Before we even get started on this, it’s worth pointing out I’m no dubstep guru. I don’t spend my nights tuning in to fuzzy pirate frequencies and I’ve never been to that Croydon record shop. However, I’ve been digging around the scene enough the past 12 months to finally make a Grand Contentious NME Statement about the genre, and that is thus:
Dubstep is the most exciting musical movement in two decades.
Just when you think you’ve got it in the palm of your hands it twists and turns and evolves into something completely new while somehow staying ‘dubstep’. While other genres do their bit for recycling and revolve in ever-decreasing circles dubstep continues to innovate. For a lengthier digression on similar lines go read Simon Reynolds blog for the Guardian.
Anyway, big reaction to our last post offering free dubstep MP3s – so we thought we’d do an update and root out some of your suggestions from the comments. Read on for links to the best plus some MP3s of our own…
Philadelphia producer Starkey‘s upbeat take on Drums Of Death‘s ‘Got Yr Thing’ was one of the remixes of ’09 (get it here), while his own stuff takes dubstep in all kinds of new directions (take down ‘Gutter Music VIP’ and ‘Pressure’ for starters).
Martyn was another name that cropped up again and again; to get started on him download ‘These Words’, ‘Vancouver’ and ‘Hear Me’. (Head to Fabric this Saturday 16th for the launch of ‘Fabric Live: Martyn’ – Resident Advisor has the details).
Some more tips from readers worth checking out:
16 Bit’s remix of Joanna Newsom’s ‘Shallow’
Joy Orbison’s ‘Wet Look’
Emika’s ‘Drop The Other’
Floating Points – ‘Truly’
Cragga’s mix of The Marvelettes’ ‘Please Mr Postman’
Akire Kiteshi – ‘Ulysses’
Mt Eden – ‘Sierra Leone’
Scuba – ‘Speak’
Pinch – ‘Brighter Day’
And finally The Others (not the tube train-playing also rans, some other The Others).
We also got sent a load of new MP3s from labels and promoters to offer as download and broaden your dubstep horizons. These were the best (although we’re waiting on approval on another batch so watch this space).
Doorly is a name that crops up on the blogs a lot; his mix of The Temper Trap’s ‘Sweet Disposition’ is a good starting point.
The Temper Trap, like Miike Snow, just have those voices & melodies made for remixing. Next, BBC Introducing favourites Engine-Earz Experiment have been pricking a few ears recently – get their remix of Basement Jaxx here.
She Is Danger, meanwhile made NME Radio‘s Track Of The Week with ‘Hurt You’, a vocal heavy track that shows off dubstep’s potential in a more accessible world. They also remixed Groove Armada‘s ‘Paper Romance’ and sent us the MP3 as a Daily Download exclusive.
Finally, London superclub Matter sent us an amazing Gemmy track to mark their next Fwd>>>Rinse dubstep/grime/funky night with Kode9, Boy Better Know, Appleblim and loads more (deets here).
The last Fwd>>>Rinse with Skream, Benga and Boy Better Know:
Favourite tracks from this lot? And what did we miss? Feedback appreciated as ever.