Loui The ZU
Loui the ZU is back with another enchanting hit. The young New Zealander decides not to rap on this one, and instead opts for a smoother, more relaxed atmospheric track. Click play if you haven’t already; you might be really surprised by what you hear. This is another showcase of Loui’s impressive versatility. It honestly sounds like a combination of Youth Lagoon and Active Child… wild!
Here’s a darker, re-worked version of a song from his debut mixtape LBSB: The Fruits of My Labour.
It’s amazing just how much can happen in one month. I graduated. I spent a week in a cabin with 10 of my best friends. I went to college orientation. June was a lot of new people, places, and things mixed in with the old and familiar. I think I’m at a stage in my life where growing up is a balancing act between the new and the old, sticking with fond memories versus moving onto new experiences. “Summit Sanctuary” was the name of the cabin in which my friends and I stayed. I wanted to use this mix as a documentation of the week we spent there, a moment in time captured in a soundtrack.
There’s a question I’ve been meaning to ask you… how do you feel about Europe?
- The Lighthouse and the Whaler – Venice
- The Royal Concept – Goldrushed
- The Griswolds – Heart of a Lion
- The Royal Concept – Gimme Twice
- The Jungle Giants – She’s a Riot
- The Gunpoets – Make You Happy (ft. Maddy Walsh)
- Fresh Expresso – Bedroom
- Lee – With You
- Get Well Soon – Hold On (ft. Loui The Zu)
- Dr Dr – Get Free (Major Lazer Cover)
- Allo Darlin’ – Europe
- Slowdance – Boyfriend
- Avec Sans – Heartbreak Hi
- The Lighthouse and the Whaler – Pioneers
- The Novel Ideas – Promise
- Asaf Avidan & the Mojos – Reckoning Song
- The Milk – Everytime We Fight
Loui The ZU is a 17-year-old rapper/producer who was born in Zimbabwe and raised in New Zealand. I want to say something dramatic right now to grab your attention because you need to fucking focus. This is an important moment in your life, and I’m glad to be a part of it. If you consider yourself a fan of hip hop, you should get familiar with ZU. He has been releasing music for a few months now and has gained a small but loyal following. Just yesterday, however, he released his first proper EP, and if there’s anything just about the world it’s about to catch fire on the Internet.
There’s something special about Loui The ZU. It’ll become evident to you within the first few tracks of LBSB. His sound and style are definitely comparable to his idols Kanye West and Theophilus London. There’s something a bit more alternative about his music though. His tracks don’t generally follow the traditional verses and chorus. They are much looser in structure and that in itself is intriguing. The production on the EP is also very raw yet professional sounding. ZU is a completely self-taught producer, which only freaking adds to his legend.
If you do a simple Google search, it will become apparent that this is a kid who wants it all and understands how to utilize the Internet and his talents to get what he wants. He’s running fashion blogs, making beats, rapping over them, and releasing tracks –all while studying marketing and design at a local college. That right there is dedication and why the age we live in today is ultimately a good thing.