Submorphics // The North Quarter & T.R.A.C. // V RECORDINGS
Emakus x Bdk
Believe Music Hall
181 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW, Atlanta, GA 30312
$10 Online // $15 At The Door
Find Submorphics on:
Buy/Stream "Detroit Haze" http://smarturl.it/8mubpv
Find T.R.A.C.. on:
Buy/Stream "Life in Motion" https://dbapp.io/go/plv086/
GET TO KNOW:
Submorphics (Greg Axelrad) has made his name with soul-drenched, deep, emotive, nostalgic yet forward-thinking music. Drawing on eclectic influences from his formative years in Detroit, Chicago and San Francisco, Submorphics' productions have graced iconic Drum & Bass labels like Hospital, Shogun and Metalheadz, displaying a fine-tuned signature sound developed over the last decade. Whether he's chopping up vintage samples or playing all the music himself, his distinct feel for tone and melody have earned him admiration from fans, DJs and music lovers alike. In recent years, his DJing schedule has increased in Europe and North America, seeing him showcase a heavy and dancefloor friendly soul sound, whilst also drawing the dots between disparate styles of the very best in Drum & Bass.
Taken from UKF on his EP "Detroit Haze" on Lenzman's The North Quarter:
San Francisco’s Submorphics should not require any introduction these days…
Breaking through on Spearhead and maintaining the heat with releases on the likes of Hospital, SGN, V and Innerground over the years, Submorphics (real name Greg Axelrad) has been ardently flying the flag for America’s soulful D&B contingent for over 10 years. And right now he’s flying it on Lenzman’s The North Quarter.
Hot on the heels of tracks on T.R.A.C’s album and Integral’s 10 year compendium, Detroit Haze is set to drop January 19 and is one of his biggest releases to date. In keeping with the extensive TNQ dispatches from FD, Redeyes and Lenzman himself, the EP is 10 tracks deep, comprising seven originals and three instrumentals and ranging from hip-hop to drum & bass.
Rich in soul, warm grooves, lavish vocals and collabs with Satl, T.R.A.C, Lenzman, Steo, Big Brooklyn Red and Selfsays; all wrapped up with precision shades of contrast, once again it’s another monolithic masterblast from Lenzman’s Amsterdam HQ and another reason why Submorphics really doesn’t need introducing.
Hip-hop and drum 'n' bass have enjoyed a long and close relationship. Over the years we've seen artists like the Jungle Brothers, Method Man, and KRS One grace our rarefied high tempos. In return, the likes of Dynamite, DRS, and Inja have proved more than capable of flexing on a hip-hop beat. However, T.R.A.C. joins those genre dots in a way we've never quite seen before.
As a Brooklyn native, an early education in hip-hop beats and lyricism was almost inevitable. The likes of A Tribe Called Quest, the Wu Tang Clan, and Pete Rock laid out the template, and T.R.A.C. was a keen student. Carving his own niche with flavours of blues and soul added to his undeniable lyrical skill, he became a fixture of the New York underground scene.
Jungle and drum 'n' bass were added to the mix early. A chance meeting with fellow genre-crossing artist DJ I-CUE eventually led to T.R.A.C. featuring on his first DnB tune. “Next Level $hit” appeared in 2000, and came loaded with a message of genre unity, a concept that has fuelled his movements ever since.
For example, his 2011 “The Network” album was produced by Reinforced Records and 4hero pioneer Marc Mac, so even though it's a straight-up hip-hop album, that junglist influence was never far away. And, with multiple collabs with UK hip-hop institution Lewis Parker under his belt, it's clear that T.R.A.C.'s connection with the homeland of drum 'n' bass runs deep.
Releases on a succession of soul-driven DnB labels like SGN:LTD, Jazzsticks, and Intrigue paved the way towards a relationship with the V Recordings camp. After all, Bryan Gee and the crew have always been innovators when it comes to redefining DnB emceeing. We've seen jazz vocalists, reggae artists, and hip-hop spitters take the mic at V events, so T.R.A.C. is a perfect fit.
2017's “Life in Motion” album has provided the most detailed insight yet into T.R.A.C.'s musical ethos. Production from the likes of Lenzman, Bladerunner, Calibre, and Serum, and features from David Boomah, Dynamite, and Conrad help take us on a soul-infused journey through T.R.A.C.'s unmatched hip-hop/DnB blend.
And T.R.A.C. is equally capable of replicating those vibes on the live stage as he is in the studio. Dropping precision-tooled lyricism alongside off-the-dome freestyle and well-honed hosting skills, he's brought the hype to parties across the US, the UK, and beyond. As his name suggests, he's here “To Rule And Conquer”, and as his upward trajectory to global recognition continues, that eponymous prophecy is coming true.