MJ Cole headlines Cubed at Sub89 on FridayBy Linda Serck
July 18, 2012
A massive night at Sub89’s resident DJ night Cubed is coming up on Friday.
Dance music legend MJ Cole headlines, with support from exciting newcomers Bondax and a local exclusive from Reading band Sister Gracie, in addition to Dolla, Majora and Shoutyman.
MJ Cole is a Royal College of Music graduate who has released some of the most important UK dance records of the last 15 years.
His garage tracks became some of the first to break into the UK Top 40. The release of seminal record Sincere in 1998 defined the sound of an era and was both one of the biggest influences on 21st Century British dance music and an overground hit.
He signed to Gilles Peterson’s Talkin’ Loud label where he put out Sincere the album, that spawned the massive single Crazy Love.
Bondax is made up of a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old, both of whom are DJs and producers from Lancaster.
The duo started out a year ago and raised eyebrows immediately thanks to their lush chords, subtle mixture of bass and irresistible pop vocals.
Sister Gracie are a two-piece band hailing from Reading but currently residing in Slovakia.
An astonishing deep, dramatic vocal delivery is layered over the top of electronic beats and glitches, with live drums bringing it all together.
Max and Liam have toured Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Romania, Bulgaria and Austria, self-produced two EPs and have a third dropping soon.
Doors are open at 8.30pm till 4am, tickets cost £8 from www.musicglue.com/cubed.
Pete Wheeler is the main promoter behind Cubed – but what is Cubed and what has it got to offer exactly? Here’s Mr Wheeler himself:
Why did you set up Cubed?
When we started Cubed in March 2011, Chris Wells and I had been building the weekly Skint Mondays night and featuring regular guests for nearly three years.
The response to seeing talented guest DJs had been so positive that we felt strongly there was an opportunity to create a monthly weekend night for music lovers as there seemed to be very little except drum and bass/dubstep nights.
What makes Cubed stand out from other dance nights?
Cubed is different from other nights because the crowd is such a broad mix who love many styles of music rather than just one genre of dance music.
Our previous guests have included members of bands like Crystal Castles, The Libertines, Mystery Jets and Metronomy as well as huge club names who are known for headlining Fabric in London and festival dance tents like Fake Blood, Jack Beats, Erol Alkan and DJ Zinc.
Why are you putting on a live band on a dance night?
Our very first Cubed featured a live set from talented locals Worship and we’ve had several live sets since, including Drop Out Orchestra from Sweden and hotly-tipped duo Disclosure who played an incredible live show for us in April.
We have followed local band Sister Gracie since their earliest gigs over two years ago and they have developed a sound that we think will sound great through the Sub89 soundsystem.
We’re very pleased that they asked for their first Reading show since moving to Slovakia in February to be at this month’s Cubed.
Hot off the press is the new single by grunge punk band Screama Ballerina which I played on my show on Sunday just gone.
Magazine Nation takes in the cult of airbrushed celebrity that society becomes obsessed with, and plays in a slow, ominous beat kind of way. It’s another corker from the Brighton band whose frontwoman Charlie O’Connor hails from Reading.
They’re signed to Reading label Velocity Recordings and play regularly in the town, so they’re practically one of us.
The single is released on Monday, August 6.
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