Ok, so if you really wanna get technical, Zeds Dead are from Toronto, Canada and not the USA. However, the album is damn good, I wanna talk about it and Canada is like our equivalent to New Zealand.
In short, it’s close enough to being the States for me. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
As I write this I’m currently sitting outside in Hollywood at my hostel listening to the duo’s debut full length album. The sun is starting to set and the weekend is starting to roll around for the LA locals. Heaphones in – sinking into my own little world I think that the soundtrack of Zeds Deads emotionally charged future-trap meets hard bassline pop is setting the tone perfectly. Dylan Mamid of Zeds Dead probably said it best himself, “It’s music that works best at night. The northern lights are something beautiful and vibrant coming out of the night sky,” he explains. “That contrast provided the framework for the album.”
The album is swathed in an incredible pool of vocal talent from Australia’s GG Magree on the NGHTMRE co-produced “Frontlines” to massive stars like Pusha T, Elliphant and Dragonette. Standout tracks are the most song-structured pop crossover offerings such as “Too Young”, “Blame” with Diplo, or “Where Did That Go” which I’m like 87% sure also features an uncredited Kûcka.
Though heavier DNB/dubstep/trap tracks like “Me No Care” or “DNA” break up the other more crossover-pandering songs with a much needed dose of heavy bass for fans of the pair’s earlier work.
Zeds Dead have set the bar high when it comes to quality control with “Northern Lights”. Where other albums this year from dance artists have felt jumbled and directionless (*cough* DJ Snake’s Encore *cough*), this album finds the balance well between authentic productions and wide-spread appeal.
The pair will be in Aus v soon too, around the HARD Australia event touring in December. Heads up too, collaborator GG Magree is joining the shows in Sydney and Brisbane, so although nothing has been confirmed, those cities should keep their fingers crossed for a v rare live rendition of “Frontlines”.