Zhala

Zhala

Released 13/05/16 Label Konichiwa Records Genre UK & EU Cat no. kor035lp

£19.99

UK Exclusive with a bonus 7 track LP featuring 5 cuts from earlier singles plus remixes by Oneship and Empfanger. Robyn protege Zhala, the debut signee to Konichiwa Records, has been bubbling under the surface since last year's Grammis performance and Prophet EP. Like Naomi Pilgrim, Zhala toured with Lykke Li - though unlike Pilgrim, she also studied in L.A. and integrated herself in Sweden's club scenes. The self-confessed 'cosmic pop' ensnared attention with her own hypnotic brew of dance music and Scandi-pop. She nixed the chance to involve collaborators, bar producer Mathias Oldén, choosing to forge her own path. The result is a cohesive, flowing album that slips and slides into new phases sans warning, and that goes confidently against the pop grain. Zhala has an immensely distinct style, using dank dance-pop electronics, avalanches of echoes, pitched percussion and a ritualistic flair - each cut feels like a cult-like call-to-arms, with Zhala the high priestess of something sinister, sultry and sadistic.