Clarity (Deluxe Edition)
This German EDM producer built a buzz on the strength of his DJ skills and high-energy remixes—for everyone from Lady Gaga and The Black Eyed Peas to Skrillex and Swedish House Mafia. ZEDD's debut album, Clarity, begins with a ticking clock that’s joined by a gentle melody and female vocalist LiZ—but don’t let the tranquil opening of “Hourglass” fool you. Midway through the track, it explodes into a house-inflected, pulsating heater that segues into the staccato, Baltimore club music-influenced “Shave It Up.” OneRepublic vocalist Ryan Tedder injects some falsetto-brushed soul into the synth-dappled “Lost at Sea,” while “Fall Into the Sky” welcomes Ellie Goulding into the fold for a hyperactive workout. Just when you’ve been stirred up, ZEDD promises to “Follow You Down” with a shimmering appearance by Bright Lights. The frenetic collection comes full circle as the final, aptly titled tune “Epos” concludes with a ticking clock winding down.