Essential Mix Review: Zeds Dead travel through bass music, showcase talent in and out of studio
BBC Radio 1‘s infamous Essential Mix will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year and with several stellar mixes already in the books for 2013, it should shape up to be one of the best years yet. Host and curator, Pete Tong, continually brings on up-and-coming acts as well as industry phenomenons to interject their sound into one of the world’s most legendary radioshows — this week Zeds Dead took the honors.
The Canadian duo took the spotlight for what was the first heavily dubstep-influenced Essential Mix of the year. Tong introduced DC and Hooks with a cut from their namesake Pulp Fiction before the two producers dove in with their hard-hitting bass-heavy productions. Mixing in already popular tracks, remixes and unheard outputs, the two producers gave listeners worldwide a plethora of productions, mainly their own, to blowout the subs on their speakers.
Starting off with the deep sounds of dubstep in the first hour of their set, Zeds Dead worked in originals like “White Satin” before paying homage to dubstep OG Skream with “Dutch Flowerz.” With remixes of Prodigy’s “Breathe” and T.E.E.D’s “Household Goods,” the two showcase their growth as producers over the last four years, while staying true to their love for sub bass.
Working in many cuts from their Omar LinX collaboration, Victor, in the second hour, Zeds Dead showed their ability to create melodic bass music with power. Soon after, the duo moved into their experimentation of trap, “Ratchet,” before letting DJ Shadow’s “Midnight In A Perfect World” slow down the tempo. Mixing in short snippets as they moved into their remix of The Roots’ “Dear God,” the boys maintained a mellow mood before unleashing growling bass to finish the last 20 minutes of their set.
The jabbing sounds of drum & bass helped close Zed Dead’s storyline of bass music, giving listeners speaker shattering bass saturated with original material. The pair finished off the set with their most quick-hitting beats heard yet before toning it down once more with the Gorillaz’s “Tomorrow Comes Today.” An unreleased remix of the slow-building Son Lux’ “Flickers” provided a grand finale as Zeds Dead highlighted their ability to create hard style bass music as well as harmonious soundscapes with this week’s Essential Mix.
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