TUNE Zebra Katz - Zebra Katz 'UPP' single
- new track 'UPP'
- debut album ‘LESS IS MOOR’ both out on 20th March via ZFK Records
Multidisciplinary artist, rapper, producer, and performer Ojay Morgan who performs as Zebra Katz is a first-generation Jamaican-American who burst onto the scene with the likes of Azealia Banks, Angel Haze and The House of Ladosha, when his runaway hit single “Ima Read” paved the way for his distinctive genre-defiant sound. LESS IS MOOR, the debut album due out March 20, announces a deeper look into his sonic universe. Sexually charged and abrasive, the collection is a bold, sonic experiment that meshes industrial hip-hop with drum ‘n’ bass and unidentifiable sonic territory.
Zebra Katz’ explosive, viral single “Ima Read” was picked up by Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint Jeffree's and garnered further popularity when it ran for 11 minutes on a Rick Owens runway at Paris Fashion Week. This spark leads to an avalanche of remixes from Busta Rhymes, Tricky, Azealia Banks and many more + genre-defying live performances at The Broad museum in Los Angeles, Art Basel in Switzerland as well as the New Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA PS1 and Brooklyn Museum in NYC. Zebra Katz joined Gorillaz on their Humanz tour and was featured on tracks, “Sex Murder Party,” “The Apprentice,” and “Out of Body,” which also featured Kilo Kish and Imani Vonsha.
Recent singles "ISH", “IN IN IN” and “LOUSY” are examples of Zebra Katz’ desire to repossess his narrative, exploring issues like the Black experience and sexuality, all the while mixing in devastating ruminations on the life of a star: “they all love when you dead / and you six underground.” Used as early as the Middle Ages, the word “moor” refers to the black Muslims of Northern Africa. Today it simply means black and is synonymous with “negro.” When Zebra Katz says “I’m that sick sadistic fucking twisted bitch” on “ZAD DRUMZ,” he’s wearing his darkness for all to see. If you listen hard enough, you can almost hear James Baldwin saying, “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.” LESS IS MOOR lets you into this rage so you can dance with it.
Remaining true to his off-the-cuff way creative style, LESS IS MOOR finds the musician newly empowered and unafraid of being noise-driven, biting & caustic. The album draws inspiration from diverse sources like Little Richard, Nina Simone, James Baldwin, and Grace Jones and it features guest appearances by Shygirl and S. Ruston, with a myriad of star co-producers such as Sega Bodega, Tony Quattro and Torus. Amidst all this talent, listeners will rarely find a down moment on the album.
20/03 - Botanique, Brussels BE
21/03 - Catch Festival, Utrecht NL
25/03 - Prince Charles, Berlin DE
.26/03 - Space 289, London UK
.27/03 - Badaboum, Paris FR
31/03 - Rough Trade, Brooklyn US
01/04 - El Cid, Los Angeles US
03/04 - Starline Social Club, Oakland US
04/04 - Paradise, Vancouver CA
Support for Zebra Katz:
“an intoxicating beat that hits the ear like a drug” - FADER
“Zebra Katz's minimal masterpiece” - Pitchfork
“a statement on black culture and performance” - The New York Times
“an in-your-face dark ballroom anthem.” - Hypebeast
“a strong player on the new electronic R'n'B scene, one currently dominated by
the likes of FKA twigs and James Blake.” - OUT
“the dark rapper, the dark villain, the dark lord of the fashion world” - Billboard
“ZK brings it back to the ballroom with haute braggadocio and rapid-fire dancefloor-ready rhymes over a track made for sweating oneself into a nightclub frenzy.” - Afropunk
“the rising star’s bass-heavy, ballroom community-inspired hit “Ima Read” was dubbed
the song of Paris Fashion Week” - Interview
“The rapper doesn't miss a beat of the rapid fire flow, before slowing things down to
paint a vibrant self-portrait.” - PAPER
“The “headbangin’ dreads havin’, hair swangin’, pants-saggin’, ass-shakin’, feet-stompin’” rapper returns after two years away, his sly gravelly flow still potent” - The Guardian