Zeds Dead: ‘The Living Dead’ EP
I’ve been doing a ton of Zeds Dead coverage over the past two weeks. Therefore, there is no need to do any formal introductions, and we’ll just jump right into reviewing The Living Dead EP!
Earlier today, Zeds Dead dropped their new 4 track EP featuring collaborations with rapper Omar Linx. Each track possess it’s own style and flair, yet there is a consistency in the way Zeds Dead draws upon hip-hop, dubstep, and drum and bass throughout all of their music. I already reviewed the EP’s title track “The Living Dead” in a post last week, so I’m going to go ahead and discuss the others.
There’s something about Omar Linx’s vocal tone that allows his verses to flow so brilliantly with Zeds Dead’s beats. “Crank” is a perfect example of what I’m talking about; it has a fast paced simplicity that provides the perfect canvas for rapping. The first drop is really groovy and reminds me more of drumstep or moombahton than dubstep (no I’m not calling this moombahton, just saying that it has the kind of flow), but the second is definitely a more clean-cut form of dubstep. Overall, a really sick track!
“Take A Chance” is another hip-hop inspired banger that features a gorgeous arpeggio that guides not only Linx’s verses, but the song as a whole. It’s truly a simple track that proves that less can really be more, and moreover that this duo never has to show off in order to create something outstanding. Even the mainline is fairly straight forward, utilizing one gritty bass to compliment the arp.
“Cowboy” is by far my favorite track on the entire EP. It is led off by a soulful guitar riff that accompanies Linx’s brilliantly written verse — so much swagger. Again, the drop is very simple, but it’s extremely well suited to the song style. If you were to drop some crazy glitchy shit, it would totally destroy the song’s feel.
Zeds Dead has really become one of my favorite acts over the last year! I hope you give their stuff a listen as there’s no one else in the industry doing it up quite like them! Oh, and here’s “The Living Dead” if you don’t feel like jumping over to my previous post: