Good artists sound great alone, but great artists are able to combine their sound with that of another artists’ to create something unique and even better. This week’s group of tracks have one thing in common besides all being filthy, bass heavy music, and that is that they are all collaborations. On their own all six of these artists are amazing, but pairing them up only increases their musical genius.
Praise the EDM gods, Zeds Dead has finally made their triumphant return to filthy dubstep! With the help of their collaborator Megalodon, the Canadian duo has successfully reignited a fuel under the fire of dubstep in the main stream electronic music world. After recently releasing tracks like their collaboration with Oliver Heldens, “You Know” and other softer, more house influenced songs, this dubstep monster came as a bit of a surprise. Giving only one day’s notice before releasing it, Zeds Dead and Megalodon fans alike were rather startled by it. The song is appropriately title “Wit Us Dub”, with its heavy reggae dub influences shining through during the intro. Once the buildup climaxes a violent, smashing synth comes whirling in out of nowhere in a way that makes it sound like a laser beam sent from outer space. You get a great balance of both Zeds Dead and Megalodon’s classic sounds, with Zeds Dead’s signature highly distorted bass providing most of the melody, while Megalodon’s whipping synths add the filth factor to the track.
12th Planet is about as OG of a dubstep artist as you will find who still manages to consistently put out quality tracks. Since his release of his “28 Hours Later” EP back in 2008, the man that Skrillex has referred to as his mentor and main musical influence has been on top of the dubstep game. In this brand new collaboration with the ever filthy dubstep duo Dodge &Fuski, 12th Planet has continued that trend. The song begins with what sounds like an epic medieval battle scene as an ominous rhythm slowly and quietly chimes in. The song is titled “Big Riddim Monsta” and perfectly describes the sound it produces. This trashing track will be sure have you head banging along from beginning to end.
The last collaboration for this week’s post is a track created by Bear Grillz and Trollphace titled “Marijuana”. Trollphace has been getting more and more attention lately with his stellar remix of Dillon Francis and DJ Snake’s “Get Low” and an incredible remix of Carmada’s hit “Maybe” as well as getting support from Skrillex in his live sets. Likewise, Bear Grillz is no new comer to the dubstep world. He’s been throwing down for more than a year now and with the release of his EP Bear Grillz and Friends Vol. 2, he has shown that he’s here to stay. Just like “Wit Us Dub”, this is another track with extremely heavy reggae dub influences in it throughout. As you could probably tell from the title, the song begins with a sample sung about weed; “We’re burning marijuana daily, put it in the air, go and put it in the air!”. It has a bouncy dub feel to it which reminds me a lot of Flux Pavilion. When the bass drops it gives the listener a feeling of being twisted through a metal trash compactor at high speed, in a good way! Expect a lot more in the future from both of these bass heavy artists.