Ransom Note recently invited Young Marco (who is playing at Wigflex soon) to take on the role of editor for a week. I felt the urge to write an article about his output.
The Ransom Note really is a cool platform, serving up enjoyable reads based around electronic music culture, but not like you’ve seen before.
It recently invited Young Marco (who is playing at Wigflex soon) to take on the role of editor for a week. What resulted was a series that was so good, I felt the urge to write an article about his output.
Ultimately, a mixture of Wunderground style codswallop and words written with a tongue firmly wedged in one’s cheek was produced. Yet the farce features he commissioned tread on the fine line of what could be true in this weird and wonderful world of repetitive electronic beats.
Yes, although I felt disgruntled, I too believed that Richie Hawtin had actually decided to open STYLEdifferently, his own chain of hair salons, and that Boiler Room had partnered with Greggs. And that’s why they’re so good.
Fake news aside there are also some great interviews in there, with acclaimed music critic Philip Sherburne and ex-journo now DJ Gerd Janson. Whether intentional or not, both follow a theme of interviewing the interviewer, offering insight into the media game that surrounds electronic music. Being an artist who, like many, is often on the other side of it, my guess is that Young Marco decided to utilise his editorial position to give them a grilling for once…probably.
Finally, another notable contribution throughout the takeover took the form of Jay’s Cheese Of The Day. Apparently, Palms Trax (who also touched down on Notts turf recently) used to work in a cheese shop, so YM invited him to share his favourite fromages, alongside some song pairings. I’m not sure if I believe Palms Trax’s CV claim, but as a funny 5 minute read coupled with tune discovery – what’s not to love?
Guest edits open the doors to some excellent reads and R$N has had some awesome takeovers in the past, but this one particularly tickled me. As the electronic music scene lies divided in a state of RA poll controversy, it presents dance music content in a way that is entertaining at its core while still paying homage to the culture, rather than pandering to any press paradigms.
To quote his interview, if you can ‘at least dance to’ Gerd’s music, then at least this guest edit from Young Marco makes you smile, ey. Read the whole thing here.