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Zeds Dead Share Diverse Influences in New ‘Catching Zs’ Mix Series [LISTEN]

by Alexandria Wojcik   Jan 20, 2016 08:34 AM EST

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Believe it or not, the Toronto-based electronic bass duo known as Zeds Dead does not always listen to hard-hitting dubstep and trap bangers. In their latest project, a new mix series called Catching Zs, the duo shares the chill side of their eclectic taste in a diverse range of influences.

Zeds Dead set the tone for the new series with "Catching Zs Volume 1" which dropped earlier this week. Clocking in at just under an hour, the new mix features downtempo and otherwise chilled-out electronic tracks from a wide range of artists including Bonobo, Andrew Bayer and Oh Wonder among others, Run The Trap reports.

The outfit's roots lie in hip-hop, so it's no surprise that the new mix includes cuts from artists like The Fugees, Talib Kweli and Mr. Carmack as well. The mix is bookended by the duo's own work, beginning with their remix of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs' "Household Goods" and ending with their song "Slow" which features Omar Linx.

In an introduction to the mix, Zeds Dead explain their inspiration for the new mix series, Magnetic Mag reports. In the production duo's words: "We wanted to find a way to showcase some of the tracks that influence us and that we go to when we're enjoying a little downtime. Those Sundaze moments, the twilight hours after the party, or when you're just trying to chill...This is Catching Zs, a mix series for those moments in life when you want things to move a little more slowly."

The duo are likely in need of some downtime between touring almost nonstop, dropping new mixes left and right and frequently updating their curated Spotify playlist called Coffee Break. Just last week they were announced as one of the many headliners for Mysteryland USA, and today they are revealing the lineup for their now-annual Dead Rocks event at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Stream the first installment in Zeds Dead's latest mix series via the duo's secondary Soundcloud recently created specifically for mixes, below.

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