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***ZamZam 84 marks the return of J.Sparrow, one of the true stalwarts of UK sound system music.?! Producing dubstep & bass masterpieces for over 15 years, and running Navy Cut, with seminal releases on labels including Deep Medi & Tectonic, it would be difficult to overstate Ryan Wild's place in this culture.?! His second ZamZam carves out a new sonic world of dubwise power and beauty alongside close friend & sparring partner, the Microphone Controller called Sun of Selah.?! “Behold” pairs a gorgeous plucked melody with a deep lyric honoring those who prioritize their spiritual path in a world of illusion and wickedness.?! Complex yet utterly intuitive and propulsive drum work, tight pads, spectral melodics and massive bassweight transform the sound system into a space of deep contemplation.?! “Paradise Bird” is nothing if not transporting.?!

7" $8.50

08/27/2021  

ZAMZAM 84 


Spirals & Pyramids by Numa Crew: Lapo & Ago

Numa Crew: Lapo & Ago

Spirals & Pyramids
Zamzam

***Lapo & Ago, alongside the rest of the mighty Numa Crew, are responsible for some of the most crucial, addictive, and classic 140 material in the history of the scene.?! Tunes on Moonshine and Killa Sound such as "Youth Pon The Corner," “Everytime" (as Numa Crew), "Dreadlock Blues," and Ago’s "So Mi Seh" on Innamind are stone cold classics that haven’t left many selectors’ boxes since release.?! After a long pandemic-enforced hiatus, ZamZam returns with our 83rd release, offering two more future classics for the global dubwise sound system massive, on 7" vinyl- the original sound system format.?! Coming in hard with kick, melodica, and echo chamber vocal fragments, “Spirals and Pyramids” drags us into the dance with stabs and a rubbery, buoyant bassline that’s hard yet playful, reveling in the elemental joys of the dance, community vibes spread through sound system principles: bass, reverb space, haunting melodics, and masterful frequency control.?!

7" $8.50

07/02/2021  

ZAMZAM 83 


Orbit Dub by Day Zero

Day Zero

Orbit Dub
Zamzam

***Okayama’s TSUYOSHI HAMADA, better known as DAYZERO, launches the new decade’s next wave of ZamZam releases with two sides of 140 sound system wreckers we couldn’t be happier to unleash.?! Wicked releases on Sentry, Heavy Traffic, Vomitspit, and FKOF have set the stage for this 7” stormer.?! Deftly amalgamating influences from reggae, hip hop, and old school dubstep wobblers, Dayzero is a master of momentum and swagger, captured here in dubwise style & fashion.?! "Orbit Dub" is a cascade of dirty drums- smashing snares & rusty hats, deep-anchor sub and mid-range wub movement, all of it drenched in reverb, with a snippet of sound tape and siren looping in the distance for contrast.?! "Theory Dub" clears the air for a wary view of a dystopian world torn by war and environmental collapse.?!

7" $7.75

02/21/2020  

ZAMZAM 76 


Cambridge Road by Akcept

Akcept

Cambridge Road
Zamzam

***ZamZam 75 comes from one of our favorite contemporary producers, ALEX WAITOA, the man known as AKCEPT.?! Hailing from Christchurch New Zealand, steeped in that country’s unique sound system culture, with a rep cemented by a string of deep and dread releases on crucial imprints including Amar, Moonshine, Sentry, Modern Hypnosis, and Artikal, we are very happy to offer the next chapter in his already strong discography.?! With roots, UK dub, techno, and dubstep as points of reference, Akcept operates in an open space where creativity and personal exploration are paramount.?! Murderous on dub for some time, “Cambridge Road” is a weighty, slyly menacing 140 rocker featuring Akcept’s signature syncopated percussion chops & a slithering, minimalist bassline.?!

7" $7.75

10/04/2019  

ZAMZAM 75 


***Ever since their debut 7” landed on our doorstep unannounced, we have been captivated by the powerfully understated movements of the duo known as UNDEFINED.?! SAHARA (keys/bass/programming) and OHKUMA (drums) have deep roots in the Japanese dub and reggae scenes (Heavymanners, Soul Dimension) and operate their own experimental dub label.?! Named for the 3-feel of its colossal groove, “Three” is a locked groove of pure downtempo dubwise, techno in its repetition, hip hop in its tempo and swagger, motorik in its muscularity, meditative in its clarity.?! Featuring the unmistakable voice of ZamFam RIDER SHAFIQUE, showcased in a moment of profound introspection and vulnerability, “Three" banishes all thoughts of flash-in-the-pan “big tunes” for an incredibly deep and immersive dive.?!

7" $7.75

08/30/2019  

ZAMZAM 74 


Crampton Beat by Karma

Karma

Crampton Beat
Zamzam

***In six short years, over as many releases, CORIN BORNHOFF aka KARMA has carefully built a name as one of the most trusted and sought after producers in dubwise dubstep.?! His releases are few and far between, with most tunes gaining legendary status on acetate long before they see release.?! To date only System and Innamind have released his works on vinyl.?! ZamZam 73, continues Karma’s path of strict quality control with two eagerly-awaited sound system tunes.?! Heads have been clamoring for A Side “Crampton Beat” to be released for no less than five years.?! In that time it has aged beautifully, showing itself to be a truly timeless track, as captivating now as it was when first played out.?! Buoyed by a massive, melodic bassline and pounding kick, thick atmospheres ebb and flow like tidal movements, and hard-skanking stabs drive the track forward.?!

7" $7.75

06/28/2019  

ZAMZAM 73 


***ZamZam 72 comes from one of our favorite producers for the last few years, the elusive ANDY MAC.?! Known in particular for his “Diving Bird” series, a buy-on-sight trilogy of 12”s on Bristol’s Idle Hands, the idiosyncratic producer also has releases on No Corner (in collaboration with Ossia), and the seminal Punch Drunk label.?! His unique style of chopped, techy, warm, pastoralist dubwise had us from the first, and the tunes he sent us flew through our A&R gauntlet with ease.?! His are records we return to again and again, revealing more subtlety with each listen, free from genre or tempo constraints.?! “Dawner,” the first of two transmissions from Lands End, Cornwall, is a perfect encapsulation of the Andy Mac sound: melancholy yet uplifting, rooted in techno-steppers yet rough-hewn and organic, breezy yet piercingly introspective.?!

7" $7.75

06/07/2019  

ZAMZAM 72 


March Of The Falasha by Anbessa, Marcus

Anbessa, Marcus

March Of The Falasha
Zamzam

***ZamZam 70 is our first team-up with the man of mystery known as Marcus Anbessa.?! An enigmatic figure whose identity must remain secret for the time being, his infrequent releases on labels such as Lion Charge, Tribe 12, and The Most High (as “Unknown Artist”) are eagerly awaited by those who know, charting an uncompromising vision down a path untrod by the weakheart or the follow-fashion.?! We love music that builds its own sound world with only passing reference to familiar genres or signposts, music that believes in itself utterly - for this reason we feel genuinely blessed to present these two sides.?!   “March of The Falasha” is pure roots music that, firmly planted in the soil of dub and sound system, reaches back even further into the mists of time through technological means.?! Downbeat steppers is the idiom, pure heartbeat is the pulse.?!

7" $7.75

04/26/2019  

ZAMZAM 70 


***ZamZam 71 is the welcome return of D-Operation Drop, the multi-man crew from Cesena, Italy with a well-earned rep that continues to grow.?! Everything they touch becomes a bona fide killer, from traditional steppers to 140 abstractions, to full on clash material.?! Last year alone saw powerful releases on Scrub A Dub, Lion Charge, Green King Cuts, and Subaltern.?! Their second chapter on ZamZam marks yet another high point, an absolutely storming release that won’t leave any box it makes it into.?!   The reverb drenched melody that opens “Bronco” throws open the gate for a brutalist kick-snare riddim with one single purpose - to absolutely crush the dance.?! A throbbing two note sub and swinging chains sweep aside any and all challengers, leaving pure devastation in their wake.?!

7" $7.75

04/26/2019  

ZAMZAM 71 


Space Dub by Causa

Causa

Space Dub
Zamzam

***Born MARIAN HIMBURG, CAUSA has been on the rise for several years now, with a tight and impressive discography on labels including Crucial Recordings, Infernal Sounds, and J:Kenzo’s Artikal Music UK.?! Known for carefully focused cuts that marry dub sensibilities with dubstep weight, his debut for ZamZam is exactly what you’d hope: heavy 140 wares for deep dances.?! “Space Dub” is an orbiting station of decaying delays and insistent bleeps that resolve into an absolutely massive riddim that causes pure murderation on the floor.?! Machine sounds and lasers spar over dread, lurching bass, while thick snares cut through the reverb haze to reveal the cold, starry cosmos beyond.?! “Concrete Dub” works with a similarly industrial sound palette in the service of a minimalist, skanking steppers that drives hard into the heart of sound system.?!

7" $7.75

01/25/2019  

ZAMZAM 68 


Kingston Hot by J:kenzo

J:kenzo

Kingston Hot
Zamzam

***J:KENZO is a certified don of contemporary sound system music, whether dubwise or otherwise, 140 to 160 and beyond.?! Kenzo is a highly respected label head (Artikal Music UK & Lion Charge Records), heavyweight producer, master disc jockey and host of one of the most passionately-followed radio shows in all of dubstep on Rinse.fm.?! Needless to say we are thrilled to build with him once again.?! Absolute control over sound design, timing, tension and dynamics mark all of Kenzo’s productions, and the pair he delivered for his second ZamZam are no exception.?! Where his first release was a more meditative affair, “Kingston Hot” and “Concrete Jungle” both revel in a harder, darker vibe.?! Edition of 700 copies..?!

7" $7.75

01/25/2019  

ZAMZAM 69 


***ZamZam 67 sees the eagerly-awaited return of the man called VERSA (aka MICHAEL NICKLESS, aka MICHAEL VERSA).?! Over 10 years deep in the dub game, Versa came to prominence through a string of mesmerizing releases, notably a pair of singles on VIVEK’s System label.?! “Seed” opens with the sound of distant thunder, minimal pads, and a time-honored bass & kick combination, elemental steppers for the ages making no concessions to fashion or trend.?! Melodica drives through the storm, with delicately plucked guitar and FX bubbling to the surface in a reverb-soaked landscape.?! Much more than the sum of its parts, “Seed"’s power is in its restraint, its knowledge of its roots, and its confidence in the timeless quality of well-tuned instruments and careful dub mixing.?! “Planting” inches the tempo up yet feels much slower, lulling us into a hazy world of lurching half-time magic, with all the same instrumentation in dynamic play, yet creating wildly contrasting results..?!

7" $7.75

12/07/2018  

ZAMZAM 67 


Wail Ball & Cry by Deadbeat

Deadbeat

Wail Ball & Cry
Zamzam

***Deadbeat graced ZamZam with a release in our very first year of operation.?! Lending his name & gravitas to our young effort with ZamZam06 meant a lot to us at the time, and is something we never forgot, so we couldn’t be happier to have him back for a second outing.?! Canadian by birth, now residing in Berlin, Scott Monteith is known the world over as one of the most adventurous and reliable producers in the areas of techno and dub-inflected electronic music.?! Extremely tight quality control over multiple full length albums and countless singles on seminal labels including ~scape, Echochord, and his own flawless BLKRTZ have made him a household name in dub techno and beyond.?!   Deadbeat’s second ZamZam sets aside obvious techno constraints for a mid-tempo reggae scorcher that sounds like it was beamed straight from the humid & heady glory days of the Black Ark studio.?!

7" $7.75

08/03/2018  

ZAMZAM65 


***"We at ZamZam have long been fans of SCHLACHTHOFBRONX's genre-smashing club tracks that harness and hybridize bass music styles from Germany, UK, Jamaica, Mexico, Brazil, and beyond.?! But when we heard the dark dub of last year’s “Blurred Vision” we knew we had to reach out.?! Little did we know the duo was already into ZamZam, paving the way to an eagerly anticipated release championed on dubplate by selectors from The Bug to O.B.F.?! to Toddla T.?! The Munich pair's ZamZam pushes a sound that's intutive and familiar, yet unlike anything else out there.?! Schlachthofbronx have carved out an absolutely unique and steely-eyed take on punishing dubwise informed not only by post-punk, house, electro, industrial, and traditional dub reggae principles, but by the legendary 60,000 watt Elemental Wave rig they host their Blurred Vision night on.?!

7" $7.75

08/03/2018  

ZAMZAM 64 


***ZamZam is proud to offer our first release from Ben Alpha AKA Alpha Steppa, completing the triad from this family steeped in UK roots and dub.?! As the operator and visionary behind Steppas Records, Alpha Steppa links the history of traditional sound system music to the present of contemporary bass music styles, always with a focus on mindfulness, building community, and higher consciousness through music.?!   “Liberation” is a breakbeat-fueled dubwise masterclass, a different version of which has only been heard digitally until now.?! A massive bass undertow drives the tune, while a plucked melody and a swarm of percussion cascades, rocks, and interlocks effortlessly around the root riddim.?! A digital-only extra to Alpha Steppa’s last album, we agreed wholeheartedly with Ben that “Liberation” very much deserved to be on vinyl, so he supplied us with several unreleased dubplate mixes to choose from.?!

7" $7.75

05/11/2018  

ZAMZAM 63 


***We are very pleased to finally unleash ZamZam 62, a power-plate from New Zealanders LQ & Headland.?! We’ve been running both of these tunes on acetate for some time now, and the results are consistently devastating.?!   Gene Warriner, better known in the sound system world as Headland, is a prolific producer of dark, multi-faceted bass music whose star has been rising via singles and EPs on Innamind, Unity Through Sound, and Well Rounded Dubs.?! Ben LQ AKA Low Quality is an accomplished producer and runs Echo Chamber Sound, the Dub/Steppas/Jungle vinyl label based in Melbourne Australia, dropping 10”s and 12”s since 2010.?!   The collaborative “Fat Neck” (a cheeky working title that we insisted on keeping) is all about space - dubbed, dusty samples flex and breathe, creating a tense, cinematic space laced with sparse, chopped reggae snares and metronomic hi hats.?!

7" $7.75

05/11/2018  

ZAMZAM 62 


Selassie's Song by Heights & Worship

Heights & Worship

Selassie's Song
Zamzam

***After a few months’ hiatus, ZamZam Sounds returns with our third release from Philadelphia dub-tech duo HEIGHTS & WORSHIP, the propulsive and heady “Selassie’s Song” in two parts.?! Heights is RAS HEIGHTS of ITAL SOUND SYSTEM, Worship represents ROB PAINE, long-time head of dubhouse institution Worship Recordings and Solomonic Sound System.?! Both versions of “Selassie’s Song” utilize dub techno principles in new shapes and forms, far from the familiar Rhythm & Sound homages.?! Techy clicks and skittering percussion intertwine with the ancient sound of the binghi drum, signaling a seamless marriage of Rasta consciousness with an early morning eyes-down techno pulse & palette..?!

7" $7.75

03/30/2018  

ZAMZAM 60 


Cycles by Ojah

Ojah

Cycles
Zamzam

***ZamZam Sounds welcomes London-based producer OJAH to the fold, best known for his rich analog sound and expert live mixing on numerous 7” and 12” releases on his own excellent Alchemy Dubs label.?! With a sound at once personal and classic, Ojah has been carving a beautiful niche for himself that we are proud to forward.?! “Cycles” opens with ominous synths building steadily with the introduction of clave, tambourine and a militant steppers kick.?! A gorgeous bassline and piano figure drop in, accented with insistent skanks, syndrum, rimshots, more percussion, and a powerfully repetitive, hypnotic, sonar ping in the distance - like a lighthouse cutting through dark and dangerous fog.?!

7" $7.75

03/30/2018  

ZAMZAM 61 


***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.?!

7" $7.75

12/08/2017  

ZAMZAM 58 


Nuthin' A Come by Mikael

Mikael

Nuthin' A Come
Zamzam

***SAM BÖÖ, better known in the world of forward-thinking sound system music as the elusive Finnish producer MIKAEL, has built a highly-respected catalog of tunes on Innamind Recordings.?! We are proud that he has chosen ZamZam for his first venture on a different label.?! "Nuthin’ A Come" is a massive one drop tune, built with classic dub principles in mind, and contemporary sound system dynamics fully dialed.?! A huge bassline both rubbery and subby anchors the track, along with sparse drums, hard skanks and relentless spring reverb slaps deployed as percussive elements.?! Washes of white noise and a drop into a wide open chasm calls in a double-time kick, taking the tune into steppers territory until a sublime, cinematic outro.?! "Corner Dub” is a bruising yet heady vehicle built from a reggae chassis, scraped up dubstep panels, dusted Jamaican vocal samples, twisted valve work and a thick patina of delay and plaintive melodica.?!

7" $7.25

11/03/2017  

ZAMZAM 57 


Summon Luxo by Titus 12

Titus 12

Summon Luxo
Zamzam

***We were very proud to release TITUS 12’s debut physical release early last year, and we are just as proud to present his second ZamZam.?! Longtime host of Ujima 98 FM’s Subsession radio show out of Bristol, and the hand behind new cassette label Limbo Tapes, PETE HAZELL is well-known in his city as a purveyor of deep, eclectic, bass-centric music of many hues and shades.?! “Summon Luxo” opens with raw vinyl archaeology, managing to wed a humid, plaintive, layered vocal chop to a sultry boom bap riddim, with so much swing and space you’ll swoon under its strange power.?! Intertwining melodies, sophisticated vocal manipulations, deeply elastic bass and ethereal ragga flavor complete an absolutely unique and captivating tune you’ll want to rewind again and again.?!

7" $7.25

09/29/2017  

ZAMZAM 56 


***"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.?! '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.".?!

7" $7.25

07/14/2017  

ZAMZAM 55 


***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.?!

7" $7.25

07/14/2017  

ZAMZAM 54 


We Nah Go by Digid

Digid

We Nah Go
Zamzam

***ZamZam is very happy to welcome JEROEN VERSCHUEREN aka DIGID into the ZamZam fold with two cuts of high grade sound system fire.?! Straight outta Belgium, Digid has had our attention for a few years now thanks to a string of crucial releases on labels including Cubiculo, Moonshine, and Lion Charge.?! We dare say this wicked release will further his steep rise in profile.?! “We Nah Go” is a well-tested weapon, a full-charge stepper with both deep space and big room appeal.?! Crisp & heavy production captivate with sizzling high end, massive bassweight, and kick drum pushing into the red.?! The cinematic melodic figure, majestic horns, and mysterious, reverb-soaked atmosphere add up to a can’t-fail powerhouse in the dance.?! “Digital Time” counters with a similar sonic palette and epic sweep, but an utterly deep and more meditative vibe.?!

7" $7.25

06/02/2017  

ZAMZAM 53 


Nada A Perder (feat. Junior Dread) by Bukkha & Madplate Sound

Bukkha & Madplate Sound

Nada A Perder (feat. Junior Dread)
Zamzam

***ZamZam 52 is a fully outernational collaboration between BUKKHA (Spain/US), MADPLATE SOUND Sound (Italy) and JUNIOR DREAD (Brazil).?! We love these kinds of link-ups, as the simple act of creating tunes across borders and continents for an international community of listeners and dancers is an act of resistance in a time of increasing nationalism and restrictions on peoples’ movement.?! "Nada A Perder” ("Nothing To Lose") leads off with hard skanks and a deceptively wistful melody.?! Enter the honeyed-yet-gritty voice of rootsman Junior Dread over mashing steppers drums and a monstrous bassline designed with nothing but sound system pressure in mind.?! The dub version travels deep through swirling vapor trails, carving out space by stripping back the vocal, echoing the skanks hard, opening up the reverbs, firing off the lasers, and valving-up the bassline for an even more militant side.?! Edition of 700 copies..?!

7" $7.25

04/21/2017  

ZAMZAM 52 


Low Orbit (alter Echo Mix) by Systemwide

Systemwide

Low Orbit (alter Echo Mix)
Zamzam

***ZamZam embarks on their next 50 releases with the return of Portland’s own SYSTEMWIDE.?! After a many-years hiatus the crew once hailed as “The States' finest dub band,” by author & journalist Jeff Chang, is back with two new adventures into live left-of-center dubwise.?! The lineup is a deadly tight combo of midi drums (TIM ENNIS), Korg and Moog bass (MONDELL WELLS), samples and FX (STEVE WEGNER), synths and keys (TIM ANDREWS), and percussion and samples (EZRA ERECKSON aka E3).?! For this release the crew chose to recruit ALTER ECHO for a mix, as his deft touch always brought out the deepest aspects of the band’s sound.?! In addition, it felt natural to ask DUBSKASM for a version as they championed the No Corner 12” with enthusiasm and earnest love.?! Edition of 700 copies..?!

7" $7.25

04/21/2017  

ZAMZAM 51 


This A Sound by J. Sparrow

J. Sparrow

This A Sound
Zamzam

***ZamZam 49 is an absolute stormer from Leeds-based RYAN WILD aka J.?! SPARROW.?! Well-known to dubstep heads worldwide, it is an absolute pleasure to present this massive reggae sound system stepper.?! A pounding kick, majestic horns and the powerful chanting of IRATION STEPPAS' DAN MAN anchor “This A Sound” from the first drumroll.?! A masterclass in less-is-more aesthetics, the subsequent layering of nimble hats, cutting snare, subtle guitar and bubbling bass only serve somehow to give the impression of more space, even while ramping up the intensity and power of the tune.?! “This A Version” Strips back the horns and voice, opening up reverb-drenched wells of darkness, a primal and mesmerizing space for dancers and meditators alike.?! Only a truly accomplished producer can wring so much vibes from so few elements.?! With its minimalist grace and elemental power, we guarantee you’ll be reaching for this plate well into the future.?! Edition of 800 copies..?!

7" $7.25

01/27/2017  

ZAMZAM 49 


Fear Featuring Macka B by Prescott, Adam

Prescott, Adam

Fear Featuring Macka B
Zamzam

***ZamZam is pleased to finally be able to offer up a hard and timely digi stepper from Reggae Roast’s ADAM PRESCOTT alongside the unbeatable MACKA B.?! Always insightful, clever, and serious-as-your-life, Macka B delivers a lyric tailor-made for these treacherous times, a deeply insightful essay on the many ways fear is deployed as a Babylonian weapon to keep us passive, obedient, distracted, confused, and compliant.?! From Brexit to Trump, the message is both universal and very local.?! Relicking a classic Horace Andy tune (we’ll let you figure out which), a twinkling melody leads the way alongside militant snares and a darkly addictive bassline for a riddim grounded firmly in the 90s UK dub tradition.?! "Fear Dub" cracks open vaults of dubspace with Macka B’s voice delaying into pure signal, and the bass heaving from reverbed depths.?! Percussion multiplies through the stereo field while skanks, synth, and tones cut through the darkness like thermal images in a dark night.?!

7" $7.25

12/02/2016  

ZAMZAM 48 


Making Our Music by Tayo Meets Earl 16

Tayo Meets Earl 16

Making Our Music
Zamzam

***ZamZam is well-pleased to present the return of TAYO, veteran UK producer and selector absent from releasing music for a few years, now “coming in strong, strong…” as the champion EARL 16 sings on a sweet paean to roots music itself.?! Flanged guitar skanks, a classic Cry Tuff horns chop, and melodica sweet-like-honey set the tone and vibe, before the full riddim drops all at once—a deeply melodic bassline, binghi drum, and a pounding kick, forging a steppers guaranteed to move dancers and get the most out of any system big or small.?! Limited to 600 copies for the world..?!

7" $7.25

12/02/2016  

ZAMZAM 47 


***Tom Van Zeytveld AKA Phuture-T is well known to followers of hard-edged dubwise jungle from his many stellar releases on labels including Alphacut, 45Seven, and Eastern Promise Audio.?! In a landscape of similar-sounding steppers, Zeytvelt reveals his Emperor T alias on his first outing for ZamZam, bringing a welcome experimental sensibility to the worldwide steppers arena, while keeping sound system priorities and dancefloor imperatives firmly in view.?!   "Macka Step Dub" is a pounding 128 bpm killer that opens with congas, skanks, and a minimal guitar lick, but quickly ramps up the energy with a pounding kick, sick sine wave bass, clattering percussion and sirens, building the tension to a massive breakdown.?!

7" $7.25

10/21/2016  

ZAMZAM 45 


Awaken Dub by Tetrad

Tetrad

Awaken Dub
Zamzam

***We are extremely happy to forward the first vinyl release from Cheyne Taylor Bush AKA Tetrad, a member of LA’s B-Side collective.?! From the moment we heard these tunes we knew we wanted to get behind them, and behind Tetrad.?! It is extremely rare for us to hear music from a young, as-yet unsigned producer that immediately strikes us as this fresh, original, mature, and self-aware.  “Awaken Dub” is a 140 power stepper driven by a shimmering melodica figure, delicate guitar plucks, insistent photon torpedo snares and pure 4/4 bass and kick forward motion.?! “Awaken Dub” was inspired by Tetrad’s “return to dub-inspired music” after an absence, and the personal awakenings this return brought him.  “Turn 1” is among the best ‘proper’ dubstep plates we’ve heard in ages, that perfect combination of eyes-down deep hypnosis for the mind and massive body-blow to the corporeal form.?!

7" $7.25

10/21/2016  

ZAMZAM 46 


***It’s no exaggeration to say that J:KENZO is one of the leading lights of underground bass music today.?! As a producer for labels as diverse, venerable, and crucial as Tempa, Metalheadz, and Exit Records he makes much of the music defining the moment from drum & bass to steppers.?! He also shapes our listening and dancing through the careful curation of his own Artikal Music UK and Lion Charge imprints, to say nothing of his monthly Rinse FM show and non-stop global touring.?! Needless to say we were extremely pleased when he approached us with two tunes tailor-made for ZamZam.?! “Without" is a 140 workout, at once minimalist, muscular, meditative and sinister.?! A deep skanking pad and synthetic percussion set the stage for the leaden kick and steady hi hat pulse calling all dancers.?! Rockers’ drum fill and test tone sprinkle dubwise flavor as the haunting melodics waft through, as hypnotic as smoke trails in a cloudy studio.?!

7" $7.25

08/19/2016  

ZAMZAM 44 


A Midsummer Night's Dub by Versa

Versa

A Midsummer Night's Dub
Zamzam

***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.?!

7" $7.25

08/19/2016  

ZAMZAM 43 


***The ZamZam debut from UK powerhouse trio DUB DYNASTY—ALPHA & OMEGA and ALPHA STEPPA.?! Two early sessions, recorded and mixed during the formative months of the Dub Dynasty project.?! Unreleased until now, these two staunchly 140 pounders marry the weight of classic A&O to the digital space and sensibility of Alpha Steppa for maximum pressure in the dance.?! Dub Cure combines the bucolic ambience of Christine Omega’s chickens (!!) with majestic horns and an absolutely storming steppers kit.?! The massive bassline propels a stripped yet anthemic tune for sound systems of every size and stripe.?! Edition of 900 copies..?!

7" $7.25

07/15/2016  

 


Why Can't We Be Friends? by Twilight Circus

Twilight Circus

Why Can't We Be Friends?
Zamzam

***ZamZam is proud to present this incredibly timely tune from the legend TWILIGHT CIRCUS featuring vocals from BIG YOUTH, just the musical medicine the world needs in these days of division and strife.?! "Why Can’t We Be Friends?" is a rockstone riddim with a driving heartbeat pulse and deep atmosphere reminiscent of Rhythm & Sound’s classic Burial Mix releases.?! Fully organic in its sonics and construction, it nevertheless manages to recall the golden age of dub techno and late-night warehouse sessions.?! The dub version dives even deeper, bringing the hi-hats into crystal focus, letting the toms and rimshots rock, the skanks dub and invert, with occasional test-tones bubbling up as the riddim drives forward, ever forward.?! Edition of 800 copies..?!

7" $7.25

07/15/2016  

 


Shaka's Truth by Compa

Compa

Shaka's Truth
Zamzam

***ZamZam is very pleased to welcome COMPA to the family! With his sparse, tight & driving signature dubwise sound, his first 7” for ZamZam is a serious scorcher, the latest in a growing catalog of crucial releases on labels including Boka Records, Lion Charge and Deep Medi Musik.?! Compa’s increasingly intense touring schedule is winning over crowds from Australia to Asia, and support is steady from luminaries including Mary Anne Hobbs, Gilles Peterson, Toddla T, the legend David Rodigan, Joe Nice, and of course Deep Medi boss Mala amongst many others.“Shaka’s Truth” is a lean beast of stop/start riddim dynamics and meditative synth melodics.?! A massive oscillating bassline pumps in unison with the pounding kick, while a disembodied voice of wisdom intones on the nature of truth, and the importance of trusting the inner voice.?! “Atha Dub” is a missive from deep space, marrying a shimmering melody to laser volleys and distorted echo trails.?!

7" $7.25

06/03/2016  

ZAMZAM 39 


Love And Understanding by Henry & Louis

Henry & Louis

Love And Understanding
Zamzam

***HENRY & LOUIS (aka JACK LUNDIE and ANDY SCHOLES) is a Bristol institution and UK sound system mainstay, birthed in 1988.?! The duo’s 2Kings label, founded in 1990, is also a cornerstone of the 'Bristol sound'.?! A heavily edited version of “Love and Understanding” was released on the seminal Time Will Tell LP (first on BSI, then 2Kings).?! This new ZamZam 7” is the first time the full vocal and full dub version have been heard in all their glory.?! The original lyric was penned by Andy Scholes and released on a 2Kings 12"—JOHNNY CLARKE took hold of the words and laid down a magesterial version when Andy and Jack traveled to Jamaica in 1996.?! Recorded in a single take at 'Chunky’s Studio.' The skeletal riddim and deeply melodic bassline form the perfect bedrock for his sublime performance.?! Digi-percussion, clipped horns and subtle guitar plucks complete a truly revelatory tune.?! The dub version is a hallucinogenic ride that simply has to be heard to be believed.?!

7" $7.25

06/03/2016  

ZAMZAM 40 


Water Creature by Gulls

Gulls

Water Creature
Zamzam

***ZamZam is proud to present a long-awaited 7” from Portland pillar GULLS aka JESSE NUNRO JOHNSON.?! Johnson is known the world over as label boss of Boomarm Nation, one of the jewels of underground Cascadian sound.?! The Boomarm aesthetic is one of experimental brilliance, sound system music from outer worlds and inner dimensions, responsible for many heads’ first exposure to artists such as El Mahdy Jr and Iskeletor.?! "Water Creature" is a 110 bpm beast of fuzzed bassline, panned toms, '80s claps, syncopated snares, shimmering, distorted synth melody and insistent rave-ish stabs.?! Dubbed & delayed guitar figures recall West Africa without resorting to ethnographic forgery or facile sampling.?! An enveloping, mesmerizing, neck-snapping journey through shades of dancehall and dub techno that will demand replays, lingering in the psyche long after the runout groove.?!

7" $7.25

04/22/2016  

ZAMZAM 37 


***Long Island NY’s BLIND PROPHET (JOE BURNS), is the owner and operator of vinyl and digital imprint South Fork Sound.?! His productions have received support from Dusk & Blackdown, Distance, Mary Anne Hobbs, J:Kenzo, BunZer0, Wen, J.?! Robinson and many more.?! We are happy to present Blind Prophet’s first vinyl release.?! “Formation” is a masterful 130 bpm stormer built from beautifully dubbed congas, deep subs, a propulsive and distorted 4/4 kick, and paranoid descending piano figure intertwining with a miasmic lead.?! Brimming with deliciously filtered and panned synths, insistent pads build tension to a drop into pure soundboy-killing freefall.?! The second half cuts the kick to half-time to open up more swaggering dub space, fleshing out a truly massive tune.?!

7" $7.25

03/18/2016  

ZAMZAM 36 


***PETE HAZELL aka TITUS 12 is a shadowy Bristol-based beatsmith, a producer of experimental dubwise dance music influenced by “smoked out hip hop, sound system culture, and field recordings." "Bury Dem" marries a lurching 140-ish dub-hop riddim to a buzzing analog bassline, 8-bit skanks, haunting melodica—pure propulsive nod-factor dubwise, a molasses-soaked, ganja-infused confection that sounds like Lee Perry busting out some chopped & screwed.?! Titus 12 shows that an 'eyes-down’ tune needn’t be dark or bitter.?! "Everyone Should (Wake Me Up)" simply has to be skanked to to be grasped.?! Like the Skatalites with Todd Edwards on vocal duties, Madlib on the MPC and Zomby on bass, this one is for the 2-Tone 2-Step revival that is already in full swing on some glorious alternate Earth.?! If you, like us, weary of rigid genre-boundaries and want to be surprised again—trust.?! Limited edition of 600 copies..?!

7" $7.25

02/19/2016  

ZAMZAM 34