Zola Blood’s first recordings emerged in 2014. Their dark, rumbling debut Grace
garnered interest from blogs worldwide and was quickly followed by the minimal Meridian
which struck a more euphoric note. Both reached the top of the Hype Machine chart. Reflecting the band's love of club music, Meridian was remixed by Berlin producer Applescal
, introducing them to a new audience, including BBC's Lauren Laverne.
In 2015, Zola Blood teamed up with Richard Formby on a second EP Play Out / Pieces of the Day
. They established a richer sound, experimenting with modular synths and outboard gear in an intense and lengthy studio session spanning south London and Leeds. The EP earned them a late night slot at Secret Garden Party in the same year.
In 2016, they began work on their debut LP Infinite Games
. Having decided to self-produce, the band spent months honing their studio skills, collaborating with the likes of Oli Bayston (Boxed In
) and Duncan Toothill (Little Cub
was the first single, released in July 2016, and blended pop sensibilities with minimal techno influences. Islands
followed on New Years Eve and featured on a host of major Spotify playlists.
was released in May 2017, initially for download and later in deluxe 12".