By all accounts, Zhu is having himself a career year. In 2017, the enigmatic beatmaker has already graced fans with a handful of aced remixes, a new EP, and a joint venture with Adidas. Now, just as the year draws to a close, Zhu continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. With the announcement of his New Year’s Eve Blacklizt party and pop-up shop in San Francisco, the Mind of a Genius producer also dropped off a stomping new original cut called “Jet The Doberman” for your listening pleasure.
The new tune is an elbow-throwing trap piece introduced by a lengthy build, halted by a plucky mid-track breakdown, capped with brassy horn stabs that would make TNGHT shed a proud tear. Complete with crisp hi-hat rolls and intriguing sample selects chopped throughout, “Jet The Doberman” is another one-two punch from Zhu before the year’s end. Safe bet to assume this one soundtracks a thunderous live entrance into 2018 for fans in attendance in San Francisco too.
Zhu debuted his first Blacklizt event this past weekend in New York City. The show was a minimalist production and filled with the incredible dark beats you would expect. Zhu actually played a 4 hour set which is almost unheard of in this day and age. All seemed to be a success but one attendee
The highly anticipated BLACKLIZT Party hosted by Zhu last weekend generated hype that attracted dedicated fans to the heart of Brooklyn, where ominous indie sounds accompanied by mesmerizing visuals captivated every soul in the warehouse.
With virtually no limits for self expression at the show, Zhu asked only one thing from fans who partook in the madness: wear black. From head to toe, wear black. Black. Only black. Simple enough, right?
Giving the guy the benefit of the doubt, maybe the excitement of the show got the best of him, but most likely this fellow thought that house god Zhu’s special request didn’t apply to him. The man who clearly missed the memo arrived at the show wearing a white hat, disregarding the only rule set by the renown artist. However, the faux pas didn’t stand unnoticed. Following Zhu’s instrumental intro, the Chinese American producer stopped his set to address the dumbass in the crowd, and proceeded to rally the crowd to chant “kick him out” while masses began grabbing at his hat until the man was essentially forced to leave.
After the shunned rebel left the party, activities resumed with more energy than ever.
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For the last several months, ZHU has been cryptically gearing up for his New York Blacklizt party, the location of which has been secret until now. The esoteric artist texted details of the event, which will take place this Saturday, June 24, to select fans today, revealing that it will be held at 130 Bowery.
The ominous show, which requires attendees to wear all black to enter, will feature a four hour set from ZHU, in which he’ll allegedly place a greater focus on techno and acid house than is present in his typical performances. Given the fact that tickets for the sold-out show are currently reselling on Stubhub for a minimum of $150 (more than twice their initial price), it seems as big things loom on the horizon for Blacklizt.
Within the details about the show comes a staggering additional piece of information…ZHU directs fans to a landing page which teases a video for an unreleased collaboration with Nero. Entitled “Dreamz,” the sinister track embodies the essence of Gesaffelstein. The collaboration, which has no release date yet announced, will mark Nero’s first new production since 2015’s Between II Worlds LP (excepting their 2016 Prince tribute and Joseph Ray’s recent solo endeavor).
Preview ZHU and Nero’s “Dreamz” by texting (650) 203-6228.