Fresh off his fifth studio album Ride Waves, GRiZ has unleashed his Bangers.zip to keep the good vibes going. The three-song EP highlights the producer’s heavy electronic side, with each track drawing on classic dubstep influence whilst maintaining that signature GRiZ charm.
Fans who have seen GRiZ on his most recent Ride Waves tour will instantly recognize these three productions. “Voodoo,” “No Bad Trips” and “Ice Cream” are known to cause crowds to erupt during live shows, as GRiZ proves he hasn’t been neglecting the bangers.
First up, “Voodoo” featuring SUPERLOVE rocks a smooth magic energy. The track opens with samples from late 90s TV psychic/personality Miss Cleo and proceeds into a reggae-infused rhythm, as SUPERLOVE lays down the vocals. Teased earlier this year, “Voodoo” has seamlessly entered the Ride Waves tour sets as one of the latest entries to GRiZ’s diverse repertoire.
Next, an eagerly awaited release, “No Bad Trips,” makes its way onto the EP. A distinct horn leads the build, but is quickly met with one of the hardest GRiZ drops we’ve ever heard. “No Bad Trips” highlights how effortlessly the producer can mix heavy electronic and instrumental elements together, creating a unique hybrid of his own. During live performances, he’s been known to drop this one as a mashup or flip (i.e. “I Ain’t Never Had A Bad Flip“), so it’s especially awesome to hear the final.
Last and certainly not least, it’s time for “Ice Cream.” By far the biggest throwback to old school dubstep, “Ice Cream” is like stepping into a bass bumping time machine. Before each drop, GRiZ samples snippets of a classic interview from “Da Ali G Show,” during which Ali G pitched an ice cream glove to Donald Trump. Emerging earlier this year, we’ve heard “Ice Cream” surprise crowds throughout the Ride Waves tour.
Needless to say, Bangers.Zip comes as a pleasant surprise and an excellent follow up to Ride Waves. In our GRiZmas recap, we mentioned the plethora of unreleased music that GRiZ plays during his live performances and it’s great to see some of our favorites finally come to light.
Be sure to catch Season 2 of the Ride Waves tour coming to a city near you. More info and dates here.
GRiZ – Bangers.Zip
GRiZ 2019 Live Dates
June 23 – Dover, DE – Firefly Music Festival
June 30 – Rotterdam, NL – Metropolis Music Festival
July 5 – Liempde, NL – We Are Electric
July 7 – Petrovaradin, Serbia – Exit Festival
July 13 – Dour, BE – Dour Festival
July 10 – Madrid, ES – Mad Cool Festival
July 12 – Bristol, UK – Nass Festival
July 26 – Wilmington, NC – GRiZMAS In July – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater+
July 27 – Wilmington, NC – GRiZMAS In July – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater^
August 3 – Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival
August 9-11 – Salmo, BC – Shambhala Music Festival
August 16-17 – Des Moines, IA – 515 Alive Music Festival
August 30 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre^
August 31 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre#
September 26 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion*
September 27 – Washington, D.C. – The Anthem*
September 28 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre*
September 29 – Charlottesville, VA – Sprint Pavilion*
October 2 – Birmingham, AL – Avondale Brewery Amphitheatre*
October 3 – Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium*
October 4 – Indianapolis, IN – The Pavilion at Pan Am*
October 5 – Chicago, IL – Navy Pier at Festival Hall*
October 6 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Music Festival
October 9 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion*
October 10 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle*^
October 11 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy*#
October 12 – New Orleans, LA – The Fillmore*
October 13 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
October 15 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex*
October 17 – Seattle, WA – The Paramount Theatre*
October 18 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom*
October 19 – Eugene, OR – The Cuthbert Amphitheater*
October 24 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium*
October 26 – Berkeley, CA – The Greek Theatre w/ CloZee*
Photo: Jason Siegel