Heights & Worship – Crucify Me – 7″ released on ZamZam
Heights & Worship (AKA Ras Heights of Ital Sound System, and Rob Paine of Worship Recordings and Solomonic Sound) return to ZamZam a year and a half after their lauded first release as a duo, “Teach Dem.” For Zam Round Two, the Philly veterans teamed up with none other than reggae veteran Carlton Livingston.
“Crucify Me” is a unique and powerful vision of contemporary reggae and dub that combines a propulsive, percussive one drop riddim, massive bass, warm pads, snatches of harmonica, modulating synth and sophisticated filtering and dubbing for an almost psychedelic sound-world. In contrast to the current fashion of minimalism in sound system music, they pursue a full, thick, and enveloping sound that totally represents their point of view.
All of this frames Carlton Livingston’s brilliant lyric, a snapshot of the razor’s edge he has to walk to stay sane and spiritually intact in the world of politicks and badmen that is the reality of day-to-day living in East Kingston, Jamaica.
Livingston is true reggae royalty, having recorded for many of the greatest producers and labels in the history of Jamaican music, from Studio One to Techniques, Greensleeves, Jah Life, Power House, Digital-B, VP and countless others. He remains an active and powerful voice of conscience and ZamZam is proud to host him here, vocal and dubwise.
Out end of May, 2015. Limited to a one-time pressing of 700 copies. Vinyl only, no digital. Design & screen print by Polygon Press.
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