I had a revelation today while surfing the dubplate.net forum and noticing a new poster from the Czech Republic going by the name "BOHEMIAN." Like, it's totally time to bring back the crunchy, bearded, holey-jeans, semi-rasta, techno-hippy figure that used to be a staple of the earlier days of rave, before he was relegated to the ghetto of goa trance. I'm talking about the guy who used to be into the Dead or Ornette Coleman but went to the techno parties for the good drugs and general peace and love vibe. Or in the UK, the guy (or girl, duh) who identified with the Spiral Tribe and travelled the countryside to reach outdoor raves under the stars with names like "Solstice." Screw all this cold steely futurism. It's time for Babylon to fall and the weak to inherit the earth and all that stuff.
Ok, I'm not actually trying to bring back 1989, but I have been thinking lately that one thing I find really refreshing about the current state of dubstep
music is it's dreadness - it's earthy hippyness and fondness for organic sounds - without failing to also be as futuristic as anything else out there. All the hand percussion, Middle-Eastern samples, and titles like "Give Jah Glory" and "Amazon" suggest a welcome return of the techno-hippy-mystic.