£15.99

Gold striking collection of outernational dubwise cuts from across the border, coming on full-length 12″ via ZamZam’s Khaliphonic offshoot –

“Sounds From The Well: Collection 1” hauls in a net of captivating left-of-center sound system music rooted in or in some way influenced by the music of the Mediterranean or the Maghreb, the Near East or North Africa. An immersive journey from start to finish, this is one for the headphones as well as the soundsystem.

An accumulation of border-crashing sounds from the further reaches of the ZamZam roots, Khaliphonic draws on the talents of many peers and affiliates, coming like a cherry-picked dip into label co-boss’s most treasured, obscure corner of his dubplate bag.

Gulls & XJ mangle gasbah flute-heavy rai vibes for a journey into trance-inducing Algerian funk.

Dubmonger & LXC build a sparkling, crunching, head-nodding beast that marries boom bap and Arabesque keyboard meanderings.

Sonza’s abstract chamber jazz builds from ambient abstraction to a mesmerizing, plaintive, percussion heavy masterwork of Anatolian dub vibes.

Alter Echo & E3 indulge their love of psychedelic dubwise with a riddim indebted to the reggada of Morocco, that sounds like nothing if not a night journey through a desert by moonlight.

The increasingly elusive El Mahdy Jr graces us with a gorgeous track of rhythmic complexity and emotional weight.

The album is bookended by two early, unreleased string quartet & percussion recordings by the legendary Badawi, lush and ominous, recently transferred from their 20th Century tape masters.

This should please all those with a keen interest in borderless soundsystem music, and of a keen ear for the music of influential musical hubs of creation… Wether it is rooted in Jamaica, North Africa, the Middle East, or Portland…

Quite simply, crucial.

Limited to 500 copies, vinyl LP only, no digital, no repress.
Art & design by Polygon Press.
Mastered by Lewis at Stardelta.

A1 – Badawi: No Prisoners
A2 – Gulls & XJ: Medjool
A3 – Dubmonger & LXC: 101 Delaytionz
A4 – Sonza: Untitled

B1 – Alter Echo & E3 – Rif Mountains Dub
B2 – El Mahdy Jr – Love At Last Sight
B3 – Badawi: Kanun

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