junglism or barbarism: existential-dystopian 2020 jungle mix

dilbert1

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first post! thought some of the people on this board might appreciate this mix's selection/thematic content. sort of a streetwise armageddon, moment of truth vibe, hence the title's reference to rosa luxembourg (so casual listening for 2020, i'm in the states btw). half new stuff, half old, most of the old being some ruffneck ardkore. the opening track originally had one of those tired 'wonders of the mind' monologic vocal samples, which i patiently replaced with some bits from one of my favorite (and i think of the best) contemporary (leftist nietzschean) philosophers, raymond geuss. he uses the image of a jungle to illustrate how the condition of nihilism is less like finding oneself in a vast ocean or desert deprived of orientation (i.e. 'how is one to get any kind of normativity whatsoever?') and much more like (always already) being in a jungle, in a crowded volatile environment which is overdetermined by an abundance of competing, qualitatively distinct meanings, normativity, desideratum etc. (i.e. we have existent, ongoing, oftentimes competing or incompatible commitments, beliefs, habits, so that our normative structures are works in progress which play out in the domain of our practices, not in reasoned philosophical argument or justification which would arrive at some final unitary moral worldview). other samples include a depiction of rhetorical sparring between a man and some cybernetic entity, and what sounds like an excerpt from a goofy 50s/60s American tv-news doc on ganja's spiritual value for rastas. anyhow, enjoy and endure. looking forward to checking the threads and contributing some time. link + tracklist below

Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/ERFradio/junglism-or-barbarism-w-dilbert-erf-radio-mix-31/
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Tracklist:

Ill Behavior - ILL 001 A (Ill Behavior 2019)
Ellis Dee - Lockdown (Collusion Records 1995)
Dead Man’s Chest - Trip II Eclipse (Western Lore 2018)
FFF - It Began In Man’s Mind (Myor Massiv 2016)
Sonic - Serendipity (Western Lore 2019)
Coco Bryce - Born At A Young Age (Diamond Life 2020)
Dead Man’s Chest - Just 4 (Western Lore 2017)
Sonic - Psychedelic Soul (Western Lore 2019)
Dead Man’s Chest - The Future (Ingredients Records 2015)
DJ Taye feat. DJ Manny - Burnin Ya Boa (Hyperdub 2016)
Wetman - I Can’t Stop (Apt E 2020)
Abyss - Lightning, Earthquake & Thunder (Myor Massiv 2015)
In-Sync - Nasty (Dread Recordings 1995)
Gappa G & Hyper Hypa - Feel Like A King (Ruff Kut! Records 1993)
Potential Bad Boy - Jungle Fever (Remix) (Limited E Edition 1992)
Potential Bad Boy - Hardcore Youth (Limited E Edition 1992)
Ellis Dee + DJ Swan-E - Ruff Neck Bizznizz (Rough Tone Records 1992)
Taktix - The Way (Fokus Recordings 1993)
DJ Fokus - Chill Out (Blueprint Records 1993) Squarepusher - Tundra (Rephlex 1996)
 
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luka

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dilbert1

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yeah, this particular photo is from a project by mark leckey (of 'fiorucci made me hardcore' fame) in which he blasted epstein's statue with his homemade soundsystem. the 'performance' is on youtube, nothing mindblowing but some striking imagery
 

version

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Napalm Death were once booked to play a museum with a ceramic soundsystem designed to disintegrate throughout the set, but management pulled the plug due to fears about the integrity of the building,
 

dilbert1

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Napalm Death were once booked to play a museum with a ceramic soundsystem designed to disintegrate throughout the set, but management pulled the plug due to fears about the integrity of the building,
cancelling art is what museums are for!
 

luka

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gremino will want to know why we didnt do his new jungle mix posted mere days earlier. we'd have to do both in the same night to prevent squabbling and resentments.
 

dilbert1

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Nice to see taye in there
glad you feel that way. i really believe that juke/footwork is the closest thing we have to any kind of inheritance or passed torch in terms of hardcore and jungle. its some of the only "futuristic" or novel music around that: a) resists taking itself uber seriously and actually embraces reproducibility, crudeness and that 'only for the headstrong' lunacy, b) isn't a slight variant or mere resuscitation of pre-existing forms, c) is produced predominantly by black artists within a frequently collaborative and mutually supportive artistic milieu, d) has an entire dance style and culture as a part of the whole package. in addition, taye didn't release a whole lot last year but some of the tracks off his LP from 2018 had me excited for the emcee potentials in footwork and its connection to rap music (example). I notice a lot of footwork tracks sampling rap songs just two or three years after their popularity/relevance has worn off, idk gives it a more libertine feel, rather than a remix/bootleg or throwback vibe. however i think every juicy j line ever has been dis- and reassembled in a footwork song at this point haha, so here's to what the future may hold! i do love blending it with its brothers-in-tempo
 

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I saw taye at a club last year or year before and he was very good. DJd a load of slow ones, worked it up, got on the mic. And then cherry on the cake came out the front and did a few moves with the local lads. The whole thing had such a vibe, big smiles all around cos people were working their bodies so much. And I was just impressed by how confident he was on all the various flexes.

There's an interview with Robin mackay I posted somewhere where he says footwork was thd only yhing that made him feel how jungle felt. Clearly kode9 felt the same
 

dilbert1

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straight up, big up to hyperdub and Tim and barry. that sounds really awesome man, gutted i missed him a few hrs away from me last year, i'd have made the trek without a second thought had i heard about it. and the affinity with jungle, i feel it must be bigger than junglist bias and wishful thinking. historical reasons, enduring influences that managed to not degrade into monuments. while footwork certainly had a 'moment' this past decade, it seems to suffer (benefit?) somewhat from some of the same things that made jungle (in its original form) more or less unmarketable (as a music unto itself, rather than a functional muzak which dnb acquiesced to)... lack of a cohesive aesthetic/associated imagery/dress code, high bpms, brazen and cheeky samples, strong predominance of rhythm over melody, pioneered by young black men.. basically all things which i deeply appreciate about it. not that footwork should go uber mainstream, but i wish there was more of an awareness and baseline of understanding from the public in the states about what are (in my humble estimation, anyway) its greatest cultural achievements of the 21st century
 

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There's a big thread on some of this stuff,
 

luka

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that thread was the primary vector for the spread of juke in this country and beyond
 

luka

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that's a rousing piece of rhetorical brilliance. can hear me thumping the lectern
 

dilbert1

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There's a big thread on some of this stuff,
nice, might see if i can't get some activity over there after doing a little more catching up on tunes from the past couple years
 

dilbert1

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delbert did you listen to your arch-rival Gremino's mix?
the footwork one he posted yesterday? not yet, gave him a follow I'll probably bump it next time I'm working. one of my mates had just finished a mix of recent stuff before his laptop broke. hopefully the desire to avenge that loss plus inspiration from gremino's selection compels me to feature more footwork than i have in previous mixes. I've found that the blends of it with jungle are usually the most rewarding/exciting sounding
 
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