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My Sonar 2010

22 June, 2010

Summer music festivals – sunshine, mind-blowing music, great times – these are words that immediately spring to mind at this time of year. Unfortunately, for a lot of us here in the UK there are three other words that tend to gatecrash this idyllic notion and they are: ‘rain’, ‘mud’ and ‘wellies’. So often we find ourselves ‘tolerating’ the typically unpredictable British ‘summer’ whilst trying to rave it up to the Prodigy or getting our groove on with Delphic. And for a lot of us, we battle through it in a Churchill’s England stylee, putting on a stiff upper lip and laughing off the deluge of mud and excrement as a mere novelty and the true mark of your character (looking out the window right now, I must admit the weather for the forthcoming Glasto is looking pretty good, but this is a rare exception to the rule really isn’t it!).

Well, bollocks to all that I say. Why tolerate this most enigmatic of seasons when you don’t really have to? Whilst the children of the local school down the road from the Matterly Bowl are being airlifted out of their flooded village and the various independent festivals are being put out of business by greedy police unions, there are many great festivals a mere hop, skip and a bogle away in Europe.

One such festival is Sonar: International Festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art, in Barcelona, where I was lucky enough to pop my european festival cherry just last week. As I cast my mind back a few days, I fondly recall the beautiful clear blue skies, the temperatures in the mid-20s, the throngs of bikini-clad beautiful people, the complete lack of feral psy-trancers, the friendly naked chaps with the grande tattooed pene… oh and of course, the music. Sonar, for me, was as much about the setting as it was the music. Nestled amongst the bohemian el Raval by day, and the enormous disused airport near the majestic Montjuic by night, Sonar had the best of both worlds. It had the sunny laid-back vibes of a field in the middle of nowhere, yet you could still duck out whenever you liked to pick up cartons of sangria for 1 euro from the local Supermercado (quite handy considering one of the few downsides was the expensive drinks and food – but then that’s pretty much par for the course at most festivals). Of course that was if you could tear yourself away from the very cool Adidas-sponsored VIP bar that was dressed up to resemble the Mos Eisley Cantina in Star Wars, complete with giant Millennium Falcon-shaped beanbags. And as a respite from the sun and sangria, there were also plenty of seminars, product demos and exhibitions to sink your intellectual teeth into. Then after a quick spruce up at your air-conditioned, mud-free, non-leaky hotel nearby, you’d take a short bus ride to the Sonar By Night venue and simply immerse yourself in banging dance music until the sun came up.

And what music! Highlights during the daytime for me were the SonarDome roadblock for Caribou, the electro-punk noise of Nedry, the 80s p-funk of Shake Aletti, the socio-political rhymes of Speech Debelle and, most surprsingly, the deep house grooves of Pete Tong on the ‘ones and zeroes’. The evenings were a more intense affair where the bigger acts got to flex their 303s in front of equally bigger crowds across the three arenas. Of the heavyweights, I was stunned by James Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem in SonarClub, who were completely on top of their game. Performances of Drunk Girls, All My Friends and the epic Tribulations would have left me frozen with amazement if I hadn’t been dancing like such a loon instead. There were a few WTF looks from the more leftfield-leaning punters as Dizzee Rascal banged out pop hits such as Bonkers and Dance With Me, but they were in a minority as the rest of the crowd bounced with the boy in the corner prior to being kicked squarely in the cajones by the mental grooves of Caspa. And I’d be ashamed to omit the simply beautiful SonarPub arena, lit up like Piccadilly Circus (if Antoni Gaudi did neon advertising, of course).

However, as those who know me would expect, my highlight of the festival was always going to be The Chemical Brothers on the last night. Tom and Ed performed their new album Further from start to finish, followed by an encore of greatest hits and there wasn’t a single static person in the entire room. I say room, but that doesn’t really do the Sonar Club any justice… the place is immense. Like several football fields immense. I’m not usually a big fan of huge gigs, usually because the atmosphere can be rather tepid, often thanks to an imbalance of aggro lager boys and plastic music fans outnumbering the hug-a-stranger rave crew. But in this case, everyone was up for it, everyone was bouncing to every beat and everyone was left smiling after three days and three nights of showing the rest of festival-land how to do an excellent music festival.

I have told one slight cerdo pie though. As great as the Chemical Brothers were, the absolute highlight of the festival for me was sunny Barcelona. Giant tattooed nobs and all 🙂

Hubie x

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download the HUBIE SOUNDS breakspoll special pt.2

24 February, 2010

Hey everyone!

Thanks for tuning in to Hubie Sounds last night, we hope you enjoyed the show and that it’s warmed you up nicely for the big event tomorrow. If you’d like to listen to the show again, you can download it from the NSB Radio archives by clicking the download link below…

>> Download the Hubie Sounds Breakspoll Special Pt.2 <<

Here’s the show tracklist…

* Hubie’s ‘Fix Up Plus You’ intro
* Mooqee vs Beatvandals – Back Up (Bomb Strikes)
* Featurecast – Run For Cover (Baffin Island Beat Brigade)
* Perfection & Will Streetwise – Tough Old Colin (ADHD Digital)
* Kouncilhouse – Daddy (ADHD Digital)
* Flore Ft. Shunda K – Feel Me (Botchit & Scarper)
* Pimpsoul Ft. Claire G – Noggins Groove (Ground Level)

* Fort Knox Five Ft. Asheru – Insight – A-Skillz Remix (Fort Knox)
* DJ Deekline & Red Polo Ft. Missy – Let It Bump – Hydroz Remix (Booty Breaks)
* Crackerz & Jam – Big Up Girl (Upstart Music)
* Felguk vs Tim Healey – Rio – Slyde Remix (Giant Pussy)
* Drumattic Twins – Crazy Love – Peo de Pitte Remix (Finger Lickin’)
* NAPT Ft. Louise Marshall – Make My Day (Funkatech)

* Stanton Warriors – Precinct – Plump DJs Remix (Punks)
* Sidney Samson – Riverside – Peo de Pitte Re-rub (CDR)
* Deadmau5 – Strobe – Plump DJs Remix (Mau5trap)
* Plaza de Funk Ft. Miss Trouble – Push N’ Pull (Mofo)
* Cut La Roc – Classic – 601 Remix (Rocstar)
* Mobius vs Mr Snook – Zion Movement (Ape)
* Meat Katie & Elite Force – Believe (U & A)

* TC – Where’s My Money – Caspa Remix – Elite Force Re-Fix (CDR)
* Stereo:Type – Balls To The Wall – Stereo:Typical Part 2 Mix (Hardcore Beats)
* Enough Weapons – Supersonic – Eshericks Remix (Ape)
* Deekline & Wizard – Back Up (Love For The Music) – Krafty Kuts ‘Club’ Remix (Against The Grain)
* Refracture – Eternal – Mr No Hands Remix (Dusted Breaks)
* Afghan Headspin – Beef Disco (ADHD Digital)

Thanks for downloading this show, we hope you enjoy it! See you at Fabric on Thursday night!

Make sure you tune into the next Hubie Sounds on Tuesday 9th March – live & direct on www.nsbradio.co.uk

Hubie x

download the HUBIE SOUNDS best of 2009 special!

13 January, 2010

Yo peeps.

Thanks for tuning in to Hubie Sounds last night, we hope you enjoyed the show. If you’d like to listen to the show again, you can download it from the NSB Radio archives by clicking the download link below…

>> Download The Hubie Sounds Best Of 2009 Special <<

Here’s the show tracklist…

* Deekline – I Don’t Smoke – Deekline & Tim Healey Mix – Krafty Kuts Edit (Rat UK)
* Yo Majesty – Club Action – Stanton Warriors Remix (Domino)
* Young MC – Know How – Stanton Warriors Edit (CDR)
* Slyde – Block Parties (Hot Cakes)
* That Girl DJ – Go Commando (Re:Connect)
* Acidkids – Mad Mahoney – Trevor Loveys Remix (Acidkids)
* Crackerz & Jam – Big Up Girl (Upstart Music)
* General MIDI ft. Whiskey Pete – Get It Down – Bassline Mix (Distinctive)
* DJ Zinc – Submarines (Bingo Bass)
* Djedjotronic ft. Spoek – Dirty & Hard – Stereoheroes Remix (CDR)
* Tiga – What You Need – Proxy Remix (Different)
* Franz Ferdinand – No You Girls – Zodiac Cartel Extended Mix (CDR)
* Dub Pistols ft. Lindy Layton & Rodney P – I’m In Love – Foamo Remix (Sunday Best)

* Haggstrom ft. Terri Walker – Be My Baby – Peo de Pitte Remix (Flat Out)
* H2 – Clocks (CDR)
* Rektchordz – Feed Your Head – Elite Force Mix (U & A)
* Meat Katie & Elite Force – Believe (U & A)
* TC – Where’s My Money – Caspa Remix – Elite Force Re-Fix (CDR)
* Jack Beats ft. Dynamite MC – What – Dub Mix (Cheaper Thrills)
* Rico Tubbs – Gangsters – Jay Stewart Remix (Menu)
* Plaza de Funk – Do It (CDR)
* Refracture – Eternal – Mr No Hands Remix (Dusted Breaks)
* Bassbin Twins – Whistle Choon (Bassbin)
* Si Begg – The Bleeps – Shades Of Rhythm Remix (Mutate)
* The Prodigy – Take Me To The Hospital (Take Me To The Hospital)
* Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name (Columbia)

Thanks for downloading this show, we hope you enjoy it!

Make sure you also check out all the other excellent shows available to download from the archives at www.nsbradio.co.uk

We hope you can tune into the next edition of Hubie Sounds on Tues 26th Jan @ 9pm GMT, live & direct on NSB Radio 🙂

Hubie x

download the HUBIE SOUNDS xmas special!

24 December, 2009

Hey peeps! Thanks for tuning in the other night, we hope you enjoyed the show.

The Hubie Sounds Christmas Special is now available to download from the NSB Radio archives, so make sure you grab it now cos we think it will be the perfect soundtrack for opening your presents on Christmas day! Just click the download link below…

>> Download the Hubie Sounds Christmas Special <<

Here’s the show tracklist…

* Cassetteboy – Nigella’s Xxxmas (CDR)
* Parker vs Bing Crosby – Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (CDR)
* Si Begg – Jinglin’ Boots (CDR)
* DJ Format – Ill Culinary Behaviour (CDR)
* CB’s – Misdemeanour – No Fakin’ Remix (Jam City)
* Freestyle – Don’t Stop The Rock (CDR)
* Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (CDR)
* D-Funk – Daft Boot (CDR)

** Hubie Loves… Grandmaster Flash & Sugar Hill **
* Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel – White Lines (Don’t Do It) (Sanctuary)
* Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message (Sanctuary)
* The Sugarhill Gang – Apache (Sanctuary)
* Grandmaster Flash – The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel (Sanctuary)
* Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – Pump Me Up (Sanctuary)
* Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five – Beat Street Breakdown (Sanctuary)

* Dean Martin vs Justice – Walking In A Waddle Wonderland – Vandal Mash Up (CDR)
* Wolfgang Gartner – Wolfgang’s 5th Symphony – REL1 Re-Edit (CDR)
* Laidback Luke & Diplo – Hey! (Southern Fried)
* Young MC – Know How – Stanton Warriors Edit (CDR)
* Deekline – I Don’t Smoke – Deekline & Tim Healy Mix – Krafty Kuts Edit (Rat UK)
* General MIDI ft. Whiskey Pete – Get It Down – Bassline Mix (Distinctive)
* Rhythm Section – Comin’ On Strong – Black Noise Mix (Y4K)
* Mr B – Serious (Re:Connect)
* TC – Where’s My Money – Caspa Remix – Elite Force Re-Fix (CDR)
* Refracture – Eternal – Mr No Hands Remix (Dusted Breaks)
* Enough Weapons – Supersonic – That Girl DJ Remix (Ape)
* Deadmau5 – Strobe – Plump DJs Remix (Mau5trap)
* Sidney Samson – Riverside – Peo de Pitte Re-Rub (CDR)
* Mr Reds vs DJ Scribble – Everybody Come On (Can U Feel It) – Stanton Warriors Remix (London)
* Antzz vs Roots Manuva vs Paul McCartney – Witness The Christmas (CDR)

Thanks for downloading this show, we hope you enjoy it! Have a Happy Christmas and make sure you tune into the next Hubie Sounds in the new year.

Oh and make sure you also check out all the other excellent shows available to download from the archives at www.NSBRadio.co.uk

Hubie x


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