All very accurate, that, but I for one do take "weightless" as a pejorative, unintended as it is is. Grime has gone from purpose-built MC tools to purposeless instrumentalizm: not what I'd call "advance". A form of music that once served as a vehicle for individual and social expression – explosive with individual hunger, freighted and feral with social demand - has been reborn as art-muzak. Superficially jagged and challengingly ugly; ultimately placid. *
[stop press: check Dominic Morris's just-out Guardian piece on Deep Tech)
Deep tech works according to classic sceniotic/ "changing-same" principles. Its form is stringently determined by function: DJ tools for adjusting the pleasure-machinery of the crowdfloor. Eclecticism is refused/refuted in favor of rigorous vibe-consistency. A sort of pleasure-principled puritanism: austere-yet-hedonist. Like a person with a very defined set of sexual kinks, returning fixatedly to the same narrow set of erogenous zones and turn-ons.
It makes me wish I was back in London – something that funky didn’t manage, nor dubstep.
The last thing that made me wish I was back living in London was grime, of course. Old grime, meaning - in its own time - new grime, in so far as it was a new thing, then, a shock of the new thing.... not a long-established template or blueprint to be tinkered with, "expanded" or "advanced" upon. In itself, it was the advance guard.
Even the DJ patter here sounds nu-IDM...