Zomby, the UK underground’s master of the dark arts, is in the process of writing a new album for 4AD.
We found this out a few months ago, in FACT’s enlightening interview with 4AD label manager Simon Halliday. Zomby appears to have confirmed the news on his busy-as-ever Twitter feed, claiming that his “next album and EP” will be on the label. Given that labels of 4AD’s stature generally sign artists to multiple album deals, and that Zomby and 4AD seem to make for a good match, this is hardly surprising news, but a couple of other Tweets have piqued our interest.
First, Zomby claims that a collaboration (or remix – he simply refers to the project as “Youngstar vs Zomby”) with grime original Youngstar, a.k.a. the producer of defining grime record ‘Pulse X’, is on the way. And secondly, that his label Cult – who released the reissue of Zomby’s debut album Where Were U In 92? - will be used as a house for Zomby’s “eskimo and straight grime records”, but not before releasing music from other artists. There’s been Zomby grime dubs – usually indebted to Wiley’s eski style – floating around the Internet for years, but very few of them have been released, despite talk at one point of a grime album on Actress and Lukid’s Thriller label. So if this means some of them are to see the light, it’s very good news indeed.
One Zomby dub that did recently see the light was a gloopy hardcore number titled ‘Devils’, which can be downloaded here. We’ve also embedded his remix of Plastician’s ‘Cha’ below.