Fresh on the heels of the mighty Gorgon Sound remix 12” at the end of last year, Peng Sound Records kick off the year 2016 with their first set of 10” discs – the original dubplate format does seem rather fitting for what is perhaps one of the biggest and most in-demand cuts from Ishan Sound & Gorgon Sound in recent years, a big contribution to their unstoppable rise in soundsystem music territory.
Trojan, the grime-tinged steppers is reminiscent of the seminal ‘Find Jah Way’ by his peers Gorgon Sound, yet it’s still an unmistakeable Ishan Sound production, in the way it’s sonics are laid out and presented. In perfect combination fellow Young Echo cohort Rider Shafique steps up in authoritative style, going full charge at the walls of babylon with lyrical firepower.
His stance and word sound is a fierce and forceful contribution to the overdriven square wave bassline and militant 145bpm tempo.
Tried and tested in the dance, we’ve seen this one do serious damage at many occasions.
The Ishan Instrumental and the Gorgon Remix have been staples in sets from the likes of Iration Steppas, Kahn & Neek (aka ‘Gorgon Sound’) Mala, Dubkasm and and of course Ishan Sound himself.
The list of selectors who have played this is small but refined, this one has been kept close to the chest, in true tradition to the dubplate ethos of exclusivity.
In addition to the instrumental cuts, Peng Sound Records present the burning vocal cut with Rider Shafique. Flip the disc, and the Version awaits, letting the rhythm take full control, for extended dubwise pressure.
For all the selectors out there, this release comes packed with enough version excursion to keep the fire burning ’til the dance is charred and dusted by means of frequency.
The second disc comes loaded with the infamous Gorgon Sound remix, sonically pretty much exactly between the sounds of Bandulu and Gorgon, with their extra overdriven low-end and amplified, multiplied kick drum pattern, their version of Trojan is arguably the most explosive of them all.
The combination of Ishan, Gorgon and Dubkasm is something we’ve come to expect from Peng Sound now, but this is the first Record that combines all three on one plate –
the final cut on this set of Trojan interpretations gives us an exclusive, brand new Dubkasm counteraction – flipping the energetic steppers on it’s head in favour of an uplifting one-drop beat, giving the vocal and rhythm a brand new space and presence.
If the first three cuts were there to mash down the place with unhinged, dangerous soundsystem attitude, then the Dubkasm cut could be seen as the cool and easy soundboy burial, cementing Rider Shafique’s message with deadly effect.
ISHAN SOUND FT. RIDER SHAFIQUE – TROJAN
ISHAN SOUND – TROJAN (Instrumental)
ISHAN SOUND FT. RIDER SHAFIQUE – TROJAN (Gorgon Sound rmx)
ISHAN SOUND FT. RIDER SHAFIQUE – TROJAN ( Dubkasm rmx)