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Top 10 unlikely musicians on the dubstep bandwagon

Ah, dubstep. Not since Hitler bombed England has there been such a deliberate, explosive, whomping grab for our hearts and minds. The British art form has mutated its way into a typically bad American copy (‘brostep’) and made a definitive jump into the mainstream. We’re honestly surprised AJ Maddah didn’t get Magnetic Man down here for Harvest, that’s how bloody popular it is. With the Parklife announcement just around the corner – and they had a killer one-two punch of Flux Pavilion and Nero last year – we investigate the most unlikely artists to have wub-wub-wub-wubbed their way into the zeitgeist.



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10. KoRn

Of all the musicians listed here, Jonathan Davis’ cockroach of a band (namely, it refuses to die) is probably the least surprising when it comes to embracing the bro-step. Skrillex is about as abrasive as anything on ‘Follow The Leader’, and now that most nu-metal pioneers have become massive cry-babies and/or Jesus freaks, it seems like the logical sound to take its place as The Genre Your Parents Love To Hate. The thing is, KoRn didn’t just do a one-off dubstep collaboration. They did a whole freaking album of them. It’s called The Path Of Totality and it came out last year and I just put it on for like 2 seconds and both my brothers laughed at me.




9. Gotye

‘Our Gotye cruisy dubstep remix, we've been working on for a while now, we really tried to keep the angst and emotion behind the amazing original, we hope you enjoy it, we're really happy with the track and suggest a few listens with your subs on ;)’ For the record, Bombs Away, my subs are always on. I sleep with subs warming up for the precise moment when I need to pump up the bass. This isn’t one of them.

Poor Wally/Wouter/Wout-Up-How-Big-Is-My-Bank-Account took pity on the thousands of Internet warriors reworking his song and will #soon release an entire remix album based entirely on ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’. This rendition isn’t going to be on there, mainly because there is no such thing as cruisy dubstep. The idea that there’s space between the bass notes is apparently meant to make this a completely different approach from the rest of the bros out there, but somebody should have told them that jamming the xylophone ostinato into a blender is not going to win you any favours. The main riff is seriously offensive, so I assume when they say they’re capturing the emotion of the original, what they mean is they’re capturing their girlfriends, locking them in the back of a trunk and driving them off a bridge. Oh wait, that’s another angsty pop song….




8. Cypress Hill

Once again, the ability to be angry puts anyone in the frame to empathise with bowel-shattering bass. But Cypress Hill are known for being a bit more refined than that. Even when Rage Against The Machine amped up ‘How I Could Just Kill A Man’ on their Renegades album in 2000, it still seemed to serve some sort of purpose. But teaming up with Rusko (that’s the guy who fights with everyone all the time, except Diplo) on an EP was not supposed to be part of the script. If dubstep devours classic hip-hop, we’re all in serious trouble. Also, smoking heaps of bongs and listening to hyper-processed, chainsaw synths firing off like canons cannot possibly be fun for anyone who isn’t writing a Vice article.



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    Monday 18 Jun 2012 - 2:45 PM
    "jesus freaks"?
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    Monday 18 Jun 2012 - 6:20 PM
    Cypress Hill were probably hoping to hit on the same formula they did 10 years ago doing Child of the West with Roni Size cashing in on D&Bs popularity and producing a great track in the process. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU2TFutZLds
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    Tuesday 19 Jun 2012 - 11:08 AM
    Infected Mushroom - Actually not that bad. At least they've tried something new, and arguably, that's exactly what they've been needing for a while now. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpFzESVN-xU - language warning/
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    Tuesday 19 Jun 2012 - 5:48 PM
    Dubstep is awful, awful, awful music. Electronic music really is moving away from the IDM forefront of the future music to being a real moniker of the nonsense us kids and our generation should be ashamed of. Skrillex is untalented. Dubstep fucking blows! Being ironically post pop pulp culture slash whatever is no substitute for actually being good at what you do. I know there's good and bad in any decade and music rite of passage, but fucking yuck!
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    Thursday 21 Jun 2012 - 11:51 PM
    Seems like most of the people screeching about how much they hate dubstep haven't even heard it. They've heard similar beats, bass sounds, or variations of the genre and assume it's dubstep. Even Skrillex has said his music is not dubstep. Only one of the samples in this article had barely a touch of the reggae shuffle (that bouncy sound that helps define reggae) in it. For a good starting point, try some of the following: Midnight Request Line by Skream, My Story by Emalkay, and Positive Vibes, Froggy Style, or Sunday - all by the Widdler. I notice lots of people at youtube spend their time typing out their hatred for any genre or artist they don't like. I'll never get that mentality. Life is short enough, why not chase after the things you love? Too scary for some, I suppose.
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    Friday 22 Jun 2012 - 11:57 AM
    I'd also suggest Joker's Digidesign, Darkstar's Need You, Bushido by The Others, Poison Dart by The Bug, Drowned City by Dark Sky, DJ Rupture's Uproot and Solar Life Raft mixes and Mush by Zomby. It's a genre with a lot more diversity and nimbleness than people credit it for. I guess the same thing happened with elector though...
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