Saturday, November 25, 2006

V/A - The Roots Of Dubstep

As its own title suggests, this is a compilation that traces dubstep genealogy, collecting previously released maxi singles from 2000 to 2004, making it easier to understand what were its origins, which were its influences and how it evolved during time. Besides its musical excellence, it also serves as a fantastic musical document that captures the exact moment when drum'n'bass, UK garage and two-step were transformed, slowed down and fused with dub elements, giving an important attention to space and silence, originating a new hybrid founded in a profound bass and geometric rhythmic structures, one that targeted the mind as well as the body. At this moment, dubstep is living its most exciting period, slowly coming out of London's underground clubs and pirate radios and having so many paths to go and explore, as shown in two of this year's best albuns, "Burial" by Burial and "Memories Of The Future" by Kode9 and The Spaceape (which were already something else). Right now anything can happen. "The Roots Of Dubstep" makes it easier to understand how it all became possible.

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