Summer of 2014 at Reconstrvct, Brooklyn NY - Ishan Sound was pummeling the capacity crowd with hi-powered steppers, cut after cut on beautiful acetate. Suddenly a huge sonic space opened up with a tune that was like a blast of cool air through the suffocatingly hot room… ZamZam’s E3 was instantly captivated by the track, and knew we had to have it… but first we had to find out what it was!
The tune that had the crowd heaving and rocking in delight was Peaman’s “War” - a legendary dubplate by a mysterious producer, controlled by only a few including Ishan, Kahn and Bristol’s DJ Dad. Massively warm sub-bass, uncompromisingly sparse one drop riddim, sublime horns and pads, and masterful control of reverbs define this understated killer. Powerful in its restraint and minimalism, War touches all the right marks in the frequency spectrum, making it an unforgettable hit with every sound system it’s flexed on.
Khaliphonic 04 offers up the original tune alongside three versions on 12” vinyl. “Horns of War,” an extended saxophone version excursion featuring James Morton soloing on the horn offers up pure, sparkling dubwise jazz like none we’ve ever heard. Two remixes by Bristol producer Rhumius on the B side bring War into steppers territory with a more insistent kick drum and oh-so-sweet fuller horn melodics.
Peaman shares the story of Horns of War’s first play this summer in Bristol, and Babylon’s reaction:
"Every year since we’ve been building our soundsystem, me and my sound system crew, ‘Heathen’ have managed to run at St Pauls Carnival and 2015 was no exception despite the event's official cancellation. We got a last-minute spot with a half stack, playing in the courtyard at legendary Bristol Soundman Froggy’s Birthday party on Argyle Road. We put the boxes outside and ran cable all the way down through the garden and into the basement of the house, so far away we could not hear the rig. It was a mid sized event and most of our crowd were old school Bristol Roots scene so we were all buzzing and we ran the sound louuuud!
A couple of hours in, I pulled out my newly mixed version, 'Horns of War', and played it out for the first time. I quickly made my way up through the garden and out into the courtyard. We had drawn a nice crowd and when the bass rolled in, everyone started to step heavy, the stack was pushing War like I’d never heard it and I was feeling sweet! We got about half way through the tune when five of Babylon’s finest strolled into the courtyard, requesting a wheel up with no second play. The nerve. After some failed mass negotiation, the police threatened to take the sound and we had to pack down. In spite of the party being cut short, the day had been a success: we turned up, tuned up and my version was the last thing the police heard before leaving!"
Mastered and cut at wide 33 rpm for maximum bass warmth by Lewis at Stardelta, Devon UK. Limited to 600 copies for the world, no digital, no repress. Design & screen print by Polygon Press.
a1. Peaman - War
a2. Peaman - Horns Of War
b1. Peaman - War (Rhumius Rmx)
b2. Peaman - Horns Of War (Rhumius Rmx)