I have been quickly developing an obsession with a strain of UK club music known as dubstep/grime/sublow, etc. Grime’s vocal artists have had some limited exposure in the US — Dizzee Rascal and Lady Sovereign — but my dubstep curiosity has been harder to satisfy. It has been a long time since I have kept current on any kind of “dance” music, but my interest has now been captured.
My first exposure has been from online mixes. There are many radio sets available online. It has been difficult to get my hands on the music here in Orange County, California, though. My only recourse has been to pay exorbitant shipping fees to boomkat.com, or download tracks from the bleep.com mp3 store.
What does it sound like? The one unifying theme of dubstep music is bass and sub-bass. Over that, the sound can range from very minimal and hypnotic to frenetic and choppy. The proper way to hear the music, apparently, is on a giant sound system that is capable of rattling your chest cavity. I have not had that opportunity as of yet, but I have been inspired to look into finally putting a subwoofer in my car.
I am putting some songs here for streaming to give an idea of the sound. I will not make them available for download. This is out of respect for the artists, who operate independently on a small scale. If you like what you hear, look for more dubstep on bleep.com or boomkat.com, thanks.
Do not attempt to listen to these on laptop speakers. A subwoofer is required.
Honour Kill by luke.envoy (Hot Flush)
Bombardment of Saturn by Vex’d (Planet-Mu)
Sparkle by Elemental (Hot Flush)
The Knowledge by Toasty (Hot Flush)