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LavaLava is here, kicking off with two explosive version excursions on a mutant dancehall tip. An open-ended indicator to where things could go from here, LV01 brings together ZamZam Sounds cohort E3 and his sparring partner Alter Echo with their most cutting edge rhythmic abstractions since that hard-to-find ‘Kufic Dub’ 7” on ZamZam hit the shelves a few years ago… Ezra E Ereckson (aka E3) has many years of record fanaticism under his belt, with early & ongoing record industry dealings alongside his partner Tracy Harrison, the Systemwide project (check out the recent reissue 12” on NoCorner) and of course the ZamZam and Khaliphonic imprints which quickly gained a cult status and remain one of the most prolific purveyors of dubwise music. If this life-long dedication and involvement in music leads Ezra to be the ideas-man and creative engine for this project, perhaps Alter Echo is the alchemist who can turn an idea into a solid new concoction. Having worked with, and performed along the likes of Mad Professor and The Scientist, AE always impresses with his highly inventive, ingenious skills on the mixing desk. From being obsessive about Punk, Dancehall and a vast array of middle eastern sounds, direct connections to Muslimgauze & Badawi and a wide scope on up-to-date dubwise, the combination of E3&AE means versioning to the outer limits, breaking the boundaries of dub in all the right places… Both the original cuts and the dub mixes impress with a very strong sense of detail, effortlessly moving through a collaged flurry of crackly samples, shots of melody, stripped rhythmic structures and - most-importantly - deadly, deadly bassline. The LavaLava imprint is a new venture from our very-own Ossia, and in his own words is ‘designed to push mutant dancehall and abstract dancefloor sounds’. Those who have been following his movements for a while, may have noticed the elusive signs of a project he had started with good friend Lurka some years back, under the name ‘Too Lava’ - We can testify that there are a heap of high-grade unreleased dubs from the two, and we’ve been promised that this label will finally serve as a platform for some of these works. But Ossia ensures us that the label shall evade restrictions and expectations - ‘never get too comfortable’ - LV02 will showcase new material from Rider Shafique, produced by O$VMV$M on an oddball dancehall tip… That one has been on the hifi here for a while now, and we can promise you that it is very addictive. After a series of teaser pictures and sly announcements online, LV01 is finally ready to go - Two tracks and two versions, cut to 12” for maximum pressure, then served as a limited run of 300, in a screenprinted and hand-stamped sleeve designed by Patch D Keyes. Pop in to Idle Hands or head over to on thursday night for first copies, other shops will have them the following week.

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