Friday, July 16, 2004

bought two compilation CDRs of various vocal grime from pirate stations, one of them is roll deep and pay as u go, other one has ruff sqwad, boyz in the hood and NASTY crew. its all from 2003 (i am way behind on this whole scene in general try  helsinki station or silverdollarcircle trust me they know things ), but aside from the wiley instrumentals, and some lyrics it's all new to me. really addictive listening because it seems able to infinitely replicate itself. different combinations of mcs on different riddems, seems like it could just go on for ever, and what I have is just a tiny random sampling of this massive body of music.  i like the wiley album very much, but it seems wrong for this music to exist in concrete songs, as definitive versions (one lyric over one beat), rather than to be produced as the manifestation of a moment. the right tune dropping, the right mc blazing the right lyric, you know when it's kicking off in these recordings, but to isolate these moments and set them in stone is nowhere near as exciting as hearing something absolutely firing in real time, something is lost when you know it's been thought about rather than a spontaneous flashpoint.

best thing (although this could well have been highly thought out) : wiley playing one of his devil mixes (igloo-ed) with a news report about the bombing beginning in baghdad over the top. but the fact he says nothing about this, provides no context, makes this not a political statement but a nervous 'it's scary out there' depiction of chaos. powerful stuff.
will see what plasticman, warlock and co can come up with in response tonight...


Blogger PRANCEHALL said...

"will see what plasticman, warlock and co can come up with in response tonight..."

we shall indeed see...

July 16, 2004 at 5:39 PM  
Blogger paul autonomic said...

i just found your site through silverdollarcircle the other day and i'm really enjoying it.

any chance you could give us a lead on where you found these CDRs? i'm in Canada and looking for whatever live/pirate stuff i can find.


July 16, 2004 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger Adamrl said...


That's very nice of you to say, but really, I DON"T know things! I just rip off you, Lee, Luka, and Simon!

July 16, 2004 at 10:37 PM  
Blogger Jak said...

i got the cdrs in city sounds in welwyn garden city. they're called "UK crews'in'". I don't know who makes them, they have no further information on them, could well be the shop itself. i have no soulseek, but i might rip them to win mx.

come on nordic your not fooling anyone #;)-

July 17, 2004 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger paul autonomic said...

I remember when finding new music might take years of piecing together fleeting references in zines, etc. But, sure enough, "UK crews'in" popped up on [popular search engine]. Thanks for the tip.

July 19, 2004 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger The MinMin Face said...

While on my way home from work listening to Resonance FM, the minimal sounds of a microphone at the bottom of the Thames covered in logarithm-controlled glitches was rudely pushed aside as a ridiculously portentious bass line rolled in, and an MC confirmed to me that this sound was not occuring at the bottom of a river, but 'Brocking out' in Brockley. He added that WE, the collective, the passers by, anyone who happened to have avant-garde wank ripped out of their ears, were ROLLIN' DEEP. As I skanked up the road to the repetetive exhortation that got more and more true with each repetition, I really felt part of something, of London, of this party (which was worryingly taking place at 5pm). I felt a 'call-to-rave for no reason'. Then as soon as it arrived, it faded away, leaving me feeling like I had just had my brainwashed, wondering if it was some natural phenomena in this locality.

I may have to hang out on that 200 metre stretch of take-away lined road (that reeks of ganja) more often.

July 30, 2004 at 12:45 PM  

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