Friday, March 21, 2008

Let There Be House!

I first saw this television series when my friend Pierre sent me the link to it a few years ago in Taiwan. It's miles better than any of the other attempts at the history of dance music, most notably Maestro, which is the most sycophantic waste of time ever committed to celluloid.

Actually here is a funny story, when Pierre and I were doing The Beat Symposium parties in Taipei after seeing the Maestro trailer we thought we'd show the documentary one evening and then play all the classics afterwards, so we contacted the producers of the film and asked how much it would cost to do a screening and we were a bit flabbergasted to say the least by their demands, which were: 2 x first class roundtrip tickets from the US, 2 x hotel 5-star hotel rooms for 3 nights plus $2000 for the screening and a $500 appearance fee for the director (I'm assuming the other ticket was for his significant other), so all-in-all that would've set us back the better side of $6000 and all this in a venue that held 130 people at a push. We passed on it as I'm sure you can guess.

The initial stages of this series are really good but towards the end when they start mentioning that speed garage is the future turned out to be woefully inaccurate as we all know how it died a very sudden death in Cyprus followed by the birth and death of broken beat in London and it is probably only a matter of time before grime goes down the same route, which I hope doesn't happen because I really like records by Benga, Skream! and particularly Burial and to be fair there does seem to be a lot more scope to grime than there ever was from speed garage and broken beat producers who in some cases are one and the same.

Anyway, I'm digressing a bit here watch the documentary and try not to get chills when Your Love gets played. Love that record.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9

Part 10

Part 11

Part 12

Part 13

Part 14

Part 15

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