Wisconsin will house new Excision, Zeds Dead-headlined, RADIANCE NYE

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Milwaukee’s Wisconsin Center is quickly emerging as a hotbed for electronic music in 2018. Following the collective’s recent announcement that they’ll hold a new Halloween event with GRiZ, ODESZA, and RL Grime, called JAWBREAKER Festival, the venue has unveiled they’ll also be throwing a New Year’s Eve soiree to match: RADIANCE NYE.

The NYE extravaganza, to be held Monday, December 31, will be brimming with bass. Zeds Dead and Excision protrude from the list of performers as self-evident main events, and are backed with noteworthy support from Bear Grillz, Spock, and Whipped Cream. The heavy-handed bass lovers of the Midwest needn’t travel far to ring in the New Year at full throttle this time around.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Wisconsin will house new Excision, Zeds Dead-headlined, RADIANCE NYERadiance
 

Zeds Dead sears all senses with ‘We Could Be Kings’

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Zeds Dead sears all senses with ‘We Could Be Kings’Zeds Dead We Could Be Kings 1

The boys are back — and they’ve fastened a few guests to the sidecar for their latest bass-rumbling masterpiece, “We Could Be Kings.”

The track, in its essence, exemplifies Zeds Dead‘s inexorable ability to package such powerful and tender affect into jarring, bass-driven music. While the DNMO-accompanied “We Could Be Kings”‘s downtempo format may reach the listener with a bit less vehemence than one might expect from the well-seasoned duo, the subtle drum ‘n’ bass fills and decisive female vocals, compliments of Tzar, up the ante a bit — adding that familiar, rousing sense of emotional urgency. The final ingredient to the fierce paradox comes from the fluttering melodies laid alongside the boys’ signature static-heavy, winding bass lines.

Zeds Dead has been exacting their most earnest efforts lately towards furthering their Deadbeats label, by not only keeping up with regular guest-riddled SoundCloud mixes, but releasing under the imprint themselves with like-minded newcomers and established counterparts alike. Seventeen-year-old DNMO is a Deadbeats newcomer, fitting swimmingly with the under-the-radar brand of artistry Zeds Dead built the imprint to bolster. “We Could Be Kings” is the Toronto duo’s third track of the year under the Deadbeats emblem, preceded by Ganja White Night-starring “Samurai,” as well as “Kill Em,” featuring Redman, 1000volts, and Jayceeoh.

1788-L’s destructive debut EP, ‘S E N T I E N C E,’ has finally arrived

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1788-L’s destructive debut EP, ‘S E N T I E N C E,’ has finally arrived1788L Sentience Ep

It can be hard to believe the hype around 1788-L began just six months ago with a SoundCloud upload, “R E P L I C A. ” The mysterious producer doubled that buzz with a flip of Virtual Self’s “Particle Arts,” and never looked back. Original singles like “P U L S A R / B E A M” joined remixes and edits of dance legends like Skrillex and Daft Punk. This summer, 1788-L’s vision for a cohesive body of original work came into focus. Along with a high-profile collaboration on REZZ‘s second LP, A Certain Kind of Magic, the mysterious artist began sharing out pieces of his EP. Now, the 1788-L vision is clearer than ever on his debut EP S E N T I E N C E, arriving on Zeds Dead‘s Deadbeats imprint.

Across four scintillating tracks, 1788-L stakes his claim as one of the most exciting new artists in the red hot mid-tempo bass music scene. But to limit the impact of S E N T I E N C E to that sub-genre would be ignoring the producer’s influences sprinkled deftly throughout, including major Justice flavor on “N U / V E R / K A,” and the drum & bass blast to close the release, “A S T R A Y / R.” The EP showcases a project fully entrenched in a signature sound, with the chops to successfully experiment as 1788-L completes his all out assault on 2018.

Stream HARD Summer 2018 sets from Diplo & Dillon Francis, Marshmello, Mija, and more

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Stream HARD Summer 2018 sets from Diplo & Dillon Francis, Marshmello, Mija, and moreHard Summer

HARD Summer 2018 has come and gone — the festival’s first year without founder of the HARD brand Gary Richards (a.k.a. Destructo) at the helm — and all seemed to go as planned. Recruiting some of today’s top talent in house, future bass, dubstep, and hip-hop, the weekend featured some powerhouse back-to-back sets from Dillon Francis & Diplo, Zeds Dead & Jauz, and A-Trak & Baauer. Travis Scott celebrated the release of his new album, Astroworld, and Mija dropped another set that completely embodies her “Fk A Genre” mantra.

With more sets from Marshmello, Ghastly, Louis the Child, and others, this weekend marked the beginning of a new chapter for the HARD organization. Check out some of the top sets of the weekend below.

Diplo b2b Dillon Francis:

Travis Scott:

Zeds Dead b2b Jauz:

A-Trak b2b Baauer:

Marshmello:

Mija:

Louis The Child:

Ghastly:

Big Wild:

Slushii:

 

Sikdope unveils new bass house collaboration ‘Bubblegum’ with ZOOTAH

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After a reinventing remix of Zeds Dead and Jauz 2017 collaboration “Lights Go Down,” Polish-born DJ Sikdope continues the trend of intense bass house products on his newest track “Bubblegum.” Linking up with the Austrian duo ZOOTAH, Sikdope finally gifted fans with this long-awaited single, which hungry ID-seekers seemed to be calling “Snakes Vol. 2,” referencing an unofficial a sequel to Sikdope’s viral breakout track.

On “Bubblegum,” the bass-music masterminds utilize some heavy, pounding percussion under rapid, high-pitched synth layers, making for another high-octane dance floor weapon in Sikdope’s booming arsenal. The drop is preceded by a quick vocal sample and a snappy bubble pop before being drilled with a menacing four-on-the-floor break. Sikdope will stick to the West Coast this August, with shows in Salt Lake City, LA, and San Francisco. Tune into “Bubblegum” here.

Take in the HARD Summer action with sets from Jauz b2b Zeds Dead, Marshmello, and more

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Take in the HARD Summer action with sets from Jauz b2b Zeds Dead, Marshmello, and moreHARD Summer Livestream

HARD Summer is amidst its 2018 takeover of the Auto Club Speedway, and even if fans are unable to make it to the festival itself, the action will be streamed exclusively via LiveXLive. In addition to streaming festival, there will be backstage content, interviews and more.

The festival is known for its bass heavy lineup, and the organizers recently released a compilation in honor of the festival’s kickoff. This year’s lineup is a bit more diverse with acts such as Jaden Smith and Marshmello. The streaming schedule includes sets from Party Favor, Joyryde, Louis The Child, Slushii, and headliner Marshmello among many more for day one. Other notable sets on the livestream schedule include Jauz b2b Zeds Dead and Yellow Mustard, which is Yellow Claw b2b DJ Mustard.

See the full live stream schedule (in EST):

8:05pm- Party Favor

9:00pm- Jaden Smith

9:50pm- Joyryde

10:20pm- SAYMYNAME

11:00pm- Louis the Child

11:50pm- Flosstradamus

12:20am- Slushii

12:50am- Yellow Mustard (Yellow Claw & DJ Mustard)

2:00am- TroyBoi

2:15am- Zeds Dead b2b Jauz

3:15am Marshmello

 

These are 10 hype-building songs to listen to ahead for Moonrise Festival 2018

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These are 10 hype-building songs to listen to ahead for Moonrise Festival 2018Moonrise

Moonrise Festival 2018 is shaping out to be one of Baltimore’s most exciting events of the year. The two-day festival — held at the Pimlico Race Course – is preparing for its 5th installment, which will feature a wide and diverse range of artists, catering toward fans of almost any dance music sub-genre. Performers include Kaskade, Zeds Dead, 3LAU, JOYRYDE, Ookay, GRiZ, Illenium, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Ekali, MK, and more.

In honor of the upcoming festivities, we’ve compiled a 10-track playlist that includes tunes from some of the weekend’s most anticipated acts — perfect for any pre-game or long road-trips to Baltimore.

1. Silk City (Diplo & Mark Ronson) – “Only Can Get Better”

The latest single from Diplo & Mark Ronson’s newest side project Silk City. This is definitely a collaboration attendees will hear during Diplo’s headline set at the Stellar Stage Saturday night. Ronson has since teased their second upcoming release, so maybe he’ll give fans a little taste at the festival?

2. DJ Snake & Mercer – “Let’s Get Ill”

One of DJ Snake’s hottest 2018 collaborations saw linking up with Mercer for a rapid, future house heater. Check out Snake headlining the Stellar Stage Saturday night alongside Kaskade, Diplo, Zeds Dead, and more.

3. Marshmello – “Rooftops”

Marshmello recently released his Joytime II album, which has been very well-received by the Mello Gang. “Rooftops” a groovy one from the album where the DJ/producer throws on his own 90’s punk rock-sounding vocals. He’ll take the Stellar Stage Sunday night and will likely close out the weekend.

4. SNRBN – “If I Can’t Have You” feat. Harloe

The LA-based DJ/producer, who will also be taking over the Stellar Stage on Sunday afternoon, where he will more than likely take his audience out of the racetrack an instead place them on a mental beach. His latest single “I Can’t Have You” accomplishes this feat in mere minutes.

5. Two Friends – “While We’re Dreaming” feat. Kevin Writer

We enjoy this 2017 throwback from the duo, who will be treating their guests to a heavy dose of their cheery brand of dance music.

6. Galantis – “Mama Look At Me Now”

“Mama Look At Me Now” is one of two tracks from Galantis’ latest EP release, and it gives us a taste of what’s in store for the mischevious Swedes’ infectiously raucous Sunday set.

7. Cashmere Cat, Major Lazer, Tory Lanez – “Miss You” (Akira Akira & Hikeii Remix)

This is one of the most poppin’ remixes of his hit collaboration “Miss You” with Major Lazer and Tory Lanez. Festival goers can expect to hear either the original or an assortment of remixes, yet knowing Cashmere Cat, he often has a strictly Jersey club section of the set, to which this fits perfectly. Check out his set at the Lunar Stage on Sunday.

8. Rezz & 1788-L – H E X

Rezz is blowing up the scene with dark synths and heavy beats that are nothing short of an innovative sound. Check out her latest release, which she’ll most likely use to destroy the Solar Tent atmosphere on Saturday.

9. Chris Lake, Chris Lorenzo, Anti-Up – “Pizza”

Anyone want pizza? No? How about after a few hours of constant movement and house beats at the Celestial Stage? Chris Lake will be headlining the house-geared stage Saturday night and will probably trap listeners into his set right as they’re deciding to leave for some pizza.

10. Eric Prydz – “Liberate” (Lane 8 Remix)

This remix for Eric Prydz’ “Liberate” is one of Lane 8’s hidden gems released back in 2014. He’s pushed out a lot of new music since then, but it doesn’t mean we have to stop showing this perfect blend of deep and melodic house some love. Check him out headlining the Celestial Stage Sunday night.

Purchase tickets via the Moonrise Festival website and if this song selection didn’t do justice, check out the festival’s 2018 Spotify playlists, which are curated by stage.

 

Zeds Dead and Jauz release destructive ‘Lights Go Down’ remix EP

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Zeds Dead and Jauz release destructive ‘Lights Go Down’ remix EPZeds Dead Press Photo 2014

At the end of 2017, Zeds Dead and Jauz teamed up for the single, “Lights Go Down,” a drum and bass belter that may have helped launch the genre’s 2018 resurgence in the United States. Now, the producers have enlisted nine heavy hitters in the bass music scene, each giving a unique take on the intense track.

The Deadbeats duo reach to their own label for a few of the remixes, looking to LICK and Duke & Jones for two bass-heavy renditions of the track. Gentlemen’s Club and Subtronics each drop off solid dubstep remixes, while Sikdope and Sqwad turn the song into high-energy bass house thrillers. With nine solid remixes viable for almost any set, don’t be surprised to hear “Lights Go Down” in one form or another for the rest of the year.

Sikdope pumps up Zeds Dead and Jauz’s collaboration ‘Lights Go Down’

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Sikdope pumps up Zeds Dead and Jauz’s collaboration ‘Lights Go Down’Sikdope Jauz ZD Stitch 2

Polish DJ/producer Sikdope has caught major momentum here in 2018, which includes an exclusive Diplo & Friends mix in early June followed by a remix for Marshmello and Anne Marie‘s hit track “FRIENDS,” along with a handful of singles so far this year. Now, he’s decided to turn it back to 2017, reworking Zeds Dead & Jauz‘s drum & bass heater “Lights Go Down.”

The remix holds short ties with the original bassline house anthem, ensuring that the drum & bass percussion assets are still there, yet takes the tempo up a notch and drops some rapid synths, wobbling bass, and some buzzing modified distortion. The edit is the first of a nine-track remix package dropping in July, which will feature the likes of Gentlemens Club, LICK, and more.

Sikdope will hit the decks at numerous festivals this summer, including Stereo Sunday in the Netherlands and Moonrise in Baltimore come August.

 

Zeds Dead give Gorgon City’s ‘Go Deep’ a melodic rework

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Zeds Dead give Gorgon City's 'Go Deep' a melodic rework

Zeds Dead have spent the past two years exploring a variety of production styles, from their drum & bass collaboration with Jauz to their future bass work on “Blood Brothers” with Diskord & Reija Lee. The duo have now released a remix of Gorgon City‘s “Go Deep,” which reaches back to the melodic dubstep roots that hooked many of their original fans.

The Toronto-based duo’s take on the track comes as part of a four song remix EP, released today by Gorgon City. Zeds Dead pair the smooth, sultry vocals with an iconic wobbling bass line, keeping the track relaxed and atmospheric until the later half of the track, which breaks down into some classic Zeds Dead dub. Sure to please fans new and old, this remix is another solid addition to the duo’s ever-expanding catalog.