Mad Racket proudly presents a night of proper house music and beatdown electronic sounds, with two very special guests known for their eclectic prowess, alongside the four Racketeers.
Kid Sublime aka Jacob Otten, is an innovator of modern soul. One of the first to flip beatdown sample-based house on the Rush Hour imprint, well before blog-driven Abelton edits became the cool thing, he straddles the beats/house divide as few do. An original Rednose Distrikt member and man of raw flavour, he’s making his first-ever Sydney appearance at the Bowlo.
Growing up in Amsterdam, he started to play drums and piano at the age of five. As a teenager he founded his first band with schoolmates, and short after was heavily attracted to skateboarding and hip hop. Hooked on Gangstarr's 'Step In The Arena' video, he found his new passion: scratching. He started practicing, won a Dutch scratching contest and landed a job in the Fat Beats record store in Amsterdam. Only 17 at the time, he received local fame through his mix tapes, and got an MPC to enhance his mixes. A year later Jacob joined Dutch-Brazilian band Zuco 103 and travelled the world as their tour DJ. Short after he released his first solo tracks on Steven de Peven's Zephons Mom label. The two formed their infamous Rednose Distrikt outfit and in 2003 released their highly acclaimed debut album 'Iller Dan Je Ouders' (Iller Than Your Parents) on Amsterdam's Kindred Spirits imprint.
Jacob went on to start his own label called Jahwell (in conjunction with Rush Hour Recordings), dedicated to soulful house music with a b-boy attitude. His first solo album as Kid Sublime, entitled Basement Soul, created quite a stir among taste making connoisseurs and featured guest vocals by the likes of Melodee, Lilian Vieira (Zuco 103), Nicky Guiland (Heavy), Alma Horton and Jneiro Jarel among others. Always looking to try something different, he followed his LP with Rappin' Blak on Dopeness Galore, and his collection of ballads called The Alicia Beat Tape. Sublime is now busy in the studio working on a new album, a dutch rap record, a project with Lady Alma, Baby Black and Frank N Dank, and some new house works.
A DJ, sound designer and broadcaster, Dream Kit (better known as Declan Kelly) is the electronic soul in Australia's musical Kelly family. This is his first recording and performing project, and it creates a kaleidoscopic world of science-fiction landscapes; complex, layered and bearing a wonky melodic swagger that takes its cues from strains of bass music, techno and the machine soul of Detroit. Synths, bleeps, beats and bass intermingle in rugged, playful arrangements across varying tempos that shake headphones and dancefloors alike and have attracted collaborative efforts from exciting talents in Melbourne's burgeoning beat-maker community.
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