MC ZULU does not make reggae in the traditional sense.
His unique blend of electro bass grooves and Caribbean style dancehall vocals creates a new form of dancehall reggae from the outer reaches of space. Trippy synths and huge bass kicks and claps make his music rhythmically frenetic and exotic. ZULU defines a new style of progressive electro-dancehall riddim.
– Elliott Townsend / URB Magazine –
MC ZULU (born Dominique Rowland | Panama City, Panama) is a Chicago-based musician best known for his fusion of Reggae vocals with various forms of World, Electronic Dance Music. He released several studio albums deliberately concentrating on genres which, at the time, had not been formally categorized. He refers to his non-traditional style of Dancehall as “Electro Reggae”, a term borrowed from Sly & Robbie’s 1986 release of the same name.
“Zulu laid down a dancehall-dub mix unlike anything we had heard previously. His “electro-reggae” pushes dancehall to the outer limits, bringing in soca, cumbia, and reggaeton rhythms.”
– United Reggae-
” This impressive, extremely well-produced album laces pounding hip-hop beats with ethereal background strings and atmospheric enhancements interwoven over Zulu’s impeccable flow .”
– Global Rhythm –
” After listening to “Call Red Alert,” we really think MC Zulu and Poirier should start a riddim collective called Tha Supa Socas.”
– RCRDLBL –
“MC Zulu launches into “Go Ballistic.” The beats head off in a more syncopated direction and before you know it, the room is bouncing to soca.”
– AOL Music News –
” His lyrical flights of fancy range from good-time party tunes to songs with a socially conscious beat. “
– Natl. Public Radio –
“…as the show-stealing Chicago MC Zulu urges here, the best antidote is to “fight the pressure with bass and treble.”
– EXCLAIM –
” Paired nicely with dub or dubstep music, Zulu took performances that were already awesome and gave them a glossy veneer of lyricism.”
– MXDWN –
” If you want a sneak preview of what dancehall reggae is likely to sound like ten years from now, this may be as good a guess as any.”
– All Music Guide –