Various (mixed by Skream) - Watch The Ride

Thanks to Burial's Mercury Music Prize nomination, the term "dubstep", if not the sound, may have crossed into the mainstream. Rest assured, anyone whose experience of dubstep doesn't go beyond Untrue may be knocked sideways by Skream's Watch the Ride mix.

In fact, Skream, one of dubstep's pioneers and most prolific artists, has put together a mix which sounds a world away from Burial's pitched up vocals, garage beats and melodies. The focus is primarily on those menacing "wah wah" basslines, confirming that, in its most unbastardized form, dubstep is perhaps the least friendly genre going, not least because it's dance music that one imagines is almost impossible to dance to. For many, trying to "get into" dubstep will be like trying to break a diamond with a fork. Although there are some tracks here which reach a tentative hand to the outsider - Skream's own If You Know (ambient dubstep?), the burst-of-reggae Soundboy My Target/2 Steps Back V.I.P mash-up and Lateef's apocalyptically beautiful Saw, Sine, Square - this is one for the already converted.

Overall

7

out of 10

We need your help

Running a website like The Digital Fix - especially one with over 20 years of content and an active community - costs lots of money and we need your help. As advertising income for independent sites continues to contract we are looking at other ways of supporting the site hosting and paying for content.

You can help us by using the links on The Digital Fix to buy your films, games and music and we ask that you try to avoid blocking our ads if you can. You can also help directly for just a few pennies per day via our Patreon - and you can even pay to have ads removed from the site entirely.

Click here to find out more about our Patreon and how you can help us.

Did you enjoy the article above? If so please help us by sharing it to your social networks with the buttons below...

Tags
Category Review

Latest Articles