After befriending James Blake via Twitter, Flatbush Zombies have enlisted the critically acclaimed producer for new single “Afterlife.” The track comes with a faux-x-ray video directed by Arnaud Bresson.
The track doesn’t stray to far from what one might expect from Flatbush Zombies, though Blake’s production can be heard in wobbling, melancholic backings to the more trap-leaning bit and a piano-led pre-chorus. Likewise, the video plays like a fairly common rap video, except that street gamblers and scantily clad dancers are shown in a spooky, x-ray style.
“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 says of the videos technology. “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.”
“Afterlife” is the first track released from collaborations between Flatbush Zombies and Blake after the group met in person in Los Angeles in 2018. It follows June’s Now, More Than Ever EP which spoke to black trauma and issues involving police violence. The rap trio donated all proceeds from the EP’s merch to social justice charities, totaling over $150,000.