Sub Swara is a live electronic crew that represents the best in lo-frequency hi-vibration culture. From dubstep, dancehall, and jungle, to breakbeat, midtempo, and glitch hop, all mixed with a global sensibility in a live soundystem, the Sub Swara sound engages and unites across cultural and musical boundaries.
The crew runs one of the most celebrated monthly club night on the first Fridays of every month at New York's Club Love, home of one of the finest club soundsystems in the country. the crew has played such prestigious events and venues as All Points West, The Clandestino Festival, Shambhala Music Festival, Deep Space NY, Dub War, Wembley Stadium, VH1 New Years in Goa, and Club Cargo (UK), and has appeared as a featured act on Maryanne Hobbs acclaimed BBC Radio 1 show and has played with fellow artists like The Glitch Mob, Bassnectar, FreQ Nasty, Ghislain Poirier, The Bug, Stereotyp, Skream, and more.
About Coup d'Yah, the debut album from Sub Swara
Two years in the making, Coup d'Yah unleashes the devastating bass-weighted sound which has become the recognized trademark of the crew's acclaimed NYC club night and performances around the world. The album spans a broad spectrum,
from the dub-wise depths to dancefloor crushing bangers.
SS has carved a unique global footprint, leading with heavy ragga inflection, thick beats, wide basslines, and live organic instrumentation ranging from the drums and wind instruments of India to the marching horns of New Orleans. The album also showcases the signature vocal talents of Zulu (Ghislain Poirier, Kush Arora, DJ C), MC Coppa (Al Haca, Stereotyp), Napoleon Solo (Goonda, Ming & FS), and Sub Swara's own rising star Juakali (Pinch, Badawi, D1 and more).
What People are Saying:
'Sub Swara deals with the most fascinating melt of sound - beats bass laced with the elemental voice of Juakali...pure heaven...The Sub Swara mix was devastating - contender for mix of the year on the BBC Radio 1 show for real.' - Maryanne Hobbs, BBC Radio 1
-"The Sub Swara collective tosses a monthly party at Love, a club that boasts perhaps the clearest sound system in the city. That might account for the crew's obsession with detail; Coup d'Yah is a sonically crystalline collection, with every drum hit sharp as a knife and each bassline deep as a canyon. But the real appeal of the album lies in the way it melds its dancehall and dubstep inclinations with Middle Eastern melodies, subcontinental percussion and ragga-style toasting into a spare, dark stew, with its precise arrangements keeping the focus on the funk." - Timeout NY
'The whole album is dazzling. Sub Swara manages to transfer the eclectic sounds of their New York club night to tape, bleeding and blending dubstep, ragga, dub, global elements and straight up dance music in a flawless manner that's always fresh, never stale. Their ability to fuse the dark with the subtle and danceable with the complex is a marvel' - Kid Kameleon, XLR8R Magazine
'If you're looking for one entry track into this sound, look out for Koli Stance, a masterclass in swirling subcontinental tablas and warping dubstep bass' - Blackdown, Pitchfork Media
'The textures on Coup d'Yah are less rigidly defined, more open and therefore more organic, and while fans of dubstep would no doubt feel kinship, the broader, more expansive vision of New York's Sub Swara crew highlights the importance of not being overly committed to convention...the totality is energetic, dark, and rhythmic, possessing an international vibe but minus any jetsetter kitsch...It's a worthwhile contribution to the genre-less electronic amalgamations that are becoming almost a genre unto themselves. - Justin Deremo - Ok Player
'Electronica has been reinvigorated as barriers between fiercely guarded genres continue to come crashing down, whether it's Flying Lotus and Samiyam's messy marriage of hip hop and electronica or house, techno and electro collapsing in on each other. Sub Swara is a New York club night and label that's been running since 2005 and is frequented by pioneering producers such as Hank and Keith Shocklee of The Bomb Squad. Sub Swara's debut LP Coup d'Yah (Low Motion Records) showcases what the night and its collective of DJs, producers, vocalists and instrumentalists are about: the track Infiltrate floats filtered tablas over jagged two-step bass; the brooding Alabaster Dub places subcontinental horns and kathak classical dance rhythms with snares and dhols; Belgrade Riddim playfully chops up marching band brass with slinky percussion; Banga ties ragga to trampolining bassline; The Balance is rolling, fidgety bhangra-bashment; and Koli Stance morphs from hypnotic tabla-funk into a gnarly, stomping banger. Coup d'Yah is a clean sonic draw on Indian instruments, electronica, dub and dancehall but beyond that, it's 21st-century global basstronica. It sounds exceptionally fresh and relevant.' - Metro UK
The album will get the proper remix treatment in fall 2008 as heavyweight bassmakers like Ghislain Poirier, Fort Knox 5, the Glitch Mob, DJ C, Kush Arora, Eskmo, Dave Q (Dub War), and many others bring their signature interpretations to the tracks.