DJ Youngsta – Pulse X

When what was known as #UKGarage was experiencing a downturn after an opulent era of champagne, designer clothes and chart success, it’s plummet of decadent saturation gave rise to the many voices it had previously excluded.

The lyrics and flows had changed alongside the sound which was slowly transitioning to the dark side. One man decided to cut through all of the fluff to produce something that can be described as the blueprint for all that was to come afterwards.

There was no more fancy piano intros, long introductions, singing or vocal chops. Youngsta’s deconstructed composition gave us what we wanted all along as MCs, DJs and listeners; bass and drums.

Pulse X juxtaposed the polarities of hype and calm, beats and bass, dark and light. It was done in alternating segments of 8 bar intervals, looped across 5mins with minimal variation.

What Pulse X is to Grime is what the opening lines of Genesis are to monotheism;

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Now the earth was [1] formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.

Pulse X, like Abraham, begat many production offspring and styles which would also serve as the template for arrangements, drum patterns and snare placement for at least 10 years afterwards.

Things were never the same when this dropped so today we pay homage.

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