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Culture’s (im)permanency

Stacks of culture. (Image via David Grandmougin)

“I love what Terence McKenna thought about culture: it’s not your friend, it’s like furniture, you can sit in it, enjoy it and walk away from it.” – Calibre, drum n bass legend

Culture is the by-product of timelessness. It is too rigid to change within itself but pliable enough to influence the birth of something new.

Take hip-hop for instance. It emerged from the blues and soul genres before it. Today, hip hop lives on through new forms of music like UK grime, which also shares elements of reggae.

Similarly, black culture continues to sows the seeds of American culture to this day.

Some cultures, like some genres and old technologies (e.g. vinyl), stand the test of time. They matter, unlike the fads and interim successors that appear original only to get lost tomorrow.

Culture is a hodgepodge of durable ingredients. It is built on top of something else but stands on its own.

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Electronic Music

Actress – X22RME

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Actress is UK electronic producer Darren Jordan Cunningham. As an outsider, his work intends to disrupt the status quo of dance music. The result is perfectly imperfect, splashed with subterranean techno and industrial components. He’s not afraid of playing with his faults. In an interview with Dazed Digital, he said:

No matter how much I refine it, no matter how much I update or modernise the equipment, the imperfections will always be there. And that’s just because there are gaps in my knowledge that I will never be able to fill in.

Actress proudly calls himself “a student of production.” He crunches bits and bytes into sound.

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Actress, an avant-garde musician, and machine tinkerer will release his new album AZD in April. Preorder it now at the Ninjashop. In the meantime, watch the album’s lead single ‘X22RME’ below.

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beats dance Electronic

Joakuim – Desire

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Joakuim is an electronic producer from Marseille, France. He apparently spent some time in Mexico City where some friends introduced him to the liquid drum n bass sounds of Alix Perez and Lenzman. The influence is evident, while he’s personalized his vibe with smooth-house touches.

Check out his newest track ‘Desires,’ now a free download via UK-based label Deep Heads.

 

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dub Electronic

Forest Swords – The Highest Flood

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Forest Swords is The Wirral/Liverpool-based electronic producer Matthew Barnes.

On his latest track ‘The Highest Flood,’ Barnes continues lacing smooth dub to haunting ghostly hooks. I suspect there are more “ancient grinds” to come.

Grab it on Bandcamp

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Electronic techno

Greymatter – Clocks

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Greymatter is Brighton-based electronic producer Graham Luckhurst. After a two-year hiatus of being “pigeonholed into deep house,” he’s back with his new album No Blood Without on his very own label Unique Uncut.

You can cop the broken beat single ‘Clocks’ now on Bandcamp. Expect to hear more of these beat-breaking skills.

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Electronic

Loop LF – Ocean Drums

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‘Ocean Drums’ is a broken beat techno tune from underground producer LOOP LF. Grab it on the Stepping Back EP out now on East London-based Well Street Records. ‘You Wouldn’t Understand’ is also a gem from the newcomer.

Highly recommended for fans of Joy Orbison