TOTD // 21/04 // Rubadub

Published: April 21, 2017, words by John Carter

Part of the Record Store Day 2017 takeover


Rubadub has been a leading player in the UK for over 20 years now, particularly in its hometown of Glasgow. Besides the community aspect of its esteemed record store, the major influence on the scene is its distribution arm. Rubadub distribution has been at the forefront of taste-making in the global dance music since its inception, with the majority of the labels it distributes being from outside the UK.

Today, the shop not only provides customers with cutting edge underground dance music (with its new releases from all the leading labels), but it caters for all your electronic music needs, selling everything from cables and DI boxes to keyboards and turntables. What makes the company special is its staff. Each and every one is not only hugely passionate about the scene, but are all heavily involved within it in some way or another whether it be producers, DJs or label owners.

Jackmaster cites Rubadub as not only being the number one influence on his DJ career, but also a place that saved him from a downward path into drugs, after finding a sense of escapism born through his work experience at the distribution. Rubadub gave him the opportunity to discover the most innovative dance music of its time. Jackmaster mentions a pivotal moment in his career in his RA origins documentary when one of the owners Wilba handed him Model 500’s ‘The Chase‘ and said “get rid of all that shite, this is the first good record you will buy. This is the start of your Rubadub education”.

It’s evident from this that Rubadub can borne key players in the scene, and it remains as influential to this day. The shop is currently run by Dan Lurinsky, co-founder of Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, giving you an idea of the creative heads that are involved within the company. It was only right that we invited them to take part in our Record Store Day takeover. However, as you may remember in 2015, Rubadub decided they weren’t going to take part in all the RSD exclusives and craziness. They perceive exclusives as major labels taking tracks already available and making collectors items out of them, which is not what they want Record Store Day to be about. They want it to be about the community coming together to celebrate the quality records they continue to stock all year round.

Thus, in their usual fashion, Rubadub will simply be hosting a day party tomorrow inviting the likes of Lord Of The Isles and JD Twitch to the decks. Ahead of party, Dan has selected four tracks from local Glasgow labels. Expect heat like these on the day!

via youtube

Lord Of The Isles

Sunrise 89

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Distro by us! One of the best deeper house cuts we have heard in a long time… Keep an eye for more coolness from LOTI later this year.”
via youtube

Passarani

Quarto

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Passarani is a long time friend of the shop, and the Numbers crew have been working closely with him for many years to make this beautiful slab of wax a reality.”
via soundcloud

MAP vs. DJ Haus

X-Mod

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Bass heavy modular house jam from DJ Haus and Mak & Pasteman… This one took a while to get released so looking forward to blasting it out on Saturday.”
via soundcloud

Fake Left

Borders Night Train

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“The Chief heads East. Rubadub welcomes Fake Left to the wayward team of Scottish producers who have contributed to our wee series of white labels. Available in the shop this Saturday for RSD 2017 and everywhere else the week after!”

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