Natural Selection is happy to host the NYC debut of the mighty Jubei – one of the biggest names in Drum & Bass and future beats! Sam Binga joins him in what is sure to be a scorcher of a night – read on for the deets!
Jubei (Metalheadz | UK)
A core member of seminal label Metalheadz, Jubei is at the very forefront of underground dance music. Whether it’s his solo productions, his work as part of production crew Code 3, collaborations with some of the biggest names in bass music or his skills as a DJ, his no gimmicks approach has earned him an unrivalled reputation within Drum & Bass, synonymous with the cutting edge, and hugely respected amongst his peers and fans alike.
As a DJ, Jubei has built an enviable reputation as a razor sharp technician with impeccable selection that sees him in high demand, regularly playing the premier events, clubs and festivals across the UK, Europe and the world.
Jubei’s first home, MC GQ’s Emcee Recordings, released his 2006 debut ‘Still There’ and ‘Harvester’, a pair of collaborations with Breakage. A move to Newcastle brought forth a kinship with Phobia that delivered a string of releases for the likes of Renegade Hardware and Phobia’s own label Coded Music, followed by releases for Shogun Audio, 31 Records, Exit Records and Critical Music that firmly established Jubei as an integral member of the next generation of D&B heavy-hitters.
Having found a fan in Goldie, Jubei was quickly snapped up and signed exclusively to his highly respected and hugely influential Metalheadz label who wasted no time releasing his 2010 debut ‘Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained EP’ featuring the heavily supported ‘Patience’ (feat. dBridge), Project 1 (feat. S.P.Y.) and ‘Alignment’. A second ‘Distrust’ EP for Metalheadz, boasting collaborations with Alix Perez and Ulterior Motive and a remix 12” featuring a Boddika take on ‘Alignment’ and Jubei’s own VIP mix of ‘Patience’ continued the steady rise of Jubei’s profile whilst his production talents were also enlisted to help engineer Goldie’s orchestral piece ‘Sine Tempus’ for the BBC Proms and his ‘Classic Goldie’ TV show.
Jubei’s most successful single to date came in May 2012 in the form of ‘Say Nothin’ featuring infamous Grime MC ‘Flowdan’. Accompanied by an official video that featured on national television station Channel 4, this tune and it’s rugged half step beat was favoured by DJ’s across the spectrum with heavy support on BBC Radio 1 & 1 Xtra from the likes of Mista Jam, Target, Friction and more.
Following quickly on from these successes, his highly anticipated debut album, ‘To Have & Have Not’, was released on Metalheadz in 2013. Featuring collaborations with Goldie, Youngsta, dBridge, Flowdan, Marcus Intalex and more it showcased Jubei’s production prowess across various styles and tempos. ‘To Have & Have Not’ was received with huge acclaim across the board with listeners and DJ’s praising the album for its soundtrack nature, being as ‘widescreen sci-fi’ as it was 3am club music
Jubei is now a vital part of the Metalheadz crew, a leading light in the new charge for the historic label and with plentiful follow up material and a sophomore album currently in production, his status as one of the most respected names in Drum & Bass is assured.
Sam Binga (Critical / Exit / 50Weapons | UK)
Something’s happening to the faster side of dance music. Maybe it’s the hyperactive influence of juke’s chopped-up 808s, the embrace of dubstep’s half-time flow at a higher tempo or perhaps it’s simply the ongoing evolution of the mutation started by dBridge and the Autonomic podcasts. Whatever the origin, that spectrum of music between 160 and 170bpm is sounding utterly vital once again.
Sam Binga has placed himself firmly at the centre of this new wave, with releases on some of dance music’s most respected underground labels – 50 Weapons, Exit and Critical. His sound spans the anthemic rowdiness of tracks like ‘AYO’ and ‘Lef Dem’, to the deeper explorations of his collaborations with Om Unit, and has attracted the attention of artists such as Zed Bias and CHVRCHES – who have both hit him up for remix work – and Kode9, who featured his tune ’11th’ with Addison Groove on his critically acclaimed Rinse CD.
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Friday, September 30
251 West 30th St. (between 7th & 8th Ave.)
$15 presale tickets available here | $20 before midnight | 10p – 4a | 21+