RUNNINZZ FM's REAL TALK aims at promoting the emerging and established artists in Northampton scene. This week: SUBLOW SUBSTEP
Sublow Substep is a dubstep and drum n bass producer from Northampton who I found out about last year. One of the first tracks I heard was the heavyweight bass classic "Kush Not Haze" (http://soundcloud.com/djkeenonn3dubhead/sublow-substep-kush-not-haze )
which was a regular track on my playlist, not because of its name but because of its grimey, brash and metallic sounding brutalness. Defo one of the dubstep tracks of 2012.
I had took notice and began working through SS's other tracks such as "Deep", "The Metal Jacket" and "Eastern Dubz" which all showcased SS's producing skills and brain-frazzling basslines. More recently I've had the pleasure of playing "R U Mad" (http://soundcloud.com/djkeenonn3dubhead/sublow-substep-r-u-mad-we-love ) and the eerie "Who U Talkin 2" (http://soundcloud.com/djkeenonn3dubhead/sublow-substep-who-you-talking ) which makes uses of some pretty cold synths throughout it's intro and samples from Adam Deacon's 'Friday' inspired Anuvahood.
SS note's jungle godfathers Mickey Finn, Andy C and LTJ Bukem as his influences, each DJ with their different takes on a vast jungle sound from the early 90s (b-boy, jump up and atmospheric respectively). In dubstep, SS classes J:Kenzo as his main influence, especially Kenzo's insight into dark vibes and heavy rolling subs.
A love for bassline, Sublow Substep began DJing in 2000 and currently adopts the philosophy on present technologies as "not being able to beat vinyl" in a world of digital and Virtual mixing. He also credits Dirty Dazzler / Dirt Mgrit as one of the top guys in Northampton as well as dubstep producer TSBeats.
What next for SS?
I would love to see an EP drop this year. Sublow Substep's workrate is one that implies intricate perfection over quantity of tracks, as a producer myself, this is a difficulty as sometimes you just wanna get a track finished!
I would also recommend any budding MCs get on a Sublow Substep beat. One thing I never got with dubstep crossing into the mainstream is the lack of grime MCs willing to give it a chance aside south-west London crews such as OG'z and Family Tree.
Check Sublow Substep on...
Soundcloud - http://soundcloud.com/djkeenonn3dubhead/
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/#!/keeno2009