The time has come to pull back the curtain on We Are Deadbeats Vol. 4. Following an onslaught of singles released around the turn of the decade, Deadbeats bosses Zed Dead are releasing the highly-anticipated fourth installment of their popular label compilation.
The new compilation album includes recently released singles “Sound of The Underground” with Urbandawn, “Bumpy Teeth” with Subtronics, and “Dead of Night” with Ganja White Night. As expected, the collaborative album also features previously released singles alongside Dion Timmer, Jauz, Delta Heavy, and DROELOE, all of which were spread out over the course of 2019.
For all intents and purposes, the compilation album essentially doubles as a full Zeds Dead work. After all, they’ve been steadily releasing the LP’s tracks for the better part of eight months. With seven new joints that are just now seeing the light of day, including Holly, long-time collaborator Omar Linx, midtempo prodigy Deathpact, and bass house duo Loge21, the new track offerings show We Are Deadbeats Vol. 4 to be extremely diverse and well balanced. At times smooth and melodic, at others heavy and deep, the album showcases the best of both new and old trends. At the same time, the boys make sure to showcase some riddim-laden terrains, which is a signal of where the larger “big room” bass movement is headed.
A few new standouts on the LP rise above the pack. The first is the Slushii-assisted track, “Drifting,” with its dreamlike vibe, ethereal landscapes, shimmering synth work, and glazed-over feel. It’s definitely reminiscent of his recent sophomore album release, Dream II. The second track is a fluid, melodic number, “After The Water,” with Champagne Drip, which signals a completely new direction for him. On each track, it’s clear where each artists’ stamp on the track comes in and where Zeds Dead’s takes over, usually around the drops.
The Montreal-based further revealed that the project actually started as their next solo album, but progressed into a Deadbeats volume:
“We wanted to collaborate with some artists on our label as well as artists that represent the kind of music you’ll hear at a Deadbeats show,” DC and Hooks stated on their creative process for the album. “We are in the process of finishing our second album, and at the same time have been working on these tracks for our live sets. t took shape very organically and what was once meant to be a sort of precursor to our album eventually transformed into an album of its own and we’re incredibly happy with how it turned out. That second Zeds Dead album is still coming though!”
We Are Deadbeats Vol. 4 arrives on the brink of Zeds Dead announcing their seventh annual Dead Rocks, set to take place July 2-3 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The event sold out almost immediately within tickets going on sale. Immediately following, the boys’ fourth annual Deadbeats NA tour will feature label mates and friends all over the continent. Tickets are available on their website.