By way of drumming up some advance board action/excitement/derision... (neat little advance PR I put together the other day)
"Ten years ago, the current wave of UK-centric bass music was barely a spark of electricity in the minds and machines of its earliest pioneers. A decade later – neatly mirroring DiS’ own existence – it has thoroughly wormed its way into the contemporary musical landscape. At the genre’s mainstream end, Skream, Benga and their band Magnetic Man are standing astride the world of commercial dance, with patchy but occasionally spectacular results, but just beneath the surface its expansion has been hugely exciting to witness. Far from remaining within its own insular niche, the influence of the original dark garage producers – acres of space and cavernous sub-bass – has spread like a virus through the entire spectrum of electronic music, leaving almost nothing untouched. This week, the first of Drowned In Sound’s 10th birthday celebrations, we will be running a week’s worth of features about how, where and why these shockwaves are still being felt.
Entitled Subliminal Transmissions, its aim is to shed some light on past and current trends, and isolate some of the most exciting recent developments alongside re-examining older ones. Featuring several exclusive mixes to accompany individual features, its entire focus is wide enough to take in regions as disparate as the current re-emergence of instrumental grime, the inception and gradual growth of dubstep, and the shattered electronics of the Highpoint Lowlife label. Though it has expanded beyond easy containment, next week should hopefully provide at least a snapshot of a scene in constant flux, and offer further thoughts on its future development."
So, er... yeah - along with the assistance of other DiSers (hi lazerlife & jimi) plus contributions from a few bigger scene names, I've spent the last couple of months putting together a week's worth of features and mixes covering the spectrum, pretty much. Any thoughts/comments would be greatly appreciated, especially since there's been some re-energised debate in the 'Top 5 dubstep tunes' thread. As ever with this stuff, it's nigh on impossible to be totally comprehensive, but we've got a pretty good range I reckon.
It'll be kicking off tomorrow morning (well, today, I spose), and I'll post links to everything in this thread in any case.