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.

First Listen: Moody Good makes lurid Deadbeats debut with ‘Bite Your Lip’

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Moody Good (real name Eddie Jefferys) has spent the better part of the last decade coming up with deliciously wicked ways to approach dubstep, to considerable avail. After stepping outside his tenure with his former duo, 16bit, in 2014, he soon found a new home for his pernicious productions with the likes of OWSLA, wherein he released his self-titled debut album that same year.

Now he’s emerged from his low-lit dubstep den for another intuitive pairing, this time with the Zeds Dead-championed Deadbeats, for his latest track, “Bite Your Lip.” Jeffery’s debut on the flourishing imprint is a dastardly dub/trap one-two punch. “Bite Your Lip” makes its audacious aural attack with snarling synths, warped extraterrestrial-status bass, and a harrowing chorus of distorted vocals. If the track had teeth, they’d be full-on fangs.

Zeds Dead and DROELOE craft elaborate bass tune, ‘Stars Tonight’

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Zeds Dead have teamed up with Dutch duo DROELOE for a new release, “Stars Tonight,” which DROELOE debuted at their recent Spring Awakening performance. The two groups have been teasing the track on their social media channels, and the unlikely combination has led to a melodic bass-fused release that showcases the best of both production duos.

The track begins with pounding synths and light accents that build as a vocal weaves in and out of the notes. “Stars Tonight” then drops into what the listener would perceive to be the drop, until another build falls into extended bass themes. The track takes the listener through sonic twists and turns, and the multiple drops within the release all show live performance potential.

The track is out now via Zeds Dead’s own imprint, Deadbeats.

Good Morning Mix: Zeds Dead provide throwback session for episode 100 of Deadbeats Radio

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In the modern age of electronic music, an endless amount of producers claim to have an affinity for every genre. Yet there are only a handful who really put in the time and effort to create a catalog that encompasses multiple tempos, sounds, and styles. Chief among those select few—Zeds Dead.

However, despite their ever-expanding library of different styles of electronic music (accelerated further by their multi-genre label, Deadbeats), those who have been with D.C. and Hooks since the beginning know that dubstep holds a special place in the Canadian duo’s hearts.

Seminal tracks from early in their careers like “Rude Boy,” “In The Beginning,” and “Adrenaline,” gave them a platform to succeed, and they were going to honor their roots at EDC Vegas this year with a surprise throwback set at BassPod Sunday night. Unfortunately, high winds on Saturday night forced RL Grime to cancel his set. In response Zeds Dead graciously offered him their surprise slot on Sunday, preventing them from performing their throwback set.

Those circumstances may have been a blessing in disguise though. Rather than play the throwback set for only one crowd to hear, Zeds Dead have released the set as episode 100 of Deadbeats Radio. Now, fans can enjoy the headbanging nostalgia over and over.

The mix is primarily dubstep tracks from Zed Dead’s own catalog as well as legends of the genre like Caspa, Skrillex, and Emalkay. It also features house, drum ‘n’ bass, and other heavy-handed offerings. Get down with Zeds Dead below.

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STREAM NOW: Zeds Dead rocks the Circuit Grounds stage at EDC

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Zeds Dead are veterans and trendsetters in the electronic space, creating their own lane of new sound both produced and supported by their own Deadbeats imprint. Innovation is currency for the two dubstep flag bearers, combining different amounts of rumbling, melodic low end with dynamic synths and powerful energy for an ever-evolving, idiosyncratic sound.

Dylan Mamid (DC) and Zachary Rapp-Rovan (Hooks) mentioned on Twitter about their upcoming EDC performance, “This’ll be the most unreleased music we’ve had in a set I think.” For these Toronto-based artists who defy categorization brought Bassmentality to one of Canada’s most storied club nights and the rest was history.

Throw tour Z’s up and listen to Zeds Dead rock the Circuit Grounds stage at EDC below.

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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.”

Zeds Dead release the remix Billie Eilish’s ‘bury a friend’ needed

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When listening to the “bury a friend” by Billie Eilish, you’ll note that the vocals stand out as percussive elements that you might find in a horror movie. Around the two minute mark, a heavy synth glides by, leaving bass heads yearning for more low-end action. The track works with so much empty space that a remix to fill the original’s sonic voids seemed only a matter of time, and now, Zeds Dead deliver a rework that does just that.

The Deadbeats label bosses add their classic spin to Eilish’s track, which hails from Eilish’s debut LP, WHEN WE FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? The result is a gritty, downtempo bass remix of the aforementioned album inclusion. The remix has an “Eyes On Fire” feel, evocative of Zeds Dead’s highly acclaimed take on the Blue Foundation original. Playing with a dynamic percussion patterns and sustained bass notes that rest among Eilish’s sultry vocals, this collaboration fits like a glove.

Diplo, Above & Beyond and Rezz headline 2019 edition of Imagine Festival

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Above the influx of summer festival lineups being released, Imagine Festival has placed itself in the top echelon of these events with their phase one announcement. Taking place at the Atlanta Motor Speedway over the September 20-22 weekend, the festival returns for its sixth year to bring festival goers together for one last weekend before the unofficial commencement of the festival season. The phase one lineup introduces a multi-threat combination of headliners including Diplo, Rezz, Above & Beyond, Alison Wonderland, and Zeds Dead, accompanied by a handful of surrounding support over the three days.

Festival attendees will find themselves immersed within the festival’s underwater fairytale theme, displayed in all areas from the Oceania and Amazonia stages, to the extravagant decorations that adorn the venue’s parameters. Complete with their very own campgrounds, Imagine Festival combines top-notch musical talent and production to temporarily submerge attendees into their own aquatic wonderland.

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Zeds Dead lay a walloping spin on Diplo’s ‘Close To Me’

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Zeds Dead give Diplo, Ellie Goulding, and  Swae Lee‘s unconventional love song, “Close To Me,” a bass upgrade in their new remix of the late 2018 collaboration. The Canadian bass gods pepper the rework with grainy dubstep drags in the song’s heaving breaks, while quickening the original’s tempo, and slightly inverting Goulding’s vocal contribution. While the trappings of Diplo’s original aren’t wholly absent in Zeds Dead’s remix, the Deadbeats helmers’ version is audibly distinctive from the original “Close to Me” mix that quickly made its way to radio airwaves last year.

As in past Zeds Dead productions, the flip’s climactic build and bass-laden drop serve as the focal points of the re-imaginative effort. The new “Close to Me” remix is classic Zeds Dead—forceful in its tone, and rife with musical energy that packs a heavy-handed punch. The new take will undoubtedly work its way through DJ sets this festival season, the revamp a potent showing made for loud listening.

Diplo presents The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party, led by Billie Eilish, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, Miguel

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What Diplo wants, Diplo gets, specifically the first-ever Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival. If the length of the name tells us anything, it’s that the seminal Mad Decent festival is sure to be one hell of a doozy, as the newly minted event’s lineup confirms. Billie Eilish, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, and Miguel head the festival, which will manifest as a fine balance of highly sought electronic acts and equally illustrious hip-hop artists alike.

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Kodak Black, Pusha T, and J.I.D. round out the festival’s hip-hop inclusions, while Dillon Francis, RL Grime, Zeds Dead, REZZ, Ekali, Troyboi, Baauer, and Whethan comprise some of Diplo’s dance picks. The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival also casts glances at talent from genres beyond the electronic and hip-hop spheres, to draw the stylistically malleable Quinn XCII, R&B’s Pink Sweat$ and Jesse Reyez, and Finneas out.

Needless to say, the inaugural Mad Decent Block Party branded affair is a must attend for many reasons, primary of which—at least, for dance music fans—is Major Lazer’s occupancy of a headlining slot. Diplo previously intimated that Major Lazer will likely dissolve after delivering their fourth—and probably final—album together, in a January interview with Complex. As such, The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival might well be one of Major Lazer’s last large-scale performances.

The unveiling of The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party Festival’s lineup comes just after Mad Decent Block Party Festival tweeted out a video with a particularly suggestive caption on April 5: “IT’S HAPPENING.” While the far from subtle warning altered past attendees of Diplo’s multi-city Mad Decent Block Party party series to be ready for a followup announcement regarding the fate of a MDBP festival, Diplo’s presentation of a full-fledged lineup has presumably taken many by surprise, given how quickly it succeeded the preliminary Twitter hint that a MDBP festival was in the works.

The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party will descend upon Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts for two days of fun, come July 20-21. Tickets to the festival will go on sale at 10 a.m. EST April 12.

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