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Forward Sounds 2008

“And you’ll never hear music like this again”
– MC GQ (AWOL tape, 1993)

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Originally posted at Deeptime blog

It’s time to revive ‘Forward Sound,’ though maybe in the plural. Circa 2003 that was the open-ended term that used to describe what eventually became dubstep, along with a tangle of threads that split off or got left behind. Just like house first meant “what they play at the Warehouse,” it was a reference to the club night itself, the only place where you could hear as yet unnamed new mutations of the garage machine, whether in the form of Ghost, Landslide, Menta, kode9, Plasticman, Hatcha, Slimzee, etc, etc. And of course it was hardly a ’sound’ at all. Virtually every artist operating under that banner was a sound unto themselves and the Forward style could only ever be a snapshot of those trajectories out of UK garage that happened to be coinciding on a given Thursday night or in narrow bands of pirate ether.

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Blinding Lights of Fiction: Kode9 & Space Ape

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As far as I can see, science fiction has lost that sense of the new, because its vision has materialised around us. We take it for granted. The future envisaged by science fiction is now our past, and the result is it’s probably come to a natural end. That doesn’t mean that one can’t continue writing it: one just has to move into a different terrain. – JG at Ballardian

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Review: Burial

Review by way of response to K-Punk on the soon-come Burial album on Hyperdub. Dissensus is the comment box…

EDIT: More thoughts on Burial and kind words on my post from k-punk.

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k-punk: I actually, genuinely can’t believe how good this album is… I’m having trouble listening to anything else, and every time I do listen to it, I find something new in it.

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Interview: Kode9

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Courtesy of  Art of Beatz Radio: A rare interview with Dub technician / Hyperdub boss / Ccru konspirator Kode 9. Big shout to Kuma for this one. Kode 9 discusses his forthcoming book, sonic materialism and sound philosphy, the Hyperdub virus, cats and forthcoming releases.  Also, a big thank you to the Hyperdub Kru for their welcome note on the day of our launch, and for sending along Kode 9’s recent Babel Mix. If you haven’t heard it, it’s a monster. Get it now in the Mixes section.

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Riddim.ca was founded by DJ/writer paul autonomic (aka Mr. Bump) in February 2005 as a hub for North America's nascent grime and dubstep scenes. Since then we've helped promote events across the continent and made friends around the world. Mostly dormant now, we're host to one of the web's largest collections of writing on the late-Garage dis/continuum as well as a growing collection of rare audio and scans (coming eventually).