Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Remember the Roller

What is it about jungle from the mid 90s? (see Warren Ellis on "the new") There was a minute there when everything seemed to change every five minutes or so; music, design, art ... there was all of the sudden a lot of new territory to explore and culture was jumping all over it to find the limits. Lately, all that seems to go on is gap-filling (see Electroclash: the space between New Wave and Miami Breaks). Between 1994 and 2000 a whole territory was sketched out, and somehow all we've been doing since then is following those original Lewis' and Clarks, filling in the details. Maybe it's no coincidence that I went from 16 to 22 in that heady era, so I'm not unbiased, but maybe there really are periods of cultural productivity, and periods of cultural integration. The last half-decade has seen a lot of attempts to integrate the cultural products that were born in the mid/late 90s.

There are tracks out there that that defined a time but might not make it into anyone's CD collection for whatever reason. I want to integrate my recollections of the mid 90s through a series of mixtapes; call it Nostalgia for the Nineties, and I think the best place to start is jungle.

The first tape is here.