Four previously unreleased killers from 1999 – two versions of each, eight tracks total across two 12”s in screen printed jacket.
ZamZam Sounds' long-format sister-label Khaliphonic is proud to present four massive tunes from the Disciples vaults, with alternate dub versions of all four tunes. Representing both Russ D’s “regal” and “deep space” styles, in a stunning combination offset / screen print jacket...this is truly one for the ages.
Russ says these tunes were made in 1999, “trying some new ideas out” using a Waldorf 4 Pole Filter that he had recently acquired. “The sound was somewhat influenced by the Rhythm & Sound / Tikiman stuff. At the time I was checking them a little... that minimal sound.” What he created was a small, finite body of work, these four tunes to be exact, that are both of-a-time and feel utterly contemporary 15 years later - deep, driving, focused yet exploratory. In short, powerful UK sound system music that defies easy categorization. His powers are on full display here, charting a course into deepest dubwise territory. According to Russ the titles are roughly translated as “Unite,” “Serious,” and “Arise” but their original language has been lost over the years.
Disciples is one of the true originators of what has come to be known as “UK dub,” producing, remixing, and touring since the mid-80s. The name was bestowed by Jah Shaka in 1986 after Russ and his brother began supplying him exclusive tunes for his Sound. In the early 90’s the Disciples formed its own sound system, Boom Shacka Lacka (BSL), playing alongside the other big UK Sounds of the time, including Iration Steppas, Abashanti and Channel One. BSL ended in 1996, but Russ has carried on with a heavy production and DJ schedule that has taken him all over the world in the decade and a half since.
a1. Abbara 1
a2. Liberation 1
b1. Kabbad 1
b2. Tanassa 1
c1. Abbara 2
c2. Liberation 2
d1. Kabbad 2
d2. Tanassa 4