Monday, December 19, 2005

Blackdown soundboy end of year review: Plasticman

2005 according to Plasticman

“2005 has been perhaps my best year in the industry so far, I thought 2004 would be hard to top but this year has been really special.”

“Something I've felt really strongly about in 2005 is the lack of distribution we have in our scene. After travelling all over the world, I am repeatedly being asked "where can we get this stuff?" and I feel stupid when all I can say in reply is "there are some online stores".”

“Fair enough we are in the age of the internet but how many DJ's do you know who actually do all of their record shopping online? In all my time as a DJ I think I've only bought records online once - there's no substitute for chilling in a record shop hearing the tunes properly and just chatting with the staff and customers. That’s what record shopping is all about - digging through crates or spotting something you like the look of on the shelf.”

“This is why we need to get our music onto shelves out of the UK. A lot of people will argue "it's not selling enough in the UK yet" but I believe these people are the same people who really want grime to hit the top ten in the singles chart. I just want a healthy underground scene in which artists can live off of their music sales - like that of the drum and bass scene, which sells tens of thousands worldwide.”

“So that’s one thing I feel strongly about. On a final note: stop calling my music dubstep! It's simply grime without a vocal on top of it wasteguys! You want to hear dubstep listen to DMZ, Youngsta, Loefah, Hatcha - they are the dons and my sound is totally different to that. Next person to write that I am dubstep will get a wonderpalm to the jawside with my Nintendo Powerglove.”

Plasticman’s top ten Grime tunes in 2005

1. Macabre Unit “Lift Off”
I signed it for a reason - the tune is ridiculously deep

2. Skream “Request Line”
Made every trip to DMZ & FWD worthwile

3. Jammer “Merkle Man”
The video made it even better

4. JME “Baraka”
I was inspired by playing Mortal Kombat to show JME this track from it - then he murked the tune

5. Wiley “Sidewinder”
Perfect vocal tune, full of energy and no hip hop sounding beats underneath

6. Lethal Bizzle “Against All Oddz”
I didn't think an MC would do Funeral Vibes justice but Lethal excelled

7. Skepta “Duppy”
I never thought 4 to the floor would make a grime comeback - cheeky production idea!

8. Davinche “Phase”
Nice to hear Davinche take a step away from the hip hop flex - this tune murks

9. Mark One “Plodder”
Got big off being on the FWD advert for about 4 months!

10. Plasticman “Cha (vocal mix)”
Should be out by now really, but Shizzle's chorus smacked it all year!

For all the latest Plasticman news check his blog

10 comments:

alex bkbk said...

respect to plastic but what's he on about there with Davinche. Sure Phaze is a great tune but Davinche other beats aren't at all hiphop - theyre all spazzy fanfares and that, reallly dense! Dissapointed to read that.

Otherwise, what a bit top 10

LethalFizzle said...

nah, plastic is right. davinche is a decent producer, but a lot of his beats sound kinda like swizz beats/ruff ryders style grime beats. all those blaring horn fanfares and crunchy dry drums, yeah, its like hip-hop.

terrorhythm said...

Yeh that comment wasn't a diss to Davinche at all - I like almost all of his production to date, and I rate him as a fantastic musical brain - probably the best in grime.

I just thought Phaze was amazing - he dropped the melodic angle for a second and just filled the gaps with a wicked bassline which tore through club systems everywhere. That to me is what grime should be about - afterall, it is essentially dance music - for clubs.

Obviously the MC has a massive pull, but i'm more into the whole package - the grimy basslines and the hip hop flows is something we need to be proud of, the more we make our beats sound similar to hip hop, the less people worldwide will stand up and take notice of the originality in our genre.

Don't read that as a cuss to Davinche. The guy is a don on the buttons.

GTTRBRKZ said...

I don't wanna hear no fuggin' hiphop in my grime beats, baby! Let's keep it original and futuristic, not trying to cater to mainstream tastes...please!

Btw, I've been telling anyone who'll listen that Plastic ain't dubstep for ages. Hasn't the message got through yet?

GTTRBRKZ said...

Oh yeah, fair point about record shops too. Since Rooted have started getting a lot of tunes in stock I've been trying to buy there more and less online. It's definitely a better experience.

LethalFizzle said...

xxpost - yeah i agree grime shouldnt be catering to mainstream tastes. but its bound to do that up to a point, even if only by default, cos all the producers (some sadly more obviously than others) are into mainstream commercial US hip hop. thats why, going from what plasticman said, a lot of people are making beats that arent very bassy, theyre all high end and melodic, like a lot of mainstream hip hop is. the bass has virtually gone from stateside hip hop so its inevitable that grime does the same. thats kinda why i like dubstep, cos although a lot of the music is really devoid of energy, and is slightly too commited for my liking to being virtually static, it has some HEAVY bass.

Logan Sama said...

I can think of 2 Grime beats with no bass to them, and one of them is actually called "No Bass Riddim"

Just because they don't have some bowel emptying Jungle/Dub sub-bass on them doesn't make them melodic pop fodder.

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