(Picture from Brooklyn homebody Linden’s Remikks collection)
Genres are annoying. Making up genre names on the other hand, is a lot of fun. It turns out that one of the names I had made up in my head just came true, sort of. Mad Decent’s Nick the V threw up a short little mix of Dubstep and Juke, appropriately titled Jukestep. While it isn’t made up of hoe shout outs over rediculous amounts of bass, it’s a pretty great meshing of two different worlds that together could produce some adorable babies. Some of the wubbliest Dub tracks are fuzed together by the always creepy DJ Nate’s “Maybe Sum Day” stuck right in the middle. It makes sense to me because A) I couldn’t footwork to save my life, and B) because I don’t even understand how one is supposed to dance to Dubstep, not that I haven’t tried. I usually just nod my head or something. Obviously people do it, but I’d be pretty impressed if someone tried to cut up a rug with Nick’s mix, and I’d imagine it happening only if a Chicago dance crew and one weeks lineup at London’s FWD club crash landed on Navy Island and had some crazy party at Errol Flynn’s old estate.
In other Juke Hybrid news, Gavin over at Unfashionably Late provided a great little re-cap of the annual Chicago Puerto Rican Pride Festival up in Humboldt Park. I went too, but kind of just walked around in a daze and didn’t do a good job of picking up any mixtapes and rather just scoped the park for fine PR girls. The park was so packed that I missed the Violator Juke Squad tent, but Gavin didn’t and talked a little about the Ghetto House meshes with Reggaeton that are not out of the ordinary in a city filled with cars blasting both genres equally. He threw up an excellent remix of Jowel Y Randy by DJ Cholo that is a good example of both current Reggaeton trends, and these two forms meeting.
It’s obvious enough that I listen to a lot of slow music, and the mixtapes of Screwed and Chopped Reggaeton and Cumbia by Houston’s Choppaholix have been getting a lot of play around here. An interesting contrast to the Cumbia Rebajada from elsewhere, the batteries in their equipment are fine. Everything is slowed down in city of syrup fashion. Slow Cumbia is cool, slow Reggaeton is just kind of weird. Decide for yourself.
Now I would like the following genres to be made or at least thought about: Crack House, Screwstep, Screwed and Chopped Merengue, Socastep, Dubtech, Mornana, Tsapika Funk, and Nyambingi Bounce.