ZHU promised there would be a conclusion to Ringos Desert Pt. 1, an evolving sonic storyline loosely inspired by the real-life heartbreak and spiritual journey the producer's friend and guitar player, and course, the magic the desert. The first half the album was released in April, and five months later, we get the thrilling conclusion in an expanded, full version the so-called Ringos Desert LP.
When we last saw our hero Ringo, he was wandering the desert, lost in a haze a love-turned-tragic, calling "Save Me" out into the night. The vibe picks up perfectly on the side-winding sensuality "Ghost In My Bed" with an opening melody on dusty guitar that mirrors the Western-style sound the album opener "Stormy Love, NM."
There's a right clubbiness to the second half the record. "Love That Hurts" is a cool standout with a ghostly R&B touch from Karnaval Blues. "Light It Up" features TOKiMONSTA and a down-tempo dancehall rhythm, a twisted take on recently-favored pop tropes. "Drowning" rumbles low with bedroom bass in a mood inspired by The Weeknd's sound. Fans will recognize the recently released "Coming Home" with Majid Jordan, followed by the arpeggiate sex solo heater "Waters Monaco," a creative high point on the record for sure. The album finishes with previously-released Tame Impala collaboration "My Life," finishing the romantic struggle narrative with a strong sentiment self-empowerment.
The full version Ringos Desert comes just as he kicks f his desert-inspired DUNE tour. The shadowy producer recently performed at Burning Man, the biggest desert party them all. Find yourself in a desert ZHU's creation with the full Ringos Desert LP below.