Zefzeed returns to Nervmusic with Dancing in Your Room (NM028) – a double EP consisting of 7 tracks, bringing to the turntable a fluid, emotive but also highly functional aesthetic. Zefzeed’s previous collaboration with the label took over on the Kindness EP, dating back to 2019.
With an ethos between steadfast conservatism and cutting-edge, Nervmusic is defined by its multidisciplinary interest in art by all its means. The legendary record label comes, as usual, with a strong visual overdose, this time inspired by the Lynchian masterpiece Twin Peaks & its Black Logde, with the help of Igor Skaletsky’s artwork.
Zefzeed breaks the ice with TSTosteron —an essential late-night minimal house track, deep and mellow enough to make you want to close your eyes, but with an amazing shuffling beat and bassline that could keep a crowd moving forever. The wailing female vocal is a tongue-in-cheek, capturing the sound of ’90s rave.
The Shaman Song, a charismatic braindance, shows off the producer’s taste for rich, immersive textures. The track is punchy and bold, thanks to a thumping bassline and some mournful synth waves, nurturing an arresting moment.
Up next, Zefzeed steers things toward the shadows. Clean Money’s mix is dark and heavy, but his focus on warm chords and raw timbre keeps the groove going strong. Some cockpit conversation adds up to the atmosphere, and every subtle tweak—like when the melody briefly drops out—feels earned.
C1 spins Metatronix: a bottom-heavy number that makes a hook out of undulating bass and finger-bent guitar strings, evoking the sassy noir feel of a teaseful David Lynch scene. The rampaging rhythms are defining traits of this vertigo, its darker, sleeker moments crafting a special sticky power.
On the flipside, Chibrit Factory is deep and dark, but with enough spice to power big dance floors. His mixing is smooth and confident as he barrels through a crunchy undergrowth.
D1 shows a different side of the producer catalogue – a sub-heavy groover that flirts with a house tempo. To the Beach builds slowly, inspiring an ethereal sound and a breezy outdoor feel. The broken vocal snippets & those subtle changes are what draw us into their spell.
Closing the compilation on an especially strong note, there’s a distinct melancholy on G0 space. You feel a sense of longing, as if something were missing. A combination of clever arrangements and mournful chords give the track a theatrical quality, a dance floor sure shot.
Some tracks are micro-worlds in themselves. Dancing in Your Room moves without warning from mood to mood, all part of a holistic whole, loosely held together by the same straightforward overtones that have long been central to Zefzeed’s output.
NM028 is diverse enough that you could choose pretty much any track at random and find something to love.
B1. The Shaman Song
B2. Clean Money
C2. Chibrit Factory
D1. To The Beach
D2. G0 Space
Written by Bianca Iulia