VIDEO: Zeds Dead featuring Memorecks’ “Collapse 2.0”

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“Collapse 2.0” is a reworking of Zeds Dead’s song “Collapse”. The Toronto band released “Collapse” last year from their EP Somewhere Else and they decided to give the song another shot, this time with Memorecks (no relation to Memorex). “Collapse 2.0” can be found on the group’s Mad Decent project Somewhere Else Remixes.

AUDIO: Zeds Dead’s “Somewhere Else (Remixes)”

Zeds Dead have a new EP ready to make you move and groove, and this one is in the form of an EP called Somewhere Else (Remixes), featuring new revisions by Valentino Khan, Sleepy Tom, Kove, Hunter Siegel, Nebbra, MSCLS, Neon Steve and Memorecks. Want to hear it? Stream it now, then feel like juicing it.


AUDIO: Broken Bells’ “Holding On For Life (Zeds Dead Remix)”

“What a lovely day to be lonely” is just some of the tasty lyrical nuggets found in Broken Bells’ “Holding On For Life” and if you have been feasting on its nuggets for awhile, there’s more right here through a remix by Zeds Dead. It sounds like something you’d expect to hear on a soundtrack album from the late 70’s/early 80’s, it could be bigger than the original.

SOME STUFFS: Zeds Dead remix Son Lux, announce tour dates

You may have heard Zeds Dead’s remix of “Flickers” by Son Lux if you listened to their BBC Essential Mix in 2013. Here it is, singled out for you and all, which includes a date at this year’s Moogfest in April.

Also singled out for and all are tour dates for Zeds Dead:

March 1… Louisville, KY (Life in Color – Kentucky Expo Center)
March 13… Orlando, FL (Roxy Nightclub)
March 14… Orlando, FL (Ultimate Music Experience)
March 16… Mexico City, Mexico (EDC)
March 26… Miami, FL (Grand Central)
April 3… Bloomington, IN (Bluebird Nightclub)
April 4… Montreal, QC (New City Gas)
April 12… Paris, France (Social Club)
April 17… Hamburg, Germany (Klubsen)
April 18… Berlin, Germany (Gretchen)
April 19… Morlaix, France (Panoramas Festival)
April 25… Austin, TX (Euphoria Festival)
April 26… Asheville, NC (Moogfest)
July 3… Morrison, CO (Red Rocks)

SOME STUFFS: Free mix and tour dates from Zed’s Dead

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A two-for-one deal in this post about Zeds Dead. First, the mix in question is a Holiday Mix, running close to an hour and featuring music from Armand Van Helden, Camo & Krooked, Zomboy, Phonat, Toddla T, The M Machine, Vanilla, Statik Selektah, and even some Bob Marley. You can stream it or download it below, while supplies last.

For a bit of winter concert going, consider Zeds Dead as one of your means of entertainment:
December 21, 2013… Toronto, ON (Sound Academy)
December 26, 2013… Pomona, CA (Theater)
December 27-28, 2013… Chicago, IL (Ballroom)
December 30, 2013… South Lake Tahoe, CA (Globe Music Festival)
December 31, 2013… Scottsdale, AZ (Santo)
January 4, 2014… Tokyo, Japan (Messe)
January 5, 2014… Osaka, Japan (Zepp)
January 9-12, 2014… Miami, FL (HOLY SHIP)
January 22, 2014… Ann Arbor, MI (Necto)
January 23, 2014… Kalamazoo, MI (YBar)

FREE MP3 DL: Zeds Dead & Major Lazer featuring Elephant Man’s “Turn Around”

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You like a new track? No no: you like a new Zeds Dead track? You got it right here.

Wait a minute: you like a new Major Lazer track? Why didn’t you say so? Here it…


AUDIO: Nina Simone’s “Don’t Let Me Be Missunderstood (Zeds Dead Remix)”

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This may be hard to believe, but it’s true. There’s yet another Verve Records remixed project, this one called Verve Remixed: The First Ladies, honoring some of the many ladies who have released music in Verve’s discography over the years. Along with remixes by Toro Y Moi, Azari And III, and Bassnectar, Zeds Dead were honored with a spot on the album, and they decided to honor Nina Simone’s cover of “Don’t Let Me Be Missunderstood” in their own way: the drum’n’bass way.

VIDEO: Zeds Dead’s “Demons”

This video directed by Benjamin Millepied is supposed to be a modern-day take of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” but I don’t see it. What I do see is a bunch of poppers getting down like zombies, both above and below the surface.

As for the song, it is from the Hot Sauce EP, so it may be bitter to the touch. Or tangy and fresh.

REVIEW: Zeds Dead/Omar LinX’s “Victory”

Photobucket The new EP by Zeds Dead/Omar LinX shows how well hip-hop and various forms of electronic music can work. You may hear a bit of IDM and balafbap boof baf touches on Victory (Jeffree’s/Mad Decent), but by claiming “victory”, does that mean these songs are winners? I think so, but it also depends on your perspective.

All of these songs work as is, but if you want a good or equal amount of dope lyrics on this, you will find it but you’ll hear more of a push on the musical side. To my ears, these songs are not arranged like traditional hip-hop songs. For example, the sample usage on “No Prayers” makes you want to focus on the sample more, as it is used almost like a lengthy guitar solo. It happens, it’s there, and then you think “am I supposed to get more lyric?” It definitely works, but traditionalists may listen to this and go “I’m left hanging, wanting more.” I say listen with a different perspective, if possible, and come at it from a different direction.

While “progressive hip-hop” has never been something explored completely, I think Victory would be one hint of what could become a movement from like-minded artists and producers who hopefully can detect some of the unique qualities in this that I’m hearing.

(You can listen to Victory in full with the Soundcloud player below and if you like it, you’re able to download it in full for free, courtesy of Jeffree’s/Mad Decent. How? Click here.)