Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Passage To Indica
Zion Train
Universal Egg
CD Digipack
June 12, 2005

Track list
  1. Shining Light Steppers
  2. Plunging Into Darkness
  3. Earthrush
  4. Watching Deep Water
  5. Customs Check
  6. Daybreak
  7. Arrival
  8. Burning Indica
  9. Power One
  10. Dub Power
  11. Power Two
  12. Dub To Power
  13. Revival
  14. Sending Out A Positive Message
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : - Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 5
Zion Train are UK Dub Music Pioneers, involved in Alternative and DIY Culture and purveyors of fine Roots Reggae. The band was formed by Perch (live dub mixing), in 1990, who was later joined by Molara (voice), Tench, Cod (melodica), Hake (trumpet), Forkbeard (trombone). From 2001 to 2005, the Dubdadda added extra vocals and Bigga replaced Forkbeard on trombone in 2001. The live line-up is flexible, varying from Perch and a vocalist for sound-system gigs, to the full band for bigger gigs. From 2005 Zion Train have a variety of guest vocalists such as Fitta Warri and Kenny Knots alongside Molara.

Zion Train have been an extremely prolific group, producing everything from music to magazines, CD-ROMs to Internet sites to sound systems. Their early releases were on their own label Universal Egg from 1991, until in 1995 they signed to China Records; when they released the world's first promotional dub music video for the 'Get Ready' single. Back on their own Universal Egg label since 1999, they have continued to release quality dub, electronic, and world dance music.

Their work from the past decade still sounds fresh to today's discerning ears. June 2005 will see the reissue of the bands seminal and long unavailable first, second and third albums, namely; 'A Passage To Indica', 'Natural Wonders Of The World In Dub' and Siren - all remastered for 2005. The first reissue is the album 'Passage To Indica'. It's being reissued for the 15th anniversary of Zion Train. The set was recorded partially in Harlesden at the then home of DJ Perch and partially in their then brand new studio space in Seven Sisters - London, The Wibbly Wobbly World of Music. As with all of the group's releases around this time there is no 'live' playing of anything, all instrumentation is programmed. Check out the techical details :
It was written on an Alesis MMT-8 Sequencer, an Alesis HR16 Drum Machine, a Roland JD-800 a Yamaha DX11 and an Akai S-950 sampler. The bass on this and all subsequent LPs up to 'Love Revolutionaries' was from self created patch on a Korg M3R (A rackmoumted M1 essentially). The effects used were an Alesis Quadraverb+, an Alesis Midiverb II, 2 ART Multiverbs and an ancient Evans analogue Delay which was given to us by Robert Charlesworth. Some of it was mixed on a Yamaha rackmounted mixer with 2 aux sends and the mixes were finished on a Studiomaster 24-8-2 which was a 16 track with an extra 8 track section added on, this had 4 aux's. We bought the Studiomaster from Keety Roots of Black Legacy records who had used it on some of his classic cuts with Napthali and Tena Stelin.

Throughout the making of this LP they were operating the studio commercially and teaching themselves to be studio engineers. During the making of this LP they were educated, by Dougie Wardrop from Conscious Sounds, in the ways of Jamaican mixing. One key element of which is the routing of effects returns back up audio channels on the desk in order for them to be 'properly' fed back on themselves. This is a fact that many 'Rock' mixers are unaware of and which leads to them being unable to create an 'authentic' feedback sound.

The concept for the album is based around a journey to a place where marijuana can be smoked, it could be Amsterdam or anywhere in the World that you can smoke without fear. The extra tracks are the A and B sides of their first two singles and two bonus dubs that are featured nowhere else. The tracks feature the vocals of Molara. This seminal work from the past still sounds fresh to today's discerning ears. At the time it was described as "a mellow dub collection" and sold to a much wider audience than their previous singles and has continued to sell ever since. In our opinion it should be regarded as a milestone in the UK heavyweight early 90s techno-stepping style. Great reissue!