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Zweimal Steppers / Higher Level

Beam Up

Zweimal Steppers / Higher Level

Zamzam
7" $6.75

09/16/2014  

ZAMZAM 22 


***BEAM UP aka DJ DELAY aka BRIAN MAY is a prolific producer and multi-instrumentalist, originally from the UK, now residing in Germany via Australia and Japan. Recent 7”s co-released with One-Drop Berlin and several remixes (notably a Sizzla dub rocked repeatedly by Rodigan) set the stage for his wicked debut on ZamZam, showcasing two of the many sides of Beam Up. “Zweimal Steppers” is a heavy and heady journey into propulsive 4/4 dubwise with syncopated percussion, swirling keys (courtesy of Frenchman DUBBLE DUBBLE), and sonic trompe lʼoeil lurking around every corner. The bright, shimmering surface rides a massive bass undertow like sparkling waves over a bottomless ocean trench. May goes hard on the tape delay and reels out the reverbs in truly masterful style and fashion. “Higher Level” is a next-genre unto itself, a wicked missive from an under-repped area of dub & reggae history: part futurism, part homage, the bass and kick usher in a sci-fi take on The Clash (with shades of The Police, and a double-time riddim reminiscent of The English Beatʼs finer moments). The guitar, played by Australian collaborator JOELISTICS, is a 1966 Fender Telecaster—Joe Strummerʼs favorite—hence the brilliant revive feel. Electric bass and trumpet by May round out a high-stepping future 2Tone rocker guaranteed to wheel at your next Punky Reggae Party.

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