Skrillex
Burial
Memories of the Future
James Blake

Electronic » Jungle/Drum'n'Bass » Dubstep

A London-centric offshoot of U.K. garage that absorbed and transfigured elements of drum'n'bass, techno, and dub, dubstep germinated in the Forward>> club night. Initially held in a Soho venue, Forward>> later extended its reach through a show hosted by Kode9 on the pirate radio station Rinse FM. Like all forms of underground dance music, dubstep was a single-oriented form -- dispersed on labels like Tempa, Tectonic, Hessle Audio, Immerse, and Kode9's Hyperdub -- and its tense, almost oppressively dark sound was built on tightly coiled productions with overwhelming bass lines and reverberant drum patterns, clipped samples, and occasional vocals (which ranged from toasting, to MC'ing, to "proper" R&B-oriented singing). Artists like Burial, Pinch, Benga, and Martyn (a Dutch producer who transitioned from drum'n'bass) thrived with the full-length format, often by emphasizing the haunting ambience that was almost always present within dubstep's harder hitting tracks, in turn making albums geared toward late night home listening. Releases like Burial's Untrue (2007) and the mix albums series Dubstep All-Stars did not quite bring dubstep to the mainstream, but they gained significant critical notoriety and made the style far more accessible to those not located in and around its epicenter.

Dubstep Artists Highlights

Skrillex
Skrillex
James Blake
James Blake
501
501
Burial
Burial
Jamie xx
Jamie xx
Borgore
Borgore

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Dubstep Album Highlights

Burial
Burial
Burial
Memories of the Future
Kode9 / Kode9 & the ...
Memories of the Future
Underwater Dancehall
Pinch
Underwater Dancehall
Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites
Skrillex
Scary Monsters & Nice ...
Tectonic Plates
Various Artists
Tectonic Plates
Skream!
Skream
Skream!

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Dubstep Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Raver Burial
Angry The Bug
Ashtray Wasp
Burial
Street Halo Burial
Come Down to Us Burial
Me and the Devil Gil Scott-Heron
Exodus [Pretty Lights Remix] Bob Marley & the Wailers
House of Sin Lee "Scratch" Perry / Spacewave
Wounder
Burial
Dark Gethsemane
Burial

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