Wednesday, June 15, 2005

List critique

Mash-up maniac Richard X has nominated his 20 top hardcore records in Fact, the product-peddling freebie rag (which has some good grime and dubstep coverage by Woebot and Steve Goodman). For those who haven’t got a copy, they are:
Genaside II Narramine
Satin Storm Out of My Head
Bodysnatch Euphony aka Just for You London
Rufige Cru Terminator
Dance Conspiracy Dub War
Edge One Compnded
Neuromancer Pennywise
DJ Excel Just When You Thought It Was Safe
The House Crew Euphoria (Nino’s Dream)
Acen Trip 2 The Moon part II
XLR-8 Dub Plate/Batchelor Rock
Doc Scott The NHS vol 2 (Disco rmx) ep
Dlivin Why?
Foul Play Finest Illusion (illegal mix)
2 Bad Mice Bombscare
DJ Solo Dark Age
Phuture Assassins Future Sound
Sacred Do It Together
Tic Tac Toe Emphemerol
Origination Breakdown

The 2 Bad Mice, Foul Play, Genaside and Rufige Cru are all stone-cold classics of anthemic innovation. What’s also clear is that he’s let his nostalgia run away with him on a few selections, nominating tracks that highlight the sped-up euphoria of the times, and that he’s limited his 20 almost exclusively to 92 business. The X sees hardcore rather narrowly in terms of a particular London sound from that year, but I reckon the definition is too narrow. Hardcore was lingua franca as a term and a recognised style from early 1991 at least, and for that reason I think you have to include the more ‘ravey’ Belgian-style stuff in the genre. Also, hardcore was as much an orbital thing (illegal dos attempting to keep the original rave spirit alive with the new sound and big events in sport centres); there must have been as many home counties crew at Labyrinth as London posse. Will they be talking about the latest hardcore (beyond-generic hoover riffs and four beat bounce with any breakbeat mixed low to maintain the stomp momentum) in such revered tones?

With this in mind, here’s a few more candidates, completely subjective of course, inspired by a look through my own plates.
Nookie Love Is EP (the piano break before the beat – proper dynamics)
M17 Rockin Down The House (feel good reggae breakbeat with Adonis? sample)
Beltram Energy Flash (was still played everywhere in 92)
Blame Music Takes You (screechy nonsense with innovative breakbeat)
Bug Khan & The Plastic Jam Made In Two Minutes (piano line to die for)
Lennie D’Ice We Are E (devastatingly effective riff and Lennie’s mantra)
Future Sound of London Papua New Guinea (too progressive? possibly)
The Scientist The Exorcist (showing the way to go in 1990)

I found neither the right context or the time to play any of those here. Turn to Meeja Hoors for the overall review....
<%=MakeComment("111886443797257703","Sonic Truth:List critique","")%>


Post a Comment

<< Home

Clicky Web Analytics