Dubstep: From Underground to the Top of the Charts


London may not be the first city that comes to mind when one thinks about Urban Music.  But in the early days of the twenty-first century, the British capital served as a breeding ground for what would eventually become known as “dubstep” – an electronic Urban sub-genre built around “tightly coiled productions with overwhelming bass lines and reverberant drum patterns, clipped samples, and occasional vocals” (“Explore Music: Dubstep.”  Allmusic.  Rovi Corporation.  Retrieved 5 April 2011).  The term “dubstep” itself comes from the combination of 2 step and grime, two major influences on early dubstep artists.  BBC Radio 1 DJ’s John Peel and Mary Anne Hobbs are often credited with helping the genre grow from underground roots to a more accessible and critically recognized genre.  In 2011, the mainstream got a taste of the sound when Britney Spears added a dubstep section to her hit “Hold It Against Me.” At Affix Music, we recognize that Urban goes far beyond Rap, Hip-Hop, and Pop and we’re proud to feature great dubstep music in our catalog.  So we’ve put together a dubstep-centric and license-ready playlist for your listening pleasure.  Click here to give it a listen…you just might find some new favorites.

Recommended listening:

1) Mayhem - Tristate

2) The Beat Geeks - Get Down