Given their closer orbit to his normal spheres of listening, I'm surprised Simon missed a whole rash of beards beyond the fuzzy folk types discussed in this Guardian piece (and in his blissblog follow-up).
For starters, minimal techno does not mean minimal facial hair.
Particularly for the acknowledged master of the field.
This minimal-techno-dubstep spectrum clearly needs to be extended as minimal-techno-dubstep-beards, looking at this Perlon new boy:
Then there's Sam Shackleton's former Skull Disco colleague:
There may be a West Country thing going on here . . . Bristol is a pretty beardy town, and Bristol's the connection for Appleblim and Bass Clef:
But that's not all re dubstep:
And Hyperdub connects to:
From which you can go hauntological:
Or stay electro/synth-pop (note the double points scored here for beard plus Shoreditch Slug):
From whom the beard's importance to the post-punk electro disco revival is a step away:
Before you even consider random strands like space disco:
And assorted French hipsters like Sebastian Tellier or Justice who I can't be bothered to picture.
I just hope these oversights don't blow up in Simon's face . . . It can only be a matter of time before Joe Muggs pens a heartfelt screed on the narrowness of his initial folk-orientated Face Fuzz Continuum . . . its pernicious effects as a kind of canon formation; how badly it reveals his ignorance of the openness of the modern beard-wearer to a huge variety of influences beyond the Incredible String Band; etc.
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