Electronic artist ZHU always looking to the future, but 2020 gives him more of a reason than ever before. While stuck in the middle of most of last year, the Grammy-nominated virtuous who crafted his latest LP, DREAMLAND 2021, with the intent of taking the body, mind, and soul of the more optimistic sound of his own scheme.
“I don’t believe that music, dancing, [or] freedom of expression will be curtailed much longer, ”ZHU said in a statement. “They can’t – that’s against human nature.”
ZHU started its project with the goal of rocking dancefloors, believing in their power to transcend and enable people to come together. Cultivating sounds through this mantra, the acclaimed artist has created yet another innovative work of art that seamlessly combines diversity, style and mood. DREAMLAND 2021 consisting of creepy techno and sweaty hallways of the house, all falling under the dark pop aesthetic.
The album opens with “It’s Gone,” which brings with it familiar synth notes before allowing an awesome bassline to be found. Avoiding the troubled production is ZHU’s own intimidating vocals, no longer an accent to his own electronic music. on DREAMLAND 2021, ZHU completely transformed his vocal talent into an unheard of audience on valuable releases.
“Distant Lights” followed, offering more powerful home making and a blared rock intro reminiscent of the cinematic highs of Daft Punk or Justice. ZHU’s vocals return as a lead as the track runs towards indifferent, happy abandonment.
“Blue Dream” has a more lively, tech feel at home. The track rides on ZHU’s vocals, delivering the hottest catchy moments with tense synths and roaring basslines. “How It It Feel,” a collaboration with fellow crossover superstars Channel Three, returned with a much better pop feeling. This Disclosure-esque track offers quick kicks, Tres lead vocals and airy accompaniment from ZHU.
This is the first of five forms that open up the collaborative approach towards ZHU DREAMLAND 2021. “You can’t create the same kind of community and connection without other people,” he said. “Electronic music is about sharing. I’m not trying to be selfish. ”
Since its release in late March, “Sky is Crying” has garnered more than 3.2 million streams worldwide. The somber grooves and a thumping beat offer a cool support to the dark electropop track. The song also saw ZHU singing alongside the famous Malaysian songwriter Yuna.
“Sweet Like Honey” probably carries the most comparisons from pop superstar The Weeknd, which seems like a foregone collab at this point. The track opens with a melodramatic piano strike along with gothic sounds, where once again we tap into ZHU’s potential in the pop domain.
While the vibrating home beat will capture the attention of electronic listeners, his vox seems too fitting to attract the masses. In “You,” the key reflections support a tradeoff between ZHU and Arctic Lake. The track heralds the tension between lust and love pain, and also sees the return of Mitch Bell, who played guitar on ZHU’s 2016 “NEON CITY” tour.
“SOCO” will develop a much smaller house and vocal composition. “Only,” one of the record singles 2020 and a collaboration Tinashe, an R & B-infused radio banger. The beats of the bass and seductive sound scheme surpass it and “Zhudio54” from simple, edgy pop hits. Instead of serving the mainstream, ZHU tracks seem to bring all listeners under one roof with the intention of mourning.
“Good 4 U” opens with brooding piano before distorted, distance vocals that call out first on the album’s first non -house beat. The track develops a more hip-hop feel, reflecting the smooth contributions of rap. Fortress the Friend before wrapping up the “I Need That.”
Its closing track is also an added departure from the house styles DREAMLAND 2021. The Eerie piano dances to a hip-hop beat, providing a beautiful setting to tie a bow to the album. The scattering of synths and hypnotic, distort bars finally adds a bit of hype, if only to remind listeners that this journey is meant to unite the return of live music.
“If people can dance in their house with music that it explodes on the sound systems in their living rooms, that’s the first step in getting back to that volume,” he said. “All you need are some speakers and some other person. That’s enough. ”