Steeve Cross directs me to this monster slab of "new-old" jungle -- "all current productions"
Says that people are starting to call it "tru jungle"
Funny that - reminds me of that keep-the-faith compilation of Detroit techno that Eddie Flashin' Fowlkes put together, True People.
Apparently these are the fruits of playful war between producers - "various UK jungle lords taking aim at each other and firing tongue-n-cheek shots through rudeboi flex tracks", triggered by a tweet from "London-via-New Zealand junglist, Epoch".
A deliberate echo of the war dubs thing with grime last year
Which I just completely didn't bother with...
Overall the new instrumental grime thing leaves me pretty cold....
You'd read all these pieces and most of the time there'd be simply no mention of the notion of grime as an MC-based art form....
Barely a nod to the fact that even the most unhingedly avant Terror Danjah or Wiley beats were designed as MC tools... were only completed when spat over live on the pirates or at those rare club / rave events
It all seemed like nu-IDM's latest incursion - expanding into territory vacated by the nuum's core demographic (who'd moved into first funky, now deep tech)
Taking a form of music that was a tool of individual and social expression and converting it into stand-alone sound-sculptures for aesthetic contemplation by the isolated ear
Anything with ‘nu’ in front of is, of course, by definition not new. Oh it can be entertaining to listen to, through its exaggeration of the formal features of grime / eski. But it lacks the feral quality of original grime - the terror and the danger.
In the end, it might as well be muzak.
And some of it was outright retrogrime. Take this one particular Logos tune - basically a mash-up of ‘Cockback’ and ‘Pulse X'
Beautifully produced, of course, but what’s the point? Lived through this already, thanks!
Logos was upfront about the nostalgia, though, so fair play perhaps:
Back to tru jungle - as regressive pleasures go, all good fun. Blasting biznizz. Wish I was strong enough to resist it, reject it....