Atomic Clock

Zion I
Release date
9 Nov 2010
Running length
14 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Forward 0:25 3
2 Always 2:33 3,905
3 4U 3:17 3,223
4 The Sealing 3:09 2,816
5 Signs of Light 3:19 2,906
6 Polarity feat. Macklemore & Locksmith 3:33 2,100
7 Girlz feat. Martin Luther 3:03 647
8 Many Stylez feat. Rebelution 4:31 4,155
9 North Star 3:54 2,488
10 The Sun Came Out 4:32 2,196
11 Infatuation 2:45 2,203
12 History 2:32 263
13 Auto Automic 2:25 1,863
14 Many Stylez feat. Rebelution (Amp Live Remix) 3:09 44

About this album

After delving into upbeat, electronic music on 2009′s The Takeover, Oakland hip-hop stalwarts Zion I enter a new phase of their chameleonic career with Atomic Clock (November 9th, Gold Dust), a moody, emotional record inspired by the group’s longtime admiration for reggae and dub.

While the group’s roots are still firmly planted in hip-hop, Atomic Clock’s cavernous, atmospheric vibe recalls both the classic roots reggae of Max Romeo and The Congos and forward-thinking dub mixing of UK artists such as Adrian Sherwood. “The Takeover was a very external record and we wanted to focus on fun, party music,” says emcee Zumbi AKA Zion. “This one is much more reflective and internal. We didn’t want to just recreate what we did last album. Art is not about living in the past.”

For Atomic Clock, the duo employed live musicians to flesh out producer Amp Live’s original beats and thicken the overall sound. For many of Atomic Clock’s tracks, Amp would create the skeleton of the beat himself for the initial direction before collaborating with the group’s live musicians to complement the sound and, in certain cases, redo the track live. In stark contrast to The Takeover, which saw Amp and Zumbi e-mail verses and beats to each other to constantly tweak each song, the group and their collaborators engaged in days-long jam sessions, for the first time in their career, to best enunciate Amp’s initial idea.

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  • FluffyUnderwear

    Love it!

    24 Jul 2011 Reply
  • TheAbbott

    By the way I never said that hyped beats are wack, I'm just sayin I don't dig them. But strangely enough, so far I haven't heard a lyrically dope shit spitted over this type of beats. Fuck outta here. This album's below average and there are no two minds about it. Get yourself on a higher intelligence level than Bob and Drake before tryin to argue with me for the fifth time meanwhile sending me at least two times a friend request. Go and comment the EXtrez dope chart for 2010. Sick of ya'll.

    16 Feb 2011 Reply
  • TheAbbott

    You're out of your damn years. Nobody's listening to lyrics anymore.

    16 Feb 2011 Reply
  • mhunke

    you're out of your damn mind

    11 Dec 2010 Reply
  • TheAbbott

    I won't say it's wack cause some people might dig those beats but it's undoubtedly the worst Zion I album.

    6 Dec 2010 Reply
  • airlock24

    this album is a grower

    18 Nov 2010 Reply

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