My City in Music – London
If you come to London you can probably find any genre you like, but the loudest in the City are your electro-house or your rap and grime. All eluding grit, attitude and high energy. Sound like London to you?
But just like music, London is made of different parts, and all have their own soul.
If you walked the streets of East London, Dalston and Old Street you could find the booming sounds of House and Techno DJ’s playing all night long, to the kids with bubblegum hair and exquisitely shaped moustaches. You can find this music anywhere but this area seems to have the most ideal venues. – Dark, underground caves glittered with out of this world fashion, scary looking smiles and dancing bodies. Some names to know are London based Dj’s, Ben Ufo, Call Super and Bradley Zero – (well known for hosting the boiler room).
DJ Bradley Zero
Please check this out… its chillingly epic. *(this set has a long intro, which is in my opinion is the calm before the storm)
A brilliant example of this art form lulling a listener into a peaceful state before charging up, giving out mountainous vibrations and bringing the listener to it’s peak of alertness. what an interesting and powerful influence music can have on our bodies and minds!? how does it make you feel?)
I think one of the main reasons dance music is so popular in London is our dance culture. Raving runs through the veins of many Londoners and I for one salute it. I love that there are venues in London that people go to just to hear the music, just to dance. — don’t fix your make up because you will sweat it off anyway. Don’t try and talk to me because I won’t be able to hear. Just the occasional grin from you to me agreeing that this song is blowing my mind.
Check out… Route 94 https://soundcloud.com/route94 who is a well known producer and DJ. I think he has a talent for creating music that can be listened to by anyone, whether you know or appreciate House. His music is very upbeat, energising and has quicker build ups and drops, which might be easier on the ears for most people.
So… lets change it up. Let me introduce you to South London. The rhythm of the south is little faster, nastier, harsher. Ok, I’m not gonna try and rap for you, but at least you can guess what genre I’m going to talking about. South London is my home town, and a place called by any outsiders the ’dirty South’. Although no, Im not a fan of the name, I think we get this name as our accent is a little.. different? Well, listen to this and you will understand.
Novelist, an MC and producer from Brockley, SE, shines out on the grime scene through his raw talent and honourable attitude. His lyrics in ‘take time’ are a great influence to a younger generation, ‘I take time and think’ lets you know that this song is about questioning what you do. He’s having a light hearted laugh about the guys who waste their money on drugs and girls, and keeps himself to what he does best, producing music with his crew ’The Square’, who he often refers to.
Here are some South London artists to know… Stormzy, Rapman, Section Boys and J Gang.
South London can’t take the credit though for grime. – In fact Wiley, Dizzee Rascal and Kano all grew up in East. These artists have all helped grime rise to fame over the last decade. But what sparked this? Is there a link between the rise in grime and our London culture? With the incline of social media and technology, the pace of life had soared. We expect things faster. Our minds run faster. Doesn’t this remind you of the fast tempo of grime? As our minds rush increasingly do we want our music to match this? And what will be next for grime or rap as technology evolves?
Before I move on from the grime and rap scene I want to mention a fearless lady, Little Simz. She has lyrics that will slice through your mind and shatter your thought process. If anyone can make you rethink things its her. Her debut album questions the influence of fame and money, something Londoners are (poisoned?) from daily. Whether we want to or not, we have constant in your face reminders of luxury cars, apartments, beauty and fame. It would seem hard not to become a magpie.
Take a minute to listen to her song ’dead body’… from the concept album A Curious Tale of Trials & Persons.
Little Simz is a fierce contestant in the female rap world and UK rap world and up there with some of my favourite US rappers Tink, (I love you Tink!!!) Angel Haze and Azealia Banks.
So I’ve given you a small low down of the most popular Music I think London generates. But if you come to this City you can find what ever your ears desire. Im going to take you to Camden. (North) – an area known for its gothic and rock culture, but sweetened with (cherry) drops of 1950’s pin up look a likes, swing dancing in bars to modern blues and jazz bands. Its certainly the area for live music and for anyone to fully express themselves. It’s even on the street! as you will never pass the station without a busker or DJ or dancer.
Amy Winehouse – Camden’s Finest
It’s also well known for being the home of the late Amy Winehouse, and can we say one of the best song writers ever! If you loved Amy check out these London artists, injecting jazz, hip hop and neo-soul into the music scene; Jamie Woon, Marsha Ambrosius (one from the duo – Floetry) and Andreya Triana.
So we are left with West London.. How does the heat beat of this area sound? Well, actually I don’t know. I’ve lived in London my whole life and never been there… so what does this mysterious corner of England’s capital contain? Are you from West? Maybe you can leave a comment and let me know?
So, to round up what can be said about my City in Music? Well just like it’s people, it’s music scene has immense diversity. From classical sounds heard swirling from Chelsea ballet dancers doors to sounds from the Streets of Brixton forever owning their area. But unity is found in these noisy streets as we all just love music!
By Rosa Lewandowski