There are few producers in the world of underground bass and dubwise music working today with the breadth, depth, and genre-busting powers of Ognjen Zecevic, the man called Egoless. From post-everything blasts of wonky crunch & bass, to the most sparkling, orthodox reggae, his mastery of analog and digital production, and his free-roaming imagination and intuition make every Egoless plate a special, surprising, and rewarding experience.
We’ve been holding this tune for some time… we kept it back as we knew right away it was fully deserving of the number50 spot in our catalog, a release we’ve been steadily working towards for a full 5 years. It exemplifies what we have tried to build with ZamZam – a body of forward thinking heart and soul music, message music, physical music, sound system music.
For “Non-Immigrant Song” the Croatian Gorgon linked with rising sing-jay star Tenor Youthman (virtually unknown outside of his native Russia when the tune was recorded). Egoless says “It was one of those moments when I received a message and some tunes from a guy in Russia, expecting the worst English ever… Oh how I was wrong, this guy blew me away with the natural organic quality of his voice and we did this tune shortly afterward.”
The lyric was extremely relevant when we first heard it, but we could not have imagined how relevance would turn to urgency with the rise of anti-immigrant extremism, Brexit, Trumpism and full-blown fascist infections spreading in so many parts of the world. A plea to all those who lose touch with our humanity when we treat anyone as ‘other’ – native-born as immigrants, immigrants as refugees, refugees as less than human.
As for the music… an effortlessly swinging, massive rub-a-dub riddim in classic formation. Buttery bass and thick kick hitting hard in unison. Sparse and spare. Strictly analog effects and flawless instrumentation. We asked Egoless for a truly OUT dub version to back the vocal, and he obviously didn’t disappoint – absolute desk & tape madness in the tradition of the most dub-me-crazy Ariwa or Black Ark meltdowns.
We couldn’t be more thrilled with this record and this milestone arrived at through so much work and so much support from our worldwide community.
****As a special gift to celebrate ZamZam 50 we are including a full color poster documenting the art of ZamZam 01-49 folded into every copy.****
Mastered by Egoless himself, cut by Lewis at Stardelta.