Zhu just stopped the show with brand new ‘stardustexhalemarrakechdreams’ EP
In quintessential Zhu fashion, the enigmatic beat maker has kept us guessing all year long. Following topical remixes of Migo’s chart-topping “Bad and Boujee,” and Gorillaz “Andromeda,” this year has seen the launch of Zhu’s new NYC Blacklizt warehouse party, as well as stirring new original products, “Intoxicate” and “Nightcrawler.” Apparently all of that has been precursory to the new EP Zhu has had in the works, and now he’s revealed his first full body of work since 2016’s Generationwhy. Rounding off at four new tracks, including a hotly anticipated collaboration with Nero, stardustexhalemarrakechdreams manifests itself as a logical artistic progression from last summer’s LP, though it manages to pack a much heavier punch.
Literally wearing its name on its sleeve, the EP’s first track, “Stardust” is a mild introduction to the release, playing upon Zhu’s signature midnight-primed house, polished with minimal, cooling vocals accents. “Exhale” opens with dramatic strings ahead of a knocking drum beat before breaking into a bombastic arrangement of stomping trap horns and hi hat rolls. The James Bondesque “Chasing Marrakech” offers an alluring hip-hop beat, replete with fleeting versework while the EP’s final offering, the Nero-assisted “Dreams” is a hauntingly dark piece of industrial bass music with tech overtones that would give Gesaffelstein goosebumps.
Not entirely a departure in style per se, Zhu’s showcases masterful extensions of his already distinguished production method on his latest EP, stardustexhalemarrakechdreams, out now via Mind of a Genius.