words by Kat Bein
The secret is out: ZHU is hitting the road on a North American fall tour in 2018, and his plan is to bring the desert to your front door.
The elusive producer and performer always had a flair for the dramatic, and his next two-part EP series is centered all around desert life. The first half of the saga, Ringos Desert Pt 1, just hit streaming platforms worldwide. It’s seven tracks move like a sidewinder through tales of love turned sour, heartfelt regrets and infidelity. It’s a sensual project conceived, written and recorded in deserts around the country, and you can hear the dusty strangeness of desert spirituality in its screeching guitars and soulful cries.
Fans who caught Zhu’s surprise set at Coachella may recognize “Desert Woman,” one of the unreleased tunes he dropped in his set. “Guilty Love” is a stand out, too, as are the grimy techno sounds of “Provocateur” and “Burn Babylon” feat. Keznamdi and Daniel Wilson. Ringos Desert Pt. 1 also features JOY. and Karnaval Blues, and it ends with quite the cliff-hanger.
Will someone save Zhu? You’ll have to wait for Pt. 2 to find out, but you don’t have to wait too long for your chance to get down to these new grooves. Zhu and his desert band hit the road in early September on an official tour that might be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. A promotional voicemail clip features ZHU’s manager berating his client’s decision to bring two-and-a-half tons of sand to each and every venue. We’re not sure why ZHU wants to smother the world in an endless desert, but we’re also here for it. Who doesn’t want to see a steamy club transformed into Arrakis?
Also, while you’re at it, be sure to text “dune” to (773) 8BL-KLZT for first access to tickets and to find out when they go on sale. Listen to Ringos Desert Pt. 1.