In conjunction with our exhibition PICO: Un parlante de África en América we’re sharing a weekly series of online commissions by a global group of visual and sonic practitioners. This series maps Afro-Diasporic visual and sonic practices as both an outcome and facilitator of cultures of resistance.
For this week’s contribution to the digital programme we’re pleased to share a mix by artist and DJ Rabz Lansquot.
Beginning with Brixton-based Linton Kwesi Johnson’s poem ‘Bass Culture’ as a framing, this mix explores a range of sounds from Black British rave culture. Jumping around in time covering the last 30 years, this bass-heavy collection of music includes Instrumental Grime, UK Funky, UK Garage, Bruk, Broken Beat and early Dubstep. It was brought together with the intention of reminding us of the Black radical roots of London’s underground scenes which were heavily policed and sometimes banned, before being co-opted and divorced from their origins. To Rabz, it sounds like growing up in South London, before the clubs closed and the gentrifiers moved in, and it’s the sound of an under-appreciated aspect of Black British resistance.