Dubstep: From Underground to the Top of the Charts

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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