[Smashed Vinyl Presents]: ZLUTZ + Fruity Water (review)
July 12, 2019
On the night of the summer solstice, down in the red velvety depths of The Bee’s Mouth, Smashed Vinyl brought together ZLUTZ, the latest nü-witch EDM project hailing from Leicester, and Fruity Water, Brighton’s best in Serotonin boosting beats. Something mysterious about the frequencies of the pair together on one stage cast a spell into the late setting sun, entwining the destinies of these two bands forever.
Fruity Water, consisting of three tentacles from the mega-band Octopuses, are veterans of the Brighton music scene and released their bouncy, gizmo-beeping debut album, “Thirst Takes”, back in 2018. This year, they’ve created a brand new fruity wave with their single “The Groove” which is a wonderful swirl of wonky lo-fi vocals and psychedelic guitar with a nü-disco beat that you literally cannot listen to it without saying, “damn, the groove!”. On top of that, they’re the three most charming boys you could meet. They had the whole room bopping up and down in the first five minutes. From listening to their tracks on Spotify, you can’t grasp the grandeur of the indulgently long jam-sessions they whack on the end of their songs, which usually escalate into 4 minutes of hard-core raving.
Then ZLUTZ took to the stage, opening their set with an exclusive unreleased track by fellow electro-punk producer Himera. Both bands emerge from the same circle of underground LGBT+ artists and producers currently ruling Twitter’s queer scene, creating nü-witch, synth-punk and EDM anthems. The first earth-quake of bass traversed over the crowd and it was all a blur from there. 'ZLUT dropping' their debut album, "DIGITAL WRATH", at the beginning of 2019, ZLUTZ have burst onto the new music radar with a feature in NME magazine and an upcoming headline slot at Wilderness Festival. They filled the room with nightmarish melodies, starkly assaulting beats and politically charged rage. You can’t avoid breaking a sweat at a ZLUTZ show.
A big Smashed Vinyl thank you to everyone who came down to make this night a very special one indeed. Keep your eyes peeled for the next “Smashed Vinyl Presents” exclusive.