Despite being on Diplo’s ultra contemporary label Mad Decent, Zeds Dead have always been the black sheep of the family. Opting for a more bass heavy sound than the percussion lead beats of their labelmates. And although this new EP does contain some of that classic Zeds Dead sound, it seems they have given in to the label’s ideals and created a body of work that matches the Mad Decent sound even more.
‘Hot Sauce’ comes across as more of an experimental piece of work. With no two tracks following the same formula, Zeds Dead have begun to explore new areas of their production. And with this being a completely instrumental EP, it helps highlight their detailed work even more. The aptly titled ‘Rave’ plays with electronic synths and amen breaks, while opening track ‘Demons’ is a full on electro assault of beats and bass. It seems the two are trying to find themselves a new style and have decided to collect a small sample of tracks for this EP to see what their audience makes of it.
Although a great EP, it doesn’t really have that magic touch that makes them addictive. The tracks are fairly forgettable and with so much variety on this EP, their intent is lost amongst the experimentation.