Moresounds

Moresounds

French dub scientist Moresounds began making waves in the early 2010s with his blend of hip-hop, dance music, and dub. Support from Jay Scarlett and Om Unit soon propelled him further and he has now released with Doc Scott's legendary 31 Records as well as Astrophonica while remixing Machinedrum, Poirier, and Fulgeance. In late 2015, Original Cultures released a compilation of early downtempo productions from Moresounds titled The Outer Spaces EP, with a 12" vinyl housed in a silk printed sleeve.
Fawda Trio

Fawda Trio

The Fawda Trio project navigates through sacred and profane repertoires testifying to an antique musical heritage that remains open to contamination. Fawda is an encounter between tradition and innovation that touches on the sonorities of Gnawa music, psychedelia and jazz. Gnawa music is pure groove, the warm, low sound of the guembri and voices transporting you across time. Fawda Trio joined LV aka Swamimillion for the 2013/14 production Road To Essaouira which culminated in the album of the same name in 2016.
SwamiMillion

SwamiMillion

A duo composed of Si Williams and Will Horrocks, two of the founding members of LV, a London-based production trio who have released with Hyperdub, Keysound and more. As LV they’ve worked with the cutting edge of the global underground and collaborated the likes of Tigran Hamasyan and Polar Bear. As SwamiMillion the duo produced the Road to Essaouira album over a course of two years that included sessions in Bologna, Morocco, and London.
Souleance

Souleance

Souleance are a French duo composed of Fulgeance and DJ Soulist. The pair have been releasing their own brand of funky, infectious hip hop and party music via the London-based First Word Records since 2010 and have received praise and acclaim from the likes of Gilles Peterson. We asked them to be a part of the Zoooriginals series and their obliged with the track Vacances, an upbeat slice of electro funk like only they know how to do. They are joined by Katzuma on the 7", vinyl only release. The track is also available on the 'Vacances' EP released by First Word records.
Katzuma

Katzuma

Katzuma is an Italian producer based in Bologna with a long and rich history in the Italian hip hop scene. He first worked with Original Cultures in 2010 overseeing the music of the From Inner Space production, directing the band we put together for the occasion, The Expanding Disco Machine. In 2013 he joined Souleance for the second Zoooriginals 7", with the track All Night which further explores his love of classic house and disco. The track is also available as a digital single in extended format. [Photography: Luca Sgamellotti]
Sleepin Giant

Sleepin Giant

Sleepin Giant is an Amsterdam-based producer with a love of soul. He's an old friend of ours from the scratch days, having spent the past decade refining his craft he is now ready to unleash his music onto the world. And we are glad he's chosen us to do it with. His debut release is the Purple EP which will be out early 2014 featuring the vocal talents of Aja Monet, Romaine Smith and more. Ahead of that we've put together a free EP of remixes called Leftist Hobbyist that showcase his unique modern soul vibe. Stay tuned, feel the soul.
EAN

EAN

EAN is our in-house mastering guy. He's also an accomplished musician, producer and engineer with over ten years under his belt including credits and releases on XL Recordings, Brownswood, Cosmic Bridge, Project Mooncircle and more. We've been a fan of his for a long time, which is how he became our go-to guy for mastering. One thing leading to another we've decided to also release some of his music, starting with a short, four-track EP in June 2013 to mark the first anniversary of the label. This is to be followed by a proper EP release on digital and physical in the second half of 2013.
Lewis James

Lewis James

Lewis James is an Irish producer currently based in Amsterdam. An old friend of ours from the scratch days, he's one of our favourite producers, an accomplished musician and technician capable of creating the most vivid soundscapes, the catchiest rhythms or the sweetest melodies. Following his debut EP in 2012, Heavy Romance on Raid System, he'll be releasing two EPs on Original Cultures in 2013, the first of which is out in May, titled Krakatoa - an EP of dancefloor music inspired by the scratch days. This is preceded by a single in the form of a scratch posse cut featuring D-Styles, Om Unit and more.
Almighty Sion

Almighty Sion

Almighty Sion are a production duo based in Liverpool, England and composed of SertOne and Bolts. These two young producers share not only a love of hip hop and beat making but also a keen interest in the history of the artform, which informs their work - both solo and as The Almighty Sion. Their debut release is a beat tape project inspired by and paying homage to the beat generation. Titled The Beat Generation, it is released as a limited edition cassette on Original Cultures in April 2013.
Jealousguy
Jealousguy is a female producer based in Hokkaido, northern Japan. She's been making music since 2003 and in recent years has garnered increasing attention both inside and outside of Japan, opening shows for Gold Panda, Four Tet and Low End Theory as well as being invited to perform at the Tokyo Sonar Festival. She's released on Volvox and Gaterecords in Japan and is part of the first release for the Zoooriginals series. Her music is a blend of hip hop and experimental electronic music performed entirely live using 2 Akai MPC controllers and a laptop.

Remix artists who have appeared on Original Cultures releases include: LV (Hyperdub, Keysound), Om Unit (Cosmic Bridge, UK), T-Woc (Alphabet Set, Ireland), Squeaky Lobster (Vlek, Belgium), Baobinga (Build, UK), Monolithiumm (Error Broadcast, CA), Danny Scrilla (Cosmic Bridge, DE), Moresounds (Cosmic Bridge, FR), Dawn Day Night (Astrophonica, UK), EAN (Cosmic Bridge, UK).