists slated to play HiJinx in one sprawling pre-event playlist. More information on the sold out event can be found, here.

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Zeds Dead recruit Subtronics for forceful unveil of ‘Bumpy Teeth’ [Stream]

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Zeds Dead recruit Subtronics for forceful unveil of ‘Bumpy Teeth’ [Stream]Zeds Dead Live Billboard Credit Scott Legato

Zeds Dead has released their latest offering from their forthcoming We Are Deadbeats Vol. 4 label compilation. Entitled “Bumpy Teeth,” the joint Subtronics track clocks in as the Canadian duo’s last release of another fruitful year.

Following their Urbandawn collaboration “Sound of the Underground,” the newest single diverges from the former’s drum n’ bass tinges, but parallels on levels of bass intensity with Subtronics lending a hand to its riddim-redolent nuances. The fourth edition of the Deadbeats compilation will see highly anticipated features from the likes of Ganja White Night, Dion Timmer, Delta Heavy, and more. We Are Deadbeats Vol. 4 is out January 14th, 2020 via Deadbeats.

“Bumpy Teeth” brings the respective stylistic aspects of both Zeds Dead and Subtronics to the table—honing in detailed melodies while constructing dastardly destructive bass sounds. The track fades in with a chiming piano line caressed by laser-like synths and cosmic undertones before laying down thrashing sound design and skin-crawling instrumentals. Playing with rhythmic structures and off-beat chord embellishments, “Bumpy Teeth” and its reggaestep-inspired productions trade off with heavy bass—ultimately, proving a rollercoaster for the listener’s senses.

Photo Credit: Scott Legato

ORBIT Playlist | Zeds Dead curate bass-laden collection of cuts ahead of Decadence Arizona

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ORBIT Playlist | Zeds Dead curate bass-laden collection of cuts ahead of Decadence ArizonaZeds Dead Live Billboard Credit Scott Legato

Zeds Dead‘s beat drops are poised to steal the show from the ball drop at Decadence Arizona‘s 2019 New Year’s Eve installment. Equipped with a genre-manipulating catalog of clamorous bass, Zeds Dead will usher in the new decade with the decidedly high-octane sound that has secured them bragging rights in the electronic context. As the anticipation surges and swells among Zeds Dead fans eager to feel the floor rattle beneath their feet, the boys have partnered with Dancing Astronaut to put forth an ORBIT Playlist ahead of the Arizonian affair.

The selective, nine-track illustration of their curative prowess boasts Zeds Dead’s own “Stars Tonight” and “Sound Of The Underground,” in addition to their recent remix of Oliver Tree‘s “Miracle Man.” The raucous endeavor also spotlights productions from Halogenix/Lordel, Eprom, and Moody Good, among other artists.

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Zeds Dead unleash the drum ‘n’ bass ‘Sound Of The Underground’ with Urbandawn

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Zeds Dead collaborate with Urbandawn on an ear-tickling drum ‘n’ bass offering, “Sound Of The Underground.” Through a misty atmosphere, a glitchy march toward euphoric melodies picks up then lets go into a breakbeat forest with swampy texture. The drop unleashes a fury of drum ‘n’ bass percussion, with soft shakers mixed with a variety of guttural synths and crunching sound design that are responsible for bringing the Deadbeats label heads to their pedestal. A second drop brings a half-time element that shines shades of dubstep.

The Brazilian producer’s percussive prowess must have drawn the festival headliners attention, judging from a similarly unique drum ‘n’ bass take on a version of the Beatles’ “Come Together.”

Zeds Dead also confirmed a new We Are Deadbeats label compilation for 2020 with their highly anticipated Ganja White Night collaboration. Another collaboration with Subtronics is in the chamber as the Canadian duo look to continue rolling on through the new year.

Photo credit: Camille Breslin