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Zedd, Clarity
Interscope Records, Oct. 9

10/18/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



23-year-old producer Anton Zaslavski is Zedd, a German kid whose minor bromance with Skrillex got him a shot remixing the dubstep hero’s “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” which eventually led to doing “Marry the Night” and “Born This Way” for Lady Gaga’s collection of Born This Way remixes.  All this has led up to this kid becoming something of an EDM legend even before this, his first album, a strong set of tunes that peaks at the chick-sung title tune, a portent of precisely what you’d expect from a eurotrash kid who’s as overdosed on Ed Banger electro as the rest of us; it offers the loftiest possibilities of a hybrid genre of velvet-rope-house, bling and dubstep, which I’d have to call pop-step, unless that term’s already been coined, and I’m assuming it has.  The boombox-ready synth washes and effect-age are plenty abrasive enough to seem relevant to today’s tastemakers, but none of this comprises a steaming pile of unlistenable woofer-busting – if you like Armin van Buuren, Oakenfold and whatnot, there’s no excuse not to like this album just as much. A Eric W. Saeger
 





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