Zola Jesus Begins European Tour Ahead Of Remix EP

Zola Jesus Begins European Tour Ahead Of Remix EP






Zola Jesus’ latest single Go (Blank Sea) receives a fantastic reworking from LA duo Skin Town, who lay down dark yet scintillating synths as a bed for Nika’s powerful vocals.  Nick Turco of Skin Town explains his inspiration when doing this remix: Years ago, I had the chance to produce with Nika in our project Nika + Rory. With this remix I tried to return to that hyper-melodic, busted-boombox radio synthscape feeling.”The single comes from the critically acclaimed album, TAIGA, out now on Mute.

Listen to and share the remix of Go (Blank Sea):

Both remixes of Go (Blank Sea),by Skin Town and Diplo will be released on 17 November 2014.

Hot off the heels of her transcendent US performances and an appearance on Later… with Jools Holland, Zola Jesus returns to the Europe for dates including 18 November at KOKO, London, with a brass ensemble. Full tour dates below.

For her fifth studio album, TAIGA, Nika relocated from central Los Angeles to Vashon Island in the Puget Sound, in an effort to immerse herself in the natural world. Vashon is a densely wooded enclave with no bridges connecting it to the mainland. The taiga is the world’s largest terrestrial biome; a wild boreal forest covering large portions of Russia, Canada, Eurasia, referred to as the Northwoods where it connects in North America. Nika grew up on several acres of land in the northwoods of Wisconsin.  Her Russian ancestors extend the taiga’s bloodline throughout several generations and to some extent this land has genetically imprinted on her. She has always felt its pull. To Nika, the taiga represents boundlessness: no law, just survival – at once innocent and raw, embodying naivety from its purity, yet at its core unforgiving and savage.

Most of Nika’s creative process on Vashon was very different from how she used to write. Instead of starting a track with a beat or layers of synthesizers (with vocals usually coming last,) she began by writing songs completely a capella. Her work on the orchestral album Versions inspired her to revisit her classical vocal training and further hone the skills she had started developing in operatic study when she was young. Resuming training with her old opera instructor, she regained the confidence and vocal range she had heretofore lost.  It allowed her to shed the former blankets of noise and reverb that used to cover her voice in fear.

After incubating on Vashon for nine months, Nika headed back to Los Angeles to track and mix the album with co-producer Dean Hurley (David Lynch, Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse). Hurley guided her in reaching her fidelity goals; which had always been compromised on her previous work, typically made as home recordings. TAIGA is an undeniable transition for Zola Jesus. Described by the artist herself: “The music on the record is massive, with big brass and beats, crystal clear vocals.”

Liberated in the present yet connected to the past, TAIGA is a pinnacle for Zola Jesus, the culmination of years of breaking through boundaries.”


30 October – Leeds, England – Belgrave Music Hall

31 October – Glasgow, Scotland – Stereo

1November  – Manchester, England – Manchester Cathedral – Columns

4 November – Paris, France – Badaboum

5 November – Strasbourg, France – La Laiterie

6 November – St Gallen, Switzerland – Palace

7 November – Geneva, Switzerland – l’Usine

8 November – Reims, France – La Cartonnerie

10 November – Köln, Germany – Gebäude 9

11 November – Berlin, Germany – Berghain

12 November – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel and Gefährlich

13 November – Frankfurt, Germany – Zoom

14 November – Brussels, Belgium – La Nuit Botanique

15 November – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg

18 November – London, England – KOKO

Listen to Dangerous Days here: http://bit.ly/1pan7HA

Listen to Juan Maclean’s remix of Dangerous Days here: http://bit.ly/1sobw3p

Listen to Maps’ remix of Dangerous Days here: http://bit.ly/1sN7Ifu


NME “Spectacular”

Q Magazine “This is the pop album Zola Jesus was born to make. This foray from murky fringes into the mainstream deserves success”

Metro “The combination of her K2-sized compositions, rich, powerful pipes and arena-filling dynamics is impressive and proves her distinctive talent”

8/10 Loud & Quiet “Taiga is something of a rebirth, a comparatively accessible listen that by her own admissions feels like her true debut”

8.5/10 The Line Of Best Fit “It’s the sense of balance – the epic and the intimate, the light and the shade, the coldness and the warmth – that puts Taiga in contention with Stridulum II as Zola Jesus’ best work, the purest distillation of an ever-searching soul”

Noisey “With Taiga, she reveals the full scope of her musical identity: embracing punk and noise, her classical background and a predilection for powerful songs”

Dazed & Confused “For all its emphatic, brassbound extremity, Taiga is Danilova’s brightest effort yet”

4/5 DIY “Taiga is a mark of someone who has truly taken their time over they work… Nika Roza Danilova has crafted a small slice of perfection”

Dummy “With Taiga she’s found a sound to match the scale of her songwriting… it’s brightest, boldest, brassiest statement to date”

Music Week  “Taiga is a transition for Zola Jesus and marks a massive step forward for one of the most exciting artists in recent years”

Listen to Go (Blank Sea) here:

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