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Jody Bigfoot, founder of Trinity Lo Fi, a collaborative reggae and hip hop group he spearheaded alongside Zico MC – spawning five albums and five EPs in a prodigious five year stint, has gone solo and is kicking off with a spooky and heavy trap tune entitled Zombies (released digitally 6th November).

The track, made in collaboration with multi-instrumentalist and prodigious producer Tandaro, is a ‘stark critique of how modern society sleepwalks through the chaotic predicament we find ourselves in, glued to phones instead of seeking their souls or wisdom’. It’s a crisp, full-bodied offering complete with uneasy synth sounds, pounding rhythms and public warning samples, which provide an eerie ambience for the Jody’s dark and effortless lyrical flow and the haunting melodies of the chorus.

Tomorrow evening (31st october) sees the music video, which is a homage to horror legend George A Romero, premiered via YouTube (subscribe below). In his classic film, Dawn Of The Dead, Romero also used Zombies as a metaphor for the consumerist mind sleepwalking through malls.

In keeping with the single and because it’s nearly Halloween we got Jody Bigfoot to tell us all about his top five zombie films.

The zombie genre has always been a staple of entertaining satire and as we sleepwalk into the end of civilisation as we know it, the genre only becomes more relevant. As our new tech giant overlords murmur DAAAATTTTAAAA as they try and build an algorithmic Deity for all of humanity to succumb to and feed I am only reminded of the zombies urge for brains. Seeing a group of 5-10 young humans wandering down the street, with every single one of them on their smartphones is not a rare occurrence and I had to make my own little bit of zombie genre satire for the age.

5. The Happiness Of The Katakuris (2001)
This might only be 10% a zombie film as it mixes up so many genres, however it is a romp like no other that should not be missed. Directed by one of Japan’s best and most prolific Directors Takashi Miike, it is an unconventional and hilariously surreal melting pot of madness. Seriously low budget, employing simple clay animation instead of CGI and some very well made cheap zombie outfits, that really come alive for the zombie musical scene!

4. The Wailing (2016)
A very different take on the zombie genre, The Wailing employs a stern cop that carries us through more of a gritty detective thriller than a typical zombie romp. This is an angle that is not wasted, with enormous pay off that is catalysed with consistently beautiful cinematography. Do-wan Kwak is an accomplished Korean actor that does a great job of leading us through this supernatural journey with all of its twists and turns, taking us to the final climax which has spawned many an elaborate fan theory. 

3. One Cut Of The Dead (2017)
It’s hard to tell of the genius within this low budget Japanese zombie film without giving too much away, I was advised to “just watch it” with no description and I did not regret this method. I often do this with films, avoid the trailer and just trust the director or the friend who advised it, this provides for a much more interesting experience. This film grossed over 1000 times the budget, and for good reason. A very inspiring example of how low budget movies, when made right, can spread far and wide (as well as turning you into a millionaire overnight!).

2. Diary Of The Dead (2007)
George being up in the top two is well deserved, one of his latest creations came out in 2007 and was already satirizing social media and youtube use with a zombie apocalypse 13 years before “The Social Dilemma”. The film centres around a young lad with a youtube channel who is filming blogs and whose ultimate demise revolves around his undying urge for content. The last scene features a couple hillbillies shooting zombies that have been tied up, including shooting a woman’s body off her head with a 12 gauge as she hangs from a branch by her hair, the surviving character narrates “are we worth saving? I dunno, you tell me”.

1. Dawn Of The Dead (1978)
The absolute legend George A Romero innovated the genre and used it to satire the excesses and violence of society. At the end of Night Of The Living Dead, the police shoot the only survivor because he is black and in the sequel the zombies return to a mall, somewhat still addicted to consumerism in the after life. What may seem like tropes by now, were in fact some of the original scenes that planted the framework that most other zombie movie directors work through. The 80’s synth and organs that accompany the ‘horror’ are so very satisfying and the catchy tune that the zombies wander through the mall to, “The Gonk” was used by Chris Moiles on radio one along to the words “the lady’s pants, the lady’s bras, the lady’s knickers and the lady’s bra”, maybe the zombie society Romero was commenting on has only got worse…

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