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,
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.
The world’s best party at sea returns for two sailings on January 5-9, and 9-12 aboard the Norwegian Epic. A collaboration between HARD Events, Cloud 9 Adventures, and The Bowery Presents, Holy Ship! returns to the seas for yet another music-packed voyage. Today, the electronic music cruise announced their highly anticipated 2019 lineups for each
Back in April, ZHU made a sensuous return with the desert-tinged Ringos Desert Pt. 1. On top of the EP, the aloof and ambiguous artist announced he would be returning to the limelight with a DUNE Fall tour, a China tour, and even performed a riveting surprise set at Coachella. But throughout the entirety of these exciting new announcements, ZHU’s also been working away at his fashion brand, hoping to elevate its allure with exclusive, next level collections.
Just recently, at Lightning In A Bottle festival, ZHU fans had the chance to create original pieces during a special interactive design booth. With each sold out release, ZHU is coming closer and closer to a collision of festival culture and high fashion. His brand new SS18 Ringos Desert Collection was also debuted at LiB and can be found now in full here.
Check out a few of our favorite pieces below.
Featured Photo credit: Yero Brown
The high-powered remixes of Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s smooth funk house jam, “One Kiss” are rolling in. After garnering more than 200 million Spotify plays since it’s initial release, bass house maestro Jauz put his dark and dangerous spin on the track, taking the pop/dance music crossover hit from the poolside club into the underground. Now ZHU catapults the track down into it’s deepest, darkest depths with pounding rhythms, sensual arpeggiated synths, and palpable house energy.
Fresh off the success of his Ringos Desert Pt. 1 EP release, Steven Zhu ups the ante with his official remix of “One Kiss,” likely one of the year’s most impressive dance cuts. Steeped heavily in ZHU’s signature ominous house stylings, the cloaked LA-producer transforms the bright, retro-inspired original into a dark, steamy composition that is yet another show of his truly cinematic skill in the studio. After dimming the lights on Lipa’s bubbling vocals, adding in some whispering falsettos of his own, ZHU continues to prove he is truly a musical auteur.
Calvin Harris struck gold with his single alongside Dua Lipa. ‘One Kiss’ has received almost 200 million Spotify streams since it’s release last month. The single has topped the charts in countless countries and helped restore faith in the legion of Calvin Harris fans who were off-put by his recent more pop-oriented productions. Now ZHU
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ZHU is never one to shy away from the darker side of music, and the LA maestro’s new music video wholly capitalizes on his moody, bleak aesthetic. Now the producer released a video accompaniment for “Still Want U” with Karnaval Blues, off his new album, Ringos Desert Pt. 1, which landed in April.
The video, co-directed by Yero Brown and Steven Zhu, displays a dark doleful aesthetic that has all the visual elements of a neo noir film, with menacing themes, key lighting, and clean stage designs that perfectly match the mood of the track.
Is it hot in here, or is it just ZHU’s new EP?
ZHU leads listeners out to the desert in new EP, Ringos Desert Pt. 1, a cross genre scorcher that heats up with each successive track, from the sultry, guitar assisted stunner, “Guilty Love,” to the low toned “Provocateur.” Tinged with the dark tones inherent of ZHU’s aesthetic, and overlaid with the producer’s signature breathy vocals, the seven tracks that comprise Ringos Desert Pt. 1 exude a sizzling sensuality that ZHU will soon take on his Fall headlining DUNE tour.
The 21-date initiative will see the versatile producer accompanied by brand new stage production, and his live band, both of which will collectively transcend the live electronic experience as listeners know it. Pre-sale tickets to the DUNE tour are currently available for purchase with the code “desertwoman.” Regular sale ticket sales will begin on Friday, April 27 at 12:00 PM EST. Tickets can be purchased here.
The first installment of a larger Ringos Desert production slated for a full release later in the year, Ringos Desert Pt. 1 suggests that ZHU is at the apex of dynamism.
ZHU’S DUNE TOUR, Phase 1 DATES:
September 07 – Chico, California @ El Rey Theatre
September 14 – Los Angeles, California @ The Shrine
September 16 – Phoenix, Arizona @ The Van Buren
September 18 – Dallas, Texas @ Bomb Factory
September 19 – Austin Texas @ Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheatre
September 20 – Houston, Texas @ Warehouse Live
September 24 – Washington, D.C. @ Echostage
September 25 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @ Electric Factory
September 27 – Brooklyn, New York @ Brooklyn Steel
September 30 – Boston, Massachusetts @ House of Blues
October 02 – Montreal, Quebec @ New City Gas
October 03 – Toronto, Ontario @ Rebel
October 09 – Minneapolis, Minnesota @ First Avenue
October 13 – Calgary, Alberta @ The Palace Theatre
October 15 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Vogue Theatre
October 16 – Seattle, Washington @ Paramount Ballroom
October 17 – Portland, Oregon @ Roseland Theater
October 20 – Las Vegas, Nevada @ The Pearl
October 22 – San Diego, California @ The Observatory North Park
October 23 – Tucson, Arizona @ Rialto Theatre
October 26 – Morrison, Colorado @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Zhu has officially announced phase one of his upcoming “Dune” tour, which kicks off this fall and will be making stops in LA, Brooklyn, Toronto and more. In tangent with the first wave of tour dates, he’s also released part 1 of his upcoming album — and bringing 2.5 tons of sand on the road with him to make for a truly unique live experience. In this case, part 1 is in the form of snippets that serve as background music under a voicemail by manager Jake Udell (who doesn’t seem too happy about the idea of touring with all that sand in the trunk).
Sources say the EP is set to release on April 26th — although they say Zhu himself will not announce it — and tickets will go on sale Friday April 27th. However, fans can get more information on pre-sale tickets in the meantime by texting “dune” to 773-8BL-KLZT (825-5598).