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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Dumbstep

posted by on September 4 at 17:48 PM

Joker - 'Snake Eater'

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.


[30-Minute Joker Mix For Skream’s Rinse FM Show]
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1

Eh, it's alright but it seems to be
just kinda rummaging through the bag
of old amen-jungle tricks for inspir-
ation. In hip-hop the high pitched
vocal was bold, cocky and firmly cheeky.
Here, we're treated to skittering perc
and some interesting ideas that never
go anywhere.
I understand the hypocrisy of bringing
up amen jungle (something which hasn't
changed in around a millennia) to contrast something reasonably young like dubstep, but
this is about the point in dnb's infancy that it plateaued something fierce.
The last thing I was excited for was the caspa remix of "moments in love", if only for the unlikeliness of it and the apparent reverence with which it was done. Since then it's been a glut of burial-alikes (with critics stoking the flames) and grime-y whale songs.
Thanks for acknowledging the "seriousness" with which everyone seems to coat dubstep in though.

-j

Posted by a kid | September 4, 2008 10:12 PM
2

this would be a fantastic instrumental for an american emcee, but it doesn't really come across as dubstep's new direction in the making to me.

also, while i agree that dubstep takes its self far too seriously in the same way that killed interest in drum and bass numerous times; gimmicky tracks and irreverence also signifies electronic music genres reaching their plateau. ultimately, a bunch of people who doesn't know what they were doing will emulate a gimmicky style to cash in and drive it in to the ground. it's not any fault of this producer, but i think at this point the genre has to be cognizant of self-mockery - both in trying hard to keep it street or trying to make it appeal to everyone.

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3

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