It could be argued that there is no scene – no culture – quite so alluring as the ecstasy of the…
It could be argued that there is no scene – no culture – quite so alluring as the ecstasy of the ‘90’s British rave and hardcore movement. It’s probably why so many artists have tried to pay homage to its romanticism; to capture and to replicate. Jabbering movements, unfettered attitudes, and essential branded paraphernalia; all this has compelled Jamie xx to create the inspiring ‘All Under One Roof Raving’.
The ‘Sleep Sound’/’Girl’ single, released in May, showed off Jamie xx’s deft hand in light, hazy production. Here, though, is his inevitable rite of passage; a track so unapologetically hardcore that its roots show clearly through. The steelpan percussion seems wired directly to the nervous system; the bass intermittently zipping and stuttering and roiling. The samples are cleverly plucked from iconic sonic imagery from the UK rave scene: lines from Mark Lecky’s ’99 transcendent short, ‘Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore’ seem to transmit an immutable buzz, “The place is packed! And they’re telling me that hardcore will die?”
Ever-evolving, Jamie xx seems to see in all directions at the same time. Yet, instead of assuming the role of conqueror surveying his empire from above, he has unabashedly drawn from the best works of his contemporaries: the roughened self-expression of Four Tet, the unbridled Joy Orbison and the confidential appeal of Burial – tying together the seemingly inharmonious elements of that golden, not-so-fallen era into a track that so effortlessly brings to life all that seemed destined to die.
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