Early house music's appeal, then, now and forever, is how mysterious it sounds. We can write it off as cheap production and/or amateur enthusiasm, but there's such an alchemy to them that making your own version nowadays inevitably seems like something else altogether. Think Rolling Stones/Muddy Waters, maybe. Anyway, coming on mysterious is generally a good idea in house. Subb-an's "The Lovers Night" fits into a pretty terrific lineage, and is pretty terrific itself: raw deep house that could have been made at just about any point of the past quarter-century but fits 2011 like a glove. The irresistible handclaps-on-the-two-and-four give it real lift, but the lace-like synths give the whole thing an ambiguity that the floating vocal hook—"feel it"—does nothing to pin down. We know to feel it, but we don't quite know what to feel. The dub starts out uneventfully, but its barrenness of sound, its sonic black heart, gives it a weight worth understanding once, if no more.
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Subb-an’s rapid rise to prominence as a DJ, producer and one of the most exiting new British live acts of recent years is testament to his hard work, natural talent and wholehearted commitment to electronic music. Named as DJ Magazines ‘Best Breakthrough DJ’ in their 2011 end of year awards, Subb-an’s prodigious studio talents have seen him release on Crosstown Rebels, Spectral, Saved and My Favourite Robot and deliver much lauded remixes of Jamie Woon, Lana Del Ray, Noir & Haze and Hollis P Monroe over recent months. Outside of the studio he is a regular feature at clubs and festivals all over the world including fabric (London), Watergate (Berlin), Warehouse Project (Manchester), Movement (Detroit), D’Edge (Sao Paolo), The Electric Pickle (Miami), Just Jack (Bristol), The Harry..
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Behrouz, Guy Gerber Seth Troxler, Subb-an
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Fact Miami & Unmute - In The Morning
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Sat 29/Mar 2014
Crosstown Rebels present Get Lost Miami - 9th Session
Fri 11/Apr 2014
Friday Circus Closing Party with Subb-AN, Ken Aki, Romeo & Dirty B
Fri 18/Apr 2014
Motion with Dyed Soundorom, Subb-an, Patrick Topping
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