ZHU Portrays a Mannequin’s Nightmare in his Latest Visual for “Intoxicate”

Alexander Lendrum

Earlier this month on May 5, Chinese-American Electronic music producer and singer Steven Zhu, better known by his stage name ZHU, dropped a heart-pounding yet melodic number entitled “Intoxicate” that followed his 2016 album release GENERATIONWHY. The talented artist now comes forth with the single’s accompanying music video that’s equally as intense.

Directed by acclaimed film-maker Miles Joris-Peyrafitte of 2016’s As You Are fame, the visuals presents what could easily be imagined as a Mannequin-come-to-life’s nightmare. Shot in captivating monochrome, the high-octane and often abstract vignette perfectly mirrors the energy of the track, which almost feels like a mini independent thriller film–to no surprise given Joris-Peyrafitte’s influence.

The narrative follows what we can assume is ZHU, a mannequin dealer who undergoes the task of dismembering his muses. While that would be of no mind in any other circumstance–despite its unnerving nature in how he severs each limb–the feels start coming on once it’s unveiled that one of the mannequins come to life, and thus ensues her nightmarish escape while trying to come to terms with who or what she is. The video can be put down as yet another amazing effort from ZHU and his collaborators; check it out in the jump above, as well as ZHU’s recent remixing of Gorillaz’ “Andromeda” (feat. D.R.A.M.) below.