Undefined - Defined Riddim LP + 7" ft. Rider Shafique, Paul St. Hilaire, Ras Dasher
Absolutely great to see a new Khaliphonic release from our friends Ezra & Tracy at ZamZam sounds, and also absolutely great to see Japanese dubwise duo Undefined back at the controls, delivering this long awaited full-length release, topped off with a 7" disc alongside the LP >>
Distilled, gently thundering dub & techno abstractions are the order of the day here, and the instrumentals come charged with singular voices from various corners of the globe -
Young Echo's Rider Shafique represening Bristol, Basic Channel / Main Street O.G. Paul St. Hilaire representing JA & Berlin, and Ras Dasher, Japan rootical maestro.
We couldn't say it better than it's said here below, so please read on for the full script from ZamZamHQ >>
Khaliphonic 15 is the first full length release from Japanese experimental dub duo Undefined. Well-established as a live act since 2014, and releasing on their own Newdubhall label as well as ZamZam Sounds since 2017, it’s well-past time that their expansive and immersive sound be allowed to span the length of an LP, and this set is nothing short of a triumph.
The powerhouse duo of keyboardist/programmer Sahara (formerly of Heavymanners) and drummer Ohkuma (formerly of Soul Dimension) create an absolutely unique form of dubwise firmly grounded and rooted in rockstone reggae principles, while focusing intently on expansive spaces, subtle inflections, and exploratory minimalism and abstraction - deep dives into the heart of rootical riddim and space. Luminary vocalists Paul St. Hilaire, Rider Shafique, and Ras Dasher were invited on the journey, and the resulting set is absolutely timeless, a crowning achievement in the rich history of reggae, dub, and dub techno in Japan, and the world. With “Defined Riddim” the two-man band has created something ruff & rugged while somehow delicate and utterly elegant throughout. Undefined honors the roots while taking them in an deeply personal, unconventional and unique direction unburdened by cliches, follow-fashion or any other concerns beyond creating an honest music - dub from the heart. Words fail when trying to describe the richly saturated color and tones of Sahara’s keys & bass; Ohkuma’s drumming is muscular, lithe, incredibly tight & subtle. The two together are nothing short of a force, a single spirit of riddim moving through two individuals with a fully-unified vision, the vision magnified by E-Mura’s (Bim One Production) masterfully restrained mix. It’s an absolute honor to release this album in physical form, including a bonus 7” featuring the heartfelt vocals of Ras Dasher, who passed away suddenly before he could celebrate the release with us. Undefined and Khaliphonic/ZamZam Sounds dedicate this set to him, and to dearly-departed Naoki E-Jima, whose Disc Shop Zero was the heart of the scene in Japan until he left this plane in 2020.
Naoki was also an early, enthusiastic, and steadfast supporter of ZamZam Sounds & Khaliphonic, and we are forever grateful to him and his family for the love they showed us and so many others. "
... Yes, Big up Naoki E-Jima:
REST IN PEACE & KNOW THAT YOU WILL ALWAYS LIVE IN OUR MEMORIES.
Pure love for this one.
LP + 7" -
Printed sleeve, the works...
Victims (feat Paul St Hilaire)
Tech In Black
Three Ft. Rider Shafique
Into The Light Ft. Ras Dasher