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Premiere: Eszaid – Zmej

Following releases from label founder D.K. and Italian producer Sabla, Collapsing Market co-founder Louis Vial aka Eszaid joins the ranks of Parisian imprint WORSHIP with ‘Encircled Earth’, 5 tracks of razor sharp dub-wise mutations sitting comfortably alongside the output of Demdike Stare and Lee Gamble.

With a penchant for experimenting with electronic organs and synths, Louis Vial started off by sharing a studio space and melding music together with Latency co-founder Sidney Gerard, whose off-kilter club music-oriented culture rubbed off on him.

Vial has continued to create music as Eszaid, releasing full-spectrum music through Collapsing Market and a string of like-minded imprints such as Marseille’s Metaphore Industrie, Manchester’s Meandyou and Ron Morelli’s iconic label Long Island Electrical Systems.

Our pick from the release is ‘Zmej‘ – a shapeshifting drum workout that begins with dub-wise riddims, quickly evolving into filthy breakneck drum patterns adorned with piercing acidic synths and gun-finger salutes.

‘Encircled Earth’ is scheduled for release 18 October via WORSHIP. Order a copy from Bandcamp.


1. Indraic Cut
2. Zmej
3. Ophis Dub
4. Chained
5. Kronstadt