Ladies and gentlemen, meet Anton Zaslavski, aka Zedd–my pick for 2010’s electro-house breakout artist of the year. With only a few releases under his belt, Zedd is already making a name for himself. He has frequently won Beatport remix contests and will be headlining a Beatport party in Germany later this summer. Like me, you may have a hard time believing that Zedd’s musical career started with his metal band, Dioramic. In an interview with Beatport after a recent contest win, Zaslavski said “I actually prefer producing electro house music. I love songs that have lots of different layers and parts–music that I have to explore.” That is exactly what he delivers- complex electro beats welcoming multiple listens.
Posted below are not one, not two, but THREE of my favorite releases from the German producer. The first is a remix of the iconic Wolfgang Gartner’s Latin Fever. While the original version promotes more technical percussion rhythms, Zedd’s take on Latin Fever is an electro-house demon. The next, a Zedd original, is remixed by Lucky Date, who joins the German prodigy on Big Fish Records. The words that first come to mind when trying to describe this song are filthy, ripping electro-house. The track is a bit dark, but if you’re a fan of this music, you can handle that. Last, but definitely not least, is Zedd’s remix of David May’s Facebook Love. Hitting you from every spectrum of the sound-wheel, this one is a pure melodic, uplifting, electro house room-shaker. This guy is of a new, yet rare breed of electro-producers that are taking the world by storm. I guarantee that the best is yet to come from this producer, and I expect not only quality tracks, but a lot of them in the near future (no pressure, Anton).