In just a few more days, print copies of New Times' 2013 Best of Miami issue will plop onto street corners, loaded with 330 winners across categories such as "Best Hot Dog," "Best Strip Club," and "Best Place to Go Stoned."
But today, we here at Crossfade got another preview. And Miami's Best Electronica Artist is ...
Metro Zu has a message for the galaxies, and it's available on all of their 39 -- yes, thirty-nine -- wildly experimental albums: Art over everything. Between Lofty305, Ruben Slikk, Freebase, Mr. B the Poshtronaut, and a universal gang of allies, the Zu collective has generated a rapidly accelerating interest in the sound of young Miami by reaching out and making fans through the cyberwebs and through touring the world's capitals in physical reality. Just because they rhyme words over beats doesn't make their music rap. And just because the music is electronic doesn't mean they're robots. By surfing the collective consciousness of wholly improvised lyrics on an ocean's worth of ever-shifting beats, they're creating a tsunami of musical energy that's just about to crash ashore.
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