Hailing from Hackney Wick, Zola Blood are Matt West, Ed Smith, Sam Cunnington and Paul Brown.
They formed in 2013 and quickly caught the attention of Talk Talk manager and label Keith Aspden (Pond Life Songs).
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). Heartbeat 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.
Infinite Games was released in May 2017, initially for download and later in deluxe 12".