by: Cameron DeFaria
Aug 4, 2022
Marking his first long-form project since 2021’s DREAMLAND (DELUXE), ZHU‘s Musical Chairs Mixtape Vol. 1 has officially landed via Astralwerks Records. Featuring production support from Elderbrook, Mr. Carmack, and Channel Tres, among others, ZHU first announced the quick-turnaround tape on Twitter, hours before closing out Lollapalooza 2022‘s opening day (July 28). Not only did the Grammy-nominated artist make cassette versions of Musical Chairs Mixtape Vol. 1 available for purchase on the festival grounds, he also had Lollapalooza attendees engage in a traditional game of musical chairs while tending decks at the Chicago mainstay’s Solana X Perry’s stage.
“When I was young, we would rip our favorite songs off the radio straight onto cassettes,” ZHU said. “I wanted to make something that reminded my fans of an era that was more physical.”
ZHU’s new seven-track effort materialized just days before the Bay Area producer would join Swedish House Mafia on their legacy-defining Paradise Again Tour, beginning at Madison Square Garden on August 3. Browse ZHU’s complete list of upcoming shows here, and stream Musical Chairs Mixtape Vol. 1 below.
Featured image: Joey Vitalari