Let Brian May beam you up with this new single of his. This release comes courtesy of ZamZam out in Portland, Oregon. “Zweimal Steppers” has four-to-the-floor on the agenda and “Higher Level” is a dubwise journey with a large collection of sounds and instrumentation. “Higher Level” is strongly similar to the Bully soundtrack if it got a hold of that dreaded reefer. It’s pretty much made for chilling out on a Jamaican beach. “Zweimal Steppers” is dub techno’s estranged cousin, and even with its four-to-the-floor beat, Beam Up takes some liberties with it. While dub techno would be thrashing about on the floor of a nightclub, letting the strobe lights blind its eyes until it sees nothing but an eerie yellow-orange afterburn (not that there’s anything wrong with that), “Zweimal Steppers” borrows some of dub techno’s misplaced energy and flies up beyond the club crowd to the nearest A/C vent… then it ascends to space. Check out the preview to both tracks below via the SoundCloud player and see what you think of them. Cheers!

The Details

Dubwise landing from Beam Up on ZamZam! –

Here we are… Another fresh delivery from the postman, direct import from the ZamZam HQ in Portland, USA –

The next instalment in the highly collectable series of 7″s on the D.I.Y. label comes in the form of two differing, bass-heavy, echo-laden cuts from the once UK, now Berlin resident ‘Beam Up’ who has delivered some choice dub excursions in conjunction with One-Drop Berlin in recent times.

Zweimal – translating to ‘twice’ in German – Steppers kickstarts the disc, with a pulsating 4 x 4 rhythm that urges it’s way through the syncopated percussion and the swirling reverb and delays… Expertly crafted and executed echo chamber styles here, enhanced by a guest performance from the french ‘Dubble Dubble’ on keys.
A surefire stepper that sits in it’s own smokey sphere whilst containing all the right ingredients for upfront soundsystem use.

Flip it around for a rootical affair with a double-time twist….
Featuring Joelistics, making great use of the original 1966 Fender Telecaster guitar – Joe Strummer’s favorite – as well as some brilliant horns playing by Beam Up himself, the retrospective, forward-thinking ‘Higher Level’ delivers fast-paced action in perfect complimentation to the first cut…

All topped up with a typically lush D.I.Y. aesthetic, this is another great addition to the ever-growing ZamZam collection.

Price $9.74

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