A new book documenting the evolution of drilling in the UK has gone on sale.
Tim and Barry introduce Woosh features a collection of photos from the recent archive of cultural documentarians Tim & Barry, who have covered underground music culture for over 20 years, including Portuguese Batida, Chicago Footwork and Grime. Focusing on the present rather than the past, the footage was captured between 2016 and 2022, while the creatives were immersed within the drill community.
During this time, the genre has become one of the most visible sounds in the UK and beyond. And this despite major obstacles, including demonization by the police and powerful sections of the media, with authorities even moving to ban some teams from making music and forcing YouTube to remove dozens of videos, which are a key driver of exercise’s popularity.
Originally presented as an exhibition at the Lazarides Gallery in London, woosh deals with this largely through the visual depiction of themes such as surveillance, censorship, and crime, but also emphasizes aspects of the scene that don’t always make headlines, such as humor, l friendship and popular creativity. Artists including London collective 67 and Headie One feature in the pages, with words provided by renowned writer and music and cultural historian, Ian McQuaid.
You can grab a copy here.
Read DJ Mag’s 2020 article on the changing sound of UK drilling here and the rise of drilling in Ireland here.