Friday, February 8, 2013

Skream - Kreepin'

Someone said deephouse? Finnebassen's take on Aaliyah's classic 1996 single "If Your Girl Only Knew" made it into my Best of 2012 list. Dubstep nestor Skream has made a deephouse version too, and it's just as good. You'd think they'd sound a lot alike, but there's a big difference in the mood between the two. Finnebassen has that Scandinavian melancholy which Skream's more in your face peaktime track lacks. Plus, like a lot of the current British producers, you can hear those little hints of drum 'n' bass and dubstep. I was about to digress into the history of electronic dance music, and how the development differed between countries determined by what people absorbed what parts of house and techno, and how you can hear those differences today. But important as it is, it'll have to wait. You're biting your nails already, I'm sure.

Oh, and imagine how much money whoever inherited Aaliyah would have gotten in royalties if American college kids actually listened to good electronic dance music.