Since his first releases on his The Nightday EP in early 2014, no-longer-so-mysterious producer Stephen ZHU has been the subject of remixes rather than putting out original content. That changes today however, with the premiere of a huge collaboration with hip-hop supergroup Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, as well as instrumentation by Troy Andrews, aka Trombone Shorty.
It’s called Hold Up Wait A Minute, and it’s in a similarly jumpy and bumpy vain to ZHU’s other work. While The Nightday EP thumps in a more deep house way, Hold Up Wait A Minute cruises with twangy guitars, brass and organs. The chorus is super similar to ZHU’s other work, with his distinct vocals piercing through the chords. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony add some really interesting variation though, with some really fast flow on their behalf making it all the more boogie-able. The only issue with this particular copy of the track is that it’s been ripped straight from Dash Radio, and so as a result has a bunch of stings throughout reminding you where it got premiered – ah well.
Hold Up Wait a Minute is the fourth track from ZHU’s upcoming album, reportedly entitled Genesis Series. It follows on from AlunaGeorge-featuring Automatic, as well as two other collabs A-Trak and Gallant, all of which are phenomenal.
This one is my favourite so far – it’s great timing too, considering the recent attention Bone Thugs have received by way of blockbuster biopic Straight Outta Compton.
We’re incredibly excited for Zhu’s new release. Every new track we’ve heard so far has ventured out into its own direction, from electro-pop to reggae to soul, and now hip hop. I’d been wondering what route Zhu would take his sound following his first EP, and it looks like he decided to take them all.
For more, keep an eye on his website Generation Why.