Earlier this year, Metalheadz put out 'Say Nothin'', the first single to be taken from Newcastle based producer, Jubei's, debut artist album for the label. Laced with the vocal stylings of Roll Deep emcee, Flowdan, it was a chunky slice of 140bpm industrial half step that served as a real palette cleanser in terms of expectations for the much mooted full length project. Running at a slower-than-d&b tempo and building itself sparingly it lent all the coiled tension of his quicker productions to a new outlook, and it's one he continues to flesh out and illustrate with this mix - which is timed perfectly to help us shout about this appearance in the Metalheadz hosted Room Two this Friday.
All greyscale techno sound palettes, cavernous low end and tribal drum work that hinges on the third beat of the bar snare, this is a 140 work out from one of the drum & bass scene's producers that we've been most happy to watch blossom over the last couple of years. So it's with a clear and present pleasure that we're hosting it ahead of his return at the end of the week.
How was 2012 for you?
2012 has been very eventful. I've done some great gigs, been to some cool places and met some interesting people. I've been in the studio a lot working on solo tracks and collaborations and have recently relocated.
Let's stoke this a little more... When is the album due, exactly?
My album will be released on Metalheadz in 2013. Its almost complete and I can't wait for people to start hearing what I've been up to. I've had a pretty quiet year release wise (other than 'Say Nothin'') due to the album being my main focus. Its going to be good to start getting fresh material out there. Its been hard to hold music back and say no to people when they ask me for new music to play.
Is 140bpm music something you've been playing out a lot more, or was it just a case of doing sommat a little bit different for a promo mix?
I've been working at 140 for a while now, I've written a few tracks with Youngsta, one of which will be on my album. I've also been working with Consequence and I've just started a collaboration with J:Kenzo. Youngsta & I have remixed a track from J:Kenzo's album which is due out on Tempa in the new year. I've played 140 sets at FWD>> a few times & on Rinse FM for Youngsta's show. I played a B2B gig with Icicle in Leeds recently and we started off with 140 for the first 30 minutes which was fun. I really enjoy playing it and will be looking to push this alongside my d&b stuff more & more in the new year.
Do you think it’s all the same mode for you technically? Like in terms of your studio processes?
Because of the similarities in the DnB i make and the 140 stuff i like / am writing i've found it a fairly smooth transition from one to the other. I am still finding my feet with the 140 stuff but getting more confident the more i do it. It helps having people like Youngsta / SP / Verse on hand to give their advice and opinions.
What is coming up for you in the first quarter of 2013?
Lots of studio work as my album hand in date is within the first quarter. There's also some cool and exciting gigs coming up which will be leading up to and coinciding with the release of my album.
You can catch Jubei in the Metalheadz Room Two on Friday night, where he goes B2B with Youngsta.