Dubstep Taking Over
Ripping through my heart”
That’s an accurate description of what Dubstep is capable of. Lately it seems as if Dubstep is everywhere I go. Infiltrating the airwaves. Creeping into house sets that are much too tedious and long at Toronto’s Guvernment nightclub. Mingling with Britney Spears on her triumphant single, Til the World ends. Influencing Chris Brown’s style, inspiring DeadMaus with guest vocals by Greta Svabo Bech, (originally part of dubstep trio Picture Book)…and the list just goes on. Insane remixes are produced everyday by Netsky, Subfocus and many others who feel they can make pop songs better, dirtier. Problem is I wasn’t even sure what Dubstep was. It was just a term I kept hearing at parties, in clubs and I knew it meant music I would like. I considered it a slowed down version of drum and bass at first but it is so much more than that. Basically it’s another genre of electronic dance that is dirtier and darker with overwhelming bass and drum patterns, “wobbles,” occasional vocals and various clipped samples. The whole scene began sometime in 1998 in the UK. A pretty short expanse of time to be developing so rapidly in the electronic music scene.
The growth of the Dubstep scene has drastically broadened to include anyone who appreciates the chance to get down on the dance floor. I myself prefer a gradual progressive incline when I listen to Dubstep tracks but the drop is always a reliable point of excitement. The anticlimax where the DJ has all the power and the crowd goes crazy with anticipation for the beat to come back and take everyone’s breath away once again. Whenever there are penetrating vocals on the right track, the music seems to take over your body and make you dance despite your will. Like when I first heard Raise your weapon by Deadmaus and Greta. Or Rusko’s track Hold On feat. Amber Coffman (subfocus remix). Even if you typically resist dancing your body will defy you and start moving of its own violition to the beats that come forth from Dubstep Gods like Nero, Rusko, Starkey, Skream and Burial.
All this talk of ‘eargasms’ and sensory overload just can’t be denied any longer. Once you start exploring the world of Dubstep, I’m pretty sure you will love it. Especially if you used to rave back in the 90’s and loved jungle music, and still got a soft spot for DNB. If you can remember when raves were still underground, full of sweaty yet remarkably attractive people who indulged on crazy chemicals and good vibes, then this Dubstep thing will be a happy reminder of all that is good in the electronic world now. When Rusko was questioned about how mainstream Dubstep may become after working with Britney Spears on some tracks for her latest album, he replied “I’m just going to continue making music that I like. I think that Dubstep has such a wide scope it can go anywhere. I’m ready for it. World domination!” Also worth checking out is Canada’s own duo Zed’s Dead. Their track, White Satin has been described as “smooth as a baby’s bottom and as dirty as the man touching it.” A little dark perhaps, but a fitting description of proper dubstep tunes.
I dubbing love Fuckstep!
Recommended Dubstep producers: Rusko, Phetsta, Flux Pavillion, Noisia, Camo and Krooked, Doctor P, Example, Zed’s Dead, Nero.