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Zu made a name for themselves blending (or abusing as the press release has it) forms of avant metal, electronics and industrial noise. So powerful in fact that it blew John Zorn away which given his output is quite the achievement. Carboniferous is their 2009 era classic featuring contributions from the likes of Mike Patton and King Buzzo. Strap yourself in and get your ears ready for this luxury gold vinyl re-press.  

Massimo Farjon Pupillo
Massimo Farjon Pupillo

Massimo Farjon Pupillo who you likely already know as the bassist in wonderful Italian band Zu. This self-titled release is the man's first solo album, and should be exciting to anyone who's ever looked at his list of past collaborators. We're talking Peter Brotzmann, Damo Suzuki, Oren Ambarchi and many more. On Oltrarno Recordings.

Mirror Emperor

Hell of a prospect here: Italian noise-metal-jazz monolith band Zu and mystik English Current 93 troubadour David Tibet in collaboration. Surprisingly enough, what comes out is in many places soft, sensitive and melancholy, marshalling strings and acoustic guitars alongside Tibet’s incantations. Mirror Emperor is released on House Of Mythology.

Zu & Eugene S. Robinson
The Left Hand Path

This collaborative LP features Zu on a more droney mission than their usual polyrhythmic jazz freakouts, maybe because that sound has 0 room for vocals. Self-proclaimed as 'moon musick', it features the voice of Oxbow's Eugene S. Robinson floating over Zu's electronics, perhaps curbing the madness. Perhaps.

ZU & Mats Gustafsson
How To Raise An Ox

When it was released in 2006, How To Raise An Ox, the collaborative LP between Italian post-jazz crew Zu and Swedish saxophone master Mats Gustafsson, sounded like a line in the sand. Over a decade on and it still does. A freakish combination of free jazz, doom metal and noise rock that continues to inspire new acts. Re-released by Trost Records (Boneshaker, Stephen O’Malley).

Querelle, Zu, Damien Frost, Various

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Cortar Todo

‘Cortar Todo’ is the new full length album by Italian, experimental instrumentalists Zu, released on California based, independent label Ipecac Recordings. Recorded in the heart of the Bologna countryside in the summer of 2014 the album features a host of guest artists including Italian guitar maverick Stefano Pilia, known for his collaborations with Mike Watt, David Grubbs and Rokia Traore and keyboard player Joey Karam of The Locust.