Apr 16, 2015

NEWS: Jazzy Jeff and Roger Sanchez For Last Week Of Sub Hub

We’re all in agreement, Sub Club’s city centre venture, Sub Hub, has been a huge success. Running throughout April in a studio loft above Buchanan St, the pop-up hangout has hosted some of dance music’s most prolific artists as well as the revered local talent who make Glasgow great. Production courses, film screenings and parties, meanwhile, have made it a real creative and social hotspot.

With just over a week left, Sub Hub have revealed some of the events planned before they shut up shop. Highlights include ‘In Conversation With Jazzy Jeff’ (Apr 23rd), with the legendary DJ discussing his life and work, from winning the world DJ competition to appearing in the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. This will cluminate a day of hip hop at Sub Hub with a full schedule to be released shortly. 

This Saturday (18th) is Record Store Day and Sub Hub plan to celebrate with a fully licensed record fayre boasting dozens of vendors and exclusive DJ sets, while in the evening Berlin producer and Subculture favourite Henrik Schwarz presents his new live set up & talks production.

This Friday (17th) sees one of house music’s most enduring and successful figures, Roger Sanchez aka S-Man, in conversation with Graeme Park. From hustling in the late 80s, selling his mixtapes on Broadway, to rise to the top and headlining main stages around the world, the discussion will be a fascinating insight into a career spanning over 20 years.

Tonight (16th) is all about Glasgow's resident soundsystem, Mungo’s Hi Fi, who will be presenting a night of reggae and dub with Stalawa Sound, a film screening of ‘The Upsetter: The Life & Music Of Lee Scratch Perry’ and an exclusive live conversation with the Mungo’s crew.

All Sub Hub events are free but require an email reservation via Facebook (click the relevant links above). Check Sub Hub’s Facebook page for more information. The Sub Hub café/bar is open throughout the day with food provided by Devils Deli and No Way Back.

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Apr 16, 2015

MIX: Hudson Mohawke – Rinse FM Takeover

In case you missed the hype, Hudson Mohawke premiered a new track called ‘Ryderz’ on a Rinse FM takeover earlier this week, setting the internet on fire in the process. Echoing classic ‘College Dropout’ production, the track - which features on Hudmo’s forthcoming album ‘Lantern’ – makes use of a D.J. Rogers sample from his 1973 release ‘Watch Out For The Riders’. It’s a glorious thing with soaring vocals and stadium drums.

You can now listen back to the full Rinse FM takeover alongside LuckyMe’s Éclair Fifi and Zebra Katz, in a two hour explosion of next level beats which make the internet go mental.

Hudson Mohawke ‘Lantern’ is available June 15th via warp. Pre-order it here.

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Apr 15, 2015


We’re not sure when Scottish hip hop will get the props it fully deserves, but while there’s MCs like Nekswan making moves we’re sure its time will come. ‘Magnolia/Hustle Amongst The Petals’ both feature on his self-released album ‘Waves’, which, although rough around the edges, underlines the potential of a switched on and socially aware artist. Delivering mature, introspective lyrics over Florist’s soulful beats, this sounds like Glasgow.


When you get radio support from the likes of Kowton and Teki Latex, you know you’ve got something hot. Body Double is the new project from Glasgow producer Tommy Hood (previously Almost), and while he’s been off the scene for a while, he’s come back with a smasher. The ‘Troubles’ EP is all about jacked-up club action which will appeal to fans of Nightwave and those with a soft-spot for bass.

KAMI-O – XV (Soundcloud)

You may have heard us drop Kami-O’s track ‘Escape’ in the most recent edition of SynthGlasgow Radio. As someone we know very little about, he’s definitely got our attention, boasting a range of beats on his soundcloud which all point toward a promising talent. His most recent upload, ‘XV’, is a sun-setting soul groove featuring warm bass under dusty percussion.

Apr 14, 2015

COMPETITION: Astral Black x Outlook Festival Present Slimzee
PHOTO: Quann

The ‘Godfather of Grime’, co-founder of Rinse FM and member of the legendary Pay As U Go Cartel – there’s no overstating the importance of DJ Slimzee, one of the UK’s underground kings. As someone who not only embraced grime, but actively encouraged it at a time when garage had a grip on the mainstream, Slimzee has always had an ear for future sounds. Around the turn of the millennium that sound was grime, with Slimzee’s Sunday show on Rinse FM providing a platform for some of the scene’s hottest MCs, including a young Dizzee Rascal and Wiley. Having launched Rinse back in 1994 with Geeneus, his influence on underground dance culture is indisputable.

Fast forward two decades and Slimzee is still as relevant as Day 1, with a regular show on NTS showcasing fresh talent, new sounds and those exclusive dubplates which make him a formidable DJ. Joining Glasgow’s own underground ambassadors, Astral Black for an Outlook Festival launch party at the Art School next week, expect to see one of the UK’s very finest lay it down.

Check out Slimzee’s latest show on NTS Radio below, as well as Rollo Jackson’s short film about the grime pioneer, 'Slimzee's Going On Terrible':

COMPETITION: We have two tickets to giveaway to next week’s party with Slimzee at the Art School, courtesy of Astral Black and Outlook Festival. To be in with a shout simply head along to the SynthGlasgow Facebook and type ASTRALBLACKxOUTLOOK on the wall. We'll select a winner at random this Friday afternoon and notify the winner shortly afterwards. Please be sure to check the full terms & conditions below!

Terms & Conditions: Please note that this prize is for two places on the guestlist for Astral Black x Outlook Festival Present Slimzee on Friday 24th April. There will be one winner. The competition closes at 2pm on Friday 17th and the winner will be notified via Facebook comment (please check your Facebook in the hours following the closure of the competition). The winner must be 18 years or older. After we have passed on the winner’s details to the event organisers we then pass on responsibility for entry on the night.

Slimzee plays alongside Jon Phonics, DJ Milktray, Dressin Red and more at the Outlook Festival Launch Party at the Art School on Fri 24th April. Advance tickets are available for £7 (£6 GSA) from the Art School website.

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Apr 13, 2015

VIDEO: Sega Bodega – Soundtrack Series

There’s always been something exciting and unpredictable about Salvador Navarrete aka Sega Bodega. He’s an artist who doesn’t seem to work to an agenda, releasing music periodically, but always pushing boundaries. Last week he unveiled his latest experiment, ‘Soundtrack Series’, in which he takes existing film trailers and re-scores them with his own music.

For those who are familiar with Sega Bodega’s previous releases, you’ll know that his sound is wonderfully cinematic, using texture, colour and emotion to absorb the listener. Selecting '40 Days Of Silence' and Larry Clark’s cult classic 'KIDS' as his canvas, we get a real taste of what the producer is capable of, creating spiralling beauty in one and arresting tension in the other.

Check out the trailers below and watch on full screen for maximum effect:

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