There is no shortage of parties in London, perhaps the most obvious statement ever written on Ransom Note...
However, sometimes it can require some digging and research to discover the best of the bunch, they may not always shout the loudest, promote and hustle the meanest or hype themselves into kingdom come. They often do what they do, for those in the know, beneath the surface, mostly for the sheer love of it.
Sub:System is one such outfit, a London party made up of a collective of dj's who showcase the eclectic leanings of electronic music through off piste trance, progressive sounds and beyond. Remove-Me, Richard Gregory, Jacques Adda and Carl H are the team behind the party and each have impeccable taste as disc jockeys. Well versed in the dark arts and the after hours, they are a collective powerhouse of fast paced electronics and delight in the abstract.
We invited them to showcase the sound of Sub:System through a selection of tracks...
Ebop - Cruzing
Found this pys trance wrong speeder on a little rummage at Container Records in Brixton a few years back and hadn't yet found the right time to play it. As we rotate the set times amongst us I was due to play the warm up for the next free party we were doing on the summer solstice of last year. We'd had some intel to say that another crew were planning to do a party and possibly in the same location, so reached out to advice them with the numbers they were expecting and the recent crackdown on illegal gatherings nearby they'd be better off finding a bigger spot somewhere else. They did, and were shut down before we'd even unloaded our gear where we were. After a few heavy commando styled runs with the kit, random party people began to arrive at our site from the shut down party and before we knew it we had nearly 300 people gathered in the dark before the music even started. I guess ordinarily if you have that many people in front of you waiting to dance you'd crank it up and start to pump out the tunes, right? Wrong. This was our party, we'd lugged all the equipment there and one of the benefits of doing your own event is that you can play the music you want. Anyway, to cut a long story short...after an hour and a half of ambient and 108bpm chug - much to the pain of the Romanian and Spanish tech house randoms and endless request to play something harder/faster - I dropped this (on 33rpm) which marked the start of things getting a little more serious and a tad more dancey. It managed to get a good few woo's and restored the piece with the folk who up until this point had regretted where they'd found themselves. There's not a 33rpm version uploaded so you'll need to adjust the playback speed in the settings for this one.