About Universal Egg
Universal Egg was initially begun by Zion Train to promote Zion Train music and productions. This expanded into the release and promotion of what we consider to be undiscovered and beautiful music. There is no aim for world domination just a commitment to quality output.
With labels like Studio One, Blue Note, Real World, ECM and Sun Ra's Saturn imprint as inspirations Universal Egg has grown from humble beginnings, the first releases being distributed by London Transport, to having world wide distribution and a reputation to match.
Although the early releases were mainly Dub sounds the eclectic nature of the label was demonstrated on early releases like Robert Charlesworth's tranquil, Eno-esque 'Music for the Third Ear' and reached its pinnacle with the sublime 'Anoraks' by Penumbra. 2001 saw another genre explored by Universal Egg the beautiful new folk of the Headmix album 'Reach Out'
Dub is our first love with Vibronics, Tassilli Players, Nucleus Roots,Abassi All Stars, Mad Professor and Zion Train providing the bedrock of the label's output. All of these artists help to maintain the reputation of Universal Egg as the most adventurous of UK Dub labels.
1998 saw the launch of our new vinyl label Deep Root following the traditional vocal/dub format. The response has been phenomenal...to date there are 44 vinyl releases on Deep Root!
2004 saw the second Vibronics long player 'Dubliftment' and a remix album of 'Original Sounds Of The Zion' with some amazing contributions from a bunch of exciting musicians.
As the early Zion Train works became unavailable we decided to reissue some of them and this reissue programme started in 2004 with a new edition of 'Power One', 'Power Two' and 'Jah Holds The Key' on coloured vinyl 7". This was followed by 'A Passage To Indica',and ' Natural Wonders Of The World In Dub', with 'Siren' following in 2006.
Love Grocer joined the Universal Egg family in 2005 and it was a great pleasure to release their third long player in 2006 alongside the debut album from the Abassi All Stars. We also released our first download only album with the Tassilli Players 'Ages Of The Earth in Dub' and hence entered another new chapter of the Universal Egg story with our dubplate downloads.
Radikal Dub Kolektiv and Nucleus Roots joined the Egg family in 2007 with their debut vinyl releases alongside the 'Dub Showcase' album from Abassi All Stars which with the Grammy winning Zion Train album 'Live As One' made 2007 our most successful year yet.
2008 saw the release of the compilation 'Lead With The Bass Vol 3', and 2009 sees our first Polish artist, Ragana, join the label with their debut album alongside the debut album from Dub Terror alongside the release Zion Train's 'Live As One Remixed'.
Dub Terror's eponymous debut album was released in 2010 to great critical acclaim and was swiftly followed by the 'Best Of Deep Root' compilation which compiled the early and now unavailable Deep Root vinyl releases.
2011 saw the release of the latest instalment in the Zion Train story - the 'State Of Mind' album which was toured through 2011 and into 2012. A new addition to the Egg family in 2011 was the Italian outfit, Ital Noiz, the band hails from Roma and the album 'Everyday Jungle' is gaining popularity as time passes.
Our solo 2012 release was 'Showcase Vol 2' from the Abassi All Stars, and we will be commencing 2013 with the release of the debut album from Dub poetess Jazzmin Tutum entitled 'Share The Flame'.