Sean Taylor-Leech, London - United Kingdom - on 13/12/11
Before grime and dubstep were added the dictionary, the genres were at the forefront of sonic experimentation in club music and a forging of new urban communities; bringing all together those dissatisfied with what they found elsewhere.
Today, Korn ludicrously claim to have invented dusbtep and Dizzee Rascal is electro's latest rape victim; yet there is some good still out there. Wiley is making some his best work yet, and Mosca is one of many championing the charge for the revival of UK garage.
In light of all this hyper mutating music history, Ronnie Herel's 'Classic UK Clubs' radio documentary is a welcome walk down the musical memory lane. The second instalment aired on BBC 1Xtra on Sunday December 11 and explored some of the clubs responsible for fostering grime, bassline and dubstep in the U.K, interviewing the main players behind them and the music.
Mixmag's Chantelle Fiddy talks about hitting FWD at Plastic People, Toddla T chats about the importance of Niche to Bassline and Keysound boss Martin Clark explains the rise of dubstep, alongside many other key voices from the world of underground bass.
This episode of 'Classic UK Clubs' is highly recommended for anyone looking to delve into the history UK Grime, Garage and Dubstep. You can listen again to episode two via the BBC IPlayer here and find episode one embedded below. Get educated.
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