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Thursday, May 11, 2006

LISTENING SINCE THE PREVIOUS POST:

WILEY- AVENGER/FLAT DERIK
LOADS OF OLD WILEY WHITE LABELS
VARIOUS PRODUCTION- 'HOME' 7"
THE JUAN MACLEAN- 'LESS THAN HUMAN'
KODE 9 AND SPACEAPE LIVE AT WORKER'S PARTY
LEAVING THE FOLD LIVE AT WORKER'S PARTY
DIZZEE AND NEWHAM GENERALS RINSE SET FROM LAST WEEKEND

so despite the end of the grime honeymoon (similar thoughts and concerns voiced here and here) i've been on a bit of a spending spree for grime records today. i only rarely buy grime records, as i tend to think that somehow they sound a thousand times better when they're coming out of pirate radio, but today i picked up wiley's new 12 on Dumpvalve, and ordered some new terror danjah, ruff sqwad and skepta stuff from rhythm division.

i say 'despite the end of the grime honeymoon', but i think may be the 'despite' might be better replaced by 'because'. i have two ideas on this. firstly, my recent purchases could be the equivalent of those tell-tale signs of infidelity; unusually generous gifts from yr other half. perhaps i'm somehow trying to make amends for what feels somehow like a betrayal? or, secondly, perhaps its more akin to those clamourings to experience all you've missed that you can get once you realise that you'll never be in a particular place again, like the last days of University when, finally, you do all the tourist stuff that you spent 3 years trying to avoid. perhaps this burst of buying records right now comes from the worry, or-more worringly- the realisation, that i might not be a true 'grime fan' for much longer. perhaps i'll be leaving this plac soon. perhaps i want to fill in as many gaps as i can before i move on.

but i'm overreacting. i'm not moving away from grime, not really. i'm just trying to understand what i think about it now, which i've never had to do much before, as my love for the music used to be so immediate, and so clear.
the end of the honeymoon.

those who say that the recent drop in enthusiasm for grime is just hipsters moving on to the next trend are at least partly wrong. for me and i think for many others its more complex and confusing than that: it's about trying to figure out how and where this thing fits into yr life right now, this thing that's been such a big part of yr life for years, that you've invested yrself in. i've changed, yeah, but grime's changed too.

but back to the point- wiley's 'avenger'. the a-side's OK, but i prefer grime tracks when they're fireworks, whereas this one's a ticking bomb. the b-side 'flat derik' is lovely though, with a bassline like little black holes torn into the track.

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