At some point in the early aughts, Garage music lost some of its ingenuity and was overrun by some unfortunate pop artists. More recently, Dubstep’s more aggro tendencies have turned a lot people away from the sub-genre. I don’t have the wherewithal to explain why this occurred, but it happened and that’s what matters. In the wake of the creative demise of both, “Future Garage” and “Post-Dubstep” arose. Now, I seriously doubt that any actual artist classified as either of these would refer to themselves as such, but that is also irrelevant. Rebranding in the music critic world is as common as pretentious douchebaggery and it is especially prevalent in electronic music. What is so inherently ”future” or “post” about Disclosure or 5kinandbone5? The need to classify these acts as such is infantile and pointless when in fact Disclosure bounces across genre lines with every new track and 5kinandbone5 are really just making traditional Garage. We use the term “future music” fairly often in these parts, meant to highlight the boundless, forward thinking nature of the artists we feature as opposed to genre limitations. Anyways, rant over.
I have heard Kidnap Kid referred to as “Future Garage” producer numerous times and as you can imagine it’s made my skin crawl. The British producer has had a wonderful year churning out bright bits of Garage and his latest remix of Naughty Boy’s “Wonder” is no different. Kidnap leaves the vocals almost entirely intact, allowing the bouncy riddim to meander below the surface. Enjoy these last few sunny days of the year and throw a bird in the sky for those post-dubsteppers.