Track Listing and Credits 1. Freedom (cod, tench, perch, molara) 2. Building Rome (cod, tench, perch, molara) 3. Speaker Shaker (cod, tench, perch, hake, forkbeard) 4. Flag (cod, tench, perch, molara) 5. Movement Of The People (cod, tench, perch, hake, forkbeard) 6. Fly (cod, tench, perch, molara) 7. One Inch Dub (cod, tench, perch) 8. Beware (cod, tench, perch, hake, forkbeard) 9. Free Heart (cod, tench, perch) 10. War In Babylon (cod, tench, perch, macka B) 11. Rocker's Revival (cod, tench, perch) 12. Dubzilla (cod, tench, perch) 13. Ohm Shiva (cod, tench, perch)
Train are Dub/Dance pioneers and have been undisputed leaders in the
genre for more than 15 years. The band are heavily involved in
alternative and DIY underground culture and have been since the 90s as
well as being purveyors of the finest Roots Reggae music throughout
this period. They are one of the finest live dub acts in the world and
promoted the practice of dynamic onstage dub mixing which they perform
alongside acoustic instruments and the best live vocalists.
Train was founded by Perch (live dub mixing/production), in 1990 and he
was later joined by Cod (melodica/production), Tench (production),
Molara (voice), Hake (trumpet), and Forkbeard (trombone). Between 2001
and 2005 Dubdadda added extra live vocals and Bigga replaced Forkbeard
on trombone in 2001. The live line-up has always been very flexible,
varying from Perch and a vocalist for sound-system gigs, to the full
lineup for larger events. From 2006 Molara concentrated on her solo
projects and Zion Train live features a variety of renowned vocalists
including Dubdadda and Brother Culture alongside Earl 16, Tippa Irie
This was the first LP after relocating to West Wales
from Tottenham and the first post Warners release. It was recorded very
slowly through 1998/99 and was mixed in front of a 3k Sound System
(thanks to Inner State and Armagideon Sounds for that). Most of the
vocals were recorded on an SM58 in front of the rig. The band were much
more interested in vibes than separation and were extremely happy with
the results. Molara sounds beautiful throughout and there is a
relaxed nature which comes through the vocals and the music. The dubs
are as deep as they have ever been and the pop songs are something
we're proud of.
Many people, John Peel and Andy Kershaw included, called this a return to form and we even got a 3 star review in Q magazine.
mixing was done on an Allen & Heath Saber desk which we brought
from Simon Afro Celt and a Mackie 32-channel 8 bus. The Sabre was
apparently used extensively by Soul II Soul at Swanyard and 'Keep on
Moving' was mixed on it.
All of Zion Train's music is made
primarily for the band and they are philosophical about 'pleasing' fans
or the transient nature of the music business. Of course they want to
be liked but ultimately the goal is for us to enjoy what we are doing
and keep developing, mistakes and all.
'Love Revolutionaries' is
an innovative collage of dub sounds by Zion Train. Beautiful singing,
mad and funky electronica sounds, heavy and soulful bass are blended
together (plus more) to give an ultimate balance of chilled cheekey and
hypa vibes. 'Speaker Shaker' is a must-have track to keep you smiling
and will energize you to the maximum happiness. This wicked and funky
track is slightly contradicted my the bazaar and overly hyperactive
sounds of 'War in Babylon,' but overall it is an excellent mixture of
new dub, guaranteed to chill right through to the bones and occasionally
send shivers down your spine! Kinna, London.
We will see the band live at 2007 legalize canabis festival in Athens 04/05/2007