There is a light that never goes... out?
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a miasma of lunatic alibis
To concentrate on grime’s darkest reaches is to miss out on at least half its raison d’être. It was – and still is – a style of contradictory extremes; situating squalor and glittering aspiration side-by-side. In its flush of youth, songs detailing lurid acts of violence would be performed in opulent clubs with strict dress codes; brutally avant-garde rhythms accompanied by sugar-sweet female vocals and baroque melodies.
The last two decades have seen scores of playing fields 'realigned' for housing development, a rapid growth in the number of gated communities, and now even sound is being used to alienate young British people from public space. A report by the Council of Europe published in late June condemned as "degrading and discriminatory" the use of the 'mosquito', a high-pitched sound which can be heard "only by children and people into their early 20s," The Guardian reported, "and is used to prevent teenagers congregating outside shops, schools and railway stations". 5,000 of these devices have been sold across Europe since 2006: 3,500 of these were in the UK.