Posts Tagged ‘Post-Dubstep’

In the cold and dark winter months, hiding in the solitude and comfort of my room away from work and students, I absolutely fell in love with James Blake’s first single “Retrograde” from his new album “Overgrown”. A timeless song and one I could happily play on loop into the early hours.


Blessed with a soulful voice that combines a Hackney Cockney and Irish twang, with a faux-Jamaican accent, 21-year-old Maverick Sabre is fast coming becoming one of the best male UK solo artists. I first heard Maverick Sabre on BBC2 live from Glastonbury and I was utterly entranced by his unique and distinctive style, so I couldn’t be more pleased that his talents are being recognised. He first come to attention fronting abrasive slabs of dub step by Chase and Status and Professor Green, however appearing to move away from the harder bass, there is little in the way of bleeps and wobbles on his debut album Lonely Are the Brave. This album is authentic, heartfelt and socially conscious.  Switching between genres from bassy trip-hop to reggae, and mid-90s neo soul to orchestral hip-hop, this album certainly showcases his talents and is without a doubt one for the collection. I am always dumbfounded when Sabre’s voice or style is criticised…he is the real deal, a rare and unique musical talent completely distinctive in style, and I am very excited to see what else he pulls out the bag in 2012.  

Newsflash! Maverick is playing in London alongside Miss Dynamite at the Camden Roundhouse on 10th March. Follow link for tickets:
His U.K tour kicks off on 1st March at the O2 Academy, Glasgow.

Lonely Are The Brave  [follow link to HMV page] is out now on Mercury Records.

Well, well what a night!! Great Suffolk Street Warehouse is always an interesting venue for club nights.  Amidst a car park among the dusty pee puddled floors and lengthy queues for portaloos, lies two large stone arched rooms playing host to a variety of big names in electro, house, trance and many more.

December 3rd was the long awaited Numbers Warehouse Party, with headlining acts including: Hudson Mohawke, Jamie xx, Deadboy, Redhino and Spencer. Without a doubt the music was truly splendid and offered everything we could have expected from such an amazing line up. Unfortunately… the crowd was less than splendid. We were eagerly waiting Jamie xx’s set and had aimed to work our way towards the front to get a glimpse of him in action; no need though. To our horror we were aggressively moshed towards the front and spent the next two hours battling hoards of crazed revellers …anyone would have thought we were at Download festival going ape to Metallica…where have the days of politely dancing within your bubble gone? We have been to many events in our legal rave days, but none quite compared to the chaos that bestowed us in the early hours of Sunday morning. Rest assured we are not aggressive people fellow readers-in fact we are a rather docile more than socially polite trio, but truth be told the demons were unleashed, elbows were swinging and knees were jolting-dance or die was the resounding motto of the evening. However, this is not aimed to dampen the night or the effort of the Numbers team, it is highly likely that given only one of the stages was action this eve, the popularity of the event and the acts, the crowds were simply bursting with Numbers excitement; and frankly if everyone is having an amazing night, so are we.

The light displays were amazing and the drink prices were relatively cheap for a London event averaging at £4 for spirits and £3 for shots and RedBull. The bouncers were professional, the staff well organised and the first release ticket prices were super.

I now officially have a rather large crush on Mr xx and highly regret not saying hello when we saw him out having a cigarette in the smoking area (but given the sheer cringeness of such an act this simply isn’t our style). One of the Raiders was compared to looking like Skream by Jackmaster’s cousin (which he was veeeery happy about); and where the other Raider got too is anyone’s guess; but true to his lone wanderer style on epic club nights, it is highly likely he had an uber amazing night.

Sound quality-much better closer to the stage-the sound can get somewhat muffled towards the back…strangely enough sit in a portaloo and it’s like sitting on a subwoofer!!

Bass Rating ***

Make sure you keep an eye on the Numbers website for more events-they always have awesome line ups!

And as for Great Suffolk Street Warehouse, if you haven’t been before-time to take a visit! Great Suffolk Street, Southwark, London, SE1 0NR  (nearest stations, Southwark & Waterloo.                  

Over and Out!!