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Dubstep Allstars Vol. 08

(Tempa; US: 16 Aug 2011; UK: 15 Aug 2011)

Arguably, dubstep has not been around long enough to have established a sound that could be labeled “old school”. But if it has, Distance features old school dubstep on Dubstep Allstars Vol. 08. The London DJ eschews fast, flashy, drum’n'bass-inspired rhythms and pretty much does away with vocals. What’s left is deep, dark, near-industrial dub, slow-moving and thick. If it weren’t for the electronic effects and sub-bass, this could almost qualify as dub in the reggae sense. While it may put off those who expect a more wobbly, frenetic sound from their dubstep, Dubstep Allstars Vol. 08 gets at the core of a sound that influences more mainstream pop with each passing year.

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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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