Floating Points guests at Numbers eighth birthday party
Sub Club night celebrates great year for Glaswegian music collective
We all like to celebrate, but few of us can do it better than the producers, DJs, label bosses and promoters that make up the Glaswegian music collective Numbers, renowned for their sheer foot-grabbing, hands-in-the-air dance-floor dexterity. Propelled by a healthy sense of hedonism, this lot have been pounding gleeful ears with their fast-growing eclecticism far beyond home soil, rising from their basement party origins to a recent takeover at Berlin’s glorious Berghain and a showcase at this year’s Sonar, stretching across the pond for a US tour somewhere in between.
With a fortnightly Rinse FM show and a Fabric mix from their very own Jackmaster to add to that, they’re expanding rapidly. ‘A lot of things have been amazing this year,’ explains Numbers’ Richard Charter. ‘Being able to release the new records was a major thing for us. Everyone put so much into it and they show what Numbers as a label and a party is about, from the harder techno of Lory D, to Redinho’s talkbox electro-funk, Deadboy’s melancholic house and of course Jamie xx’s steel drums.’
So, what can we expect for their eighth birthday party? ‘A hefty dose of Numbers favourites, plenty of Prince and Drexciya as well as some upcoming exclusives from the label’. Resident DJ Spencer will be joined by PhD student Sam Shepard, aka Floating Points. ‘Last year he did a warm-up slot for us, which blew our minds. The guy was dropping Herbie Hancock records into Souls of Mischief and then played some classic Model 500, which ended up getting rewound by some enthusiastic young ravers. We’ve been wanting him to come back for ages – he comes equipped with his own rotary mixer and is a massive vinyl head whose digging knows no boundaries.’ Expect bass like no other and a ridiculous amount of groove.
Sub Club, Glasgow, Fri 1 Jul