Set up in early 2002 by Robert Luis, Paul Jonas and Tom Simpson, Brighton based Zebra Traffic records (half-sister of Tru Thoughts Records) has been steadily and effectively releasing quality hip-hop music ever since. Having originally been passed a demo album by Mark B (from 2/3rds of Phi-Life Cypher; Life & DJ Nappa) and a Diversion Tactics single ready to go – the label launched at a time when UK hip-hop was enjoying a resurgence.
This, combined with a decent worldwide distribution network, in-house press & promotion and publishing & licensing departments, the label has been quietly getting on with it and over the last 5 years has seen the likes of Cappo, P Brothers, Phi-Life Cypher, Taskforce, Dirty Diggers, Headcase Ladz, Diversion Tactics, HUG & J-Zone, Up Hygh, Rup, Life, Digitek and more grace it’s orange sleeves.
Phi Life Cipher
Approaching it’s sixth year and about to drop its 37th release, the future looks bright for the label. With an emphasis firmly on artist albums, the label is about to drop Life’s third solo long player; ‘Outside Looking In’, alongside new albums from Rup and Dirty Diggers, plus some other interesting projects, there is plenty on the horizon.
Help yourself to these free full length tracks courtesy of Zebra Traffic:
We are planning to feature some upcoming podcasts with some of the Zebra Traffic crew and look for a new Dugout radio show section going live this week.