ZHU shines on junior LP ‘DREAMLAND 2021’
Back with his first studio album since 2018’s Ringo’s Desert, exalted house maestro ZHU shares his highly anticipated LP DREAMLAND 2021. For the third album of his career, ZHU pulls out all the stops, liberally deploying devastating bass riffs and groovy synth lines over his trademark brooding house sound. While the majority of the album leans towards the expected dark tone, several songs break the mold, including the ultra-groovy “How Does It Feel” with Channel Tres, the Rhodes piano ballad “SOCO,” and “Good4U” featuring rapping from lo-fi favorite Kota the Friend. Additionally, tracks like “Zhudio54” and “Yours” with Arctic Lake lean into ZHU’s signature deep house trappings while moving in fresh directions, keeping the album experience captivating throughout.
Although the wait for DREAMLAND 2021 was long, ZHU gave fans plenty of material to consume in the meantime. From hosting his first fashion show to performing countless breathtaking livestreams to sharing numerous artistically ambitious music videos, ZHU’s profile has only risen over the past few years. On top of his new ventures, the veteran producer has maintained a steady stream of high-profile collaborations, working with the likes of Jeremih, Bob Moses, 24kGoldn, Tchami, and several more. DREAMLAND 2021‘s featured roster also includes Tinashe, partywithray, and Yuna.
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