UK Dance Music — running at Genres Per Minute

Having just had a conversation with Secret Agent Gel about new dance genres that are emerging in the UK … and I have to say I’m amazed at what goes on there. Dubstep, Grime, Funky, Bassline, ‘Wonky’, Donk (I want to call it ‘Donkey’) …

It’s kind of like virtual particles appearing in a vacuum — do genres and anti-genres pop into existence and then annihilate each other?

2 Replies to “UK Dance Music — running at Genres Per Minute”

  1. Most of those have been in existance for the better part of this decade aside from the new media invention of “wonky”. All of these came out of 2-step/uk garage around 2002 or so. I was definitely more interested in the 4 on the floor stuff before just moving on to real house, but check Qualifide, DJ Narrows, El Tuff, and even some DJ EZ around 02 for some of the tracks that led to the newer 4 on the floor shit.

    Why wasn’t anyone on my jock when I was mixing Basic Channel with “A Pulse X” and shit like that back in 01? I guess being 8 years ahead of everyone else doesn’t get you much love. Maybe if these dubstep/dubtechno cats were doing this shit then it would have been more interesting to me.

  2. > I guess being 8 years ahead of everyone else doesn’t get you much love.

    Being a smarty pants makes some people get salty ;-) If we’re going to talk about being into stuff first, I was into Disco before you were born!

    And Blackdown came up with ‘wonky’ to describe a particular sound that cropped up all over the place in unrelated music, from Flying Lotus to Kanye … and he says all the time it isn’t a genre. At the same time journalists and record stores like a good label, and punters like it as well so they know what records to buy if they’re into it.

    > Maybe if these dubstep/dubtechno cats were doing this shit then [01] it would have been more
    > interesting to me.

    The beginnings of dubstep was around 01, and there was plenty of dub techno going back to the early 90s. And maybe I shouldn’t call any of of those thing new, rather ‘new to me.’ And most of it is, as usual, crap. Which is why I’m not that excited about genres for their own sake, only in the people doing something cool in any genre…

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