d-operation drop is a 6-man crew from cesena, italy with a strong and growing catalog of sound system killers, from orthodox steppers to dubstep abstractions and strange hybrids of the two. recent releases on moonshine, artikal, and lion charge have cemented their position, and we are thrilled to invite them into the zamzam fold with two chunks of 140 weight. “warrior march” opens with a mesmerizing pad that immediately draws the unsuspecting into a unique soundworld and doesn’t let go til the runout groove. a smeared, chopping-block snare, deep subsonic rumblings, swung percussion, massed yet minimal horns make a darkly coiled track, menacing yet full of funk and movement. “sativa team” captivates just as deeply with fewer moving parts, loping drums and leaden percussion, churning bassline, chopped and glitched ja-voices and sound tape, and ominous, clipped horns that wobble with tape delay in a strange airless void. brooding yet cathartic, tripped out but fully physical, with both tunes d-operation drop display their total control over a restrained and powerful palette.
babe roots are a relatively young duo from turin, italy, making a unique brand of atmospheric, techno-infused dubwise. on our radar since their splendid debut 7 inch on rohs! records in early 2016, we are very pleased to invite them into the zamzam fold with two mesmerizing and contrasting tunes. * be still* is a deeply meditative yet driving dub techno trek in classic fashion, featuring rastaman kojo neatness intoning on righteous living, working the land, guarding the tongue, and avoiding babylonian schemes and traps laid by the wicked. maternal bass and shimmering reverbs envelop a heartbeat rhythm of kick, shaker and distant snares for a timeless vibe that shows mastery of the idiom while updating it for contemporary sound systems. * rawness* is an extraordinarily deep 140 journey that opens with rich pads and swirling atmospherics, creating a psychoactive ambience that builds into a steady kick. the full riddim hits and plunges us even deeper with restrained, syncopated drums and percussion. churning bass powers us through the dense, hallucinatory fog as tendrils of electricity probe and zap, and serrated snares cut through the tape haze and studio clouds in the last third. carving out a gorgeous edge between deep dubstep and dub techno, * rawness* hits all the marks and will find a home in a huge range of sets.
2017 was a serious year for von d, with releases on a number of great labels including our long-format imprint khaliphonic, plus amar, moonshine, lion charge and more. for zamzam, von d has delivered “over” -- a brooding, burning 140 anthem providing serious heat as we head into the dark winter months. “over” features a powerful half-time reggae riddim built from von d’s signature warm, enveloping bass and restrained but powerful drums. tambourine and guiro add flavor while the snares slap, and meekman’s kete drum rocks throughout, adding a swing and live feeling missing from many contemporary in-the-box sound system tunes. melodica and synth skank in unison, underpinning a dizzying spread of analog signals & sonics...
we are proud to present our second release by beat pharmacy aka brendon moeller aka echologist, a singular voice in contemporary electronic, techno, and sound system musics in his various guises. beat pharmacy tunes begin life as live hardware jams where reverb, echo and delay rule the day, and rugged textures rub against digital processing. in “density,” bass, kick and heavily reverbed piano skanks anchor an instantly enveloping soundworld of deepest dubwise ambience. from around hidden corners emerge the hiss of distant pistons and valves, sentient machinery working in complex relationships. wobbles, wubs and sweeps communicate across cavernous spaces, as strange rhythmic elements sputter and spatter, tangling and massing in double-time to the point of rupture, only to resolve into crystalline moments of suspension into gorgeous, neck-snapping drops. simply mesmerizing, and heavy in the dance. “everything to gain” is spun from the same heavy metals, with a sparser feel, processed voice, and a buzzing, repeating alarm figure that sounds like a submarine warning that the dive is getting too deep, too dangerous… music that is moving, powerful, evocative and kinetic, slotting beautifully into 140 sets while defying easy categorization or description, always following vision over fashion. this is why we love beat pharmacy.
south african born, new york living brendon moeller, man of a thousand guises - including beat pharmacy, echologist and mono blanco - is a prolific producer known especially for his hard yet dubwise brand of techno. founder of the prolific steadfast label, moeller has releases on a number of excellent imprints including echocord and soul people. for zamzam, beat pharmacy indulged his deep love of heady dubwise, crafting two totally unique and uncompromisingly experimental tracks that provide a window into a singular creative soul.
ltd. 7- vinyl in screen printed artwork sleeve !!! - joining the zamzam ranks with # 43, versa (aka michael nickless aka michael versa) is well known to sound system music addicts from a string of wicked releases beginning in 2009, most recently a pair of highly sought after plates on the mighty system label. versa’s productions are known for extremely powerful basslines, a deeply dubwise production sensibility and masterful sound design. a midsummer night’s dub” is a truly blissful 130 stepper, let by an unforgettable, filigreed melody threading occident and orient. washed out yet insistent hi hats and claps locked with a deeply melodic bassline drive the riddim, augmented by beautifully delayed guitar licks and mixing prowess reminiscent of classic dub syndicate updated for the modern sound system dance. versa is joined by frequent sparring partner rowl on the b side, trimorphic,” an extraordinarily deep and emotive journey into 140 space. powered by a tight staccato kick and equally clipped sub line, the tune revels in deep pads with a pedigree in the best of classic dub techno. accented by fluttering percussion, gorgeous synth washes and restrained, masterful dubbing, trimorphic- is a journey for those who like to plumb the depths unchained from convention - real sounds from the well.
zamzam sounds tracy and ezra have been close followers of alpha & omega and alpha steppa from day. zamzam is well-pleased to finally be able to present two exclusive tunes from the uk powerhouse. now three fantastic albums deep via steppas records, dub dynasty is composed of alpha steppa and alpha & omega (alpha steppas father and aunt). two generations of uk dub combine for a sound with roots in orthodox 80s uk sound system, pushed into new post-dubstep territory.
WHY CANT WE BE FRIENDS? FEATURING BIG YOUTH (7 INCH)
7" Vinyl UK25.07.16
when will all this stupidness end? and live in togetherness? pleads the mighty big youth. stop killing the innocent ones. we are proud to present this incredibly timely tune from the legend twilight circus, just the musical medicine the world needs in these days of division and strife.