[Editors note: The song is now availible here!]
The first time I heard their remix of Radiohead’s Pyramid Song, my ears told me that Toronto electro/dubstep duo Zeds Dead were destined for greatness. With every new track they release, and every turn their career takes, they seem to be making that belief a reality, and far quicker than I’d imagined. Their brand of massive, grungy electro-wobble-synths has become their calling card, and their unwillingness to conform to any particular genre is constantly refreshing. They’ve already received praise from heavyweights like Diplo and Bassnectar, and are bound to receive more from their most recent exploits.
This week has been an unquestionable profile-elevator for the pair, comprised of Toronto natives Dylan Mamid and Zach Rapp-Rovan, AKA DC and Hooks. First, they released a rocking new remix of Dragonette’s tune Volcano via their Soundcloud. The soothing, robotized vocals of Dragonette’s Martina Sorbare set the tone early in the going, until wicked, suspense-building sound design culminates to a violent, dancefloor pleasing electro-synth drop. The ripping chainsaw riffs are accompanied by a nice disco flare and the high-caliber vocal chops we’ve come to expect from Zeds. Check the track as you read on:
But DC and Hooks weren’t content just to make a few ripples in the social mediaverse’s sea this week, oh no! They wouldn’t stop short of a veritable tidal wave. They managed to get a beastly unreleased track (that I need to get my pointer on ASAP) called 1975 into a GQ.com video that has Cristiano Ronaldo’s ridiculously hot girlfriend Irina Shayk displaying some serious skin in just about the sexiest way your eyes can handle. The collective drawing power of Cristiano Ronaldo, Irina Shayk and of course GQ is sure to get this video so many views all over the world, it’ll expose Zeds Dead to a colossal amount of people that will now subconsciously associate them with hot women and football/soccer. MASSIVE MARKETING WIN if you ask me. That’s not to mention that in my opinion, the track is their finest to date and a must-hear. Enjoy the video over at the GQ website!
Zeds Dead will be in Montreal October 1, before embarking on a British tour that will unquestionably see them boost their international profile even more. Their Montreal date at Belmont has run into some complications, which you learned about right here on neontapedeck, but wherever they end up performing, you’d better catch them before this volcano explodes and tickets become much harder to come by when their profile climbs to the stratosphere. It’s inevitable.
The aforementioned Radiohead – Pyramid (Zeds Dead Illuminati remix)
UPDATE: The new venue for Zeds Dead is Hohm Private Club, 4445 St-Laurent.
Check the event on Facebook.