VIDEO PREMIERE: Zion I Kings Dive into Worldly Reggae-Dub Sounds with Losso Keita on “Whale Song Skank”

Photo credit: Zion I Kings

Zion I Kings spent many formative years individually honing thier crafts before forming collectively. Their work has spanned many waves within the genre to create a solid and unique modern roots sound that is infectious, warm, melodic and steady in any sound system. Collectively they have produced for many great artists of our day including Akae Beka (Midnite) , Sizzla, Lutan Fyah, Jah 9, Blakkamoore, Chronixx, Protoje, Loydd Brown, Ziggi Recado, Pressure and many more.

A release from Zion I Kings – formed by talented multi-instrumentalists and producers Laurent “Tippy I” Alfred of I Grade Records, Andrew “Moon” Bain of Lustre Kings and David “Jah D” Goldfine” of Zion High Productions can be a real event for all reggae fans, who have learned to appreciate some of the finest and most indelible musical offerings coming from this collective in the past twelve years or so. Zion I Kings are an ever prolific and expanding crew of producers, musicians and performers. More recently including Andrew “Drew Keys” Stoch (Shaggy, Common Kings) as well as the mighty Teflon Zincfence (Koffee, Chronixx, Capelton).

Today Glide is excited to premiere the video for “Whale Song Skank,” a standout track from the band’s recently released album Future Oceans Echo. Featuring a guest appearance from Ngoni player Losso Keita the song is a sunny, dubbed out exploration that carries a West African touch. The presence of Keita’s Ngoni allows this uber-chill soundtrack to transcend traditional reggae dub fare into something more worldly and unexpected. The mostly instrumental track is enhanced by gorgeously enchanting ocean footage that makes it a truly enriching dive into reggae psychedelia.

The band describes the process behind the tune:

Zion I Kings return to the vast dub expanse with a deep diving, aquatic ode to the sea life in Whale Song Skank, featuring Ngoni player Losso Keita, finessing licks in an ancient timber. Whale Song Skank utilizes a banging drum and bass groove to seat psychedelic soulful vocal samples, ethereal guitars and pulsing organ bubbles. Unique and familiar all at once.


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