Hackney Ragga

stelfox

Beast of Burden
sorry martin, i just got your message. it was up in whitechapel but the opening of the venue has been put back a bit so the inaugural night has moved back to. it's really up to gabe to explain coz it's his night, but it will be happening and it would be nice to see you folks down there. will keep you posted.
 

gabriel

The Heatwave
is this about the new heatwave night at gramapahone (new bar being opened by the rhythm factory, in commercial street/road - i never remember which one it is. by petticoat lane)?

if so - it's now scheduled to kick off on thursday 10th november and run every thursday from then on. 80s & 90s reggae/dancehall/ragga in the basement. gonna be big, more info soon...
 

catalog

Well-known member
I would read a book called hackney ragga yes.

i did actually think very seriously about ordering that book by the two guys about jungle, the one that kpunk and urbanomic talk about a lot, i cant remember what its called or what the authors are called, theres two of them and they have street names.

and i read 'yardie', that idris elba did the film of, it was so-so, i never othered with the film. not as good as iceberg slim.

once i looked up dean blunt on amazon and in the recommends was something called something like (i kid you not) 'nuthin' like a down ass bitch' and it just looked so incredible, i bought it and read it. it was OK. actually it had green slime coloured title wrting, i might have it somewhere, coyld probably find the cover from amazon record.

this 'rave' book i'm reading has some funny moments i should start a thread on it. good bit where he talks about a kraftwerk reunion gig and they all have to say it's amazing but actually its really shit.

im really pissed off at the moment, bleak house has arrived but its in this ridiculous size, very small, like for a child or something. i'm fuming i'm going to demand a refund.
 

john eden

male pale and stale
Junglist by Two Fingaz and James Kirk.

is ok actually. There’s a few in the series including a techno one which includes nerd purists kidnapping a handbag house DJ and forcing him to listen to Detroit tunes.

Sukhdev Sandhu did a piece on the series which is good.

 

catalog

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There’s a few in the series including a techno one which includes nerd purists kidnapping a handbag house DJ and forcing him to listen to Detroit tunes.
perhaps dilbert could write one about me being kidnapped by luka and version and forced to listen to migos
 

catalog

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from the article linked by JE:

Widely dismissed at the time as youthsploitation, the series was the brainchild of Jake Lingwood, a 20-something editor with a passion for mod (as a teenager he had started the ’zine Smarter Than U, named after a song on The Undertones’ 1979 Teenage Kicks EP).
 

catalog

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The imprint’s real stars were Two Fingers and James T. Kirk (real names Andrew Green and Eddie Otchere), raised on south London council estates, and joint authors of Junglist, a 1995 novel about a weekend in the lives of young partygoers that begins with the epigraph, ‘Jungle is a headfuck. The sound of a transformer banging its head against a wall,’ and ends with a glossolalic A–Z that recalls nothing so much as a lysergically subaltern take on Molly Bloom’s epic stream of consciousness in James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922): ‘rumblism, rupert, sade, scamming, schott, schwarzenigga, secs, sega, semesterisation …’
 

catalog

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sounds really good actually

Junglist, like most novels in the youthsploitation genre, is equal parts scene manifesto (‘Bass is the vanishing point on the horizon where all black music disappears back to’), how-to manual (one chapter is devoted to the art of rolling the perfect joint) and rites-of-passage chronicle. Its rawness is a function of process – the authors, both jungle fans, hammered out slabs of text straight after coming home from a night’s clubbing – and also Otchere’s passion for graffiti: ‘The graffiti artist was always about the haiku. About trying to find the snappiest one-liner you can, write it as quickly as possible and get the fuck out of there.’
 

catalog

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Chapter names include ‘Fight Gravity’ and ‘Craig’s Obsession: 12 Inches of Plastic in a Quasi-Rotational Plane of Existence and a Parrot’. Another begins: ‘Towards the sky I flew in a surge of tranquillity and found the unlimited existence in the shape of ultramarine.’ It’s a novel closer in spirit to William Blake or Thomas De Quincey than to Dick Hebdige.
 

catalog

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LOOL

Junglist, like all the titles Lingwood brought out, sold only modestly. Otchere confesses that he viewed it ‘like a wank in the morning kind of thing – you think nothing of it’. But it has its admirers, notably weird-fiction novelist China Miéville, who has described it as ‘a brilliant neglected text of London gnosis, backstreet Modernism’. Certainly no one since – with the possible exception of grime blogger Luke ‘Heronbone’ Davis – has deployed avant-pulp poetics so successfully to chronicle the capital’s musical undergrounds.
 
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