Ahead of tonight's exciting show at Moth Club with headliner Prince Rama, we got No Zu to pick some songs and make a playlist. Check it out for some pre-boogie!
Daphne: We've described Afterlife before as a 'nocturnal sex dream' - perhaps Betty Davis' music encapsulates more of a waking sex dream - her snarling vocals are as sharp as the whip cracks of her turquoise chain. It's a smooth and buoyantly sexy funk track from the oft-underrated former partner of Miles Davis.
Adrian: A sublime track- beautiful haunting sax and tinkling percussion gently wash over you in warm waves. Perfect for some moments of solace or watching the European countryside roll by.
Becky: Norwegian band with a passion for south-east Asian instrumentation, I don't know many other tracks by Ken Dang that have this kind of chemistry and emotion. I love the short commanding vocal and how expressive it is of the sentiment of the lyrics. It's definitely inspired my approach to vocals when performing in NO ZU. Also I love the reference to Borneo, (Malaysia) it's my heritage so I also feel proud when playing it. I'm always looking for female fronted bands to be influenced by, there are so many who are not celebrated enough.
Kieran: Driving groove that can feel pretty unrelenting by the end but keeps you dancing. It's a great example of instruments each having their turn to contribute to the whole groove but never overpowering or cluttering the composition.
Mitch: Creepy jam with odd-ball ghost-from-the-past personality. From beyond the voices talk to ZU and inform our behaviors. From Russia 2 ZU 2 U with luv get on the ship & this jam will come on 5 days into the party.
Becky: Elisa Waut's vocal backed up against the droney slow groove has a kind of majestic mysterious magnetism in this track. This choice is a tribute to our recent Moscow show, dark, deep and will set you into a heavy feminine trance in honour of, Russia.
Adrian: One of my favourites off a great album, Songs of Love & Lust. Dense electronic percussion, Cosey Fanni Tutti's dubbed- out vocals and fantastic squelchy synth melodies all come together in this deep, slow groove.
Cayn: Only a recent discovery for me. I soon found out that Suicide was a major ingredient in the melting pot of primordial ooze that gave rise to NO ZU way back when. It's dangerous encounter music. Lo-Fi, raw, jailbird shank-encounter music.
Becky: If you like the playfulness of Babylonian Pearl by CAN there is some sense of that in this track, but it's even lighter and looser. A super fun and warm jam featuring CAN drummer Jaki Liebezeit & Damo Suzuki as well as later members of the iconic kraut rock project. Clip is super cool too.
Nic: I'm not sure if it's lame, but on top of listening to fav recordings from places where we're traveling, I also crave classic Australian records. I guess it's linked with the greater sense of being Australian when in foreign places as it's a point of interest with most people you meet. Also, when performing it's natural to feel a sense of representing where you're from in some little way.
Ed has been good to me. The Saints excited a young acne covered me with a CD I borrowed from the library, Laughing Clowns broke my heart over and over with 'Eternally Yours' and this more recent discovery has a kind of bold adventurism that is perfect to dance in the Euro clubs to while wearing a Driz-A-Bone and speaking with an accent that sounds closer to a crow than any other.
Bad Vibrations x Polyester Zine: Prince Rama + No Zu