Zamzam 57 by Mikael
Zamzam 57 review
Sam Böök, better known in the world of forward-thinking sound system music as the elusive Finnish producer Mikael, has built a highly-respected catalog of tunes on Innamind Recordings. We are proud that he has chosen ZamZam for his first venture on a different label.
"Nuthin’ A Come" is a massive one drop tune, built with classic dub principles in mind, and contemporary sound system dynamics fully dialed. A huge bassline both rubbery and subby anchors the track, along with sparse drums, hard skanks and relentless spring reverb slaps deployed as percussive elements. Washes of white noise and a drop into a wide open chasm calls in a double-time kick, taking the tune into steppers territory until a sublime, cinematic outro.
"Corner Dub” is a bruising yet heady vehicle built from a reggae chassis, scraped up dubstep panels, dusted Jamaican vocal samples, twisted valve work and a thick patina of delay and plaintive melodica. This one drives to destinations beyond the horizon, taking in the shimmering scenery on the way.
Both tunes are highly focused, deeply transporting on headphones, and make for carthatic movements in the dance. Enjoy.