Brace yourselves, as Zeds Dead boldly returns with yet another banger, their ferocious collaboration with Blanke, “The Machines”.

As their fourth official release of the year, the Toronto duo reminds listeners that their legendary status has been earned through their unwavering versatility and impeccable sound design. Blanke acts as the ideal collaborator for a track of this magnitude, as he distinctly integrates his signature drums and gritty undertones. After debuting this gear-grinding, midtempo ID at Deadrocks in July, fans have been itching for the collaboration to hit streaming services.

“The Machines” begins with cautionary vocals that warn listeners of the robot-ruled realm that the producers begin to build. The track quickly climbs to a weighty crescendo, before deep-diving into a glitchy, frog-bass underworld. Zeds Dead and Blanke strategically employ breathy vocals and spiraling bass over shattering kick drums, before transitioning to an even nastier second verse that delivers head-banging gold.

“The Machines” encompasses the renowned dubstep sound that the Deadbeats label is so well-known for. Previous projects from Zeds Dead this year, like “In My Head” and “I Took A Ride”, were released on the duo’s sub-label, Altered States, which focuses on more chilled out music like downtempo, house, and liquid D&B. In entering the thirteenth year of their careers, it is clear that Zeds Dead’s diverse stylings have inspired the next generation of electronic artists. This longevity has allowed them to become high-demand headliners at the most infamous venues, as they begin to kick off their nationwide Deadbeats Tour: The Revival which includes artists like NGHTMRE, Mize, HEYZ, A Hundred Drums, and Blanke, only to name a few.

Blanke has been on his A-game as well this year, after releasing a hot drum & bass EP just last month, dubbed ÆON:TWO. The Australian production maestro is surely making a name for himself in the US, as he gears up for a run of festivals in the coming months, like Get Freaky Festival and HiJinx Festival. Be sure to catch Blanke alongside Zeds Dead on the Deadbeats Tour at the Minnesota or Oregon shows, where you are sure to experience “The Machines” live!

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