September 22, 2016

Zann - Strange Ways / Inside Jungle, 1990

Something for everyone on this mysterious left-field self-release recorded in Germany in the spring and summer of 1990. An onslaught of percussion, wind, and string instruments from around the world (heavy use of tabla and gong), alongside excellent synth programming. Wide variation between tracks, but all contain Arabic harmonic modalities. Some tracks, like "Gaya's Gone," are quite percussive, reminding me of a rougher, more frantic, and more sinister Mkwaju. Also good for fans of Popul Voh and Tri Atma. A phenomenal work!

I included the track below in a mix I made for the Ambient Tent at this year's Sustain Release. Keep your eyes peeled for the entire mix available soon!


  1. Thanks! I have heard about this album before. Now I can give a full listen to it. Already enjoying the track "Zann - Aum". Looking forward to your "Ambient Tent" mix... DubMe

  2. This is as good a time as any to say thank you for your marvelously curated collection (because if "Aum" is any indication, I'm going to love this record). I've dug through your archives and found so many gems - the Peace, Love and Trance record, Yoichiro Yoshikawa, Uchu... Thanks very much for doing what you do. My humble contributions in gratitude:

  3. Hi, same here, just got here and am awestruck by your excavations of pleasures unknown. I will be repeating this often in times to come i feel, but: thanks!