ZamZam presents two fresh cuts of Bristol dubwise from King Rob Smith Dubs AKA RSD. Rob has been ruling the world of dubwise dance music for two decades, helping to define the Bristol sound as More Rockers and Blue & Red, and as part of seminal UK dub/jungle/soul crew Smith & Mighty. His second outing for ZamZam, this 7” follows a string of massive releases the last few years, most recently on Moonshine and Astar Artes.
With “World Hungry” and “Dub Pride” we hear RSD at the height of his powers, intuitively constructing sound system music that pulls in influences from the history of UK reggae, dub, jungle, and that unmistakable Bristol vibe that keeps the people coming back for more. The sound is perpetual deja-vu, like a parallel-universe dance that is at once 90’s, 00’s, now, and next. Rob deploys his signature warm & massive bass sound with sophisticated, syncopated drum programming, strings, sweeps, samples and melodic elements that capture the past, present and future of Bristol with a wink and a nod. Listening to these tunes we hear the deft touch of a master with nothing to prove, displaying playfulness, joy, and total confidence.
"World Hungry" forwards a brooding vibe combining a steppers kick pulse with syncopated snares, dueling basstones and rich strings. "Dub Pride” is a summery shock of rocking, stuttering breaks, melodic figures that appear only to vanish, and vocal samples that will spread love and inity and get bodies off the wall and onto the floor as the warm weather settles in across the land.
a. RSD - World Hungry / Dub Pride
b. RSD - Dub Pride
We at ZamZam Sounds have been captivated by Egoless’ roots-heavy dubwise style since his first landmark 12”, “Rainbow Dub" on Portland’s seminal Lo Dubs label in 2012. His follow up was equally strong, and we have been following him closely ever since, so it is a genuine pleasure to reveal ZamZam 25.
“Yërmënde” (“Compassion”) features the soulful vocals of Senegalese roots reggae singer Daba Makourejah over a ground-up rebuild of Sly & Robbie’s classic “Revolution” riddim, most famously voiced by Dennis Brown. As soon as we heard a brief snippet of the riddim’s rough draft we knew we had to have it. Right away Egoless knew he wanted to work with Daba, and she turned in an inspired lyric in Wolof on the importance of education in the upliftment of a country’s youth - a common enough theme in reggae, but seldom heard from an African woman’s perspective, to say nothing of an African language.
Egoless’ mixing on the vocal side and dubbing on the flip are nothing short of masterful. Early 80s vibes are in full effect, growling delays panning across the spectrum, syn-drum style bubbling, rockers hi hats, haunting organ lead and skanks, slicing snares, hands- on-desk live dubbing and one of the most propulsive basslines in the history of reggae music.
Egoless started 2015 with a heavily-praised (and now heavily sought-after) 12” on Lion Charge. We are proud to offer the next release in what promises to be a very busy chapter for a seriously rising talent.
a. Egoless feat. Daba Makourejah - Yërmënde (Original Mix)
b. Egoless feat. Daba Makourejah - Yërmënde (Dub Mix)