posted by September 4 at 17:48 PMon
This summer, one of dubstep’s biggest breakout singles has been Joker’s “Snake Eater.”
Bristol’s 19 year-old Joker grew up, unbelievably, in the middle of turn-of-the-millennium U.K. garage and his gradual conversion to dubstep and bassline is far away from the credibility cash-ins of some of his fellow genre-chasers.
With “Snake Eater,” DJs have been banging out his name to new levels, whether it’s been positive or negative.
And for good reason.
“Snake Eater” is a thunderous and silly, nothing-held-back beast of a single, without a fear of arrogance or stupid tricks. It’s the kind of song that puts its chin up in front of a flag of John Barry spy-horns, looped soul vocals, thuggish dubstep rhythms, and a club peak or three, and asks what you’re going to do about it.
Every time I hear it, I can’t think of anything but Adam F & M.O.P.’s “Stand Clear” or Oxide & Neutrino’s “Shoot To Kill,” both from the beginning of the decade. If those took drum & bass and 2-step, respectively, and blew them out of great hip-hop-caricature proportions, “Snake Eater” seems to be trying to pull off the same for dubstep.
The worst thing to happen to any genre is for it to take itself too seriously, which dubstep has always been in danger of, so a dumb thing like this can only be a force for good.
Everyone uses the word “ridiculous” around it.
But at least this time it’s a compliment.