Monday, November 17, 2014

keeping track of dance in the decade of atemporality

quite a few retro-jungle and ardkore-replica tracks in FACT's Top 100 Tracks of the Half-Decade (2010 to 2014)

good tunes, all, but...

well, let's just say I smiled wryly at the comment on Kallisti's "Arc of Fire" -- "Blissed-out hardcore is the name of the day – certainly not succour for those who spent the decade subscribing to the Retromania thesis, but as throwbacks go, impeccable."

also a lot of classicist house and techno...  a bit of nu-disco...  and tons of nu-grime (on Logos's "Kowloon": "the elegant balance here between respectfully referencing vintage grime – in this case Wiley’s Devil Mixes – and moving it forwards with extreme production finesse is really something to behold")

I was unaware my daughter has been secretly recording and release neo-acid trax

Anyway loads of things to check out in FACT's 100 Best Tracks of the Decade So Far - and some do sound future-y or at least NOW!ist.

PS Always disconcerting, with magazines that one feels sympatico with, to find so little personal overlap - of the list I would warmly co-sign only "2 On" and "Rack City" and perhaps "Wut". Others would get a "'spose so" or a blank look.

PPS For instance - one thing I noticed -  not a single deeptech / Audio Rehab-HouseEntertainment-Mokujin-et-al release...


Domuseswords said...

No Jackin or Deep Tech in their 2012/2013 best of the years list is what made me realise that Fact mag now has absolutely nothing to do with 'UK Bass' music as it actually exists in the clubs, and everything to do with UK bass as its defined by taste makers on the internet.

How can you 100% miss the biggest scenes in the UK of the last 5 years, while bigging up all that Logos grime stuff which as far as I'm aware has next to no actual club culture behind it, and still claim to the UK's leading dance publication...

Simon said...

yes it is a bit odd.

especially as they cover a lot of techno and a lot of house, and here's something that's aligned with both, but it's all smack dab in the middle of the nuumy thing they cover intensively.

i wonder if age-wise / mindset-wise a lot of them are in the same sort of place i was during dubstep's height and then funky - i.e. not feeling in it, bit perplexed by the N going in a direction they don't care for or want to get behind. but whereas i was quite public with my grousing and misgivings and so forth, having a blog and being in the habit of venting, they've chosen just to keep shtum.

Surprised that Joe M hasn't got on it, since he covers lots of things (brostep etc) that your more purist cognoscenti disdain

i don't see how it can be ignored much longer