on 31 July 2014
Dubstep was a sound I always appreciated but being a house/techno head there was much in my preferred genre to keep me busy. Now dubstep is definitely a relative of techno, even if it is a second cousin twice removed and the sound has been gravitating in an even more techno orientated direction. Cross over was inevitable and now it's common to find dubstep elements to techno mixes, like on Surgeon's Fabric mix, Burial tracks have found there way into many techno sets and from the other side Ben UFO's FabricLive mix included pure techno tracks as did Pangaea's. I also found Mary Ann Hobbs' dubstep show of a few years back pretty inspiring, the music gave a similar excitement to the early Acid House days. It has reached a point where I'm now familiar and appreciative without really knowing what to buy so like many who are curious I turn to the compilation as a way in.
I knew Skream as a repeated contributor to the Dub Step All Stars series and found his stuff consistently good. This compilation has a few of his tunes included, they are the highlights for me but there's no denying this is a good mix that maintains quality. The mainstream dub step sound is dominant although there are nods to raga and drum and bass. Nothing much in a techno vein but then I reckon this mix is about 5 years old now and I'm enjoying playing catch up. It's pleasurable enough to make me investigate further and I will be checking his more recent releases in the near future.
on 28 August 2008
This is a fantastic Dubstep mix CD. There is over an hour of Superb tunes and mixing. Stand out tracks for me include Hit N Runs Bad Out, Sevens Siren, Skreams Filth and Bengas 26 Basslines V.I.P to name a few out of the twenty eight tracks on this CD. If you like your dubstep mostly dark with massive basslines. You need to add this to your collection now!
on 10 June 2009
First of all i'd like to say the transitions from song to song are unbelievably good (Tribal Intro to The Shinein, and Sleep Another Day to Where's My Money) are the two that stand out for me. I listened to a few songs individually before as i thought i'd youtube a few tracks first to see if it was my kind of thing, i was then mistified as to why i hadn't already bought this album after hearing a few tracks. Definately a purchase to be made by those who love dubstep.
on 23 September 2008
Okay, I'm usually more of a fan of DnB myself, but this genre got recommended to me by my boss. By the odd track I heard off the net under the genre of 'dubstep' I wasn't expecting much from this newfound music style.
However, after seeing a dubstep artist mix a "Watch the Ride" album, I was intrigued. Impressed with other albums of the series (TC, High Contrast), I decided to give it a go. I was highly impressed.
Deep basslines and heavy drums make a very dark, grimey feel to this album and I am now convinced that there is hope out there for dubstep! Recommended.