With his sound, Subculture draws on a wealth of sonic inspirations from post-punk to jazz, hip-hop to psych-rock and more, fusing his own suave and unifying blend. Having just released his latest single with Grand Pax and Goya Gumbani, Subculture talks us through his sound and some of the tracks that have influenced this.
‘Gunning For Fees’ follows swiftly on from previous single ‘River Bend’, that saw Rachel Chinouriri lend her velvety, rich vocals to Subculture’s dusky, infintely textured compositions. This time he takes his sultry, night-time sounds to cosmic, dub-infused realms. Speaking on his new single Subculture expresses, “This song came about from me trying to get two of my favourite artists from very different worlds in the same room together. Goya’s a left-field Brooklyn alternative hip hop artist who kinda reminds me of Earl Sweatshirt and Nas. Grand Pax makes this beautiful lo-fi indie and same as me she pretty much grew up in Camden. I find her such an interesting artist and really love all her music. Putting the two of them on a track together is 100% my bag. People from different worlds gotta come together more often, that’s how real magic happens”.
Get to know Subculture and his rich sonic textures In Five…
Subculture – The River Bend Feat. Rachel Chinouriri
This is the latest single from my solo project and features Rachel Chinouriri. I made this song over the course of a year slowly chipping away at the sonics trying to create something that sounded old and sampled while also futuristic, though there’s actually no samples on it. The drums were all played by me and I also got a couple great other players on board to add some textural details including Johnny Woodham on the trumpet who also plays for Rex Orange County and Alfa Mist.
The Stooges – Dirt
Fun house is one of my favourite records in my collection (and probably in the world) and I’m just a general huge Stooges fan. Their raw energy and primal rock and roll sound is so my bag I could listen to them all day. ‘Dirt’ I think sums up that Proto-Punk/Garage energy of theirs that I miss a lot in music these days.
Ill Considered – Tangled
A friend bought me this record one year for my birthday and it blew me away. I’d been delving deep into Jazz history in my record collecting but their aggressive fusion Jazz sound I just couldn’t get my head around. The musical contributions of each of the musicians is wild; the bass player has this eerie punk style while the drummer and percussionist bring this mad Latin/Afrobeat style and the sax player brings this whole crazy middle-Eastern flavour. I met them one time after one of their shows and they’re literally just a bunch of very normal dudes from London, all their records are completely improvised and I can’t work out why the London Jazz scene isn’t treating these guys like gods!
Common – Faithful
Common’s album ‘Be’ I think will forever be one of my top 10 Hip Hop albums. Soulfully speaking it’s a thing of perfection, it was mainly produced by Kanye (with bits also from J Dilla) and from start to end has always really resonated with me on a few levels. ‘Faithful’ is a really beautiful song about admiring and worshipping a woman and making the decision to give up old habits to be completely faithful to them.
Subculture – Rise No More Feat Tertia May
This was the first song I released from my solo project and features my good friend Tertia May who’s music I’ve been co-writing and producing pretty much since the beginning. The song was inspired by a stout of existential depression I was experiencing during the start of a very bleak looking state of global affairs. I was living and writing in a house by the British coastline in Cornwall for a month on my own during the winter months. It was very stormy and windy but so beautiful. Every day I’d go to watch these incredible sunsets and just had this idea to write a song about the world’s last ever sunset.
‘Gunning For Fees’ is out now. Keep up to date with Subculture here.