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I remember there being some backlash from Gabriel Szatan at Resident Advisor against the Elegaza project for the fact it seemed (at least to Szatan with his ultra-woke politics) to be glamourising fascistic aesthetics in the form of it's the blatant fetishization of working-class white culture.

Just saw this. Utterly absurd. I know that tool and he's all into his blue donkday hmt hard crew shit. Both happy hardcore and gabber, whilst being almost exclusively white working class culture have more debts to hip hop and 80s rnb than his ironic donk revival with his mates dj fingerblast. I wouldn't mind if Szatan and co. did informatively talk about the (extremely minor) fascist presence at certain gabber events in holland where they fill an arena with 15000 people or whatever, but a lot of this reads like Lee Harpin in '97 calling Loftgroover a nazi without even researching that Lofty and HMS are both black. If anything hardcore has always been far more left leaning than people would like to consider. All the frenchcore shit, praxis records, even Mokem and KNOR were sound tracks to anarcho-leaning squat parties all across Europe.

The real apolitical music was the anthem trance that these guys love to cream over because their lives only ever revolve around taking drugs - a bad habit!

Did you find out who the UK garage OG was who threatened to beat him up lmao. I got a good laugh out of that.


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it's a very common name

that's probably the Digital Spy Simon Reynolds, who writes about movies and occasionally very mainstream pop stars

my favorite namesake is the SR who is the UK's leading showjumping commentator (has very trenchant opinions, seemingly)

and then there is Simon Reynolds the vicar who ran off with the church fund, all the plate money from the congregation. got done for it and was being prosecuted, and in the lunch break in his trial, did a runner and fled to the Continent.