As the year draws to a close, we picked our favourite Albums of 2018.
High-energy duo ZA! have been garnering something of a cult following in their native Spain, owing to their ecstatic and unpredictable live shows and the wild experimental nature of their music spanning genres far and wide. Two years removed from the release of Loloismo, the pair are dropping its follow-up, Pachinko Plex, this Friday. Entirely self-recorded in their practice space, the record sees Spazzfrica Ehd and Papa duPau, the two multi-instrumentalists who make up ZA!, embrace and experiment with new sounds and instruments. “The band breaks free of the guitar and the amps to focus on electronic textures, synthesizers, randomized computer loops and drums processed live through triggers”, describes the album’s blurb. “The result generates an equally forceful and polyrhythmic style, but unclassifiable, highly influenced by their tours in Japan and Mozambique.”
For a taster of the what they’ll be throwing at us, check out their single ‘Ochate’. It comes with a fitting kaleidoscopic video, originally fruit of a collaboration with Berlin-based visual artist LASAL during a recent residency at Keroxen in the Canary Islands.
Pachinko Plex is co-released on May 11th through ZA’s own imprint Gandula as well as A Tant Rêver du Roi (France), Valve (Australia, Fun in the Church (Germany, Austria Switzerland), The Audacious Art Experiment (UK), Lovers & Lollypops (Portugal), Moorworks (Japan), Keroxen (Canàries).
Spazzfrica Ehd (drums/keyboards/vocals) and Papa duPau (guitar/trumpet/samples/vocals) are the restless pair behind the experimental punk outfit Za!. Hailing from Barcelona, their euphorically inventive music defies conventions, seamlessly blending so many different genres that we would quickly run out of space trying to list them here. And the good thing is we don't have to since this month's mixtape, put together by the band, is probably the best illustration of the duo's far flung influences and disregard for boundaries. Enjoy the ride!
Having just released their new album, Loloismo, and with a UK tour kicking off this week, Spanish experimental punk duo ZA! are offering a video for the album’s phenomenal lead track ‘Badulake’. ‘Badulake’ means cornershop in Spanish, which is the location picked for the video, as the band explains:
“The video is shot on a store near Spazzfrica Ehd’s apartment, owned by Rustem, a very nice neighbour that has a motto in life: “FÁCIL, FÁCIL, FÁCIL” (easy, easy, easy). He’s the main actor in the video. When we were acting as “the robbers” on the end of the video, 6 REAL & armed policemen entered the store to stop us: a neighbour saw the scene from his apartment and called the cops!”.
Watch the video below, directed by Jordi Castells & Aitor Garay.
ZA! are hitting the road this week for a string of UK shows including DIY Space For London on 12th February. Check all their stops below:
11th February – Sticky Mike’s, Brighton
12th February – Matinee show at Folkestone Quarterhouse
12th February – DIY Space For London, London
13th February – The Harp Restrung, Folkestone
17th February – Secret show TBA
18th February – MK Gallery, Milton Keynes
19th February – Delius Arts and Cultural Centre, Bradford
20th February – Picture House Social, Sheffield
ZA!, the Spanish duo of multi-instrumentalists Spazzfrica Ehd and Papa duPau, have a new album on the way called Loloismo. It follows their 2013’s Wanananai and arrives on January 29th via Sheffield DIY collective The Audacious Art Experiment and Hot Salvation Records.
The pair are known for experimenting and crossing boundaries between many genres. On Loloismo, ZA! take on new ways of playing and even more styles, explains the press release. “Industrial meets dubstep, hip hop, clicks n’cuts electronic music, math-rock – from the old-shool hardcore clichés to Asian, Arabic or invented landscapes”. As ZA! put it, it’s “Loloizable experimental music with a chorus”, with ‘Loloiza’ referring to the Spanish phrase for the chants heard echoing out of football pitches, and its emphasis on the collective act of singing, rather than the lyrics. The pair’s lyrics “had never evolved beyond a concept or a single word” until Loloismo.
ZA! had previously shared the album’s phenomenal lead track ‘Badulake’. If you haven’t heard it, you’re missing out.
In other related good news, and in support of the album, ZA! are embarking on a UK tour in February with NOPE. Check all their stops below: