Ed Simons (pictured above right), one half of The Chemical Brothers, has vehemently expressed what he thinks about the Swedish House Mafia.
He's been publicly critical of one of the group's biggest tunes, 'Don't You Worry Child', slating it as "drivel".
Simons became embroiled in an argument with SHM fan and high profile DJ, Tommie Sunshine, last night on Twitter. Sunshine attacked Simons by saying, "Why is everyone from the roots of this music so fucking salty about the ones who are going mainstream?" The Chemical Brothers man then replied, "this post modern everything's ok attitude is killing interesting dance music, it's an awful awful record, that's all".
This is another example of established figures within dance music biting back at the EDM explosion (see also: DJ Sneak, A Guy Called Gerald, Scuba.) Of course, Simons knows a thing or two about being at the top of dance music and how to make hit records with a considerable amount of ingenuity and style. It seems he's worried about the general homogenisation of mainstream dance music thanks, in part, to EDM. It's a discourse that is becoming ever more familiar (and bitter, in places). Can mainstream dance music appeal to the masses as well as push the boundaries of what is possible?
For now, Ed doesn't reckon the Swedes are up to the job. Do you?