Sunday, 13 February 2011

Plan B and Senser - Bring It On

It doesn't happen very often anymore, but certain bits of music get me animated to a fantastic degree. Thankfully I've got fine fellow music lovers to point me in the direction of tracks like Pendulums mix of Plan B's Stay Too long. When he starts rapping, the building intensity, the frenzy - phew-wee, I love it. Bring it on. There's power there you can actually have.

It took me back to a band that I and my friends had a lot of time for: Senser. (Go here for something that still kills me. Wait until you can listen to the whole thing at full volume of course, they'd never forgive me otherwise). Thoroughly underrated and forgotten – in perhaps the way that some really good bands have to be – they used to make us almost burst with their music and performances. I swear we used to climb mountains on their lyrics alone.

And that's the other thing that I'm wondering - when we were at the Newbury road protests or the May Day demo's in Oxford Square up against riot police, Senser's lyrics and power was in our heads and across our shoulders. Do the student demonstrators of a few weeks ago have this Plan B mix in their heads? I'd like to think so. But I'm also glad that our music was charged with an obvious political and environmental element, not just the pursuit of money, drinking and Effy off of Skins (though you gotta love the fine dancing in the video). Still, not moaning about the superficiality of it 'these days'; clearly that's not the case. Anyway, as long as there's music that takes people to bursting points, we're all lucky, lucky listeners I guess.

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