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Spooky - Nightcrawler

TRUANTS on June 24, 2013 10:43

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    What gets us coming back to grime every time is its sense of melody. When rhythm or timbre are the pursuit of much dance music, melody can be swamped, or indeed purposefully neglected in favour of different, more functional elements of music. Grime functions differently in this way, it’s one of the few dance genres that is made with an MC in mind; it wasn’t made to move bodies the weekend long in Berghain. The aching, melancholic melodies of Ruff Sqwad’s 'Anna’ and ‘Functions on the Low’, Rebound X’s ‘Rhythm 'n' Gash’ or Kamikaze's ‘Ghetto Kyote’ bleed into the mind, dwelling in its coldest corners. As Ruff Sqwad's Dirty Danger says, "no one else knew how to put melodies in such dark music." Spooky invades the melody receptors in a similar manner, his method, however, is attrition warfare rather than seductive gloominess. His tracks are assaults on the body, templated meditations on rhythm and melody, on the pure and simple power of repetition and a restrained sonic palette.

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