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28 July, 2014@10:05 pm
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With the electronic music scene and its accompanying nightlife driven sound constantly in flux, Zeds Dead would be remiss to stick to their dubstep roots on their latest project, Somewhere Else, for Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint. While dubstep is the sound that gained them a large host of followers, this tightly knit, 8-song EP shows there is much more to the duo.


Despite dubstep’s popularity waning in the wake of new genres like trap and twerk music, Zeds Dead do not abandon it, as the opening track “Collapse” combines it with melodic vocals and classically fueled piano house elements. The same can be said for its following track, “Hadouken”, which treads the line between dubstep and trap, sure to keep their core fanbase happy.


But getting deeper into the EP is where its greatest moments lie. “Lost You” is a soulful house banger, featuring Twin Shadow and D’Angelo Lacy, sure to light up many after-hours spots and big room opening DJ’s sets. What’s even cooler is that they aren’t afraid to show their age, as the late 90′s trip-hop influence of artists like DJ Krush are found on rap vocal tracks like “Stoned Capone” (feat. Omar Linx and Big Gigantic) and “Dead Price” (feat. Heltah Skeltah’s Sean Price). Extra props are due for resurrecting a lost, forgotten sound, especially in this age of disposable festival bangers.


The only real downside to this otherwise solid EP is its length. Its short playtime does not give Zeds Dead enough time to flesh out a signature sound like an album would, however it also successfully defeats and preconceived notions one might have had about them. Don’t call them a dubstep act, Something Else will prove you wrong.




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