He never lost his hardcore! He never lost his thar barr!

Posted by homoludo on January 18th, 2008 filed in blogging, hardcore, history, music, theory, writing

Or how many history boys can fit on a moped?

angelic music

I have to post on this ’cause it’s so funny and interesting. There’s a blogging bitch fight(Edit: Debate/commentary might be better. I have since realised there’s something called pings and my post links back to those I refer to. Fools rush in etc.) about to begin/has begun about the nature of the Hardcore Continuum. The whatcore in the whennuum? I hear you ask. It’s a blogging/journalistic conceit/box for rave/hardcore/jungle and their many bastards. Originally coined by Simon Reynolds
(link to a collection of posts about the ‘nuum as he calls it) . K-punk and others have run with it since and are using it currently to talk about bassline and funky.

Where it gets funny and interesting is that Word the Cat, Dj Rupture and others(dead on) have gotten sick of the slightly smug way it is being used to lend authority (authoritaaay) to their opinions about new uk music.

eat the richnicked from uncarved

What’s really interesting about all this is what it shows about the nature of blogging. There is no NME or fanzines any more in the sense of common reference points for music. Music is propagated by the net and the blogs are the signposts – ways of finding, reading about and hearing new music. Dubstep grew so quickly ’cause of them. Cumbia is growing via the same via.

People like when music has meaning – be it punk and the situationist international/socialism, Rave and communal future fever or reggae and ideas of Africa/home, Babylon and righteousness. Thing is theories aren’t real, models aren’t buildings- they’re much smaller and made of balsa.

One of the striking things about Rupture is his super elegance; in his music and writing – the tone is always very carefully judged, knee jerk negativity avoided; the poise in everything about gold teeth thief still strikes me as amazing – from the selections to the mixing to the distribution to the implicit politics along the way- breathtaking. But he lets his claws show when he writes:

note: I’ve read all the post-structuralists in K-Punk’s toolkit, and it strikes me as bizarrely inappropriate that he invokes Luce Irigaray in a “nuum” article reinforcing simplistic MALE vs FEMALE readings/classifications of club music. Écriture féminineFact piece is not. Even if the mistake presents itself as homage to another writer’s refried ideas.

That’s a lot of reading and the criticism could be leveled that global ghetto tech is not that dissimilar as a category and the power relations defense of homophobia etc in the article is only part of the story. ( the society of the speculum anybody?). The point he makes though is valid , while I really love K-punk, particularly the early stuff, before the riffs got repetitive- a bit like jungle) he can shoe horn the theory sometimes. In his defense there is not a lot of politically/theory focused blogging and as far as I’m concerned the more the better.

note: The percentage of the population with graduate degrees in Europe is on the way to forty percent. Thus a lot of people read the theory toolkits, even if most go on to use them for better marketing/administration and ‘more bigger snacks now’.

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JME – 96 bars of JME (Jammer with a tune about grime and education)

This also leads to many DJ, artist and producers explicitly or implicitly refering to theory in their music. In this the dance music ‘nuum is getting like the art world – where theory and commerce tango with commerce leading.

Sister Nancy said it best in the eighties – though now every Dj has a college degree!

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Sister Nancy – Only woman dj with a college degree

I’m libran and while I don’t believe a word of astrology(though it’s still true sometimes), I see this as bit like my bum- when I crane my neck there are two sides.

I look forward to K-punk’s Lacan quoting explicating of the ‘real’ in this matter. And hope it generally flames up ’cause the structure in this case is a lot more interesting then the content.

i break the law I will never change

and lets finish with a song from 92-, for me this one kind of sums up a lot of what they mean by the ‘nuum.

Acen- Window in the sky

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Anyway I’m off to college so I’ll leave you with this-

warlock poster for traffic 25th jan

Like a super hero Richie Kaboogie and the Kaboogie super friends came along two years ago to rescue Dublin dance music. With attitude and an indifference to fucking sneaker styles , Kaboogie started putting on gigs. Starting in shitty pub the icebar with Aaron Spectre when he was red hot, the first Kaboogie night was a heaving moshpit that was closer to a Fugazi gig then a dance gig. That night was classic and I was well pleased to be on the bill supporting as Aaron’s sets were the freshest around at the time. In the two years since Kaboogie has been the most musically innovative night seen in dublin since the blah blah blah of early rave. The second birthday bashment is on next Friday, the 25th of January.

Warlock is headlining what looks like a high energy night, Here’s an excellent set from him, the second half in particular hums lovely. I’ll post more on Kaboogie later.

!Kaboogie 2nd Birthday and Label Fundraiser with

Warlock (rag&bone)
Sunil Sharpe (mantrap/spindizzy)
Thatboytim (takeover)
Major Grave (!kaboogie)

Edit:In response to Craigho’s comment – here’s the mutant mix he recommends.


4 Responses to “He never lost his hardcore! He never lost his thar barr!”

  1. declan !k Says:

    nice one for the big-ups colm. “Like a super hero Richie Kaboogie and the Kaboogie super friends…” haha, classic!

  2. craigoh Says:

    am looking forward to this.
    mutant dubz miz blew me away, dubplates all over the mix.
    lets hope he brings sum fresh ones to the show.

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