“I think the dubstep that has come over to the US, and certain producers — who I can’t even be bothered naming — have definitely hit upon a sort of frat-boy market where there’s this macho-ism being reflected in the sounds and the way the music makes you feel. And to me, that is a million miles away from where dubstep started. It’s a million miles away from the ethos of it. It’s been influenced so much by electro and rave, into who can make the dirtiest, filthiest bass sound, almost like a pissing competition, and that’s not really necessary. And I just think that largely that is not going to appeal to women. I find that whole side of things to be pretty frustrating, because that is a direct misrepresentation of the sound as far as I’m concerned.”
From my interview with James Blake in this week’s Phoenix. I particularly recommend reading up to the last two questions where he talks about covering female pianists (Feist, Joni Mitchell) in the ‘American frat-boy dubstep market’. (His words not mine.) He was really stoked on talking about this.
Interview: James Blake’s dub soft-shoe | September 30th, 2011 | The Boston Phoenix .
James Blake released two new tracks today, Order (link) and Pan. They’re minimal, electronic, instrumental, reduced, experimental and hauting. They’re not as brilliant as ‘Limit to Your Love’ but well worth a listen.