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Alexander Nut

Rinse: 08

(Rinse FM; US: 14 Apr 2009; UK: 30 Mar 2009)

Really, someone should put a moratorium on new electronic music sub-genres. But no one has, so here’s British DJ Nut and Rinse: 08 to introduce you to “wonky”. What is wonky, you ask? Well, it’s a mix of garage, dub, R&B, techno and hip-hop, with a lot of video game-inspired sounds apparently. The UK pirate radio station Rinse FM is known for the grime, UK garage and dubstep sub-genres, and wonky basically mixes them all up.


Roots Manuva is the one name here you might recognize, but it’s biting hip-hop from Marco Polo, Frank-N-Dank and Eric Lau who provides the standout moments. Elsewhere, though only 1000 Names’ “Melonball Bounce” is intolerable, but things are a bit too abstract, noisy and video-gamey to really catch on. It’s certainly interesting, but wonky seems best relegated to those crazy nights when you just know you’re headed for an awful hangover.

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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