Zhu Releases First New Track From Forthcoming "Nightcrawler" Album
Zhu’s release of the twenty-six second advertisement for his next album, “Nightcrawler,” commanded the industry’s attention earlier in the week, when Zhu condemned eight of dance music’s most prominent performers—Marshmello, Kygo, The Chainsmokers, Alan Walker, David Guetta, Zedd, Afrojack, and Steve Aoki—in a noir film that predicted the death of the eight producers, a death engendered by the forthcoming release of “Nightcrawler.”
Zhu’s message was clear: the album will bury the dominating dance music entities. Now, the eerie track to which the video is set—a song sinister in its refrain “blink once, blink twice, don’t forget”—has dropped, the eponymous track likewise titled “Nightcrawler.”
Featuring darker tones and classic Zhu percussive elements—similar to those previously witnessed on Zhu’s “Bad & Boujee” remix—Nightcrawler is distinctly Zhu in aesthetic, yet noticeably more ominous than any of Zhu’s prior releases. The menacing sound of Nightcrawler poses the question as to whether the rest of the anticipated album will bear a correspondingly haunting quality.
Zhu, slated to appear at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival on Friday, March 24th, will be worth watching on the festival’s online stream, for those not planning to attend the three-day event, as Zhu, in Ultra tradition, will be expected to debut some of the new music on which he is clearly sitting.