Clive Martin continues his Vice explorations into "scenes that refuse to die"
someone involved, or connected, gave this rationalisation via twitter -- "no one ever claimed these were new things, just that they existed. and as such, justify analysis."
erm, i'd have thunk, to be honest, it had more than enough analysis, drum 'n' bass, over the years.... i confess to being sated, in that department... perhaps that's the reason for its living death, being analysed to death
"refusing to die" (yet ceasing to change, grow, evolve), that would suggest something faintly monstrous, going against nature, about the entity in its umheimliche persistence.... a calcified recalcitrance in stubborn opposition to the natural arc of genres that carries them through through emergence to maturity and then onto decay, senescence and disappearance
it suggests there's something uncanny about time, in our time
still according to Laurent Fintoni at FACT, D&B is in ruder health than it's been in many a moon, thanks to infusions of footwork and reversions to the 93-95 split-tempo, slow-bass/fast-breaks 80/160 template
some examples from the piece
s'alright... Mark Pritchard's hardly young blood though is he!
s'nice, bit like Hidden Agenda, or J-Magik, or indeed MP's "Amenity", a year or two before the whole scene turned to shite