(A pre-written, and hence coherent entry)
Jungle's not undergoing a "creative revival" so much as a populist capitulation,
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the music's various incarnations over the last eight years is being radically reincarnated. Mentasms, rave stabs, ragga chants, dub
basslines, amens, breakdowns, vocal anthems etc. etc. etc.
It's not necessarily a good thing, but I took Matt out to Soulaar at The Lounge on Thursday night and even he had a good time,
despite not really having danced to anything except commercial house before. Actually he liked the really hard stuff with Shy
FX-style mad bongos, which surprised me greatly, though the same thing happened the last time I took out a novice friend.
I could say that I enjoy jungle now because unlike even just a couple of months ago, there is now an enormous variety in the
types of tracks you'll hear, from straight two-step rollers to crazy amen mashes. On Thursday they even played a totally whacked
out dub number with weird, asymmetrical and echoey breaks that confused everyone. Naturally I loved it. However the truth is that
I'll always enjoy jungle no matter what state it's in because, much like house, it has become to me something of a staple dance
music ingredient to me. I need to dance to sped up breakbeats and impacting basslines every so often or I feel weird. It
doesn't matter whether the scene is really healthy or on death's door.
If you're interested though, here's a webpage where heaps of
jungle fans debate over the present state and future of the music. If you're acquainted with the scene some of it can be thought