Zulu release hip hop forward single ‘We’re More Than This’

Less than a month out from the release of their debut album, ‘A New Tomorrow,’ Los Angeles band Zulu has shared a new single ‘We’re More Than This.’ Never ones to be pigeonholed, the song trades in the heavy hardcore sound of prior singles for jazz-infused hip-hop. Guitarist Dez Yusuf takes over vocal duties, delivering an impassioned performance, and also created the video for the song alongside vocalist Anaiah Lei and videographer Tyler Bradberry.

Speaking on the track, Yusuf states: “When we first started writing for the record Anaiah and I had bounced the idea of maybe doing some jazz or R&B songs and putting some raps on the record. I know Satchel and Anaiah had jammed out some different ideas that I hadn’t really been present for. We were actually ending our tour with Sasami when I first heard the music for ‘We’re More Than This.’ We were in the van at a rest stop and Anaiah played it off a video of him and Satchel jamming. It just hit me all in an instant.

I didn’t think much beyond the lyrics of ‘must I only share my pain,’ which is a running theme throughout the album. But it’s ironic because I go forward with sharing glimpses of pain and trauma, but that’s really the setup to show the things I’ve (we’ve) become in spite of that pain. This is really a song of resilience and encouragement. Saying that we can still be more than the tropes that are Put on us. That we are more than commodified versions of our trauma.”

‘A New Tomorrow’ marks Zulu’s first full-length, following EPs ‘Our Day Will Come’ (2019) and ‘My People..Hold On’ (2020). Taking on the task of self-producing the record, Zulu immersed themselves in collaborator Zach Tuch’s (Dare, Trash Talk) studio in the valley. After spending months toying with different instrumentation and samples, and pulling influences ranging from reggae to death metal, the result is an eclectic 15 tracks.

You can ‘A New Tomorrow’ through Flatspot Records – HERE.

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