Banksy Film Exploits Handicapped Children, Drum-n-Bass

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British street artist Banksy has been tattooing buildings for nearly 20 years, and his random art of vandalism has stirred in the public a ravenous response. A film documenting his exploits, Exit Through the Gift Shop, out tonight in select cities before a nationwide rollout, offers the first peek into the artist’s work method.

We’ll be there. Why? A DJ friend of ours is part of a street-graffiti removal crew called Face. They work under cover of night, too, and encounter far more difficulty than taggers do: without water pressure, the sandblasting power washer is neutered like a house feline.

Our DJ offers this tip: “There are several types of sand that you can use for your sandblaster, but round silica works best for cleaning graffiti from most surfaces. To begin sandblasting, you will first need to place the sandblast attachment probe into the sand you want to use and attach the other end to the power washer nozzle. Always protect the sand source from moisture by covering it and keeping the sand nozzle pointed down when not in use.”

Oh, and the film features original music from drum-n-bass vandal DJ Roni Size.

Here’s a d-n-b dictionary. Respect to Prime Loops.

1.Darkcore / Darkstep

Artists of note: Noisia, Spor

Between 150 bpm and 160 bpm lies the Darkcore, or Darkstep head. This one is terrifying, using samples from old horror films and chromatic scales to create a chilling, dark atmosphere.

2. Drumstep

Artists of note: Crissy Criss, Taxman

An unpredictable offshoot of the DnB Hydra is Drumstep, with beats around 170-180bpm, but generally dabbling in half-time percussion, making it seem like dubstep at times!

3. Jazzstep/Intelligent Drum and Bass

Artists of note: LTJ Bukem, Photek

This head clearly thinks it is musically above the others with a name inferring it’s mastered a standardized D-n-B test.  Obscure chord progressions and Jazz, Lounge and Ambient influences bring together a mellower, but still dancefloor-friendly take on the Drum and Bass vibe.

4. Liquid / Liquid Funk

Artists of note: High Contrast, Mistabishi, Chase and Status

This head will often be found in a chilled-out daze; Liquid D-n-B is a much more chilled take on the genre, with heavy usage of authentic instrumentation to accompany the electronic percussive undertone.

5. NeuroFunk / Techstep

Artists of note: Ed Rush, Optical, Noisia

A harder, funkier take on DnB, this head brings together heavily synthesized percussion with positively demented basslines. This often overlaps with the Darkstep sub-genre to bring a crushing, industrial overtone to the drops and a driving backbeat to the builds.

6. Breakcore

Artists of note: Venetian Snares, Bong-Ra

Brain-meltingly high BPMs have pushed this head over the edge into positive insanity.  Breakcore mashes practically anything together, from complex classical to heavy metal, all over some of the most complex and intricate drum programming imaginable.

7. Jump Up

Artists of note: DJ Zinc, Hazard

A light hearted head that is probably too busy bopping away to cause any real damage, at least intentionally, Jump Up is a simple genre with big, clean basslines and hip hop samples to give it that catchy edge.

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