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Always worth a read.
He's always been a good producer, though he was pretty appalling as a DJ at Bloc. Dodgy mixing, wierd electro-house sounding funky and a surprise appearance of 'Bonkers'.
Yeah I'm not feeling that much of his newer direction but when he nails it he really nails it. This is insane: MJ Cole feat. Serocee - AO (MJ's Open Your Gob Dubb) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu9pnkrVwWI Grievous Angel dropped it in the backroom at DMZ Vs. Exodus and it sounded so MASSIVE, loads of energy too, I wasn't much of a fan of it before then though but now I can't get enough of it.
Is that all it takes is a few people to start dropping proper chainsaw fidget basslines underneath funky beats, then it starts turning into blog house part 2 (or, for that matter, brostep part 2). That definitely seems to be happening a bit among the whole Mad Decent/Cheap Thrills lot, there's a lot more funky syncopation under hideous Herve style noize. Again, in danger of losing the music's original stripped back, soulful sound, as well as the wierder grimey edges.
Admittedly, I've not heard that MJC & Serocee track (am at work so can't listen now), but that's just something I've noticed recently. It's definitely starting to happen and I'm not a fan...
The Mad Decent lot are always shifting their bad taste onto stuff like this. I popped into an electro night a little while ago and every song was a bait electro track with funky-esq drums, all Ed Banger chainsaws and Diplo shite and a million bait clones of that Riverside/Pon Di Floor track. It all seems pretty seperate to the UK funky scene though, with a few exceptions like Lil Silva remixing Riverside or something or if you catch Night Slugs on a bad day, which isn't to often right now.
That AO remix is a bit like a less mental version of Citizen Dub I guess.