It’s here!!! “Victor”, the Zeds Dead & Omar LinX collab that Cal spoke of in his latest Zeds Dead profile has arrived via Mad Decent’s free music imprint Jeffree’s! This is a huge release for the Salacious darlings as they continue their ascent to the top of the electronica world. A Mad Decent affiliated release is just what these guys need to give them that extra boost towards international acclaim. If you have any interest in EDM or hip-hop the Victor mixtape will blow you away. No, I’m not exaggerating. This is definitely one of the best Zeds Dead releases to date and the fact that it’s free is just icing on the cake. I mean, 30 minutes and 28 seconds of striking dubstep-infused-hip-hop (or is it the other way around?) with Omar LinX rapping over some of Zeds Dead biggest hits like “Eyes on Fire” and “Rude Boy”; what more could you ask for?!
All 7 tracks on the mixtape are magnificent but I just can’t get over the 1-2 punch of “No Prayers” and “The One”. Both begin with sentimental piano, vinyl crackle, a female vocal sample and jazzy cymbals that segue into a standard boom-bap beat. Then, Omar LinX spits his opening line and it feels like you’re listening to an old school sample-based hip-hop track until Zeds Dead hit you with a shot of bass wobble and crisp 3/4 beats. They balance each other out perfectly; nothing is overdone or embellished tastelessly. There are few who could meld these two genres together with such tact and ease…but Zeds Dead & Omar LinX are among those few.
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