can you name a jungle record that is highly conceptual and maybe political without it being explicitly mentioned, or without selling itself as such?Unfortunate echoes of Goldie's 'breakbeat symphonies' there which I guess goes to show how far removed these people are from actual dance music discourse. There's no respect for the source material and how, as Kodwo Eshun went to some pains to explain, it is already conceptual and to a very high degree. This is the frustratingly regressive aspect to all this.
Word. These are not 'concepts' let alone artistic. It's more like bad TV advertisements. In fact high capital are doing 'ironic' adverts like this for a long while now."The video for the single “Unhappy” consisted of a montage of shopping malls, armed police, advertisement hoardings, drone strikes seen from above, and gaunt models taking selfies against a backdrop of urban decay. At the end, Latham walks away from the camera with the slogan “Class War” visible on the back of his jacket, then the inspirational message—“Stop Being Afraid—Another World Is Possible”—flickers across the screen."
This is not even Goldsmiths end of year show, this is far thinner gruel, and far more gauche, it's the utter inability to imagine. It's beneath contempt.
Yeah, I find that the funding-pitch blurb that these things are marketed with is pretty much orthogonal to how I enjoy the music. I'll go to a thing that's pitched as an exploration of liminal spaces between consumerism and sexuality in late-stage capitalism, it turns out it's glitchy minimal techno with vaguely thematic visuals. Is it enjoyable? Maybe. Do I come out with a deeper understanding of the liminal spaces between consumerism and sexuality in late-stage capitalism? No. Would I have been more likely to go if the listing had pitched it as "glitchy minimal techno with vaguely thematic visuals"? Probably.I don't mind it, though - why not?
As long as the music's good.
Reynolds is venomous! I love it!For all its critiques of capitalism, conceptual electronica exemplifies many of the worst elements of consumer culture. It takes something that's wholly vacuous and superfluous and brands it as a psychological necessity. It exploits and cheapens its cultural inputs. It's nods to ongoing struggles for trans rights and acceptance come across as tacked on; they're disingenuous marketing ploys. Is there really much of a difference between Sophie and Kendal Jenner's Pepsi advert?