As the needle drops, a haunting overdriven voice cries out from a cavern of distorted marimba pulses. “People sell them souls for a slice of bread…” A stark statement of realness, conviction, and the choices we all make. This is sound system music for the citizens of the world, welcoming the struggle and darkness that unites.
With “To The End” E3 creates a meditative musical darkness enveloped fully in the spiritual warmth of syncopated sub bass, rolling watery hi-hats, chopped vocals that sing like a call to prayer amidst powerful throws to the dub siren.
Channeling the DIY spirit of both Jamaican sound system culture and American punk rock, E3 aka Ezra E Ereckson is a long time staple of West Coast sound system music. Based in Portland, Oregon together with his wife, artist and designer Tracy Harrison (Polygon Press), they run the renowned ZamZam Sounds, a vinyl only label releasing exquisite DUB music from across the world, packaged in stunning hand-printed jackets.