Zhu’s dynamic track ‘Chasing Marrakech’ soundtracks Apple’s new iPhone ad [Watch]

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Zhu’s dynamic track ‘Chasing Marrakech’ soundtracks Apple’s new iPhone ad [Watch]Zhu Apple Iphone Ad

Zhu‘s autumn keeps getting bigger, with the latest coup coming in the form of a new Apple iPhone XS ad featuring his 2017 song “Chasing Marrakech.” The mind-of-a-genius producer becomes the latest in a long line of illustrious Apple ad soundtrack contributors including Gorillaz, Daft Punk, ODESZA, and more. Zhu’s theatrical flair fits perfectly over the sleek visuals, and it’s worth wondering he could someday join Gorillaz as a twice-tapped Apple artist.

It’s not the first time that Apple has played a key part in Zhu’s music, with the tracklist for his recently released LP Ringos Desert seeing first light via Apple Music. The spot is a prime avenue of discovery for Zhu, and will likely be the latest chapter from the brand’s history in expanding artists’ audiences to casual music fans. For those not living under a dance music rock, “Chasing Marrakech” is just one of a slew of songs fans hope to hear as Zhu embarks across North America on his DUNE tour.

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ZHU Demonstrates A Measured Blend Of House And R&B In Masterful New Album: RINGOS DESERT

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ZHU broke onto the scene hard and fast. His enigmatic and anonymous debut helped build hype around his sound. Immediately fans believed ZHU was a side project of Skrillex. His music was just that good. The release of ‘Wasted’ only pushed him farther into fame as the song broke into the mainstream consciousness with its

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Zhu’s ‘Ringos Desert’ is an invitation to a pulp western oasis [Album Review]

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Zhu’s ‘Ringos Desert’ is an invitation to a pulp western oasis [Album Review]Zhu Ringos Desert Album Review

It’s no accident that every first listen to a new Zhu project feels like a carefully guarded private screening. He is, after all, a master curator. The stage was set long before an audience fills the seats, the impending vision immortalized long before scenes were spliced and set in stone. It’s also no accident that Ringos Desert could be seen on the horizon for months in advance. The Mind of a Genius artist’s presence in the dance music world is as carefully crafted as his music, with omissions and inclusions carrying equal weight. What the man of mystery wants seen, heard, and known, is exactly what is received.

First came rumors in the spring of literal tons of sand ready for transport to stops on Zhu’s impending “Dune” tour, and a mysterious phone number rigged for a secretive BLACKLIZT set deep in the Mojave. In the midst of it all were releases — high profile singles like the Tame Impala-assisted “My Life,” and “Coming Home,” with Majid Jordan. More music followed, with the lion’s share ending up on the producer’s Ringos Desert, Pt. 1 EP. Zhu’s sophomore full length effort has crept into fans’ peripherals for the better part of the year – so just how different does a full listen feel? That’s the funny thing about the wilderness: No matter how many dunes one passes on the way to its center, looking out from the middle of an ocean of sand is a different existence entirely.

Upon arrival, Ringos Desert makes it immediately clear that its identity as an invitation carried over to the track list itself. The LP contains a large amount of powerhouse collaborators — eight, to be exact — with each packing impact. From heavyweights like TOKiMONSTA to relative unknowns like Karnaval Blues, Zhu’s call to the desert seems to have drawn a crowd before the album ever reached fans’ ears. That spirit of openness can be felt in every joint effort, as TOKiMONSTA personally attested to when speaking of her album appearance on “Light It Up:”

“It was truly special how this song came together in that it is very much the result of both our minds,” she said of the track. “Collaborating with Zhu was creatively effortless. We both knew exactly where this song could go and we got it there. I can’t wait for the world to hear it.”

Every song is polished to absolute perfection, each sound given dedicated space to exist like modern art in an exhibit. Tucked into the songs is a cheeky dose of western sonic flavor that seasons the entire album. The high-noon shootout whistles and echoing crow calls on album opener “Stormy Love” are unapologetic pulp, but there are subtler instances at play as well. Twanging guitar lines ranging from full-on distorted wails (“Desert Woman”) to sad cowboy strums (“Ghost In My Bed”) permeate the project, giving a human touch counterbalance to the grooves’ ultra-cool polish. Through golden hour slow-burners and starry dance cuts, that layer of crackle and dust deepens the thematic experience, feeling deliberate without gimmick.

The body of work is upper echelon electronic music pure and simple. Only a handful of artists possess the kind of vision and polish to make a body of work this consistent, and at the same step out fearlessly to push creative genre boundaries. But where does this primal call to Ringos Desert lead? The album has always been an invitation — but to what? The material embodies an expansive array of feelings and experiences; love, drugs, sex, pain, loss, doubt, and almost everything in between. Repeated listens can immerse in the moment and just as easily transport through potent escapism. That power is no accident — after all, Zhu has beckoned the world to the dunes from the very beginning. To listen is to join him beneath the stars and sun and feel without distraction or interruption. If not all who wander are lost, Ringos Desert proves not all who are lost need saving.

ZHU Uploads His Three Hour Set From All Night Party He Threw In The Middle Of The Desert

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A few months ago ZHU sent out a cryptic tweet of a phone number. Of course, I bit and called the number. Soon I found out I was signed up for a text newsletter and was thanked with a preview of his new release. That would go on to be his enigmatic last EP, Ringos

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Full track list and release date of ZHU’s sophomore album ‘Ringos Desert’ revealed

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Full track list and release date of ZHU’s sophomore album ‘Ringos Desert’ revealedZhu Ringos Desert Release Date

There’s been no shortage of new ZHU teases from the enigmatic artist’s hotly anticipated second album. The hype has reached fever pitch with singles featuring top tier collaborators, including a genius link with Tame Impala‘s Kevin Parker for “My Life,” and a satin smooth joint effort with Majid Jordan, “Coming Home.” Now, ZHU has unveiled his master plan with a full track list, official cover art, and release date. Ringos Desert hits stores and streaming September 7 on his longtime home label, Mind of a Genius records.

The album’s 14 tracks include previously released singles, as well as material from ZHU’s spring EP, RINGOS DESERT PT. 1. Despite the track list’s heavy chunk of available material, the full experience promises plenty of future hits – including monster collaborators like Karnaval Blues and TOKIMONSTA. The same day his sophomore LP drops, ZHU will kick off his DUNE tour in El Ray, California. Can’t wait until September to hear the new LP? The “Working For It” producer has an ultra secret BLACKLIZT premiere party  planned somewhere in the sands of the Mojave on August 31.

Full track list and release date of ZHU’s sophomore album ‘Ringos Desert’ revealedZhu Ringos Desert Tracklist

 

ZHU teases new album artwork ahead of ensuing release

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ZHU fans can expect new music very soon.

The Ringo’s Desert Part 1 producer shared the album artwork for his next project via Instagram, an effort that will be “dropping soon,” according to the photo’s caption.

Album cover. Dropping soon.

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Slated to perform at Burning Man on August 31, ZHU will not only premiere his latest album offering at the festival, but will also host a Blacklizt Mojave set in Black Rock Desert, Burning Man’s longterm location.

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The album will presumably arrive as the second part of ZHU’s Ringo’s Desert series. Whether ZHU will release the work on August 31 on all platforms, or will only debut the fresh material at Burning Man? Only time will tell.

 

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Flume and Diplo plot back-to-back performance at Burning Man, along with sets from Skrillex, ZHU, and more

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Flume and Diplo plot back-to-back performance at Burning Man, along with sets from Skrillex, ZHU, and moreDiplo Burning Man2

Every year, fans can expect some wild performances at Burning Man, and this year proves to be no different. Leading the pack, we have Diplo and Flume plotting a special back-to-back set from the Playa this year. While Diplo will deliver several different sets during the course of the week-long event, he will notably appear alongside the Skin producer on August 31 for a 12:00 to 2:00am.

BURNING MAN CREW See you in black rock city next week 🔥🐋🦈⬆

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Diplo and Flume’s joint appearance won’t be the only exciting performance at Black Rock City this year. ZHUSkrillex, Seven Lions and more will also take the decks at Burning Man, with Skrillex slowly revamping his presence on the events circuit as the year winds down. Skrillex recently appeared on the lineups for Arizona’s Snowta and Decadence festivals, and now he’s making his annual trip out to the burn. With people currently flocking to the Nevada desert for this year’s iteration of the event, expect a number of additional high profile artists to spring up at Burning Man too.

Flume and Diplo plot back-to-back performance at Burning Man, along with sets from Skrillex, ZHU, and moreOpulent Temple Lineup Burning Man 2018

 

 

ZHU Announces His Next Album Is Complete

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ZHU is one of the most mysterious and talented artists in the dance music world today. The man who operates the principle that less said, is actually more, has had a stellar 2018 so far. He released the enigmatic and excellent album, RINGOS DESERT PT. 1. The seven-track effort was a standout on the year,

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Willow Smith stars in ZHU and Tame Impala’s ‘My Life’ video — released alongside remix pack

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Willow Smith stars in ZHU and Tame Impala’s ‘My Life’ video — released alongside remix packZhu Tame Impala Remies

Earlier this year, ZHU and Tame Impala released “My Life,” one of the most anticipated and acclaimed collaborations of 2018. Looking to add even more intrigue to the psychedelic track, the artists have now released a stunning music video featuring none other than Willow Smith.

The video begins with Smith at the scene of a fatal car accident before flashing back to the story of her relationship with the victim. A picturesque tale of two romances unfolds, leading the timeline back to just moments before the crash.

The emotional video comes at the same time as an seven-track remix album for the heartfelt song, featuring Kyle Watson‘s dark house take on the collaboration. Artists like Just A Gent and KRANE each give the song an energetic electronic flair with their remixes, while Klangstof brings a subtle indie vibe into the mix. With a slew of remixes and a powerful video, this new-classic will have some serious staying power for years to come.

Zhu & Tame Impala – “My Life” Video (Feat. Willow Smith)

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Willow SmithThe shadowy electronic producer Zhu and Kevin Parker’s world-conquering psych-pop project Tame Impala teamed up on a single called “My Love” earlier this year. Today, they’ve shared a video for the song starring Willow Smith. More »