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Being from England has a lot of bad points – Rubbish weather, dodgy chip shops and if you move more than 30 minutes in any direction you’ll struggle to understand the accent that you find there… but there are some good points about it too.

England is a veritable breeding ground for new electronic music genres.   Let’s flick back through the pages of time and see what England has provided us…

The Rave Scene

The UK Rave scene brought many genres of music into the eye of the mainstream – parties involving lights, liquor and lots of illicit substances helped people to appreciate the more repetitive styles that much more.

Acid House

A perfect example – Acid House technically started out in Chicago, but it died out quickly – Britain was the country that picked it up, dusted it off and spun it at the rave parties that brought it back.   It is a harder sound than conventional house music – with the Roland TB-303 synth/sequencer being a massive stereotypical part of the acid style.   The parties that hosted this kind of music had to eventually move, as after-hours clubbing became illegal in Britain, to warehouses and abandoned buildings as illegal raves were the only place people could get their fix of intense clubbing.

Drum and Bass / Jungle

Out of Acid House sprang Jungle music – where British producers decided to speed up the popular and sampled-to-death amen break up to about 160bpm and put some squelchy basslines over the top.   Once again, this genre was popularised as a result of rave parties that craved a change from the 4-on-the-floor beats saturating their dance floors.

UK Garage

Make sure you’re pronouncing it right – “Gar-idj” not “Gar-ahj” – this is from Landan, mate!   UK Garage is the term which describes a lot of styles, such as 2-step, a more hip hoppy take on the popular electronic music of the early 90s.   Generally it’s a minimalistic syncopated, funky drumbeat interspersed with MCs sporting a heavy London accent.   Another one is “Speed Garage” – a faster take on the genre, often with syncopated basslines and sped up vocals, often with the pitch increased as a result.

Grime

The evolution of UK Garage; seriously dirty hip hop with the occasional drum and bass influence and a massive focus on sub-bass and sampled strings.   Mostly known for its London-accented rap and slang, with artists such as Dizzee Rascial bringing it into the mainstream.

Dubstep

The latest popular offering from the British Isles, out of people tired of the speed of Drum and Bass sprang Dubstep – wobbly basslines pump over off-beat, half time drum loops.   A generally dark feel surrounds the majority of the genre, though some proponents of the style such as Rusko push a more club-friendly fun, bouncy version of the style, while still keeping the dirty roots of the style in there.

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3 Responses to “How England influenced the Music Industry”

  1. Don’t forget progressive house, that started in the UK too :P

  2. I love it!

    Acid House truly was one of the best styles to be popularized by England. It’s such a shame that they passed all the laws to stop the partying. It was old people getting scared that the youth were gathering, sharing ideas and building political influence. They couldn’t have that.

    I had a good laugh at the ‘Landan’ comment.

    Going along with Garage and Grime, it really seems that England has a great hold on Trip Hop as well, lot’s of great producers coming up from the woodwork there.

    It’s insane how fast Dubstep spread as well. I was just cruising on the internet one day and I stumbled across this DnB tune that was a bit more wobbly than normal. People were debating on what it was until that light bulb ‘ah, Dubstep’.

    Here in the jolly..o’…nevermind. Here in Florida, you couldn’t find any DJs spinning Dubstep for a couple of years until some of the more massive tunes finally perked up some heads. Now there are a handful around here that spin and you should see the faces of people that have no idea what this stuff is, it’s sick.

    Perhaps it’s only appropriate to write a ‘How America influenced the Music Industry’ – minus the whole greedy, watered down bs :)

  3. [...] on today every time we go out.   Raves legacy is there to see in all its beautiful and bonkers myriad forms. The communal pioneering spirit and sense of excitement and optimism at a new dawn is sadly not. [...]

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