Formed in London, England, in 1993, Zu combined the best traditions of dub, folk, punk and funk in an engagingly frothy and dextrous manner. Comprising Melanie Garside (vocals; ex-Tabitha Zu), Paul Godfrey (bass) and Adam Woods (various instruments), the idea for the group originally came about when Garside met Woods in a science laboratory in Tottenham Comprehensive school. Recruiting Godfrey, the trio were the first of a series of act to sign to the small Echo Records label. Their sole recording, the Apart EP, proved a typically eclectic shot at pop. Garside went on to record the solo album Fossil for Echo. She later worked with Queen Adreena, the Medieval Baebes and her own Vertical Angels, and recorded solo material as Maple Bee.