I've been listening to a load of old skool hiphop recently (<94). Then I started listening to old skool dnb jungle again. As everybody should know, back in the day, dnb was full of quotes from hiphop which in turned quoted funk. Rave music for white kids who like hiphop as we've heard. The first time you heard it, you might not have know it was dnb but you certainly recognised that sample from somewhere. It may have been too fast, too dark and too complex, but it was... 'funky' and had 'flava'... Chuck D's lawyers might not have approved but I'm sure his head nodded to the beat. Nowadays though, most dnb is generated directly on a computer and there's little crossover. Instead of nodding our heads at fertile quotes of non-dnb tunes, we get our knickers in a twist about the twentieth dubplate remix of Warhead and throwaway 'dancefloor pressure' tunes that producers churn out in Reason, Andy C plays a couple of times, punters pay 10quid for, every idiot and his friend plays on their internet mixes and then disappear. Where are the future classics? The biggest lp last year in terms of dnb scene and non-scene impact was Hold Your Colour. Full of quotes and samples (Escape From Planet Monday was meant to have the same impact and was even more derivative, but as it was overproduced shite, it didn't.) You might want to call Pendulum 'wobble clownstep' but if you do, then you need to get a girlfriend and stop spending so much time on DOA. Pendulum brought freshness because they looked out of the scene for their inspiration. Their music is 'funky'... and makes people smile (which in turn makes the frigging hoody brigade unhappy). Grime, dubstep, breakcore and ragga jungle artists are nicking samples and quotes from left to right and their music sounds alive, dangerous and underground. Too much dnb sounds like its made by frustrated virgins in basements with too much expensive sound equipment - who care too frigging much about exactly how a Reese is made and too little about the funk. They know their dnb from A-Sides to Zero Tolerance but you can't tell that they know their music. There is so much music that can be mined for treasure. Dnb wasn't born in generated sounds. It was born in samplers. My two frigging cents and thoughts. Yep, I'm an idiot.