Can turn naughty
@third, I said you can attest because in previous discussions, I think in dematerialisation or maybe ambient jungle you were talking about this same shit reminding you of things you experienced in your youth.
Ive been banging on about this to my long suffering associates for about a decade but the thing that pushed me over the edge was my annual excursion to a roots dance last weekend. Here is music that sounds amazingly avant garde, is wonderfully diverse both rhythmically and harmonically, varies wildly in tempo and carries lyrical, social, cultural and political weight... and you can dance to it, you can even dance to it at 130bpm!
Now perhaps its not entirely fair to compare what is essentially the pop music of a nation with a genre (or genres) of dance music, and sure, not everyone likes reggae, that's fine, but the question I'd ask is what is the opportunity cost here? If millions of people reduce their sensual, escapist and hedonistic impulses to the mechanistic thud of a kick drum what does this do to their appreciation of the potentiality of music?
Put a flea in a box and it will only jump as high as the box once it's released. We can do better.
But let's put it this way. Is there any genre or associated set of genres which has relied on the primary structural feature of a single drum pattern at a (more or less) single tempo for at least 35 years? The only parallel I can think of is rock, and even rock had more variation in rhythm and speed. And if there was would we describe that genre as anything other than deeply conservative?
Could I make a case against reggae by talking about all that horrible generic modern steppers that comes out every week for white dreads in the south of France?
Well thats good to hear, but would you question the basic premise that the vast majority of parties and DJs are playing 4 to the floor at around the same tempo?
I... dont think this is a thing, or not a significant thing anyway, but yeah good point, UK steppers is by probably the most musically conservative and dull form of reggae, it would indeed be awful if this was the dominant sound, mainly because its basically 4 to the floor at 140!
110? Really? Ive been hearing a fair amount of stuff in the low 120s, but cant recall hearing many 110 sets.