Look, whichever way you swing it (lightly syncopated on the drums, hurr hurr hurr), this unquestionably relaid the map for UK electronic music, the edifice upon which a dominant subdivision of '10s clubland was built. You could use plenty of ways to describe the state of dubstep beforehand, it certainly wasn't easily boxed-in: the Berlin-leaning, techno inclinations of Appleblim and Shackleton had an absorbing pulse; the zig-zagging G-funk appropriated by the Purple heads was vividly exciting; the crumbly spliff ends pushed out via the DMZ / Tempa set packed the spleen-rupturing, earth bassweight; but it was never beautiful as such. "Hyph Mngo" was light breaking through the clouds, marrying the pupil-dilating emotional rush of early rave with the chest-expanding two-note phased organ favoured by contemporarily out-of-favour garage progenitors to unreal effect. It still does the absolute business too - try suppressing a grin when the early washes curdle into the hook and Janet's warped vocals rise once more. And what's especially great is that Joy Orbison has stuck around, asserting himself as one of the finest producers out, hitting an especially fertile run in the past 18 months. But even if "Hyph Mngo" had proven a fluke, it would still to this day remain a bridge that will never be torn down, and a total joy to listen to at that. Ah. Perhaps the name wasn't so daft after all. - Gabriel Szatan
Plugging away since 1999, The National finally hit mainstream success with the release of their 2010 album High Violet. Of course, this entailed their first world tour, but in the new documentary Mistaken For Strangers, it’s only the backdrop for the relationship between lead singer Matt Berninger and his younger brother Tom, who had no idea that these short videos he was shooting would turn into a public document of their troubled, if still loving brotherhood.
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