BandEDMHip Hop

Bionic Breakbeat Punks Subsource, Electric Double Bass, smooth Urgent vocals, a wide eyed MC, a possessed drummer and a couple of multi instrumentalists- with a more impressive arsenal that Inspector Gadget- Subsource have the dance-floor squirming with their jaw-dropping power, soul and perception.


In 2005, a Cambridge educated British-Chinese science prodigy started to jam with a Malawian hip hop crew. They’re joined by a Norwegian born multi instrumentalist from the famous Brazilian club Guanabara on guitar and synths. You know, the usual way a band forms. “All we need is a double bass player of Spanish heritage from a Nu-School Jazz Breaks background. Ideally one who has worked with a d‘n’b drummer from an Abba tribute band on a remix of ‘Monkey Magic’ for the DVD release of the classic Kung-Fu show.” They said. Probably. But that’s the way it happened. And so it came to pass that this bizarre collection of international musicians with even more bizarre and diverse backgrounds formed a band called Subsource in the unlikeliest of suburban towns – Guildford. Lead vocalist and electric double bass player Stu Henshall. African superstar rapper Kimba Mutanda. Guitar and synths pouter Paul Frazer. The classically trained Dennis Ng on keyboards and percussion. And the intricate yet ear splitting drummer Neil Shervell. A series of successful and highly improvised live shows took place cementing the band as the live electro/breaks/d’n’b band. Tracks were commissioned for computer games such as Moto GP, Juiced and errr...Crazy Frog! The live favourite ‘This Town’ was picked up by Spin Out Records and along with a Hook & Sling remix of the tune was released to critical acclaim and sold thousands internationally following regular plays by the likes of The Chemical Brothers and Plump DJ’s. The source of the sub was beginning to growl... The growl made some waves culminating in Subsource lead singer Stu Henshall working with The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett on pre ‘Invaders Must Die’ writing sessions. Then Far Too Loud requested his services on their single ‘You Know The Sound’. Meanwhile Subsource began to develop a harder edge to their noise as they wowed festival crowds in 2007 at Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party and remixed tunes for Datarock, Parka and GoodBooks. The following twelve months saw Subsource play with the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Hexstatic, The Egg and Ebony Bones and travel to Berlin and Paris to play 1000 capacity venues. More festivals in 2008 at V and Isle Of Wight brought further media attention to the band and garnered support from influential XFM DJ’s Eddy Temple Morris and John Kennedy, the music magazine The Fly and K-Mag, the Metro newspaper and Radio 1’s Nihal. Ridley Scott’s US TV show Numb3rs requested the use of an early track called ‘Parasite’ while Sky Sports used the body shaking, dance infused anthem ‘Disarm’ as the title music to their coverage of the World Freerun Championships. This inspired a slew of new tracks with writing and recording taking place individually at each band member’s home studio and collectively at Subsource’s spiritual home: their very own studio, The Trench. Tracks such as future album closer ‘Beats and Bandages’ and a song which morphed into a dubstep pounder called ‘Dark Is The New Light’ gave an indication of the melodic fusion of sharp punk break-beats Subsource were capable of. A new edge was found for the sure-fire hit ‘Street Soul Music’ and Adi Winman, the producer who mixed the album helped Subsource move to a new level with the epic, tense tracks ‘The Ides’ and ‘Charge Me’. And then the icing on the cake – a re-written version of ‘Parasite’ entitled ‘The Reason’ began to make the summer 2009 festival crowds go crazy: insatiable fans ate glow sticks at Glastonbury, ADD kids started mosh pits in the Rock Sound stage at Guilfest and indie-folk fans chose Subsource over fellow headliner Laura Marling at Blissfields. The source of the sub had growled for long enough and was now throbbing with menace and intent. The Subsource debut album ‘Tales From The Doombox’ was finished and just needed the skills and ears of mastering engineer John Davis (The Prodigy, Pendulum) to conclude what could be the album of 2010.


Bows and Arrows


(Vocal sample, voice of Dom Rotheroe) -'This is the story of an unsung people who took on Papua New Guinea, Australia and the biggest mining company in the world. Who started by fighting helicopter gunships with bows and arrows and yet who managed to create what may be the world's first eco-rovolution.'

' They're buying into the hype like rap videos/ wearing those label clothes/
They lust for things to keep their wrists froze/
But the only thing that's cold in these streets is when the cops yell 'Freeze!'.

It's a disease of the spirit called greed/ it makes man cross seas to feed it/
By raping, and killing, and pillaging./ Heard a rumour of this tumour spreading east towards me/
Yes, my brothers warned me/ So I swore that I'd be prepared.'

(Voice of General Ishmael Toroama,Bougainville Revolutionary army)- ' Where are the weapons? And he told me there's...there is no weapons. We will only start with bows and arrows,stones and sticks.'

'None of your guns scare me. Stare me in the eye and understand I'm ready to die. Why?
Coz my cause is a righteous one. I fight for the better life of my daughters and sons.
Fresh water and sparkling sun. That clean air always fill their lungs.

What you gonna do when the air runs out,boy? Breathe carbon and sh*t oil?

Each breath that I take is a vow that I make. So much is at stake that I can't waste time.
I'm sensible, I can sense the bull you're trying to pull for your mine.
You destroy fertile soil for the rocks that lie underneath. Got the face of a man but the soul of a beast.
You say I'm primitive, coz I wanna live in harmony with my environment. But test me at your detriment.
Coz I swear by my life somebody's gonna get it if they try to get their greedy hands on our land.
I've had it up to hear with your evil plan. Here's some business advice for you, man.
You and your associates best invest in some bullet proof vests ,forget the stock markets.

I tried to negotiate but you laugh in my face, so I'm cracking a case of explosives.
However you respond I'm ready for your barrage.'


This Town-Single (Spinout) 2006
DataRock Remix - I Used to Dance with your Daddy (YAP) 2007
Parka Remix-Disco Dancer (Jeepster) 2008
Good Books Remix-Walk With Me (Columbia) 2007
Far Too Loud, You know the Sound Ft Subsource (Funkatech) 2008
Dark is the New Light ( Doombox Recordings) 2008
The Reason (PARASITE) ( Doombox Recordings) 2009

Set List

Dark is the New Light- Dubstep remix
Street Soul
Tales from the Doombox
The Reason (Parasite)
The Ides
You know the Sound (Far too Loud)