You may have noticed a marked uptick in the number of post-____ UK dance tracks in this space. In addition to the massive piece I'm working on trying to make sense of it all, I've decided to use this section of the site to explore what I consider some of the defining tracks of the past few years in this scene that's not a scene. While I had considered starting my timeline with Bruce's "So Stochastic" in 2014 there was another Hessle track released the previous year that for me was the first real crack in the fissure between 'post-dubstep' and whatever the fuck we have now--a lot of varied, exciting music with all types of bass pressure--or due to its absence. By the way, in case you haven't clued in yet, to tell this story involves talking about quite a few Hessle tracks.
In my research, the strain of music I'm covering tends to be classed as UK bass music or techno and the martial 4X4 snare that provides the nebulous track with its backbone draws obvious allusions to techno's principle feature. But this is David Kennedy, a producer whose drum programming can border on the excessive and overwrought. When he gets it right like on "Starburst" or the run of electro-juke jams like "Glut," "Work Them," and "Blanked" that preceded the track that for me still remains the high watermark of both his career and UK dance between 2013 and 2018. I'll never forget listening to "Starburst" for the first time when it came out and rolling my eyes at the prolonged percussion build-up that works its way gracefully into the main groove. Though once those hi-hats start counting time, a marching band snare arises leading us into our main groove. A sumptuous two-note pad forms the constellation of counter-point bass hits, crowd yelps, and a yearning high-end melody that makes it title all the more apt as this is the sound of a star going nova in London.