samedi 16 février 2008

Genders, Bassline, Grime & Dubstep

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I'm always reluctant to dichotomized simplification and quite frankly haven't been to the UK for a long long time, so skepticism is basically what I feel when I read this article: "BASSLINE HOUSE AND THE RETURN OF 'FEMININE PRESSURE'". The biologisation of music tastes (metaphoric or not?) is actually also pretty ridiculous. But on the other hand, from what I see here in Montreal, Dubstep is a mostly male movement, just like the DJ world in general. So what's your call? Bassline House = female VS Grime/Dubstep = Male ?

Edit: Actually, attributing male or female "qualities" to an object is something humans are doing all over the planet all the time. Sex is one of the most classic bipolar classification that human beings are using to put order in the world. And ether or not it's a metaphoric use here, doesn't really change anything. The main idea of this article is based on that very common classification and I'm not sure it actually says anything but the conclusions that are embedded in the use of that dichotomy.

3 commentaires:

w&w a dit...

grime and dubstep are a yang


Richard S. a dit...

On second read and with a little more familiarity with some of this music, I feel extremely skeptical myself. But I don't like this kind of thesis either.

My favorite thing that I've heard from bassline so far is that TS7 & T Dot song... It has female vocals but they're really grime-like rapping vocals, aren't they? Doesn't fit the generalizations in the article.

When I hear generalizations about grime and gender, I can't help thinking of the Lady Sov, who defied a whole lot of expectations and categories to become grime's biggest success story in 2006. Whether or not she looked like a "skinhead lesbian" (as someone rudely put it), she was at the same time one of the girliest performers around, speaking very much from a girl's perspective that appealed most to other teenage girls.

And, by the way, didn't M.I.A. start out with one foot in grime? (Uh-oh, better stop there or I'll be writing far too much.)

Anyway, I find these gender generalizations to be quite dreary. (Ha, say that five times fast!) My 2 cents - and a chance to comment finally after quite a while of silently enjoying this blog.

Khiasma / Guillaume a dit...

Hey Richard,

Welcome in! We don't read our readers enough!