James Blake and Flatbush Zombies Connect for New Song "Afterlife"

The X-ray-inspired visual was shot in Paris right before the pandemic.

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The Flatbush Zombies and James Blake have teamed up for a new single and music video titled “Afterlife.”

The instrumental was produced by Erick the Architect and James Blake — the duo first connected on Twitter after Erick heard that Blake was a fan of their music. After meeting at a Zombies’ show in Los Angeles in 2018, the two got to work on some new music. The video was shot in Paris before the coronavirus pandemic swept the globe and was directed by Arnaud Bresson using special techniques so that it would appear the entire film was shot through X-ray.

“Today, there is no technology that X-ray films a living being without endangering it, so we worked hand in hand with a post-production company to develop a technical device that would allow us to achieve a similar effect,” Bresson said in a recent press release. “We used multi-camera tracking, recorded the positions and movements of our characters to extract and apply to our 3D compositions. It took four months of work to find the perfect style.”

The Flatbush Zombies have kept busy during this extended period of isolation, first by taking to the empty streets of a quarantined New York City for their “iamlegend” music video and then with the unexpected release of their latest EP, now, more than ever. They used the six track project to raise $158,000 USD through exclusive merchandise sales, donating the money to charities supporting social justice initiatives.

Watch the new “Afterlife” music video above and stream the single below. In more music news, Griselda Records’ Armani Caesar tamed up with DJ Premier and Benny The Butcher for her new single “Simply Done.”

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