The huge influence that Jamaican music has had on british music, from garage to grime, drum and bass, and jungle and trip-hop, is a subject rarely discussed. Last week, Mykaell Riley celebrated the launch of Bass Culture, the first academic investigation into the impact, importance and value of Jamaican music to the british music scence but also to acknowledge the great contribution to the culture and heritage of Great Britain.
The project will examine the wide-spread influence of Jamaican music through the collection, over two years, of memories and experiences from three generations of musiciance, music industry participants and audience members.
Talking to i-D Magazine, Riley said: "It's a bit like watching a movie in black and white on the assumption that this is the only version - when the movie was actually filmed in colour - given recent sales in the US and the fact that Britain sits at the apex of pop music, British pop is more successful now than it was in the 60s, however the black British contribution over this period remains little known. Historically the promotional lens of the British rock and pop media have painted a picture that now requires revisiting and that's where this research fits in."