Photo by Kate Garner
"This record is a dedication to someone much loved and missed." - Zomby
Having recently signed a worldwide deal with 4AD, July 11th / 12th (US) marks the release of Dedication, the debut album for the label from Zomby.
One of the most talented producers of a generation, he has also proved to be one of the most elusive. In the last five years, Zomby has consistently surprised with releases that switched from the melancholic to the menacing, showing him able to turn his hand to almost anything. These qualities were demonstrated on his 2008 debut, Where Were U In ‘92?; a rave record evoking that titular period that helped to further cement his reputation as an unpredictable, underground hero.
Anticipation for new Zomby material is high, but outside of a few out-takes on the internet, there hasn’t been much to feed off in recent times. That was until the end of last year when the hauntingly beautiful track, 'Natalia's Song', appeared unannounced in a Burial and Kode9 mix for Radio 1. Catching people off-guard, it marked the end of his hiatus with some style and the beginning of the next chapter in his career.
'Natalia's Song' is being released this Monday as a limited and etched one-sided 10". It's also serves as a perfect introduction to Dedication, a dark and absorbing listen.
Pre-order Natalia's Song 10" - Rough Trade (other retailers forthcoming).
Also taken from the new album is 'Things Fall Apart', which you can now listen to below. The MP3 is available to download from Pitchfork here.
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15th May - ATP, Minehead
22nd July - 10 Days Off, Ghent
12thAug - Flow Festival