Margins Music: Redux


Long-rumored, this is UK dubstep ingénue Paul Meme aka Grievous Angel's full-length reworking of Dusk + Blackdown's debut full-length Margins Music. This album is an enduring and regular touchstone and is now a springboard for a whole slew of new dubplate and vinyl activity. As Grievous Angel himself explains: "For me Blackdown and Dusk were always crucial dubstep artists. They deliver tunes that simultaneously hit you in the chest, the feet, and the head, and I listened to Margins Music for months; I loved the way that it was smart, supple music that had real depth, but which would also go off in a club. It fused dubstep with many of London's newly-indigenous music, without being mere cultural tourism, venturing into London's marginal communities and working with other artists. Including, of course, rebuilding the bridge between dubstep and grime -- and not just with any old MC, but with the most vital figures on the scene. And then I got the call. They wanted me to remix the entire album. They were fans of the 'Dubstep Sufferah' series of mixes, where I re-edited and dubbed-up all different kinds of dubstep tunes with extra FX and vocals. The 'Sufferah' series was popular because it provided a widescreen listening experience that most standard DJ mixes didn't offer. I love rough, fast, live DJ mixing, but I wanted to do something different, with a lot of depth and replay value. I was influenced by albums that gave you a whole sonic world to get lost in, such as the classic dub albums of the '70s, like (Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson's) African Dub Chapter Three, the cut and paste techniques of Coldcut's Journeys By DJ, Bill Laswell's dub remixes of Miles Davis on the Panthalassa album and the symphonic, endless soul of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. I see Margins Music as a travelogue through London's post-codes and time-zones, and I wanted to bring out the mythical, narrative element of the songs. Blackdown and Dusk captured London's genius loci almost perfectly; my job was to amplify and concentrate it. London is a universal city, both concrete and symbolic, whose accretions of psycho-geography constrain and liberate the multiple diaspora that comprise its population."