|Not as impressive as I first thought|
I'm in the midst of listening to a profound mix by Squarepusher. I'm about halfway through and a distinct theme has emerged, a theme so specific that it's given me new appreciation for the art of DJing and the selector in particular. The sheer musical research and knowledge that Squarepusher must have is quite amazing. What's the big deal? you're probably wondering. Well this mix focuses on a very specific genre of music. You could call it early rap, but that wouldn't be specific enough. You could call it early UK rap, but that still wouldn't be specific enough. You'd have to go with early UK rap with a positive message and then you'd pretty much get there. Every record so far is an amalgam of sampled beats, housey sounds, and strangely positive rapping! Topics range from racial unity to standing up to the police to putting down drugs. It's just so... strange! Who on earth knew there were so many early UK rap songs that focused on these topics? And who has access to them all, now, 25 or so years later?! Squarepusher, that's who, and I must salute him. Oh balls. I just looked at the FACT mag page where this mix is hosted and realised that all the tracks are either by Shut Up and Dance or the Ragga Twins. So basically he could have a couple of best ofs and that'd be that. Oh well.