The wait is officially over, because ZHU has made his triumphant return. Earlier this week, the mysterious producer posted a link to a brand new website, with scrambled letters in the background and nothing but the banner, “Genesis Series.” Rumors ran rampant, as people speculated whether it was the elusive producer’s next album, a brand new live concept, or something completely different.
Since exploding onto the scene in 2014, ZHU has continued to remain anonymous, forgoing all opportunities with press or any personal appearances in favor of letting his music speak for itself. A year later, it is safe to say that his debut EP, The Nightday, spoke volumes about dance music on its way to over 50 million plays, making ZHU one of dance music’s most promising, up-and-coming talents.
Today, the illustrious producer finally unveiled the first track of his Genesis Series project, a collaboration with AlunaGeorge titled “Automatic.” Smooth, sexy string sequences welcome you into the track in the opening seconds, before peeling back the curtain to unveil a bubbly, complex bass line, deep, groovy synths, polished piano chords, and even a sexy saxophone solo against AlunaGeorge’s silky, sultry croons. This one is going straight into the “bedroom” playlist, because it is just oozing sex.
“If a man doesn’t know how to dance he doesn’t know how to make love, there I said it!”
― Craig Ferguson
Zhu drops a brand new release and he covers one of his favorite artists in CHVRCHES. As usual, it’s nothing short of great. Zhu is making quite a name for himself. Just the other day I heard a remix of Faded on my local radio and was like “holy shit,” it’s Zhu! It’s fun when artists you know that are working hard get that hard earned radio play.
ODESZA just gave ZHU’s Faded the remix treatment, and it’s craaaaaaazy. Definitely a 180 switch from ZHU’s original work. Both are great, and should be equally enjoyed. Below is the original, and the remix for comparison.
Below are the remaining tracks off of his stellar debut EP, Nightday.
Man, ZHU drops another banger remixing Lana Del Rey’s latest, West Coast. With his dark-ish style, ZHU gives it his own twist. At some point in the near future, I would like to go to a bar/club, and only have ZHU music be played because that’s what sounds like a good night. You know? A faded night.
The name “Waves” came way before I found the song “Waves” by the incredible Aussie artist Japanese Wallpaper. I was reading about Jackson Sonnanfeld-Arden’s philosophy (introduced to me by Deru) about these Nine Pure Tones, or waves, that serve as the basis of all life and existence. It was a riveting read that has since been taken down from the Internet, and it was just crazy enough to sort of blow my mind and maybe influence my entire life.
You hear about how we’re the most informed generation, but how much of that information are we actually implementing in our behavior? Are we constantly having our behaviors and ideas reaffirmed by seeking comfort in niche sections of the Internet, which monitor our searches to customize the ads we see–only further reaffirming our behaviors? Or are we seeking and interpreting new ideas and incorporating them into our ever-changing social dynamics?
So these have been my thoughts and questions the past two months. You can see how “waves” could work as a metaphor for the ebb and flow of life. And the philosophy takes it like a zillion steps further by defining all science and behaviors in nine different waves. So yeah, um, that was the idea for the mixtape. Also, I just wanted to make your soundtrack for the beginning of summer.
She wears my favorite color, everyday in her eyes…
*Not including track 16 (“Berlin” by Highlands) and track 20 (“Mad at Me” by Sage The Gemini).
The mysterious artist, ZHU, is back with another smooth banger that should fit nicely into your weird kind of playlists. I describe ZHU as weird, but weird in a good way. Weird as in I can’t get enough, but by god it’s weird music, and all I want is more. Luckily for you, and me, The NIGHTDAY EP is up for presale on iTunes and I’m sure it’s something worth supporting. The EP is out April 20th.
It is really really really difficult to believe in love when you have not experienced it, yet it is so engrained in culture that it is instilled in even the most adamant nonbelievers. I set out to make out a mixtape that is as grimy and slimy (sorry for rhyming) as the ZHU smash “Superfriends” and somehow came out with this grand statement on love. I think the context of this love still comes from like a night out, “we found love in a hopeless place”-type scenario, so that is cool and interesting. Other than that, it is just a mix of 24 songs ranging from Mar‘s gorgeous “Ode to Her” (which makes the lyric “If I was born a girl, I would be just like you babe” endearing and not weird) to the addictive and danceable “Coast Is Clear” by the odd couple of Skrillex and Chance The Rapper.
Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.
It’s sometimes nice to know the right people as that’s how I found myself with this track in my inbox. ZHU, before today, was an anonymous artist before today posting music with no indication of who he was, but we now have a name to the music.
I give you Faded. which is a chilling vibe that is most likely meant to roll with molly. Regardless of your molly habits, this is for everyone as this should fair pretty well with the internet game.
As a bonus, I included his Outkast cover that hit the webs when he was anonymous.