Artist Name – Brother Zulu
Song Title – Fine!
Channeling fast lane fever, Brother Zulu weave a genre-bending, soul-quenching banger with their latest release “Fine!”
With a production as equally greasy as the vocals that line the top, it’s an anthem for anyone who’s ever received an ‘invoice of the law’!
Inspired by a particularly egregious driving penalty, the song encompasses the cacophony of frustration, incomplete rationale and pure fire breathing anger expressed when receiving a fine.
Parodying on the tired trope of pointlessly shoehorning female objectification into pop song lyrics, the chorus is a wild mix of bass-heavy grime, James Brown era funk and UK garage, interspersed within hyperactive verses that dart between John Mayer, Blade Runner and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson as influences.
Produced by Brother Zulu’s Lawrence Ajadi, mixed by Jonas Westling and pushed hard in mastering by John Webber, Brother Zulu brings you its latest genre taster dish.
At a raucous, out of hand 150-person house party near Hammersmith, Brother Zulu performed their very first gig to an inebriated audience of budding scientists, engineers and medic students.
Their eclectic setlist, wild genre jumps and spellbound audience set the tone for what was to come from the London natives.
The band’s members have border-crossing tastes: 1970s soul brought on by lead singer Max Tuohy meets a jazz essence embodied by guitarist Alex Hillman; the back catalogue of rare groove and funk that inspires bassist Noah Nelson meets the heavier hip-hop and rock grooves of drummer Youssef Abdelkhalek.
Combining the many elements of Brother Zulu is a production style as unique as its varied members, curated by versatile producer, keys player and classically trained flautist Lawrence Ajadi.
The band has received support as an Unsigned Music Award nominee, ILUVLIVE Hotlist artist and BBC Artist of the Week while catching the eye of tastemakers such as Tom Robinson, Gaby Roslin, Shell Zenner and Spotify editorial playlists New Hip-Hop and R&B and Monday Spin.
If 2018 was the year that saw the band go public with their soulful crooner “Honey”, a sold out Camden Assembly show, performances on national radio and the BBC’s Biggest Weekend, then 2019 holds high expectations for the group with their spring release of “Fine!” and the first look at a set of ‘trilogy’ EPs coming through for later in the year.