And also it's not like many (if any) of the people he cherry-picked from here have the pretensions or attendant responsibilities of being professional music journalists. If he is citing anonymous quotes from internet message boards, that's not exactly the level of professionalism you expect from someone like him.
Speaking from my own perspective here, but perhaps on behalf of others who are pointing out this weakness in Reynold's writing, it's not that I'm trying to be over-protective of a genre of music I'm personally invested in somehow, or that I'm trying to out-cred him in my experience or knowledge of the subject, it's actually that I respect his opinion on things generally and think that occasionally he might have something interesting to say on the subject if he bothered to say it.
I'm willing to accept that he treats his blog as an outlet for personal conjecture and musings and that it shouldn't be taken seriously for that reason. That's the nature of internet self-publishing, so whatever. However, that didn't stop him from his article in the Guardian on the pretty much empirically false relationship between "wonky" music and ketamine. If you want to say that kind of thing is acceptable, then obviously the integrity or relevance of music journalism isn't much of an issue for you.
Astonished and appalled that someone would use this argumentative tactic.if you'd bothered to read up thread you'd see that, that blog post is a microcosm of the issue here ie it cherrypicks the bits that suit his argument.
What next, cherrypicking pieces of music that suit his argument too?
The context of all of this is people, especially on this board, saying he was totally out of it for having certain opinions. It seems a legitimate (though mildly petty) move to point to "anonymous" arguments on this board that appear to take the same line. OTOH getting a seemingly supportive quote from andy or mms is not nearly the vindictive moneyshot that one from Blackdown or Mos Dan would have been.
One problem I have with it is that it validates an "even a stopped clock..." Cassandra approach to critiquing developments in dance music: if you keep on predicting the death (or lapse into disinterest) of particular sub-genres then sooner or later you will be right, often even for the right reasons (it's usually the case that at least some of the early strengths of a style later get transformed into weaknesses) but that hardly means you called it at the right time.
It's like Paul Morley's opinions on Giggs or whatever; inessential if it doesn't affect you.
simon reynolds is old enough to be able to fade into the background and talk about guitar solos though isn't he? the problem is that no one has taken his place. tim finney i think has the talent but not the motivation, i think he has a job which is both more intresting and bettr paid than music journalism so that will never happen. otherwise is just boosterism and amateur hour which is a shame. if i thought i was good enough then id be obliged to do it myself.
The thing is with stuff, where are all the classic records, the ones that people in 10 years time are still going to be talking about? The ones that changed the game, brought something new, or even just defined their genre in a special way? Its just all so wishy-washy. Could anyone really hold something like Hyp Mngo up to a 'I Luv U' or a 'Terminator' or a 'Destiny'? That might not seem fair, but its impossible to avoid comparing post-dubstep to these old classics and find them lacking, especially since they are recycling so many ideas from the past.
As for Reynolds, lets not forget the bloke has been writing a book over the last few years and his blog is subtitled 'a public notepad for not fully baked thoughts'. I'd imagine that a lot of the issues discussed in this thread will be dealt with more thoroughly in there.
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That Joy O / Boddika collab is a funny one. Just sounds like Kanji Kinetic or something to me.
What was 'game changing' about Hyph Mango, though? I know it was massively popular but did it inspire other producers/spawn imitators?
when I first heard this I loved it, and it seemed to represent a new trend in production for creating tunes that stitched together disparate ('nuum and other) influences as glaringly as sets by DJs like Bok-Bok, Ben UFO, Brackles etc. were doing at the time. I got a bit over-excited about this and predicted a sort of hardcore mk. 2 in which producers/DJs would be able to mix whatever they wanted in mixes/tunes to create hybrid forms... perhaps using the cliches (which as Reynolds said are often the most potent parts of dance genres - saw this in a quote on tumblr the other day from 'Energy Flash') of those genres, with an eye to functionality as well as experimentalism. It seemed like a good way to go for dubstep, away from the ultra-aggy grind-wobble on one side and the 'deep' dub-techno stuff on the other.
I must say that now I don't know if this eclecticism has produced much in the way of amazing records, or mixes... Saying that I think a lot of producers and DJs from the 'post-dubstep' scene are getting better and better with each release.
Fuck it - I've probably said all of the above already earlier in this thread.
Those tracks you mentioned are all great and I think will be remembered as high points of this period. I have two main grievances with the music being made now: there is a lot of overwrought shit being made in some hysterical reaction to brostep of affected sophistication that just isn't viable as club music at all (if even it has any artistic merits beyond this fact alone), and a lot of shit being made that is pretty much just house, which is a disappointment because my interests in this scene began because I was looking for things that sounded much different to your traditional club fare.
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but it also tempts me to unleash the can of worms that is the social make-up of creators/audience for 'post-dubstep' - isn't it overwhelmingly pasty middle class students like ''Corpsey'' making/DJing/dancing to this stuff? Or is that an ignorant view to take?
I'm sure many would say it is (or should be) completely irrelevant, but when I think of the genres that get revered on here (Grime/Jungle/Juke/Hip-Hop etc.), most of them are the product of working-class culture, and largely created by black britons/americans.
I dunno if this has been discussed in this thread before... I'm sure some of you will have something interesting to say about it. If not, something provocative which will start a nasty forum fight will suffice.
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