Atomic Clock

Atomic Clock

by Zion I

CD

Overview

Not content with producing a singular sound, Zion I have dabbled in numerous sounds throughout their career. On Atomic Clock, producer Amp Live assembles a few songs with reggae undertones. His beats are complemented -- and some were completely reworked -- with live musicians to create a more organic feel. However, there are still hints of electronic forces at work. The results create a party atmosphere with jittery beats and on-point lyrics. On "Many Stylez," a classic Rasta riddim powers the beat and MC Zion adjusts his flow to suit the ebb and flow. It's still hip-hop in nature due to Zion's raps, but if you were to put a singer on with even a small amount of patois-laced vocals you couldn't be faulted for calling it a reggae record. Toward the end of the song, it breaks form for a spaced-out instrumental bridge that runs in place before a second, albeit shorter, bridge leads you back to the hook. With a more traditional hip-hop beat at hand, Zion recounts the group's journey in "The History." As he tells it, "Fast forward now to a point critical/When me and Amp Live met in college down south/In the same dorm/It was called Dubois Hall/Rhymin' in a cipher 'til my voice got raw." From there he talks about his beatmaking partner's club origins where, appropriately, Amp Live injects some club-like bass that jars your speakers. Keeping the track lengths short, and in fact several songs fall below the three-minute mark, Zion I are able to keep their focus on keeping the party moving. The beats may not be as catchy as other artists who get more radio play, but they still have an undeniable presence, showing that party music can be laid down by underground acts, too. Anyone who enjoys crisp beats will be able to find at least a few songs to nod their heads to. ~ Eric Luecking

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2010
Label: Gold Dust Media
UPC: 0730003003226
catalogNumber: 32

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Zion I   Primary Artist
Carl Wheeler   Organ
Adam Theis   Bass,Trombone
Mike Olmos   Trumpet
Uriah Duffy   Bass
Gawain Mathews   Guitar
Matt Nelson   Saxophone
Yair Evnine   Cello
Codany Holiday   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Pat Korte   Percussion,Drums
Wesley Finley   Drums
Rory Carey   Keyboards
Marley D. Williams   Bass
Crystal Monee Hall   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Brandon Werlin   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Anthony Anderson   Executive Producer
Amp Live   Producer,drum programming
Ben Yonas   Producer,Executive Producer
Stephen Gaines   Executive Producer
Poorlinecondition   Composer
Zumbi   Producer
A. Theis   Composer
S. GAINES   Composer
Eli Myers   Art Direction
Nicole Balin   Publicity
Alejandro Llinas   Vocal Engineer

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Atomic Clock 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Earshot78 More than 1 year ago
Zion I creates real hip-hop for people who remember hip-hop the way it was; as a creative, raw, poetic expressionist art form. They flow like water on tracks like The Sealing and Polarity, reaching out to the party crowd at the same time enlightening the people in a light hearted manner. They are definitely in top form and know how to stay current with the times; not worrying about what the other rappers are doing. Atomic Clock is certainly one of the most satisfying rap albums I've bought in a while.