CHICAGO, IL – 11 May, 2017 – “This Machine Kills Fascists”. Never one to withhold his opinion, Chicago based Reggae artist MC ZULU is known for the addition of controversial symbolism to his work. In the case of his latest EP “War Machine” the poignant yet comedic expression, borrowed from the guitar of anti-war Folk hero Woody Guthrie, punctuates the ending.
War Machine combines MC ZULU’s signature, gruff vocal style with the aural havoc wreaked by Moscow producer Chuck Upbeat. Lyrically it places MC ZULU as both antagonist and protagonist. The difference is expressed with alternating intensity. “It’s important to show both sides of the present argument” he says, referencing some of the more unbridled political discussions currently taking place. “I don’t tell people what to think, but I feel compelled to balance their perspectives.”
Chuck Upbeat is gaining a following throughout Europe and Asia for his own worldly perspective. He has released material via the popular Portuguese label Enchufada, and partnered with China’s Howie Lee to help bring about the “Oriental Bass” sound.
Heavily influenced by Reggae/Dancehall techniques, many of music’s newest genres are driven by lower frequencies and drums. The innovative aspect reveals itself when producers around the world include their own indigenous instrumentation. These experiments can produce truly groundbreaking results. This trend is known as “Global Bass” and has been meticulously detailed on blogs like Generation Bass and Mad Decent throughout the years.
MC ZULU has helped to establish this paradigm working with numerous Global Bass collaborators. Their underground network is comprised of musicians and visual artists from almost every country. While they may not make Reggae in the strictest sense, they often create within the post-Dancehall musical sphere and commonly include Reggae acappellas. This network’s influence over the mainstream is difficult to ignore. MC ZULU refers to his sonic experiments as “Electro Reggae”. War Machine is slated for release on the Electro Reggae label May 30 2017.
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