Zeds Dead's New EP Will Take You 'Somewhere Else'
Pack your dancing shoes, because Zeds Dead plans on taking their fans Somewhere Else with their latest production. The Toronto duo’s label, Mad Decent, announced the digital release of their Somewhere Else EP on July 1st, boasting about how “each track highlights a different aspect of Zeds Dead’s sound that has driven them to become one of the major players in electronic music today.” After listening to the EP in its entirety, I would have to wholeheartedly agree.
Somewhere Else showcases eight tracks total that are all explicitly unique in their sound. Part of the diversity evident in the EP is a result of Zeds Dead’s collaboration with a myriad of artists in six of the tracks, adding to the quality of the EP as a whole.
“Lost You,” featuring Twin Shadow, celebrates the addictive beats of deep house – and despite being an atypical sound for Zeds Dead, this track has seen major airplay with over a million plays on SoundCloud. “Stoned Capone” on the other hand, is a smooth hip-hop influenced track laced with the lyrics of Omar LinX along with the percussive and jazzy riffs of Big Gigantic. Adding to the melting pot of sound is a fantastic collaboration with Dirtyphonics called “Where Are You Now” – a dubstep track full of bass and strengthened by the vocals of Bright Lights.
Known for their hip-hop and dubstep foundations, I am truly impressed by the range of sound Zeds Dead is capable of manipulating and creating within the massive genre of EDM. The ability of DC and Hooks to cover a wide range of electronic music in an EP is a true testament to their dexterity with production, and a sign of genuine musical prowess.
You can catch Zeds Dead on the road, as they will be touring North America and many parts of Europe through the summer and into the fall. Regardless of your ability to see them live, Somewhere Else is definitely worth a listen – providing a little over half an hour’s worth of auditory bliss for the EDM fan willing to let their mind wander to into a musical paradise unobstructed by the limits of subgenres.
Written by Anita Obasi