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Bring on the Mysteron Killer Sounds

Soul Jazz – one of UK’s finest labels – continues their odyssey in dubstep with the beautifully packed compilation Invasion of the Mysteron Killer Sounds. It contains 35 old and new tracks cherry-picked by dubstep pioneer Kevin “The Bug” Martin and Soul Jazz’ founder Stuart Baker. Together they present the past, present and future of digital reggae.

The two compilers are treated one disc each and you can follow the journey from early Jamaican dub experimentalists such as King Tubby, Scientist and King Jammy to the contemporary dubstep sounds of Fira and Diplo.

Dubstep emerged out of south London in the early 2000’s and has since grown from an underground phenomenon to an international trend with producers and artists from all over the globe.

The dubstep producers are continuing the dub craftmanship that evolved in Jamaica. They twist and turn the beats and riddims and then they deconstruct and reconstruct them again. It’s about breaking down and building up.

But then again, it’s also about the bass and the drums. Just like reggae.

The abyss-deep bass lines and the often complex drum patters are wobbling, hypnotic, distorted and filled with a high level of energy.

It’s highly addictive. At least in a setting that comprises dim lights, shady characters, cheap beer, sweaty t-shirts and speakers from the floor to the ceiling.

Invasion of the Mysteron Killer Sounds will give your woofers a real run for your money. Fasten your seatbelt and bring the Mysteron Killer Sounds. I’m ready.

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Greensleeves and VP inna dubstep style

Late last year Greensleeves and VP Records announced that their back catalogue was to get a remix treatment by dubstep artists for a new vinyl series. The first release was a remix of Yellowman’s classic Zunguzunguguzungguzeng.

Now it’s time for another three releases. First out is Pampidoo’s Synthesizer Voice that gets a mad re-construction by Japan’s Goth-Trad, one of the major artists on the Japanese dubstep scene.

CokiDigital Mystikz takes on Badman Place, a Busy Signal and Mavado duet. This one is furious in its sonic treatment.

Dubstep giant The Bug mashes Ding Dong’s dancehall anthem Badman Forward Badman Pull Up from 2006. The Bug has invited MC Flow Dan from Roll Deep to go head to head with Ding Dong. The result is vicious.

All three tunes come with a version, and if you like dubstep you probably need to check these three releases out.

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