UK dub pioneers Zion Train is set to release State of Mind, their first original album since the award-winning Live as One, put out in 2007.
State of Mind follows in the footsteps of the recently released retrospective Dub Revolutionaries – The Very Best Of, and includes the same tasty ingredients as you might expect – tough bass lines, horns, hard electronic beats and dub-infused riddims.
But it doesn’t stop there. Zion Train has taken a step forward and added violin, viola and dub poetry.
Aswad-singer Brinsley Forde was featured on last year’s first single Rainbow Children, an update of an old Aswad tune. Other featured artists are Zion Train’s own Dubdadda and Lua alongside Jamaican Dub Poetess Jazz’min Tutum.
UK dub pioneers Zion Train has been active on the reggae scene for more than 20 years. The outfit – with front man Neil Perch – begun as a sound system and has since then fused reggae and dub with a variety of different genres, including electronica and world music. They have of course also released straight reggae and dub tunes.
The recently released Zion Train two CD retrospective Dub Revolutionaries collects 24 tunes, and includes vinyl-only rarities and a previously unreleased radio session for John Peel.
The compilation starts off with their first single Dub Power released in 1991 and ends with a Professor Skank remix put out in 2009.
The majority of the tracks is in the reggae and dub vein. And these tunes are also the ones that suit my taste best. The ones influenced by electronica haven’t aged as well and might have sounded better when they were released.
I’m not sure that this is a best of album. Dub Revolutionaries is for me a varied introduction to Zion Train and their music.
However, whether it’s a best of album or not is the listener’s decision to make. These 24 tunes might not be my favorites, but the material certainly shows what a great genre reggae is for blending with other styles and influences.
My first mix in 2011 is based on a bunch of tunes from 2010 that in my view didn’t get the proper recognition when they were released. I haven’t heard many of them in other mixes and thought they deserve some attention from me.
Therefore, Food for Your Soul might be a bit eclectic, since there are many forms of reggae music included. There’s the usual European one drop, such as the Camel riddim. But included are also the Lee Perry infused roots in Fundracar and Komlan’sKali Kali, Zion Train’s steppers reworking of Rainbow Children and some raving dancehall in the Screw Dem riddim.
Most productions are European, several from Germany and France.
As usual – Food for Your Soul is a continuous mix with no full tracks and some added sound effects. If you like what you hear, please support the artists, producers and labels and buy the tunes. Most of them are easily available on mp3, CD or vinyl.
Listen in the player below and download by clicking the link (right click, save as). You can also listen and download via Soundcloud. Turn it up loud and enjoy!
Universal Egg, a label run by UK dub pioneer Neil Perch, releases a heavy as lead compilation in September. The album is called The Best of Deep Root and consists of 7 inch releases on the Deep Root label featuring artists such as Zion Train, Vibronics and Slimmah Sound spanning from1998 to 2005. All of the eight tracks come with a dub version.
The original 7 inches included on the album were limited releases and has been unavailable for many years. Through this compilation many heavyweight tunes will available again.
Den femte augusti är det äntligen dags för andra numret av Sveriges enda reggaetidning – Reggae Galore Magazine. Det nya numret innehåller en massa spännande, bland annat en intervju med legendariske dubmakarn Neil Perch, som Reggaemanis Erik Magni intervjuat, samt intervjuer med David Rodigan, Serengeti och Safari Sound.
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