Flatbush Zombies Announce Joint Album With James Blake
Flatbush Zombies as of late dropped off their shiny new single “Afterlife,” which highlighted key commitments from acclaimed musician James Blake. And keeping in mind that Blake is no stranger to hip-hop music, having worked with artists like Travis Scott, Metro Boomin, and Kendrick Lamar, his relationship with Flatbush Zombies seems to go past his past rap ties.
Talking with Complex, who contacted the Zombies for an interview, Erick Arc Elliott, Zombie Juice, and Meechy Dark as of late opened up about their innovative partnership with Blake, who Meechy warmly alludes to as “the fourth member.”
As Erick uncovers, he initially met James Blake at a concert – where a tragic yet interesting misunderstanding happened all the while. Clarifying that he was incidentally limited to a wheelchair following hernia surgery, Erick wound up running into Blake.
“I met him in a wheelchair, and he was like, ‘Oh, my God. I can’t believe I didn’t know this about you, that you were handicapped. I’m supposed to be this big fan, and I didn’t know that,'” Erick reflects. “I’m like, ‘I’m not handicapped, I’m just going through some shit right now.’ He’s like, ‘Bro, I felt so bad.’”
In a little while, the pair started collaborating, and inevitably, Blake inquired as to whether he could meet the remainder of the Zombies to create a couple of jams. “I gave him the okay and he came to New York,” continues Erick. “We all sat in Electric Garden and we cranked out pretty much an album’s worth of music within a week and half.”
On other details concerning the upcoming project, Erick remained generally calm on that front. “Of course, he didn’t do [the album] by himself, but this was the most that I’ve ever let anyone work on something for us, so I think that all of our writing became stronger,” he teased. “They’re in a different space with his piano skill and his understanding of sound and structure. There are some tracks that he and I did, or him and I and Dominic Maker from Mount Kimbie. It’s a good mixture of everything. That’s all I can tell you.”