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Monday, April 10, 2006

LISTENING SINCE THE PREVIOUS POST:

ROLL DEEP RINSE FM SET FROM LAST NIGHT
NEWHAM GENERALS RINSE FM SET FROM LAST NIGHT
LORNE 'KSR' BURDEN- '430 WEST PRESENTS BACK TO THE RHYTHM' MIX.

just a quick one cuz i'm off on my holidays in half an hour (i predict that we'll play sizzla's 'spring break' a LOT on these holidays).
roll deep last night: not as dubsteppy as last week's set, so that blows my theory of a massive shift over the the south london sound out of the water some what, but still loads of half-steppy riddims. the music's getting slower. some great new tracks by Target too:- he seems to have rediscovered his dark side. one of his in particular sounded like a big brother to wiley's 'colder'; deadly string stabs over reptilian beats. quite chilling. there was also a bonkers new roll deep track, with trim reciting his own version of that nursery rhyme about the cat and the fiddle. the beat is this evil mix of dark belgium-esque groaning, whooshing synths, and an occasional fairground-ish flurry that sounds like an old ardkore record that been left to decompose for 10 years. Huge tune. another one to look out for is wiley and riko's 'knives and guns', a conscious grime cut produced by geeneus. geeneus is one of my favourite grime producers (check out the head-fucking classic 'Detroit') but he's not all that prolific, sadly. on this track he comes like target on 'pick yr self up' or 'runway', with these lovely wistful melodies. i haven't heard riko for a while, so it's great to hear him on record again.
another conscious grime track to check out is ruff sqwad's 'breathe', which is about young people getting murdered, and it sounds really desperate and impassioned. it makes for uncomfortable listening, but it's well worth trying to hear: speaking their minds with no filters, ruff sqwad do what grime does best here.

anyway, roll deep last night. wiley was on form, to the say the least. loads of new lyrics, remixes of old lyrics, and this amazing urgency from him through out the set. discarda was funny as always. i'm not sure if he's intentionally funny though. but his ray winstone-ish blare always raises a smile; 'it loose, LOOSE, cannon, CANNON!!' etc. i love that. Trim was ultra-oblique, so that was great: lots of twisted, circling word play and he seems to be going back to his original rasp now. god's gift made a rare appearance, but his trad. lyrics about straps and macs sounded old-fashioned next to the fireworks from wiley, trim, and skepta.

so, a really good set: this one had the feel of those legendary roll deep sets from winter 2004-2005, where there was this overwhelming sense of purpose and authority to them: i get the feeling that roll deep are re-grouping for yet another big push forwards, just as they did over a year ago. with wiley's and skepta's albums soon to be released, i guess all the effort and intensity of last night's set makes sense.
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ok, so i'm off on holiday now, and i'll be back in 2 weeks: no post till then, sadly (or not, depending on yr view). have a good easter, everyone.

2 Comments:

Blogger PorkJacket said...

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Blogger PorkJacket said...

Nice idea for the blog simon, i really enjoyed reading yr old one, though i discovered it pretty late.

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Enjoy the hols!

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