Friday, 8 January 2010

2000 Oxide & Neutrino: Bound 4 Da Reload (Casualty)

Another offshoot of electronic dance, dubstep was a bass heavy genre that borrowed liberally from R&B, drum and bass, UK garage, techno, reggae and jungle et al to create a defiantly inner city sound that I've seen described as "filthier than fingering your sister and finding your Dad's wedding ring". Charming. Clearly, it's not something that's going to be to everyone's taste, so what's to be derived from seeing a prime example of it at number one? Elation at the eclectic tastes of the UK public and their willingness to embrace the new? Maybe, but then again, maybe not. Oxide & Neutrino were seventeen year old members of South London's So Solid Crew, an outfit that functioned in the early 2000's like a British Wu Tang Clan. A bit. But whatever aspirations that above quote might aspire to, some sampling the theme from BBC TV's 'Casualty' and dialogue from gor blimey guvnor Brit gangster movie 'Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels' ("Can everyone stop getting shot") gives 'Bound 4 Da Reload (Casualty)' and its would be aura of menace a campy cartoon quality that's barely a 15 rated version of Ant and Dec, a novelty representation of the genre that provides smiley access to a mass audience through an otherwise closed door the way that my Gran got a toehold on punk by laughing at Sham 69's 'Hurry Up Harry' on Top Of The Pops. 'Daft buggers' she used to call them, and despite the hard edged, genuine article beats on display here, I think she'd have said the same about Oxide & Neutrino. I'm guessing that's not the response two characters with names like that were aiming for though.


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