Trying hard not to be a fanboy here but I've got a question/idea/perspective to put out there. Mayhaps I'm crazy but here you go:
Last night's Dusk & Blackdown set kindof cemented a feeling I've been having recently about their past few sets, the musical climate, the roster on Keysounds etc.
It feels uncertain and alive but as if things may be coalescing around the sounds and vibes they continually pursue via dj sets, label, etc.
Though all the sounds span a wide range of genres, bpms, scenes, etc, there seems to be a consistent mood and perspective being formed.
Similar to the way hyperdub broke out with it's synth workouts and off kilter mutations of certain genres, medi with its more spiritual, and to me, underlying tribal focus not just in sound source but also function, swamp81 in its recent drum machine workouts and "more dance DRIVEN" vibe, it feels like Keysounds is finally forging an undeniable path of it's own with its roster and related parties, one that holds that torch for the pure UK Sound, the lineage from hardcore techno to jungle to UKG, to grime and dubstep and beyond. Now mind you I realize they've been on this path since day dot, but it seems like now they have a stronger sense of purpose as well as a wider range of artists bringing their perspectives to the fore. I'm from America so I've never been able to taste the vibes of the golden age of the pirates except for youtube rips and mp3's, a few tapes I've been able to scavenge, but from what I can feel and what I've heard about those days, it seems Dusk, Blackdown, LHF et all are truly keeping the flame alight.
The new LHF feels like just the tip of the iceberg, and I can't wait for more. Who's with me? 2012 the year of Keysounds?
Lighters up/ Eyes Down.