“Damn son, where’d you find this,” thought the world when it first heard what we now refer to as dubstep. The background and technical definition of dubstep is a different, more complicated story, but for the sake of simplicity, we are using the term to describe what much of the music world has come to know as dubstep: the womp-womp, wobble-wobble faction of the still rising electronic music scene.
As the genre continues to infiltrate the mainstream, we’ve seen it start to spread and dilute itself like a drop of food dye in a glass of water. Sometimes it works. Muse’s latest single isn’t bad, AraabMuzik borrows dubtep elements and flips it into his own unique MPC-fueled chaos, and plenty of exciting new producers have toned down the sometimes grating nature of the wobbly bass into something smooth and subtle. But the truth is, in many more cases acts are adopting the over-the-top Skrillex style of dubstep and embracing it in its most basic, least creative way possible. It’s like they watched this guy and decided to give this shit a go.
At the risk of sounding like a curmudgeon, some artists are better off leaving dubstep alone. Here are some artists we hope never go dubstep, along with some samples of what it might sound like if they do.
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