Nobody Don’t Dance No More [Blog]

‘Grime is dance music’ was one of the quotables from Footsie, one half of the Newham Generals, in an interview with this month’s Observer Music Monthly

Such a statement is easy for an artist with an assured slot on renowned pirate station, in addition to touring with Dizzee Rascal for the last three years. But on a wider scale, grime raves are currently at a minimum. If grime is dance music, then it’s not given much chance to be.

No bookings have ushered in the rise of mixtapes, and more albums are available than ever before. While MCs still have an avenue to stroll down, the transfer to CDs has affected grime production: the big, bass-heavy bangers designed to destroy respectable venues have been superseeded by the need to accommodate MCs, leading to more basic beats with a simple, linear structure. The prominence of MCs has also affected the vinyl market, with a trickling of EPs raising eyebrows for their novelty as much as the tunes they hold.

Yet things are slowly changing, and for the better in terms of grime’s underground infrastructure. The recent rise of pirate radio after a prolonged, crackly silence gives the producer more incentive to make the big beats that makes a set memorable.

Rapid’s ‘License’, Silencer’s ‘Killer Instinct’  and Maniac’s ‘Thug’ prove the point.

The situation looks even brighter with the intentions of Logan Sama , host of the world’s only legal grime show on Kiss FM, and his label Earth 616. The cream of grime’s producing talent, from Footsie, Maniac and DaVinche, will release EPs of their beats under Sama’s label, boosting the maligned vinyl market while giving producers an incentive to make the lively club bangers that are conspicuous by their absence.

But producer Silencer is doing it on his own. His debut vinyl ‘Wow Base Volume 1’ was released on the label Underground Unit last year, and the good reception it received firmly cemented his rising reputation off the back of his breakthrough beat ‘World War 4′. ‘Wow Base Volume 2’ is out this month, and anticipation is just as high.

Does vinyl matter though? It’s a technology becoming more redundant by the day, safe in the dusty boxes of the record collector’s attic, powerless to the sweeping tide of cheaper and more convenient digital formats. But vinyl is symbolic; the status of the producer is invested within it. I don’t have vinyl decks, nor do I own a single vinyl release. Still, I hope the Earth 616 EPs and ‘Wow Base Volume 2’ do well.

– Written by Fullygrown Grime


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