In 2005, a Cambridge educated British-Chinese science prodigy started to jam with an African superstar rapper from a Malawian hip hop crew. They’re joined by a Norwegian born multi instrumentalist from the famous Brazilian club Guanabara on guitar and synths. You know, the usual way a band forms.
With the addition of a Nu-School Jazz Breaks double bass player with Spanish heritage and a finished off with a Pink-born peroxide prodigy with a backround in multi-pinkalism and gas-mask screaming’!! d’n'b drummer who had worked together on a remix of “Monkey Magic”, Subsource was a band.
A series of successful and highly improvised live shows took place cementing the band as the live electro/breaks/d’n'b band. Tracks were commissioned for heaps of video games and live favourite “This Town” was picked up by Spin Out Records. Along with a Hook & Sling remix of the tune it was released to critical acclaim and sold thousands internationally following regular plays by the likes of The Chemical Brothers and Plump DJ’s. The source of the sub was beginning to growl…
The growl made some waves culminating in Subsource lead singer Stu Henshall working with The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett on pre “Invaders Must Die” writing sessions while the band began to develop a harder edge to their noise as they wowed festival crowds in 2007 at Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party and remixed tunes for Datarock, Parka and GoodBooks.
The following twelve months saw Subsource play shows in the UK, Berlin and Paris with the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Hexstatic, The Egg and Ebony Bones. More festivals in 2008 at V and Isle Of Wight brought further media attention to the band and garnered support from influential XFM DJ’s Eddy Temple Morris and John Kennedy, the music magazine The Fly and K-Mag, the Metro newspaper and Radio 1′s Nihal.
Ridley Scott’s US TV show Numb3rs requested the use of an early track called “Parasite” while Sky Sports used the body shaking, dance infused anthem “Disarm” as the title music to their coverage of the World Freerun Championships.
As the album started to come together a new edge was found with tracks such as the sure-fire hit “Street Soul Music” and the epic, tense tracks “The Ides” and “Charge Me”. And then the icing on the cake, a re-written version of “Parasite” entitled “The Reason” began to make the summer 2009 festival crowds go crazy: insatiable fans ate glow sticks at Glastonbury, ADD kids started mosh pits in the Rock Sound stage at Guilfest and indie-folk fans chose Subsource over fellow headliner Laura Marling at Blissfields. The source of the sub had growled for long enough and was now throbbing with menace and intent.
The Subsource debut album “Tales From The Doombox” was finished and just needed the skills and ears of mastering engineer John Davis (The Prodigy, Pendulum) to conclude what could be the album of 2010.
And the unplugged version
As we near the harvesting time, I’ve found a rather strange recipe.
When you making all these preserves etc , there is always some waste.
This utilises all the bits that would make it quite literally into the compost bin.
Matron , I know you have a fondness for making jellies , will you be daring enough to try this, or maybe you will steal this and publish it on your blog for all your avid readers.
Makes 3 x 225g jars
500g apple cores and peel
500g citrus fruit peel [ unwaxed lemon , orange , grapefruit and or lime ] cut roughly into 1cm shreds
Juice of 1 orange , lemon or grapefruit [ optional ]
Put all the Apple and Citrus into a saucepan.
Add sufficient water to cover [ Around 1.5 litres ]
Bring to a simmer and cook slowly for about 45 – 60 minutes , this softens the fruit and releases the essential pectin.
Turn the fruit into a scalded jelly bag or muslin and leave overnight to drip through.
Measure the strained liquid and weigh out 450g for every 600ml of juice.
Return the juice to a pan and then add the orange/grapefruit or lemon juice if using.
bring to boil, then add the sugar, stir until dissolved the boil rapidly , without stirring , until setting point is reached , about 10 minutes or so.
Remove from heat and stir , always in the same direction until all the surface bubbles have been released.
Pour into warm sterilized jars , and tap the sides to release any trapped bubbles.
Seal in the usual way.
Use within 12 months.
Sunshine For Cake Baker
Kai Lan – Winter Veggies
The Triffid Gourd Plant
Zeebaa Before His OE with Gem KB
Zeebaa Sloe Hunter
All sourced from the garden today.
This was a pleasure to make and taste , and has been consumed by it’s owner , after I converted it all to Diabetic Tomato Ketchup.
Just for Matron because I know she loves Toms So Much