A year and a half since releasing his debut EP The Nightday, Zhu is once again releasing new music. As part of his new Genesis series, Zhu has begun dropping a new track every Friday. Back are the liquid synths and breathy vocals we fell in love with on The Nightday. Yet unlike his debut EP, each track of which was driven by the single propulsive force of the man himself, every new track features a collaborator either on the vocals, in the production booth, or both. The diverse cast of collaborators ranges from AlunaGeorge to Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.
While his first EP defied categorization in any of the all too many subgenres of electronic music, the new tracks seamlessly blend Zhu’s unique sound with a host of earlier musical influences. On “Testarossa Music”, which features vocalist Gallant, Zhu intercuts a guitar riff that would be welcome on any 80s radio station with modern percussive beats.
AlunaGeorge and Zhu deliver sultry and soulful falsettos throughout “Automatic” before the electronic beats take a backseat to a saxophone which turns the up the heat on the already fire track.
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony drive the hook of “Hold Up Wait A Minute” through your ears and back out your lips, while Trombone Shorty provides a taste of New Orleans horns, and Zhu grounds the track in a signature bass line and sprinkles in his own vocal contributions creating a tune that perfectly blends each artist’s talents.
Overall, the tracks showcase a more confident Zhu, willing to blend his sound with his varied musical influences and capitalize on the success of The Nightday to recruit top talent collaborators. One thing is for sure, we cannot wait for next Friday!