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Premiere: ZULUZULUU, ‘Fades’

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by Jay Gabler

May 27, 2016

ZULUZULUU — Greg Grease, DJ Just Nine, MYK, "Proper-T," Captain Big Bounce, Trelly Mo — are sonic adventurers who defy categorization. Are they hip-hop? Are they funk? Are they soul? Are they Afrobeat? Are they the music of the spheres? Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes.

The band have announced a new album, What's the Price (Sound Verite Records/RVL), dropping June 24 online with a vinyl release to follow in September. We're pleased to present a first listen to "Fades," a sublime yet challenging track being released today as a single.

In a statement, the band say, "'Fades' is a great introduction into the ZULUZULUU philosophy; let's fade away the novelty and save the day for prophecy. We waste so much time attempting to please each other with small talk. Can we hold some authentic conversation and challenge each other to fade away the fake handshakes and phony friendships?"

As the album's release approaches, the band members are all keeping busy. Greg Grease is our Local Current DJ in Residence this month — hear him curating and hosting Minnesota music this afternoon from noon to 6 p.m. on our Local Current stream. Grease and DJ Just Nine are playing Soundset on Sunday, and on June 9 ZULUZULUU will be at the Amsterdam with Dam-Funk and Pho.

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