In the heyday of the '90s, cult NYC clothing store Liquid Sky
became the first so-called "rave emporium" in America. If you were someone of a certain age, you'll remember the husband-and-wife duo, Rey and Carlos "Soul" Slinger
, and the DJ scene they created in the city, selling both rave gear—baggy pants, neon necklaces, mini backpacks—and secret concert tickets to an exploding fan base.
So, Opening Ceremony was pretty excited to discover the infamously anonymous dance musician ZHU would be performing in the US for the first time next month and that we would be the exclusive sellers of the artist's limited-edition 7" vinyl. The best part? Each record will include a ticket inside the sleeve to one of his hush-hush performances in New York next month—exact time and location revealed on the stub (but, through various wheatpastes spotted throughout the city, we do know that the performances will take place November 21 and 22).
For the unanointed, a refresher course on ZHU. Since debuting his then-anonymous Outkast medley "Moves Like Ms. Jackson"
earlier this year, ZHU has amassed over 117,000 followers on SoundCloud while international hits like "Faded"
have seen nearly five million YouTube hits. The craziest part of his fame is that we know next to nil about the talented artist, except that he's an American male (even his Pandora station reads "No bio available"). In the vein of like-minded dance musicians Daft Punk and SBTRKT, ZHU prefers to let his talent speak for itself—refreshing in an era of oversharing and image-conscious promotion.
Check out the world premiere of the Tomek Ducki-directed video for ZHU's "Paradise Awaits" below, and if you're in New York, mark your calendars: ZHU's ticket-and-vinyl twofer for those upcoming performances will be available starting this Thursday, 5:30 PM EST, exclusively at Opening Ceremony's flagship store.
Above, the world premiere of ZHU's "Paradise Awaits" video
Tickets for ZHU's November 21 and 22 performance dates will be sold exclusively at Opening Ceremony's flagship New York City location, 35 Howard Street, starting Thursday, October 16 at 5:30 PM est.
Performances are intimate; ticket-and-vinyl twofer are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. One ticket per vinyl; limit two-item purchase per person.