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Monday, May 08, 2006

LISTENING SINCE THE PREVIOUS POST:

PANTYTEC- 'MAYBE'
DOMINIK EULBERG- KREUT AND FLEUCHT MIX (SPELLING? WHO CARES)
JENNY LEWIS AND THE WATSON TWINS- 'RABBIT FUR COAT'
PAAVOHARJU- 'YHA HAMARAA'.
JOHN MAUS- 'SONGS'
TRACY AND THE PLASTICS' CULTURE FOR PIGEON'
V/A- 'STUDIO 1 SCORCHER'
DIZZEE AND NEWHAM GENERALS ON RINSE LAST NIGHT
ROLL DEEP ON RINSE LAST NIGHT
GLAMMA ON RINSE TONIGHT
MAGDA- LIVE RECORDING FROM TECHNIQUE, 2005
LIL WEAVAH- THE STREETS MIXTAPE.
FORCE AND STYLES- HEART OF GOLD
JOINING OF THE CLANS- BRAVEHEART
BANG- SHOOTING STAR
SUPERTHRILLER AND CUBAN BROS LIVE AT LOST VAGUENESS BALL (BOTH WANK)
CAT POWER- THE GREATEST
OLD NASTY CREW DEJA VU SET.
SLIPMATT AND DJ VIBES- 'BATTLE OF THE DJS MATCH 1'
JUNIOR BOYS- 'LAST EXIT'
VARIOUS PRODUCTION- 'IN THIS' 7"
UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE- 'WINDCHIME'
SKREAM- 'AUGUST 05 MIX'
BUN B- 'DRAPED UP + DRIPPED OUT' HEARD FROM PASSING CAR
PERSIL SONGS ON MYSPACE
DANANANACKROYD SONGS ON MYSPACE


so i guess the pattern is that there generally won't be posts on here over weekends. just too busy i'm afraid. but on weekdays, i'm all yrs...

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and so, with a car slowly passing by, glinting in the sun, windows down, banging out bun b's 'drapped up and dripped out', summer arrived in london. it's that simple sometimes. quick and neat.

like a good haircut, i believe.
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grime sounds very new and it sounds very old. it sounds like antique computers which have gone wrong, while trying to conduct orchestras. and sometimes it sounds dusty and fizzy with the warps of age.
blah blah blah. what's better to say here, though, is that grime isn't as good as it used to be. not nearly as good. i only realised this properly when i was on the rwdmag forum and picked up an old Nasty set from the deja vu days. and it just brought it home- things really were better in the old days. listen to a roll deep set now and a nasty set from 2003 and there's no comparison. this has saddened me for a few days. but there it is.
it's not just the NASTY MCs that wereand still are, peerless and perfect. it's those old grime productions- old jammer and wiley and danny weed and dizzee and slimting beats that were so brutally stripped down and up front and instant.

i remember reading something on techno years ago that said that techno music was like an ice berg- most of it was hidden below the surface, but that was what was keeping the whole thing going.

and i think grime is like that now. it's all atmosphere, hints, and density now. the old grime thing of being so shockingly, punch-in-the-face brazen about the sound, to the point of being cheap and tacky (these are good things) doesn't exist so much today.

i think the new haunted weights and wastes of grime were really pioneered by dj tubby and newham generals, but that kind of sound, the meditations on the sinister and the sublime, and rattling, door-slamming clangs of beats, is pretty much everywhere if you listen to the pirates today, especially on roll deep shows. i think it's probably the biggest thing that dubstep has given grime- the sonics of the two scenes are very different, but the feel of them, and their approaches, are getting very similar. grime used to kick out of your speakers, and now it sneaks up behind you.

i think that's the progression, and yeah i think it's a progression for the worse. not that i don't love the music. i always will, and that's the problem. i don't think i can ever leave this behind, no matter where it goes, and no matter how much i don't want it to go where it's going. i'm beginning to understand those people who were into jungle and then followed it into techstep, and felt alienated and confused by where the music had travelled to, but just couldn't let it go.

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and all this change is recent grime sounds is especially odd, as now more than ever grime MCs want to be crunk MCs.
may be that's what dizzee wants to be as well, i don't know. he made a surprise guest appearance on rinse last night. it's always a thrill to hear dizzee on pirate radio. obviously. but once again he was eclipsed by newham generals. particularly Footsie, bizarrely. i don't know what's happened to footsie, but he's suddenly unstoppable. i can't really get into dizzee's new flow. it's so blunt and ugly, all blocky where he used to be angled. but still, it's THAT VOICE. and it's dizzee. so, i had to listen. and i loved it. obviously.

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and one last thing briefly- check out glamma's show, 9-11 pm rinse 100.4fm on mondays. tonight he did this insane instrumental mix that sounded like 10 orchestras crashing into each other for an hour. he does frantic, heart in the mouth grime mixes better than just about anyone. just like grime used to be, perhaps.

ok, i'm going to bed. night night x x

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