Four months down the line from the acclaimed release of his debut artist album “Clarity”, genre-defying German Zedd comes out with the first package of remixes for the album’s title track, featuring Tiësto, Style Of Eye, Brillz and a Union Mix.
While Tiësto and Style Of Eye’s high-octane approach to Dance music lead to two festival-ready remixes of the Zedd original, Anton Zaslavski’s own Union Mix provides a testament to Zedd’s musical wizardry on a completely different level, employing beautiful string work, light piano play and crispy drums for an orchestral interpretation. With part two on course for February the 18th, Los Angeles producer Brillz wraps up the first collection of official ‘Clarity’ remixes with some bleep-happy Trap.
Out today on iTunes.
As far as Dance breakthroughs are concerned, few have come in the same demand as Germany’s Anton Zaslavski. But under the guise of his renowned studio alias Zedd, the aftermath of his debut full-length, ‘Clarity‘, sees him joined by Lucky Date and Ellie Goulding to treat us with the full version of one of his album’s heavier-set tracks, ‘Fall Into The Sky’. Mixing slow synths, angelic vocals à la Ellie Goulding and hard-hitting drops, the unique contrast sets ‘Fall Into The Sky’ apart from the hordes of Electro-savvy post-summer contenders with consistent stamina.
Slamming the door on genre defiancy and ripping the Beatport charts a new one at every possible turn, Zedd’s ascent has been anything but quiet. But in the wake of first album single and Beatport #1 ‘Spectrum‘ alongside Matthew Koma, Anton Zaslavski makes a glorious return to release his debut artist album “Clarity” for Interscope Records.
While 2012 has spelt nothing but promise for the thriving Dance music scene, October 2nd sees the Germany-bred producer hit home a highly potent 10-track collection of diverse properties. With a sound scope ranging from the melodic bliss of ‘Hourglass’ and ‘Follow You Down’ right through to the heavier realms of ‘Epos’ and ‘Codec’ and a slightly remodeled version of ‘Shave It’, “Clarity” ditches the straight up Progressive and Electro now synonymous with Dance music to collect one of the most fluid and multifarious full-length albums to have touched Electronic music in a long time. Boasting a vocalist roster that could make Kaskade jealous, Zedd’s wholehearted take on the spectrum of Electronic music for the masses indicates that among the times of industrious evolution and mainstream accumulation, Dance music with creative soul still exists.
Update (29/10): The extended mix of ‘Lost At Sea’ has been released on Beatport.
Update (12/11): The extended mix of lead single ‘Clarity’ has been released on Beatport.
Update (26/11): The extended mix of ‘Follow You Down’ has been released on Beatport.
Words by Dan Carter
To the vast majority of club minded peers, Ne-Yo’s sugary vocals are the stuff of nightmares. But with his integrity still intact, Parisian crusader Gregori Klosman follows up his heavy-stepping remix of Zedd’s ‘Spectrum‘ alongside Tristan Garner with an ambitious take on the American pop sensation’s latest single ‘Let Me Love You’.
In the same vein as his latest Spinnin Records release, ‘Minibar‘, Klosman complements the radio friendly vocals of the original with high-pitched synth work and his signature dotted Electro House. As infectious and club friendly as well-groomed crossovers can get to the dark side, his return to the more mainstream coasts of urban crossovers marks one of his larger tests thus far and makes for further prosperity for 2012.
Out September 25 on Interscope Records.
Fast-rising German Electro producer Zedd is set to drop his debut artist album ‘Clarity’ worldwide on October 9 2 through Interscope Records, reports Bizjournals.com.
Having already topped the Beatport charts with the album’s first single ‘Spectrum’ alongside Matthew Koma earlier this year, the genre-defying producer will emerge from an 8-month sprint of studio work with a high-profile debut album for 2012. With further confirmed collaborative spots alongside Nicky Romero, Lucky Date, Ellie Goulding, Ryan Tedder and Foxes, ‘Clarity’ looks sure to follow in the footsteps of his radio-savvy Electro stylings that have dominated the festival circuit and digital market alike.
More info as we get it.
Update (18/9): The album teaser is out and the release has been pushed forward to October 2nd.
Update (27/9): The tracklisting is now available. Source: Amazon.
01. Hourglass (5:13)
02. Shave It Up (3:10)
03. Spectrum (feat. Matthew Koma) (4:03)
04. Lost At Sea (3:45)
05. Clarity (4:31)
06. Codec (6:01)
07. Stache (4:04)
08. Fall Into The Sky (3:37)
09. Follow You Down (5:47)
10. Epos (5:35)
Update: The official video of ‘Spectrum’ has been released.
Words by Dan Carter
With a wealth of positivity surrounding the Dance music industry’s universal union and taken from the freshly released “Spectrum EP,”, hotly tipped Dutchman Nicky Romero joins forces with genre-defying German Zedd for cross-nation effort ‘Human’.
Having both successively ridden the vast explosion of global Dance music with plenty to show for it, Romero and Anton Zaslavski take something of an outside-of-the-box approach to proceedings, coming up with one of their most unorthodox cuts to date. Rife with crisp, churning chord play, soothing breakdowns and a somewhat enchanting female vocal courtesy of LIZ, the month of July looks to end with little to no comprimise on integrity as far as the the young duo is concerned, wetting the appetite in anticipation of a string of long-awaited gems of theirs in the process.
Door slamming and shotgun firing in mind, the ascent of German Electro mogul Zedd has been anything but quiet. But in the wake of his essential vocal outing alongside Mathew Koma, ‘Spectrum’ receives a high profile remix package from the assorted cream of the modern Dance music crop.
While Armin Van Buuren’s paint by numbers approach to Trance leads to a positive leading remix from unfathomable Dutch club icon, Anjunabeats favorite Arty fuses the euphoria of Trance alongside the potent synth-led energy of Progressive House for a strong and original take on the Zedd original.
More commercially associated with his collaborative Duck Sauce side-project alongside Armand Van Helden, Montreal’s A-Trak unites with Dim Mak Favorite Clockwork for a score of distorted chord play and dissected remnants of Koma’s outstanding top line for by far the most inventive remix of the package.
Still hot off the wings of his debut single for Refune ‘Bong’, Germany’s Deniz Koyu offers a dark and heavyset take on the original, leaving room for Gregori Klosman & Tristan Garner and Congorock turn to the festival proof realms of Electro House for their own melodic yet piercing takes on Zedd’s handy work.
While his Refune Records debut ‘Bong’ remains a crucial summer selector amid the summer clubbing season, the MTV approved German Deniz Koyu breaks the silence with a remix for the Electro stylings of his homeland peer Zedd’s ‘Spectrum’ to join an already accomplished collection of official remodels. Preserving the poignant vocal work of Matthew Koma alongside a selection of hallmarks from Anton Zaslavski’s original offering, the dark and heavyset studio stylings of Koyu reign ultimately satisfying in yet another firm extension of this chart-raking Electro outing. With forthcoming remix duties for Miike Snow and a new original alongside Wynter Gordon set to drop in August, Koyu’s reign upon universal Dance music looks set to extend throughout the months to come.
Words by Dan Carter
Having already previewed remixes from Armin van Buuren and Arty, A-Trak and Clockwork step up to don their ears against Zedd’s ‘Spectrum‘ for a spot on the forthcoming Spectrum EP – a release that was recently announced to also include Zaslavski’s work with Nicky Romero, ‘Human‘.
Outside of his part in whacky House tag-team Duck Sauce, Montreal’s A-Trak is not only the DJ’s DJ, but an impressively outgoing asset of musical differentiation. Joined by Los Angeles residing Dim Mak regular Clockwork, the North American duo score distorted chord play alongside a dissected top line for a reassuringly fresh part of what looks to go down as one of the more diverse EP’s to have touched this side of Dance music this year.
The Spectrum EP will be released July 31.
With a wealth of positivity surrounding the Dance music industry’s universal union, hotly tipped Dutchman Nicky Romero joins forces with genre-defying German Zedd for cross-nation effort ‘Human’. Having both successively ridden the vast explosion of global House music with plenty to show for it, Romero and Anton Zaslavski take something of an outside-of-the-box approach to proceedings, coming up with one of their most unorthodox cuts to date. Rife with crisp, churning chord play, soothing breakdowns and a moderate female vocal to complement it all, the month of July looks to end with little to no comprimise on integrity as far as the the young duo is concerned, wetting the appetite in anticipation of other long-awaited offerings of theirs in the process.
‘Human’ will be released July 31st on Interscope Records.