Good Morning Mix: Deadbeats hosts LICK for earthshaking guest mix

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Good Morning Mix: Deadbeats hosts LICK for earthshaking guest mixLICK Deadbeats

Rising talent LICK caught attention early on in his career from Zeds Dead, signing onto the duo’s iconic Deadbeats imprint shortly afterward and establishing a reputation as a bass act to watch. His remixes in particular have bolstered his career, with the producer providing ever-creative, and raunchy, takes on the originals he targets. Naturally, the new label signee would be invited onto the Deadbeats podcast in due time, and his debut works as a fiery upstart to the day. The hour-long mix fills the body with electric shock, opening on a creepy note before bounding over robotic synths, wild trap and dubstep drops, and valleys of funk-based grooves. It shows off LICK’s diverse influences and palette, while his own work in the mix reminds us why he’s been so well-received after barely making his industry break.

 

Rusko to release new EP on Zeds Dead’s Deadbeats imprint, plots return to old-school dubstep with ‘Squeeze’

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Rusko to release new EP on Zeds Dead’s Deadbeats imprint, plots return to old-school dubstep with ‘Squeeze’Rusko

Rusko is releasing a new five-track EP on Zeds Dead‘s Deadbeats label, teasing the inbound project with a single that returns to his UK dubstep roots, “Squeeze.” In fact, the venerated dubstep flag-bearer looks to explore this theme throughout the entirety of his upcoming extended play. The final EP cut was decided at Lost Lands Festival, an opportunity Rusko took in 2018 to test a big batch of new music. The songs that performed the best made it on the project.

“Squeeze” hits listeners with a reggae bounce and melody while Rusko’s signature gritty synth drives the track. He told Billboard in a recent interview that he’s trying to put the “dub” back in dubstep and focus on melody, breaking from the popular hardcore riddim bass. “It’s a deliberate attempt to to rekindle those fires of the old vibe,” says the “Woo Boost” vet.

Rusko also mentioned he has a collaborations with Bassnectar (about time) and Ducky in the works. The EP is set to drop in full this spring. Hear “Squeeze” below.

H/T: Billboard

Photo Credit: Chris Stack

Duke & Jones Drop Downtempo Trap Track “Synthetic”

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Duke & Jones are back with the release of another vibed out single titled “Synthetic”. Having received support from Zedd, The Chainsmokers, Drezo and many, many more, “Synthetic” is set to take the frigid winter months by storm. “Synthetic” is an independently-released single & following their official remix for Zedd’s monster hit “Happy Now”, along

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Zeds Dead and Delta Heavy keep it retro and energetic in new DnB release, ‘Lift You Up’

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Zeds Dead and Delta Heavy keep it retro and energetic in new DnB release, ‘Lift You Up’Zeds Dead Delta Heavy Lift You Up

Zeds Dead and Delta Heavy have teamed up for their first and hotly anticipated collaboration, “Lift You Up.” The DnB release showcases the best from each group, and “Lift You Up” is out now simultaneously on Deadbeats and Ram Records.

The listener is transported back in time to a retro arcade with vintage electronic synths and vocal synthesizers coming together to blend in a burst of 80s video game nostalgia. The electric combination of production techniques is brought together by a throbbing DnB foundation, keeping the energy high and the song radio-ready. “Life You Up” proves that both groups are off to a big start in the new year with Zeds Dead going particularly outside the box, and this quality output will certainly be a fitting addition to their live performances as well.

 

Wax Motif and Warez deliver a Deadbeats lesson in “Static Theory”

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Wax Motif and Warez deliver a Deadbeats lesson in “Static Theory”Wat Motif Static Theory

Deadbeats has been letting out some heavy sonic emissions from their Zeds Dead-owned compound. The latest, “Static Theory,” comes to listeners from the LA-based Wax Motif, (the man behind the wall-to-wall festival favorite, his “Fly Kicks” remix) and a fresher face, Warez, who recently materialized on the electronic horizon with a Kayzo collaboration and a pair of Dim Mak guest-mix appearances.

“Static Theory” is anything but stagnant, drawing from Wax’s notoriously elastic beats and skittering hi-hats and Warez affnity for low-end bass. The track’s interference-like textures only add to its pulsing allure, which is heightened by the track’s visual–wherein a sports car endures a slow-motion standoff with a Chinese dragon comprised solely of neon rave lights.

Skrillex and Boys Noize announce another show as Dog Blood by way of Sunset Music Festival

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Skrillex and Boys Noize announce another show as Dog Blood by way of Sunset Music FestivalSunset Music Festival Tessa Paisan 2017 147

Sunset Music Festival (SMF) will be returning to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL for its eighth consecutive year this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend. The phase-one lineup of the festival, suited for everyone from trance to dubstep fans, is out in conjunction with a pre-sale kickoff, for those looking to secure the most advantageously priced spot at Sunset.

SMF attracts approximately 60,000 fans over two event days each year. This year’s lineup will feature acts ranging from Kaskade and Audien to Alison Wonderland and Chris Lake. Dog Blood, comprised of Skrillex and Boys Noize, is certainly among the most auspicious features on the lineup. This is the duo’s second event announcement of the year, following their earlier BUKU Music and Arts Festival show announcement. Indeed, there is much to look forward to from SMF this year, as two of the scene’s most prominent labels, Anjunabeats and Deadbeats, will be found on Sunset grounds, hosting branded stage takeovers at the festival.

Unique to previous years, SMF is introducing GA Plus passes (in addition to standard GA and VIP passes) which will allow express entry on both festival days from 3 PM until midnight Saturday and Sunday. Presale tickets are available here.

Skrillex and Boys Noize announce another show as Dog Blood by way of Sunset Music FestivalSunset Music Festival

 

Zeds Dead release third volume in Deadbeats compilation series, ‘WE ARE DEADBEATS’

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Zeds Dead release third volume in Deadbeats compilation series, ‘WE ARE DEADBEATS’WE ARE DEADBEATS VOL 3

Deadbeats has solidified its name in the bass space after Canadian duo Zeds Dead revealed the imprint in 2016. Through a myriad of collaborations and support, Dylan Mamid and Zachary Rapp-Rovan released two label-exclusive compilation albums in 2017, featuring established and up-and-coming acts the dubstep veterans have their eyes on.

The third iteration, WE ARE DEADBEATS (Vol 3), is out now, featuring an array of well-known artists and newer talent. This is a must-listen for anyone into bass music, as the collection of songs comes directly from forefathers of the genre. To celebrate, each artist provided DA with an exclusive quote about their piece of work for the compilation.


Gentlemens Club: “When we made “Keep It Simple,” we set out to make something a bit different. It’s our take on the current free-form bass movement. We had a lot of fun experimenting with different styles on this track.”

um..: “It was fun making something darker than normal. It’s cool knowing that we can change things up and still get a positive reaction from our fans.”

Ducky: “‘Leave’ is a song I wrote when I was going through a transitional period out of a shitty relationship that turned out to be one of my favorite songs from this year. So stoked to be a part of this fire compilation! Really proud of this one, give it a listen <3.”

Blunts & Blondes: “It’s some blunt-smokin’ dubstep.”

Jaenga: “It feels great to release this tune after playing it out for the last few months. I finished it just as I was walking on stage for the Electric Zoo afterparty this year. I think its a good segue into my debut album that I’ll be dropping early 2019.”

Holly: “My new song ‘MISSU’ represents my emotions about my life right now. I tried to create this thrilled and homesick vibe with the hard drop and the ambient build up, and I’m super happy with all the sound design + how the track come out. Hope you feel the way too!”

Sippy: “The inspiration for ‘Lithos’ was to create a hard stomping tune that you can’t help to head bang to. It’s a simple idea, but the sub and the drums give that hard-stomping vibe.”

SoDown: “Zeds Dead has been killing the game when it comes to diverse bass music. When they said they wanted ‘Eskimo,’ I was really excited. I’ve been a fan of theirs for a long time and I’m stoked to be a part of the compilation.”

Klutch: “I’m typically a melody writer. That’s what most of my tracks center around. But I really wanted to collaborate with some friends who are left-field experimental trap, so I took some samples and tried to use that influence to create something that they would want to jump on. I ended up enjoying the process so much that I just decided to conclude the track myself. So this was my take on that new wave of experimental trap.”

Mersiv: “‘Mind Sounds’ is my deep, electric, loud version of mind control! My favorite part is the grand finale at the end. The track speeds up halfway through, has a little dnb tease, then slaps you with wub madness at the end. Bury That Sound.”

Cozway: “‘Radicals’ started out with Bonnema sending me the guitar-lead drop which reminded me of an Indian sitar and established a definite ethnic vibe for the rest of the track. We had this vision of the track being like running through multi-chambered fractal temple, so each part is different yet related. Overall we wanted to make something really different and we are super excited to release this on Deadbeats! Enjoy the ride!”

Rome In Silver: “‘Glass’ is about trying something new and shattering all expectations. It allowed me to step out my comfort zone, blend two styles I enjoy, and create a song out of my norm. I hope you guys enjoy it!”

Jaenga unleashes fiery new ‘Toulambi’ EP via Deadbeats

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Jaenga unleashes fiery new ‘Toulambi’ EP via DeadbeatsJaenga

Though he has only been releasing music for a few years, Jaenga‘s name is already well-known in his niche. Cruising to the hottest bass music destinations in a massive purple school bus, the New York-based DJ and producer has made a presence at festivals like Electric Forest, Camp Bisco and Mysteryland. The emerging artist follows up a remix to Zeds Dead’s “Kill Em” last week with his debut Toulambi EP on Deadbeats.

A four-track offering, Toulambi explores a variety of sounds within the bass music landscape. The EP opener, “Gravity,” introduces a subtle yet menacing bass line reminiscent of Zeds Dead’s earlier work. The track is followed by “Monsters,” and it’s at this point in the EP that Jaenga shows what he is capable of. With hard-hitting drums, fierce stabs on the low end, and a simple yet fitting vocal sample, this track is sure to enthrall bass lovers everywhere. On the second half of the EP, “Toulambi Tribe” sees Jaenga giving his take on trap music, while he displays his flair for drum & bass on “Never Gonna.” With each song presenting a different side of his diverse production, Toulambi acts as the perfect taster for new fans and a treat for his loyal following.

Duke & Jones keep it heavy with ‘Rust’

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Duke & Jones keep it heavy with ‘Rust’Dystopia EP Artwork

Manchester, England-based bass duo Duke & Jones are out with a brand new EP titled Dystopia. The EP’s second track, “Rust,” shines despite its name, fueled by commanding notes and intense drops. The duo has been quickly gaining momentum within the electronic music community, even recently garnering support from Zedd, who has been featuring their music in select live performances.

“Rust” is a prime example of the hard-hitting sound fans have come to expect from the duo. This one features rapping cutting in and out from behind a humming bass backdrop. A building synth progression dances around the heavy beat, creating the perfect addition to their ever-expanding catalog of releases.

“Rust” and Duke & Jones’ Dystopia EP are now out via Zeds Dead‘s Deadbeats imprint.

SMLE brings syrupy future bass feels on new single, ‘Bad Idea’

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SMLE brings syrupy future bass feels on new single, ‘Bad Idea’Smle Bad Idea Deadbeats Single

smle is seemingly everywhere at once. Releases on top-tier labels ranging from Armada to Monstercat? Check. Grammy nomination? In the bag. But although the electronic duo’s resume is impressively varied, their place on the hard-hitting Deadbeats roster alongside contributors like REZZ and 1788-L is still bit of unique flavor. The duo bring that wildcard element to again to the label with “Bad Idea.”

The track combines smle’s top-shelf future bass arrangement skills with irresistibly unique stylings from Bay Area vocalist Tzar, and the result is a track that does mellow beats with certified swagger. A growling bass tone is the linchpin while massive the drums fill headphones to the brim – but no matter hard things hit, the twinkling bells and vocal textures keep one foot squarely in dream land.