RELEASES ON SUB CONTINENTAL DUB: FORWARD >>><<< BACKWARD
A vibrant face staking out her turf in the underground electronic scene and beyond, Sofie Loizou brings together beautifully nuanced electronics with a polished live presence. A classically trained musician, composer, producer and media artist, her many talents are complimented by a tireless studio work ethic and a finely tuned political sensibility.
Sofie’s unique vision already earned her a place in the Red Bull Music Academy, as well performances alongside electronic maestros like Martyn, The Gaslamp Killer, Flying Lotus, Harmonic 313, Kode 9 and many more. She’s been embraced by some of Australia’s finest electronic connoisseur events, including St Jerome’s Laneway, Stereosonic, Sub Sonic and Peats Ridge festivals. In 2012 Sofie stepped up into the international spotlight with a spot on the line-up for Croatia’s renowned Outlook Festival, one of Europe’s leading events for bass music and culture. This consolidates earlier performances at Sonar Festival, Spain, and Gogbot Festival, Netherlands.
With a slew of early vinyl singles already under her belt, Sofie’s 2010 release Millions, garnered her rave reviews from online tastemakers like Resident Advisor. “A beautifully restrained piece of music that’s a perfect reflection of Sofie’s subtle charms, Millions is a sign of many wonderful things to come.”
In June 2012 Sub Continental Dub releases her debut EP under the mysterious Anomie alias titled Forward Backward. This release sees Sofie flirting with a more bass-heavy, dancefloor-ready approach.
RELEASES ON SUB CONTINENTAL DUB: NO HOLIDAY / MAY DAY RADIO / SHAMELESS IN SEATTLE REMIX / ENGINE NO. 999
Westernsynthetics a.k.a. Rhyece O’Neill is a passionate Producer from Sydney, Australia. His debut album May Day Radio was released in 2011. Described as “sophisticated high-technology electronica to moresoulful traditional style dub, carried throughout by powerful, animated drones and drifts” by BMP Magazine, Westernsynthetics draws from a vast pallet of soundscapes and live instrumentation as well as subversive imagery projected through his lyrics.
Westernsynthetics’ live shows fuse his unique blend of acid, dub, techno and electronic psychedelia. In 2011 Westernsynthetics showcased his productions internationally during his first tour of Europe. This included a performance at world renowned Outlook Festival in Croatia. Significantly, this was the first time an Australian Producer has been invited to play this festival. Upon returning to Australia Westernsynthetics was welcomed home by the 2011 Pyramid Rock Festival where he smashed the opening Rockwiz party on the Pharaoh’s Annex stage to more than 4,000 people. Other regular performances include Australian dubstep nights and festival performances at Rainbow Serpent and Peats Ridge.
Westernsynthetics is a one man dubstep revolution, bringing local Australian productions to the world.
RELEASES ON SUB CONTINENTAL DUB: SHAMELESS IN SEATTLE
Touring top billing DJ sets along-side the likes of Richie Hawtin and Green Velvet (EXIT Festival, Serbia), Jeff Mills (Tribal Sessions, Leeds), Jesse Rose, Dixon and Sebo K (Panorama Bar, Berlin), M.A.N.D.Y (Watergate, Berlin), Ewan Pearson and Will Saul (SONAR, Barcelona) to remix work from New Order, to techno superstars Booka Shade, there’s much that can be said for this genre-mashing producer. If the increasingly demanding international touring schedule of Deepchild weren’t enough, a continuing string of highly successful 12″s on labels like Trapez Resopal Schallware and of course Sub Continental Dub and remix work for legendary producers New Order and Booka Shade have well and truly solidified Deepchild’s reputation as a serious ‘contender’ in the saturated international dance-music community. Deepchild remaines one of Australia’s most in-demand producers.
RELEASES ON SUB CONTINENTAL DUB: WANNADO REMIX
Gravious a.k.a. Ali Jackson is an up-and-coming Dubstep producer based in Glasgow, Scotland with 4 releases under his belt through the HotFlush record label – on both the main label and the Scuba sub-label, and the Deepchild remix out on Sub Continental Dub.
Ali started making music in 2001 after being shown the basics of DIY production by a friend. After experimenting in a variety of styles, he was converted to the fresh sounds of Dubstep, Dark Garage and Broken Beat after hearing the selections of djs such as dj Da Flex and Femme Fatale in early 2004. From this starting point, he quickly discovered the bass-heavy productions of Kode9, Digital Mystikz, Horsepower, Skream, Groove Chronicles and Ghost – and was instantly hooked. Taking inspiration from these sounds, Gravious also brought in elements from his wider musical tastes in both electronic and traditional music to add new perspectives. Artists most inspirational to him include The Future Sound of London, Boards of Canada, Radiohead, LTJ Bukem, Kyuss, Aphex Twin, and Autechre.
RELEASES ON SUB CONTINENTAL DUB: DUB CHEMISTRY
Spherix a.k.a. Josh Lamaro is one of Australia’s rising stars on the Dubstep circuit. Hailing from Melbourne, Josh has a unique sound, influenced heavily by minimal and dub techno. He has had numerous releases on respected international labels including, Tube 10, Bare Dubs, On The Edge Records, Immerse, 3.5 Recordings and Sub Continental Dub. After his early experiments with the piano and sampling, Josh’s first foray into electronic music production was with Drum and Bass in the late 1990’s. Influenced by the stripped down aesthetic of the Tech-Step style, Josh drew influence from the early productions of Ed Rush and Optical and later began incorporating his early love of minimal techno, dub and hip hop into his production which informed where his sound is today. What resulted was a much slower and more inclusive sound than his early productions which eventually began being associated with what had become known as Dubstep.
His early collaborations with London Dubstep producer Luke Envoy, opened the way for a wealth of ideas being developed concurrently in the Dubstep scene in London. This experience and exposure to some of the biggest producers in Dubstep helped polish the ideas and attitudes Josh’s music was looking to address. Over the following few years the Spherix sound has developed as a distinctive one, clearly expressing all the early influences of Minimal and Dub Techno as well as Drum and Bass into the one unique sound.