Singer-songwriter Jesse Boykins III and producer and emcee MeLo-X are far from being strangers to EARMILK‘s readership. Talented artists in their own right, the two creative minds have joined forces once again this time for their first full-length collaboration Zulu Guru.
Produced by Afta-1, the album’s first single “Black Orpheus” is a mellow number with an unmistakble afro-futuristic sound and vibe. With their collaborative album, Boykins and MeLo aim present a collection of material which reflects and defines a new direction in hip-hop and R&B.
The history of the ZuLu is one rich with stories of royalty, valor and the warrior spirit. In an age of creative freedom through the use of social networks we have become warriors of free expression. Never bound by the shackles of genre…Our approach to music is similar to that of the spirited tribal warrior; conquering new land as we travel the world winning wars through romance…In this music there is honesty; pure understanding or putting forth the effort to understand the emotions that make us do what we do…This music we bring to you is a sonic form of connection, a humbling form of passion, and the advancement of art in form of romance. -Jesse Boykins III
Masters of aural stimulation, the duo’s new conceptualized sound is steeped in traditional soul music, with the inclusion of elements of Afro-Beat, West Indian music and electronic soul.Zulu Guru is available for pre-order now on Ninja Tune and is set to be released October 15. Stream the single below and grab a free download HERE.