There’s been much discussion as to whether or not to include a glossary. Some find the whole idea very unnecessary and insulting saying, ‘Hip Hop never had no glossary’. To that others say, ‘I never understood Hip Hop’.
‘Artists and Repertoire’, music biz scouts.
Music. 303-intensive House music with fewer vocals. The parent of Techno and Trance.
Music. Similar to Trance but more esoteric and abstract. Huge soundscapes, often with minimal or no beats. Strictly for the chill-out rooms.
A break characterised by driving cymbals.
Music. The Artcore LP series featuring everyone from Foul Play and Aphrodite to Krust and Johnny L. Weird. Intelligent hybrid made from those producers’ influences.
Usually prefixed by an unspoken ‘bad’.
‘Avin’ It (Large)
Having a totally wicked time.
Ruffneck yout with too much attitude.
Music. Commercial House music favoured by those that enjoy a good old-fashioned knees-up with a pint of beer and a couple of Es whilst on holiday in Ibiza.
Music. Four beats.
To exalt, to boast (of oneself).
A practitioner of the ‘blag’.
Charming your way to get what you want.
Part of the record, usually eight to sixteen beats, often sampled and looped to create a beat for a tune.
Music. Music with breaks. Anything that’s not a four to the floor kick drum pattern. The forerunner of Hardcore and ultimately JDB.
Adv. Breaking out, dancing madly.
Played it, play a tune, to recite a lyric.
Using it, taking it, playing it to the max and further.
Seeing someone socially or sexually (usually past tense).
Music. Turn on, light up and chill out. Easy Listening with credibility.
Excl. “What a good record, Mr.DJ!” Show some respect and shout it out! “Chooooooon!”
Clanged it out
Adv. Clashing beats in a mix. Worst possible insult to a DJ.
Black on the outside, white on the inside. A racial slur, a black person with white pretensions (see ‘Wigger’).
The terrible effect felt when the drugs wear off. (Although the first few hours are quite nice really).
Music software application, usually not paid for.
See Posse, De Man Dem.
Adj. The best thing.
Music. Dark-sounding with low b-lines. Takes influences from Industrial, Rock and Gabba. Also from Chrome and DHR labels (eg. DJ Trace and Sonar).
Music. Militant beats, angry JDB (eg. Ed Rush and Optical).
Digital Audio Tape, recording studio quality.
Music. Pared-down house, minimalist, b-line intensive.
Music. The original Techno from Detroit. You can’t mention Detroit without mentioning Derrick May … or cars.
music. Reggae of which lyrics and melodies are largely stripped out or ‘cut in’ with lots of digital delay (eg. Jah Shaka, King Tubby).
The very latest records cut on acetate, initially only available to select DJs.
Choose a tune.
Wait for it. Whatfi When the bassline kicks in.
Music. Originally a form of Hip-Hop, Planet Rock and Wicky Wicky being two famous examples.
Extended Play record, more tracks than a twelve-inch, less than an album.
To tweak frequencies of the mix using an equaliser.
Music. European Techno similar to Gabba but not as hard and mad. Cheesy some might say.
Not a total dread, a smiling face and a thumpin’ bass for a lovin’ race (eg. Jazzy B).
Music. Just play any 33 rpm Techno tune at 78 rpm and you’ll get the picture. Popular in Rotterdam, allegedly (see also Nosebleed).
Music. House with lots of R ‘n’ B flavour, vocals and piano.
Going for bruck
Adv. Going for broke.
Adv. Definitely not sorted, devastated.
Music. Predecessor of Jungle and harsh bastard child of Techno. Often uses breakbeats.
Music. 4-beats-to-the-bar dance music, originated in New York or Chicago (depending on who you believe).
Sub-division of a larger record label.
Music. Originally lighter, spacy Sunday afternoon music, but still dancefloor D&B. Probably takes influences from The Orb (eg. LTJ Bukem). For some, a contentious term.
- adj. See ‘Tear-out’.
- Music. Party music with an upbeat springy flavour that makes you want to bruk out and jump like a maniac.
- Turn down.
- To be turned down (see ‘Gutted’).
Adj. Looking or sounding wicked.
- Continually-repeated musical refrain.
- To loop.
Music. A ‘sweet’ kind of Reggae, always melodic, usually with love song vocals (eg. Gregory Issac).
The people, the followers.
Mashed it up
Adj. Of an artist’s performance – a very high accolade. See also ‘Rinse out’, rip it up, tear it up, also negatively in context of to destroy.
Mechanical Copyright Protection Society.
Adj. (E)nough, loads (see ‘X-amount’).
Adj. Music, graffiti art, trainers, mentality from a by-gone era. Nostalgia with attitude.
Adj. looks good, sounds wicked.
Adj. Really rather good.
Adj. Proper (see ‘Runnin’).
Music. Distinctly rude-sounding modern Reggae strand, with vocals from deep in the throat, generally lewd theme and grinding, aggressive rhythm.
Music. Not-so-rare 70s funk tunes.
Keeping it real, representing what you believe in and living by those beliefs. or: Turning up and flashing your skills.
Play it again DJ – now! (see “Choon!”).
Adj. See ‘Tearin’.
- See ‘Cane’.
- A good hard party.
R ‘n’ B
Music. Some would say modern-day soul.
Adj. Wicked (see ‘Pukka’).
Adj. Good [of a person], trustworthy, of good character. Feeling comfortable, everything going rather well.
- Electronically recorded segment of sound.
- To sample.
Equipment used to record pieces of sound.
To achieve a positive result, usually sexually or pharmaceutically.
Back room drinking den.
- To cheat.
- A dance style.
Adj. The bird’s in the hand: get it, got it, good (see ‘Score’).
Music. JDB with ‘Garage style’ vocals, jerky drum patterns and b-lines (kinda Sweet like Chocolate).
Go really quickly, sometimes through a crowd.
Making your mind up, check out, investigate.
To be sussed
To be in the know.
Adj. Fast and furious (see ‘Jump-Up’).
Adj. Of music or artists (see ‘Rinsin’).
Music. Techno with no harshness but with housey b-lines.
Music. Generally metallic-sounding Drum & Bass. Techno-influenced. Darker, driving and laced with Sci-Fi samples.
Music. Faster, more aggressive and more experimental than House with few vocals and agenerally ‘metallic’ sound. Pioneered in the ghettos of Detroit.
The one like
Title. Him, her, Ms, Mr etc. [Yer man – Irish].
Boots once fashionable and now available in your local Oxfam.
Direction of music. Mood, vibe.
Music. Less hard, spaced-out Techno. ‘Soundscapes’ with a driving rhythm to take you into the clouds.
Video jockey, TV presenter.
Adj. Extremely good, simply marvellous.
White person with black pretensions (eg. Ali G) (see ‘Coconut’).
Adj. Loads and loads (see ‘Nuff’).
Abbr. Youth Training Scheme, though others called it a joke.