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Introducing the Dancesaurus

Last updated: August 7, 2009

May 27, 2009


Edmund Conway, economics editor of The Telegraph newspapers and website, has embarked on the noblest mission possible. On his blog he is writing The Dummies Guide to Dance Music.

Edmund Conway

Since a while I came to suspect a strong connection between economics and compulsive clubbing. While not economist by training, I am frequently puzzled by my own obsession with the gas tax and my ability to spend hours making comparative analysis of the gas and carbon taxes. Clubbing is the only thing in my life that came close to this obsession in terms of intensity.

Why exactly the things are the way they are I don't know, but I can only be wondering as to what clubs Krugman is celebrating his Nobel in these days. After all, he was one of the stimulus package major proponents. I am sure he is now using his Nobel to stimulate something.

Guy J - Lunar (Original Mix)



In between clubbing and writing his Dummies Guide, Edmund occasionally also writes serious articles such as this Tumbling towards a sovereign debt crisis?. Some people may find this stuff so scary that they can permanently lose ability to party for the rest of their life. This is not strictly necessary as economists are easily capable of designing even more nightmarish scenarios than this one. This is probably another side effect of their incessant clubbing. For pals like these (and me too by the way), even if the whole country goes bust, as long as Digweed is mixing the things up in Bedrock, the British Empire is live and kicking.

2008 Bedrock After Party - John Digweed




June 20, 2009

El Wahrania

Edmund Conway continues his Electronica series. Besides dedicating a whole post to the techno music, Edmund is inviting his readers to ponder the following question: Do we still need Ibiza? He is also making a very poignant observation regarding the use of liquid nitrogen cannons:

Amnesia, which held its opening party on Saturday, was a similar story. Even bigger than Pacha, the club's highlight, to my mind, is its massive liquid nitrogen cannon which occasionally shoots out supercooled gas into the crowd, both cooling the dancefloor immediately and providing the DJ with the ultimate climax for a drop. Whereas Pacha and Space are where you go for house, Amnesia and Privilege tend to be the places to go for trance.

Now regarding this liquid nitrogen cannon I think it's very important for reasons I have already explained here. In fact, I wish that in the past they could have sprayed me with this liquid nitrogen more often as I frequently used to forget to drink enough water during my after-parties. Nevertheless, to answer Edmund's question: I do think we still need Ibiza, even though I have never been there...

:D :D :D


Safian Rouge - El Wahrania (Montes Midnight Mix)



PS

Some Israelis may be pleased to know that Guy J, the author of an impressive track featured in the first section of the post, is Israeli. Never mind that Lunar being mixed like this at Bedrock after-parties means that, as far as the electronic music goes, we are already a superpower.


July 20, 2009

Drum'n Bass It

The chief economics editor of The Telegraph continues his one-man crusade to encourage the masses to get more appreciation for electronic music. After having failed to seduce his readers with a promise of massive liquid nitrogen cannons capable of cooling down the dancefloor in a split second, Edmund Conway complains about the readers lack of cooperation and tries another trick.

But listening to these records on youtube is no substitution for feeling the impact of the sub-bass - that chunkiest of all burrs which you can only feel when standing next to six-foot high speakers in a club - as a drum and bass tune strikes the dancefloor.

Source: Drum & Bass and Jungle

The comments section remained silent and unimpressed. One just can't help feeling that as Edmund's desperation keeps growing, he will soon start encouraging his readers to pill themselves up before trying to listen to the YouTube's clips generously embedded all over Edmund's Electronica series.

This reminds me of a similar mission undertaken by John Digweed a few years ago during his tour of the Far East. John Digweed appeared before crowds claiming that music actually saves lives, and electronic music can save even more, and rhetorically asking his audiences what life could be without music. Unlike Edmund, however, Digweed's efforts met with a remarkable success confirming his status as one of the world's leading proponents of electronic music. At one point Digweed called on his audience to thank God for bestowing music on humanity, transforming the hall into a huge mosque as thousands of Chinese have got down onto all four in a Muslim like prayer (some witnesses reported that they have actually found much of the audience already on the floor right at the beginning of the event). Here are a few highlights from that memorable lecture John Digweed presented in Hong Kong.




August 7, 2009

How British kids spend their weekends

Edmund Conway went to check how British kids spend their weekends and he came back much encouraged. Despite Edmund's habitually raining on other people's parade (or so he claims), the kids valiantly resisted the unwelcoming weather. The kids were chemically enhanced, of course, and , yet, according to Edmund the kids were so unusually nice that this can't be easily dismissed on the grounds of unnatural manipulation of brain's biochemistry.

What was different was the atmosphere. It was unlike any club, concert or festival I’ve ever been to before. Tens of thousands of youngsters going absolutely crazy in front of me. I must have been around double the age of most of them, and when I tell you I’m 29 you will hopefully see what I mean. But what an eye-opener. I’ve never seen a crowd go as mad as these guys did to the Prodigy and their Aussie inheritors Pendulum. No doubt many of the audience were, ahem, chemically-enhanced, but all the same, there was one thing that struck me. I have been to see the Prodigy before in London, and the crowd were a pretty unpleasant bunch. There were fights. This time around, the kids may have had rather rough edges but there was nothing but goodwill throughout the evening (at least the part that I saw).

Source: How British kids spend their weekends

In the comments section of Edmund's post people were swearing by God that there was no rain on that day and, in general, the unusual association of British kids with such a massive outbreak of goodwill creates the impression that some adults who took part in the festival were chemically enhanced too and in a big way. Nevertheless, I tend to trust Edmund on this matter because I want to believe that every next generation is better than the previous one and that we can now safely retire from the scene knowing that the world is safe in the hands of the new generation.

Over the next days since his experience Edmund made a few scary posts about the credit crunch and general state of the British economy, but who cares when you know that the generation of these wonderful kids is soon to take matters into their hands? Hold my hand, Edmund. We are going to make it.


El Farouki - Take My Hand




PS

Born in Morocco and currently mixing and being mixed everywhere, El Farouqi tells about himself that he switched to electronic music after seven years of violin and classical music. If you like deep and gradually escalating tracks, he is the man. As Nizo says: May Allah Bless The Arabs.

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