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N-Type

Rinse: 09

(Rinse FM; US: 4 Aug 2009; UK: 10 Aug 2009)

British DJ N-Type is one of the primary figures behind the ever-growing, ever-changing electronic music style known as dubstep. Rinse:09 is a typical representation of his mixing style, and with 34 tracks crammed onto a single disc, it’s a rapid-fire assault, building gradually from slow-moving, sub-bass-heavy reggae to full-on, head-spinning mayhem. Along the way there’s drum’n'bass, dub, dancehall, grime, and even a bit of industrial. The signature spinning-hubcap synth effects become faster and ever more intense. Depending on your state of mind, it’s enough to make you either raise your arms in ecstasy or make for the nearest padded cell. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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