LISTENING SINCE THE PREVIOUS POST:
MOBILEE RECORDS- 'BACK TO BACK' COMP.
LUCIANO- 'SCI FI HI FI VOL.2'
JOANNA NEWSOM- 'YS'
HOT CLUB DE PARIS- 'EVERYEVERYTHING'
SOME RUSSIAN FOLK BAND
JOHNNY CASH- 'LIVE AT SAN QUENTIN'
MICHAEL MAYER- 'IMMER 2'
BLOOD ON THE WALL- 'AWESOMER'
MYMY- 'SONGS FOR THE GENTLE'
WILEY- 'TUNNEL VISION VOL.1'
UNKNOWN RINSE FM GRIME DJ
LOCO DICE- 'SEEING THROUGH SHADOWS'
JUNIOR BOYS- 'SO THIS IS GOODBYE'
DAVEY BOY- 'DISCO BASSLINES'
i picked up this 'disco basslines' compilation as part of a little bit of 'research' in the 'bassline house' scene. as far as i can work out, bassline house is mainly a sheffield/north midlands scene, and a recent-ish mutation on speed garage. from the davey boy mix (all 3 CDs of it!), it sounds like what would happen if kids into speed garage got massively into pills. which is probably what did happen. it's odd to hear those skippy beats, those soul diva wails and those elastic basslines with all their associations- glossy sexiness, urban glamour and 'older raver' sophication on the one hand, attitude and creeping bad vibes on the other- wriggling and slinking underneath some of the most day-glo rave stabs outside a Bonkers mix...massive piano loops, rrrrrrrushing organs, the whole bit.
so speed garage has donned the white gloves. sounds brilliant, right? and you know, it kind of is. it's some of the most blatanty, unashamedly ecstatic and druggy music. in places it's a REALLY rudimentary, just a massive kick with some old bashed out piano vamp on top, and the lack of texture, or dirt and warmth behind the digital fingernails, sets it apart from the fibrous goo + glitter of early ardkore: there's really no subtlety whatsoever here. but that's all part of the charm.
so from the evidence of 'disco basslines', bassline house seems like a massive load of fun. but it also seems like a quite fascinating scene- a new kink in the hardcore continuum, a bastion of traditional rave values that has kept its ties to urban, black, american dance music (unlike, say, happy hardcore or hard-style). there's apparently two main types of Bassline house- 'warpy' and 'organ'. so i'm going to try and work that lot out- i'll get back to you!