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Thoughts: Dance Flawed


A musical genre's origin does not necessarily define or dictate the path it will follow or how it will develop. As a magpie genre, drum & bass has borrowed and taken influence from a broad musical palette. Originating in the dance clubs and warehouses of the UK, drum & bass need not be restricted to the environment it was born out of.

Maturing through the 90's drum & bass has formed a corner stone of the dance music revolution in the UK. With a dynamic geared towards sonic expression, the natural path for the genre has always been to provoke reactions on the dance floor. But what effect can this have on the creativity of an artist? The traditional route a record has taken has been to exist initially as dubplate, played by select djs, then commercially available to the public. This simplified idea lends to the motivation for producers to create dance floor orientated tracks, and it would make sense they would get more exposure through djs looking to create a reaction within the listener. So it would stand to reason that a producer may lean towards this aesthetic. But can this stifle creativity? Does the limitations of the dance floor in turn limit the motive of the producer? Maybe so...

Innovation has been an enduring theme within certain veins of drum & bass, taking musical concepts from elsewhere and applying them to a 170 bpm framework. Movements within the genre have endorsed an aesthetic that would seem to be equally geared towards a listening experience away from the confines of the club. Time and time again the music has mutated and developed in ways that would previously would have been unimaginable. Rogue artists have and will continue to reinvent.

As we move into a new decade, we can hear echoes of our genre's musical history and heritage...

Into the future!