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Ruckspin & Quark – Sunshine

‘Ruckspin’ (aka Dom Howard) grew up with music from an early age. Age 6 he began playing piano and violin. Aged 15 he began using sample-based computer music programs, and started DJing Drum and Bass at gigs and parties around south london. After moving to Leeds, Dom had residencies at various clubs and events around leeds (including the Valve sound-system, co-presented 2 weekly radio shows on local radio, and promoted a weekly night with a group of resident musicians including beat-boxer ‘Shlomo’ and producer/DJ ‘Quantum Soul’. Ruckspin is now receiving Dubstep bookings at club nights and festivals across the UK and Europe, while continuing his residency at the increasingly popular monthly club-night ‘Central Beatz’. He is also working on a studio album due for release later this year, as well as producing and performing with live dubstep/downtempo group ‘Submotion Orchestra’.

www.myspace.com/mrruckspin

The illusive Quark aka Ed Gooden has developed a cult reputation as one of the most innovative and forward thinking producers in electronic music. With early interest in reggae and folk music, Ed took up guitar and piano at the age of 15. Playing with various bands, he had gigs at Finsbury Park festival, and with Islington group ‘The Magic Box’ at Notting Hill Carnival 2001. Ed also has co-writing credits on the ‘Howser’ album on Cut Records. Since starting to produce music in 2004, Ed has had Drum&Bass releases on Revolution Records as part of London group ‘DotheMath’, and now predominantly makes Dubstep for Ranking Records as well as writing downtempo and ambient music for TV and Film.

 www.myspace.com/quarkdub

September 5, 2010 Posted by | Dubstep, Electro | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Submotion Orchestra – All Night

Spawned from the vibrant music scene in Leeds – where their weekly residency at Hukaz bar has become a staple Monday night haunt for the local populous – 7 piece outfit Submotion Orchestra have spent the duration of their first year taking away the breath of music lovers from the UK and abroad. Using both electronic and acoustic instruments with live mixing and effects from superstar dubstep producer/dj Ruckspin (who, with Quark, coined the original and much requested version of ʻSunshineʼ), Submo base their style around elements of dubstep, downtempo and soul music to create a warm, textured sound that leaves lead singer Ruby Wood ample space on which to float her haunting, smoky vocal lines.

The bulk of Submotionʼs material is written by drummer Tommy Evans (also of Gentlemanʼs Dub Club) and producer/live fx man Dom Howard aka Ruckspin. Smooth, sexy and beautifully arranged, the E.P explores the space and bass weight of dubstep whilst holding true to the soul/jazz background of the musicians. From the shimmering, melancholy Rhodes in Finest Hour to the muted trumpet licks in ʻSunshineʼ, Submotionʼs unique sound works as a full shiatsu massage for the eardrums, and will have the radio and club DJʼs mouths watering. Finest Hour gets the Planas treatment for the remix: a euphoric hands-in-the-air banger designed to take the dance floor to another level.

Submotion Orchestra has a busy summer in front of them, appearing at many of the major festivals across the UK and Europe. The band is currently working on their debut album, which will be hitting the shops in September. Watch this space!

June 2, 2010 Posted by | Acoustic, Dubstep, Electro, Jazz, Soul | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment