Substax: Electro Soul Plane
By Stephen Jewell
This debut album from Substax, aka Nana Studios' head and journalist Nick Farrands, has certainly been a long time in the making. It was originally scheduled to appear in 2003 on Kog Transmissions' Breaks sub-label before the Kingsland collective's various labels went their separate ways. But, as they say, all good things are worth waiting for and 'Electro Soul Plane's' eventual arrival couldn't have been better timed - it fits in nicely alongside Baitercell & Schumacher's recently released debut album. In fact, Schumacher first collaborated with Farrands before deciding to work with Kog's Chris Chetland. The album contents have been tidied up somewhat from the earlier version with older tracks like Sky Rhodes still standing up strong alongside newer tracks like Make Noize, which features London's MC Ster. Good to see that Farrands has finally got a much-needed break. Let's hope his sophomore effort is not so long in the works.