January 31, 2013
Welcome back once again to The Breakdown, folks.
On the bright side, I’ve finally started to kick that flu that has been plaguing me the last 2 weeks. On the not-so-bright side, I’ve got midterms and assignments due next week, so this edition of The Breakdown is going to be another short, but sweet, one.
Zeds Dead are no strangers when it comes to pushing boundaries. Their Hot Sauce EP, was just released on Mad Decent this past Tuesday and the 6-track release sees the boys taking on a number of different genres to create a deep and diverse mix of sounds.
The lead track, Demons, is the boys’ venture into the world of glitch-hop. Opening to a simple, laid-back beat paired with soft teases of bass and an echoing, high-pitched top line… it isn’t long before an eerie piano line takes you to the break where those early bass teases come back to rattle your brain. This is definitely gonna be my favorite track off the entire EP. Deep, wobbling bass and subtle lasers are key elements of this track. I’ll definitely be dropping this in my future sets.
Mr.Sub is a smooth house track; full of deep bass, catchy percussion and intoxicating synths. This is some real deep shit, perfect for taking you right through to the morning. If this doesn’t have you swaying in your seat, you’ve got something wrong with your ears.
Playa is another production with deep feelings associated with it, but while they’re definitely pushing boundaries with this tune, I’m not entirely sure how much I actually like it. Following an intro of atmospheric synths, crisp percussion and a simplistic top line – we’re caught in a build of pitched synths and amped vocals leading us to the drop. While the minimalistic drop has been well received in the EDM community lately, this production seems like it would serve wonders when dropped live, but as for enjoying it from my seat… it’ll have to do a bit of growing on me.
Strong echoing synths lead the way in Rave. Add a touch of breakbeat fury and you can sense this is going to be a serious tune. This one is built to get your feet doing overtime. Filled with crunchy bass and a bevvy of synths, this is a tune that will get the floor moving in a hurry.
My second favorite track of the release, Trouble, paints the duo in an extremely familiar light. Airy vocals, signature Zeds Dead bass and clean keys keep this one on the emotional end of the spectrum. The second drop will have you losing it.
As an added bonus, Zeds Dead have just uploaded to SoundCloud their Diplo & Friends mix from January 26th; full of tasty ZD goodies among a bunch of other thumpin’ bass-heavy tunes.
Have a listen below and head over to Zeds Dead’s Facebook page for the free download!
Raised in the 90s is a thumping dubstep heater. Following an intro of familiar guitar chords and ominous chants… the break sees haunting keys shine through leading us to the drop. Packed with low bass wobbles and high-pitched synths primed to rattle your chest, this one is full of swing. You’ll know what I mean when you hear it. This is a fantastically creative production. Well done!
Have a listen below and head over to Apashe’s Facebook page for the free download!
Switching gears to wrap things up, we’ve got a new remix from Markus Cole. He’s taken Weapon, from Cazzette, and given it the old Markus Cole treatment. Following a simplistic intro comprised of light percussion and a long vocal lead, we’re caught in a build of lasers, vocals and a thumping kick. The break stays true to the simplistic intro, showcasing the vocals perfectly. The drop is full of bright, stadium-ready synths that’ll bring a warmth to your insides.
Have a listen below and head over to Markus Cole’s Facebook page for the free download!
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