Friday, January 26, 2007

Dub on my hands

Something for the weekend…

We’ve twatted on enough in the past about the increasingly loud and appreciative dialogue between contemporary dubstep and techno. One producer more than any other has found favour in the boxes of the minimal lot – Shackleton. This elusive, Lancashire-born, London-residing chap is also proprietor of the mighty Skull Disco – whose various 12”s never fail to amaze with their grit, imagination and abstraction. Villalobos started the craze, but since then scores of techno producers have been dropping Shackleton’s tracks into the mix. His ‘Hamas Rule’ is a masterpiece of percussive bass music, but it’s ‘Blood on My Hands’ – with its mellow, Detroit-flavoured chords and ghostly, vocal incantation on the subject (apparently) of 9/11 – that’s garnered the most attention and appreciation, to the extent that Villalobos has actually gone ahead and remixed it. Being Villalobos, of course, he’s turned it into a radio-friendly, 3-minute power-pop tune. Oh, wait, no, sorry, he’s turned into a narcy 15min+ bass-n-conga marathon. You might love it, you might hate it. But you sure as fuck shouldn’t ignore it.

Shackleton - Blood On My Hands (Villalobos Remix) // Skull Disco - REMOVED

[Carnage: Apologies to Sam Shackleton concerning this. No matter how low quality this was, Soft shouldn't have posted it up. He's had his wrists slapped today, however. The tool...]

For a more eloquent appraisal of this track and its context, check the Sherburnator’s Jan 4 post at . Also see Blackdown Soundboy’s interview here.

And if you’re in London this Sunday, pop into t-bar for Dig Your Own Rave. As well as Matt Styles, Jamie Jones and the regulars, you’ve got a guest set from…yep, Shackleton. I for one am bloody curious to see how his strange, sludgy sounds will go down with all the tech-house-inclined Sunday ravers. Free entry, 4pm-late – get there early to avoid the inevitable roadblock. Look out for the lanky Indian. Also, Joakim live at the Scala, and Konrad Black DJing at Herbal, both on Saturday. Have a good weekend. They only come round once a week, don't you know.

Soft's Current Top 10:

Track of the year so far?
Matey's on fire
Another dose of street (or rather house) knowledge
4. !!! – MYTH TAKES LP // WARP
Silly, unpredictable and very, very welcome
Take it or leave it material. May as well take it
Everything but the...oh shit. She's back. Emoting.
Loving those multi-tracked vocals
Rare production outing for the Crosstown Rebel - and it's sound as a pound
A breakneck run-through a year's worth of bouncy Cologne nuggets


Anonymous Anonymous said...

its sasyin 'you've reached download limit'
no wat! it couldnt happen that quick.
can you repost.
love the blog.

6:27 PM  
Blogger Chantilly Bass said...

Honestly, I'm definitely not a fan of this. Anything that capitalizes off of 9/11's tragedy is in bad taste in my book, whether it be in memorium or not. When I heard Virarobos taint his Fabric mix with it, I nearly threw my iPod into on comming traffic. Who wants tragedy in the middle of a good mix? Not I. Definitely a conversation starter though.

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what on earth do you mean? that music should never relate to negative happenings in the world?! some of the most important art in history has come as a result of an artists' personal response to war, terror and tragedy. why is it 'capitalising'? music is expression! was the guernica in bad taste?!

:wipes foam from mouth:

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i caaaaaaaan down that shackleton remix..heeeeeeeelp pliiz ;)

12:19 AM  
Blogger Richard Carnage said...

First of all, apologies to Sam Shackleton who originally sorted me out with this track. I had no idea that Softy would put it up here as soon as I let him have it. Thank god you gave it to me with a low bitrate 0 should hopefully do the sales some good - it definitely deserves to).

Chantilly... Apologies, but I have to agree with Ben. There is no point being reactionist to this track. The original track featured those lyrics and obviously not making fun of 9/11. It's obviously a reference, but I think you'll find that the lyrics are actually from 'Paradise Lost'.

1:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would love to hear that Lil Mark tune in yer chart. Any chance of a low quality mp3?

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

re-reading i'd like to apologise, i was clearly a over-zealous, i 99% stand by the sentiment but wish i had put it forth in a more gracious manner, so apologies chantilly. i also think it is more complicated than i make out above, and there are certain circumstances where there is a lot of grey. but 9/11 is one of the key events of our time, and is symbolic of so much, to cross it off from acceptable subject matter for art just seems ludicrous to me.

if people havent seen it, theres quite a detailed discussion of the lyrics / this issue in an interview with shackleton here - interesting reading

12:34 AM  
Blogger Blackest said...

first up - apologies to mr shackleton. i had no idea that he himself had given carnage the track, with express instructions NOT to post it. My fault entirely. ANyway, low bitrate, so buy the record/mp3 tight-arses.

As the whole offering free download ting becomes more and more precarious, we're having a strict NO RELOAD policy. I no it's harsh, and means that you might not be able to get half the tracks we post on here, but that's the way it is...

EPM - sorry, i don't actually have an mp3 of this tune. it should be getting a proper release in a couple of weeks, so keep an eye on beatport etc

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

re: lil mark

ta, i'll look out for it. It just piqued my interest because I loved his old thing on Classic and both the previous things on Disco 45 have been winners.

5:06 PM  
Blogger Chantilly Bass said...

I have no problem with you guys posting the track and people listening to it for what it's worth, it's something someone created and deserves to be exposed, but in proper context. I think the people I know who were directly impacted by the disaster wouldn't want to be having a large night out enjoying themselves and suddenly hear this record come on. In America our culture is still deeply impacted by 9/11, so throwing this one down would be a highly insensitive move in my opinion. I am fully aware that great art comes from distruction, but such art doesn't come on at peak hours at a club night. Everyone deserves the freedom to create and express themselves, and I'm not saying that all music that comes from destruction is evil, it's just that I feel that it doesn't really have a place in a carefree club environment. You, as a DJ, are going to have a serious buzzkill on your hands.

9:10 PM  
Blogger Richard Carnage said...

First of all I must hold my hands up and say that I must've misread the Shackleton interview over at Blackdown (and was unfotunately in the throes of drunkenness when writing that comment). The lyrics are Shackleton's, and the sample ('the mind and spirit remain invincible') from a Paradise Lost reading.

Chantilly - First off, I never really saw the original track as much of a peak time anthem myself. I've played it a couple of times at after parties and early on at Mutant Pop, though I sincerely doubt that people were listening to the lyrics. I'm sure that the situation in America is far removed from this, but as far as Mr Villalobos is concerned, he won't play in the US during the Bush administration's stay in office, so I doubt he'll have that problem there.

Going back to the actual lyrics, apart from the one line referencing the fall of the towers (which is fairly understated in itself), there is nothing that would be directly inflammatory to someone who was affected by these incidents.

As a European looking in, I feel that my opinions and feelings on the whole situation are going to be radically different to 99.9% of Americans, and therefore I can have a different outlook on the lyrical musings of what is simply an incredibly beautiful piece of music (in both guises, though I have to say that the original version edges it for me), even to a non-English speaker.

Bit of a crap retort, but I've tried ever so hard not to mention any aspects of the politics (this isn't, and never will be an outlet for our political views).

Anyway, what I'm saying is that there's much more offensive music being spouted out. I mean, come on, have any of you actually heard that Prussian Blue album (remember those girls that were being brainwashed by their hick parents to sing songs that incite racial hatred on Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends?)? This is the actual tracklisting of their album, titled (fucking hell) 'End Of A Black World':

1) Dawn of A New White World
2) Birth Of A Nation
3) Purest Soul
4) Tainted Blood
5) Affirmative Blaction
6) Reggin & Ekik
7) The Cleansing (interlude)
8) Short Drop and A Quick Stop
9) Burning Cross
10) N.A.A.C.P. (******s Against A Colorless People)
11) Funny Rich ******
12) Crack Babies
13) ****** Lovers
14) No Darkie In Me
15) End Of A Black World

...and it debuted at #4 in the Billboard charts. So in the UK it's all about nu-rave, in the US it's all about nu-racism! I wish someone'd fly a plane into Prussian Blue's gaff to be perfectly honest.

10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Guys whats cracking been a while i believe your over here for Paddys Weekend book your flights asap cos it gets very busy drop me a mail



11:21 PM  
Blogger Richard Carnage said...

Alright Arv! Don't worry - the flights are all booked (still bloody pricey though!) and we'll be there for a little bit longer than last time. A mail will be dropped into your inbox in the near future.

12:03 AM  
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Anonymous porn said...

Would love to hear that Lil Mark tune in yer chart. Any chance of a low quality mp3?..

9:08 PM  

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