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12-06-2008, 01:20 PM
so come on then , allow me just to jump in and just ask someone to just recommend me the best dubstep shit around for someone who has listened to basically none of it but wants to hear all of the definitive records from the past 5 years...

or at least a link somewhere to a good rundown of all the goods..

you know i was in russia last year and my choice before heading to india was either going to london and crashing dubstep parties or going to berlin and going for minimal

of course i ended up in berlin, and what a story that turned out to be....!

so yeah, give me something

and forgive me for my ignorance, oh venerable nerddom

jonny mugwump
12-06-2008, 01:24 PM
starting with Tempa's Dubstep Allstars series is probably a good idea (and their Roots of Dubstep too).

Volume 6 mixed by Appleblim has just come out and pushed things in a very sexy new direction.

Talking about Applemblim- Skull Disco's Soundboy Punishments comp is a truly excellent archive of that label's leftfield and unique approach to the genre.

Every single on Hyperdub, every single one, are also things of wonder to behold.

12-06-2008, 01:27 PM
the entire hyperdub, tempa, deep medi and dmz back catalogue...

also hessle, punch drunk, 2nd drop for newer labels.

but yeah the first batch of dubstep allstars cds are probably the best place to start.

download oneman and scientist sets for history lessons!

noel emits
12-06-2008, 01:58 PM
I rate this mix from mid '05 by DST (dubway?) as a good intro and a bit of a history lesson. Documents that period where dubstep is really coming into it's own.


01.Loefah - Bombay squad (Rephlex)
02.Benny Ill & Dj Dinesh - London (Tempa)
03.Kode 9 - Sub-kontinent (Rephlex)
04.Deep Alpha - All think (Kode 9's Alphadub) (Voltage)
05.Digital Mystikz - CR7 chamber (Rephlex)
06.Benga - Walkin' bass (Big Apple)
07.Benga - Amber (Big Apple)
08.Digital Mystikz - Pathways (Big Apple)
09.Mark One - Rage (Vehicle)
10.Loefah - Life dub (Big Apple)
11.Dj Hatcha - Conga therapy (Tempa)
12.Horsepower Productions - Log on (Dub) (Tempa)
13.Dub war - Generation (Tempa)
14.Kode 9 - Swarm (Rephlex)
15.Horsepower Productions - Voodoo spell (Tempa)
16.The Slaughter Mob vs.Search & Destroy - Zombie (SoulJa)
17.Horsepower Productions - HDN (Tempa)
18.The Slaughter Mob vs.Search & Destroy - Dub weapon (SoulJa)
19.Horsepower Productions - Triple7 (Tempa)
20.Horsepower Productions - Special 131 (Tempa)
21.Benny Ill & Dj Hatcha - Stand clear (Tempa)
22.Madlinsky & J.T. - The fog (Stealth People)

Grievous Angel, nomos and Blackdown have some excellent mixes that line up and contextualise lots of 'definitive' tunes. I'm sure they can provide links. Others who post here, UFO over easy, elgato (sorry if I miss anyone) also rinsing and flexing from week to week. ;)

Also if you haven't heard the Dubstep Warz sets from Mary Anne Hobbs' show you should as it was really a pivotal moment. I have an edited version with none of the chat that I'll try and upload.

12-06-2008, 04:16 PM
Kode 9's promo mix for Sonar last year is a pretty good intro imo:

1. LV + Errol Bellott - 'Globetrotting' (Hyperdub)
2. Peverelist - 'The Grind' (Punchdrunk)
3. Massive Music - 'Find My Way' (Kode9 Remix) (Hyperdub)
4. King Midas Sound - 'Cool Out' (Hyperdub)
5. Digital Mystikz - 'Blue Notes' (DMZ)
6. The Bug feat. Flow Dan - 'Jah War' (Loefah Remix) (Ninja Tune)
7. Kode9 - '9 Samurai' (Hyperdub)
8. Dabrye feat. Doom - 'Air' (Kode9 Remix) (Ghostly Int.)
9. Kode9 - 'Stung' (dubplate)
10. Digital Mystikz - 'Lean Forward' (dubplate)
11. Burial - 'Stairwell' (Hyperdub)
12. Cluekid & Cotti - 'Sensi Dub VIP' (Minus 30 Records)
13. Benga - 'Electro Music' (Tempa)
14. Kode9 & Warrior Queen - 'Fuck You' (dubplate)
15. Kode9 - 'Magnetic City' (Soul Jazz)
16. 2562 - 'Channel One' (dubplate)
17. Junior boys - 'Double Shadow' (Kode9 Remix feat. The Spaceape) (Domino)
18. Shackleton- 'You Bring Me Down' (Skull Disco)
19. Skream - '2D' (Tempa)
20. Digital Mystikz - 'Bury the Boy' (DMZ)
21. Skream - 'Bit Stream' (Tempa)
22. Skream - 'Losin' Control' (Tempa)
23. The Bug & Warrior Queen - 'Poison Dart' (Ninja Tune)
24. Kode9 - Konfusion (dubplate)
25. D1 - 'Quantum Jazz' (Tempa)


12-06-2008, 04:48 PM
I did these...

Autonomic Computing (mostly 2004-5 material)

Moving South (incl. some dubstep/techno crossover)

and Grievous Angel's Dubstep Sufferah series is great...

All heavily mashed up in Ableton. Tracklists are in the Lyrics section of the ID3 tags.

Also, DST's all-Skull Disco Mix http://skulldisco.com/dst_mix_01

12-06-2008, 04:51 PM
Blackdown keysound Radio Mix

Skream 2005 mix via Blackdown

Benny B
12-06-2008, 06:52 PM
Second all of the above, but I wouldn't bother with Dubstep allstars Vol 4 cos its really boring. The new one's great though.

12-06-2008, 07:17 PM
I sort of agree with everything above, but if you can't go to clubs I think the best way to exprience the music is through records, so, get:

anything at all on the DMZ label (you should be able to get a hold of #'s 3-13)
the three 2562 12"s on the Tectonic label, and similarly all of Martyn's dubstep releases to date, especially the new one on Applepips. This stuff is more on the techno/dubstep tip
Kode 9's and Burial's releases on Hyperdub
the last couple Shackleton releases on Skull Disco: 'Tin Foil Sky', 'Hamas Rule', 'You Bring Me Down', and 'Death Is Not Final' are all excellent

Mixes are great for disseminating the music, but even on CDs the sound quality isn't as good as on vinyl, and downloaded mixes (or songs/CDs/etc) don't even come close to nice sound.

In return, tell us about what's happening in Berlin minimal?

Also, for the heads - a year ago I would have included Tempa in the above list, but something's happened to their quality control. I love everything up the Trial Run ep or so, but now it's just this SP:MC wobble and some Skream wobble and some more Benga wobble over here... similarly, Youngsta's sets are full of tunes by drum and bass producers with bad drops and bad samples and boring drumbeats (except for Breakage) - why has this happened?

13-06-2008, 03:39 PM
Hey this is fuckin awesome, thanks guys im pretty well on my way to getting nicely aquanted now, cheers!

But yeah, berlin minimal, jeesh i dunno it was a pretty decadent and hedonistic time, but pretty much the obvious we already know. Why isnt there a 'Minimal - breaking news..etc'
thread here, i figure it is just as amazing thing right now..

but yeah, i have been in India for 6 months in the mountains living with villagers and sadhus and what not and only got back a week ago so its all new to me now! But i would like to get quickly reemerged. The obvious Ricardo Villalobos, Thomas Melchior records, Substatic, Freak'n'chic, etc etc..

I pretty much am at the moment relying on our friend Phillip Sherburne http://www.philipsherburne.com/ to let me know whats going on, anyone got any other sources that aid as appropriate step-down transformers for the sporadic outlet of this music?

You guys should check out Dissensus.com too, they know where its at! ;)

13-06-2008, 03:51 PM
there are some great unmixed compilations out there if you only want to spend a few quid on some cds

tectonic plates (...tectonic)
roots of dubstep (tempa)
grime 1 + 2 (rephlex)
the two mary ann hobbs compilations (planet mu)
round black ghosts (scape)

john eden
13-06-2008, 04:02 PM
In return, tell us about what's happening in Berlin minimal?

Not much.

john eden
13-06-2008, 04:02 PM
Sorry, I really really tried to stop myself posting that last one.

Bang Diddley
13-06-2008, 04:04 PM
was just going to mention some of the comps

steppas delight on soulwax - variety of styles repped on that
and yes, round black holes - this is the sort of dubstep im feeling
box of dub v1+2

Martin Dust
13-06-2008, 04:05 PM
Not much.

It's all going deep and tech-house.

13-06-2008, 05:38 PM
Sorry, I really really tried to stop myself posting that last one.
:D har har

20-06-2008, 03:20 AM
I just finished a new dubstep mix that's quite good for beginners and old hands alike.

Check it here:

Here's the tracklist:

01. Zomby - Spliff Dub, Rustie Remix (Hyperdub, 2008)
02. 12th Planet & Swytch - Tonka (Noppa, 2008)
03. Benga - Out of Phaze (Tempa, 2008)
04. 2562 - Channel One (Tectonic, 2007)
05. Mala - Learn (DMZ, 2007)
06. Rusko - Jahova (Sub Soldiers, 2008)
07. Skream - Wobble That Gut (Tempa, 2008)
08. Darqwan - Ghost Not Memory (Muziq, 2007)
09. Rusko - 2inaQ (Sub Soldiers, 2008)
10. Digital Mystikz - Thief in the Night (Soul Jazz, 2008)
11. Benga - The Cut (Tempa, 2008)
12. Jakes - 2 Steps Back (Hench, 2008)
13. Unknown (Loefah) - ASBO (White, 2008)
14. Ruf - Want Some Crack? (Kraken, 2008)
15. Jakes - 3kout (Hench, 2008)
16. Rusko - William H. Tonkers (2nd Drop, 2007)
17. Rusko - Gone 2 Far (Sub Soldiers, 2008)
18. Martyn - Shadowcasting (Revolve:r, 2007)
19. Benga - Still Rockiní (Tempa, 2007)
20. Junior Boys - Double Shadow, Kode 9 Remix (Domino, 2007)
21. Nyabingi - Belgium Chocolate (Hot Flush, 2007)
22. Rusko - Acton Dread (Dub Police, 2007)

Hope you enjoy.

20-06-2008, 09:49 AM
It's all going deep and tech-house.

thanks to the sunglasses and scarf wearing turds who dropped the 'techno' part. minimals a dirty word now it seems, everyone just wants to be plane old techno again