Zion Train In-depth Biography
Multimedia acid-dub} collective Zion Train} comprised vocalist Molara}, DJ/bassist Neil Perch}, trumpeter David Tench}, melodica player Colin Cod} and trombonist Chris}. Formed in North London in 1990, its members initially came together as a dub} sound system; their first single, the limited-edition roots 7" "Power One"} (issued on their own Zion Records} imprint), immediately sold out, while its follow-up "Power Two"} was a major favorite at shaka dances throughout 1992. For their next effort, Zion Train} teamed with Studio One} vet Devon Russell} to remake his cult classic "Jah Holds the Key"} -- the group's most successful record to date; it garnered airplay throughout Europe and led to the release of their debut LP, the mellow dub} outing Passage to Indica}.
Concurrent with a series of remixes including tracks from the Shamen}, Chumbawamba}, Afro Celt Sound System}, Junior Reid} and Loop Guru}, Zion Train} issued with their next single, the acid house}-inspired "Follow Like Wolves."} The acclaimed Natural Wonders of the World in Dub} was next, debuting in the Top 20 of the U.K. indie charts; A series of limited-edition EPs recorded in collaboration with Knights of the Occasional Table}, Diatribe}, Conscious} and Trancemasters} followed in 1994, and were later collected on the Siren} LP. After signing with the China} label in early 1995, Zion Train} issued the single "Get Ready,"} trailed a few months later by the full-length Homegrown Fantasy}. After 1996's Grow Together}, they returned the following summer with the two-disc hits collection Single Minded and Alive}. Love Revolutionaries} followed in mid-00. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide