Zeds Dead sears all senses with ‘We Could Be Kings’
The boys are back — and they’ve fastened a few guests to the sidecar for their latest bass-rumbling masterpiece, “We Could Be Kings.”
The track, in its essence, exemplifies Zeds Dead‘s inexorable ability to package such powerful and tender affect into jarring, bass-driven music. While the DNMO-accompanied “We Could Be Kings”‘s downtempo format may reach the listener with a bit less vehemence than one might expect from the well-seasoned duo, the subtle drum ‘n’ bass fills and decisive female vocals, compliments of Tzar, up the ante a bit — adding that familiar, rousing sense of emotional urgency. The final ingredient to the fierce paradox comes from the fluttering melodies laid alongside the boys’ signature static-heavy, winding bass lines.
Zeds Dead has been exacting their most earnest efforts lately towards furthering their Deadbeats label, by not only keeping up with regular guest-riddled SoundCloud mixes, but releasing under the imprint themselves with like-minded newcomers and established counterparts alike. Seventeen-year-old DNMO is a Deadbeats newcomer, fitting swimmingly with the under-the-radar brand of artistry Zeds Dead built the imprint to bolster. “We Could Be Kings” is the Toronto duo’s third track of the year under the Deadbeats emblem, preceded by Ganja White Night-starring “Samurai,” as well as “Kill Em,” featuring Redman, 1000volts, and Jayceeoh.