a piece by me at The Guardian on Drake as rap's MVP
Most Valuable Player
Most Vaporous Presence
DRAKE ~ JUNGLE from October's Very Own on Vimeo.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Saturday, April 23, 2016
from the FACT interview:
Alien - released 1979. 37 years ago.
(I love the "everything" in that quote - the huge pancultural span from videogames to s.f. movie sound-tracks!)
Their interviewer Ben Murphy says:
"they create the kind of beats that would give William Gibson nightmares"
Nightmares of Time coming to a standstill in 1984, the year of Neuromancer's publication, maybe!
I don't mean to be mean. I shouldn't pick on them really - because there's loads of others peddling the same kinda thing.
SRA are evidently skilled at what it is they're doing (weightless grime meets Metro Boomin meets Vangelis). It's just that the thing they're doing is rather over-subscribed.
And the larger point is: if you are trying to evoke phuture, you haven't a hope in Hades when the touchstones, the allusions, sound-textures, are all utterly deja vu, deja lu, deja entendu
Like the quote about the most extraordinary hacker in the history of cyberpunk at the start of this mix
These dystopian visions are so familar, they're cuddly at this point.