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Today saw the release of Zulu X-Ray, the latest EP from GDD homies Zedex (formerly ZX). The young British house duo have put out a stormer of a record, featuring guest vocals from Brooklyn based label-mate Sam Wilkes. This week we caught up with Jamie Graham and James Trayford of Zedex to talk about their new release, recent name changes, and dancing dirty. Here’s how it played out…

GDD: Thanks for taking the time to chat guys. So starting from the top, how did ZEDEX come about?

James Trayford: We were at school in Peterborough together, but while there we’d both been playing in this electro-rock band called Cut This City, without much success. As our influences changed we started a side project, quickly becoming our main project, called ZX.

GDD: Why the recent name change from ZX to ZEDEX though?

Jamie Graham: People were complaining that they couldn’t find our stuff so we decided to make it more search engine-friendly. Zedex is way easier to google than the two letters of ZX…

JT: …plus we’re not as big as the games console or Citroen car yet!

GDD: What influenced your sound starting up, and who influences you now?

JT: We’d always been aware of the original french house stars, Bangalter, Modjo et al. , but it wasn’t really until 2007 with bands like Bag Raiders, Cut Copy, Van She coming out of Australia and the breakthrough of Justice and the Ed-Banger guys from France that we really got excited about electronic music. Fenech Soler, who come from a village near us were the only electro band to pretty much ever come from this area and supported us right from the start, letting us remix their track ‘LA Love’. They were pretty good mentors early on I guess. We’ve got a pretty wide range of musical influences spanning to rock bands like The Mars Volta and Deftones, or more experimental stuff like Brian Eno, and Danny Elfman.

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Big ups to our reader submitted GDD babe of the week!

After a short hiatus for the festive season, we’re back to bring you the first Dirt of 2011! Starting the year off strong, this week we’ve a fresh 14 in store, accumulating some of the hottest tracks in tropical tech, disco-house, electro and dubstep. Fear not Dirty Dancers, we will indeed be back with another helping next week. Whether it lands on a Wednesday or Saturday is up to the powers that be, but feel free to stick your oar in by voicing your thoughts on our facebook page and the comments section below.

Without further ado, it gives me great pleasure to dish The Dirt, number 22…

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Last week the Press Play EP from long time GDD™ homie Fazhands dropped on Metamimetic. The follow up to last year’s Flush EP, Press Play sees the 21 year old Londoner delve into a deeper sound, through which he really seems to have found his niche. Title track ‘Press Play’ features guest vocals from label-mate Sam Wilkes, while ‘Bullitt’ and a remastered ‘Neptune’ are nifty bookends to a solid and well rounded tech-house EP.

Fazhands – Press Play (feat. Sam Wilkes)
Cop his recent 002 mix below, and cruise over to Beatport to pick up the full EP.

Fazhands – 002 Mix by fazhands

Download Link and tracklist after the jump

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In August, we threw a remix competition in conjunction with the release of Booth, the debut EP from Metamimetic artist and GDD homie, Sam Wilkes. We received a grip of entries, and have thoroughly enjoyed listening to them all – there were some really sick submissions, but there could only be one winner. Big ups to DJ Avedon, an LA-based New Yorker, whose Dutch House rendition of the Wilkes track really stood out among some stiff competition:

Sam Wilkes – Let Him Go (Avedon Remix)

Other notable mentions go to Dreamweaver for his disco-house take on the track, and the innovative tropical fidget of Tiny Giant, whose remix was already featured on Pelski last month:

Sam Wilkes – Let Him Go (Dreamweaver Remix)

Sam Wilkes – Let Him Go (Tiny Giant Remix)


Last week saw the launch and first release from rookie label Metamimetic. In conjunction with the release of the indie-blues infused Sam WilkesBooth EP, we are running a remix competition for his track ‘Let Him Go’. You can find the stems and rules below. The winner will receive two passes to a Control night of their choice, a highly coveted GDD tee and sticker pack as well as being released via Metamimetic. We’ll also be posting honorable mentions on both Metamimetic and GottaDanceDirty.

Synth-house duo ZX have recently signed with Metamimetic and are set to drop their EP via the label on August 2. From Peterborough in the UK, their maximalist house sound has undertones of Oizo-esque synthlines; our buddies over at Too Many Sebastians compared their sound to early GRUM, but enough of that, let their music do the talking and take a listen for yourself.
Here’s their rendition of the new Wilkes track, you can find the stems below.
—> STEM PACKAGE <--- get ’em
1. Email entries to sweetfa@gottadancedirty.com no later than August 15th. Mp3s in 320 are best.
2. Track content will remain sole property of Metamimetic Records.
Good Luck!
Here’s an exclusive promo that won’t be featured on their forthcoming EP:
Huge fan of this tune; the sample from One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest is BIG.
For more info on the label and to pick up a free copy of the brand new Sam Wilkes – Booth EP, visit: www.metamimetic.com