Natural Wonders Of The World In Dub
Zion Train
Universal Egg
CD / 2LP
November 21, 2005

Track list
  1. Gargantua Del Diablo
  2. Great Barrier Reef
  3. Amazon
  4. Kilimanjaro
  5. Giant Redwoods
  6. Aurora Borealis
  7. Ross Ice Shelf
  8. Bora Bora
  9. Llanberis Pass
  10. Roussillon
  11. Sargasso Sea
  12. Chomolungma
  13. Krakatoa
  14. Tassilli Plain
  15. Zion Canyon
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : - Backing : 3 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 2
This album has stood the test of time rather well, and actually sounds far better to this reviewer than when it was first released, when the writer considered it somewhat weak regarding composition and production values. It came across as decidedly over derivative at the time.

However, on re listening to it again in 2005 -- some eleven years after it was first released -- it seems suitable to reappraise it. It is far, far better than the vast majority of current euro roots, and features some b lines which are so aggressive, earthy and visceral they will have not only your rib cage shaking but also your doors, window frames and roof tiles! So warn the neighbours. This is a very, very heavy mix on the bass tones, and that has clearly influenced many euro roots outfits that came in its wake.

So if you are a severe bass addict and find yourself disappointed with current euro roots, then check out these tunes. The b lines to "Sargasso Sea" and "Chomolungma" are savage, and some of the compositions -- pleasingly and commendably -- even have a touch of Eno and Neu in their DNA, a factor which raises them above the conveyor belt roots by numbers approach increasingly common in the wider digi roots genre.

It is still doubtful that this album will impress the older reggae listener -- but that isn't the point of it anyway. It is after all, squarely aimed at the post house music Dub Club audience circa early to late 90's, who then went on to became Aba Shanti and Iration Steppers addicts.

So you know who you are -- and Zion Train know very well who they are providing for. They do a pretty efficient job in this respect, and manage to keep their mixes exciting.