Zombie Zombie: The ‘Wednesday Alternative’ Mix
French group Zombie Zombie have recently come out of the shadows to look into the past.
The three piece outfit, made up of Etienne Jaumet, Cosmic Neman & the Doctor Schonberg, released their last studio album back in 2017 – the dubbed-out sounds of Livity – which preceded a soundtrack for thriller “L’Heure De La Sortie” the following year.
Now it’s ancient Rome and the monks of the Middle Ages that are steering their path on new album Vae Vobis, which marks their first for the inimitable Born Bad Records.
The enveloping sounds across the release blend the group’s core influences – kraut-rock, cinematic soundtracks, house and dub – but this time laced with harmonic vocals and cryptic preaches, which are sung through vocoders in Latin, for the most part.
With this release Zombie Zombie are building on the sound bed they’ve become known for since forming in 2006. Of course this includes a swathe of memorable covers over the years, including Sun Ra, Suicide, Iggy Pop and John Carpenter, the latter two of whom praised the band’s unique output.
To celebrate their welcome return, we tasked them with taking charge of this week’s Wednesday Alternative mix which is an eerie journey through experimental, ritualistic rhythms, kraut and dub atmospheres.
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you?
We are three zombies back from the dead, Etienne Jaumet, Cosmic Neman & the Doctor Schonberg wandering in the streets of Paris city France.
What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)?
Our music sounds like an old pagan ritual with a choir singing in Latin
Where was the mix recorded?
In the Paris Catacombs
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Sitting in the stairs of an ancient roman theater such as the Colosseum
What should we be wearing?
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
E&S rotary mixer + 2 SL1200 MKII turntables with Serendeepity delay on the Vesuvio
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
Chimère FM tableau d’Yvette, the new ICube project with his mate John Cravache on Versatile records
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
Listening music randomly on a computer
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
Otomo Yoshihide playing turntables with cymbals instead of records
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
Just one turntable with a good amp & speakers, we’re not proper DJs
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
They are both really exciting parts
What were the first and last records you bought?
ZZ Top – The first album
Albert Ayler – The last album
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
A mushroom cookie
If it was an animal what would it be?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
The Guinness World record
Upcoming in the world of …
Anything else we need to discuss?
The future of press
Joining The Circus
What to do for British politics?
Solidarity with Ukraine
URL vs. IRL
Do DJs Today Need Social Media to Be Heard?
I Hear (Borusiade Remix)
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