Zhu shares summery new single “GENERATIONWHY” — listen

Our first taste of the rising producer's upcoming debut album

    Elusive producer Zhu made his mark with 2014’s THE NIGHTDAY EP, a six-track collection anchored by breakthrough single “Faded”. He’s since worked with the likes of A-Trak, Skrillex, Gallant, and AlunaGeorge, who appear on his Genesis Series standout “Automatic”. Now, the rising beatmaker is prepping his full-length debut album. Due out this summer via Columbia Records, the as-yet-untitled project is being previewed this week with a new single called “GENERATIONWHY”.

    In an email to The Fader, Zhu described the song as an embodiment “of youthful summer” and it’s not hard to see why. The cut boasts disco flavor, windy and beckoning synths, and Zhu’s own featherweight vocals, which often sound like a dead ringer for Pharrell Williams.

    Stream it below.


    Update — Friday, June 24th at 11:52 a.m. CT: Zhu’s debut album is called GENERATIONWHY. It’s due out July 29th via Columbia Records. Check out its trailer, artwork, and full tracklist.



    GENERATIONWHY Tracklist:
    01. Intro (Neon City)
    02. Cold Blooded
    03. In the Morning
    04. Secret Weapon
    05. Electrify Me
    06. Numb
    07. Palm of my Hand
    08. Money
    09. One Minute to Midnight
    10. Reaching
    11. Hometown Girl
    12. Good Life
    13. Generationwhy
    14. Working for It