Category Archives: dubstep

Skrillex

I was helping one of best friends, Aisha, assemble some crazy Swedish furniture from Ikea (by way of what appeared to be a colouring-book instruction manual – not a single word!) when some dub-step came on her i-Tunes playlist. I told her I wish we could go to a really good dub-step event, because just this summer I went to a dub-step party in Montreal and found myself rather disappointed at the music – and it was Ministry of Sound! If there is one thing Aisha and I agree on when it comes to our dub-step, it is that we like it dirrrty, and one artist who never disappoints us is Skrillex.

Skrillex is a producer/DJ from Los Angeles (and former front man of From First to Last). He left the band in 2007 to pursue a solo career and released several demos via Myspace. In 2008 he began producing and performing in Los Angeles clubs under the name of Skrillex, and in June 2010 released the EP My Name is Skrillex as a free download. In the summer of 2010, Moore provided programming and vocals for UK metalcore band Bring Me the Horizon on their third studio album There Is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let’s Keep It a Secret’.[6] Later in the year, Sonny began a nationwide tour with Deadmau5 after being signed to mau5trap recordings and released his second EP, Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites. In June 2011, “More Monsters and Sprites” was released on Beatport.

What I really enjoy of Skrillex are his remixes. Just the kind of dirty dub-step I like in these remixes which are great to dance to! Check out his website: Skrillex


The Sound of Dubstep

The Ministry of Sound London (MoS) is a nightclub in London and an associated record company. In 2010 it was ranked 6th in DJ Magazine top 100 clubs poll. There is also a club based in Malaysia and in Egypt. The London club was an idea that came from DJ Justin Berkmann who wanted a club that was devoted to the American House Music scene of New York City and Detroit. Sound first, lights second, design third. The club held the UK’s first 24-hour dance license.

The record label has released many dance collections of music, and I first happened to grab one of these, Chilled 1991-2008 when I was stuck in Heathrow airport in London overnight on my way back from Barcelona. I’ve recently been delving deep into dubstep again and I happened upon the Ministry’s 2 2-disc collections of The Sound of Dubstep. They are absolutely great collections. Most of the songs are good dubstep remixes of popular songs, though I often prefer dubstep that is a little dirtier. But I highly recommend listening to these collections if you are one who is into dubstep!

Here’s a dubstep remix of Audio Bullys’  “Only Man” from the collection.


Castle Walls

I’ve recently been really into dubstep – a genre of electronica that originated in South London around 1998.  Its style has been described as “tightly coiled productions with overwhelming bass lines and reverberant drum patterns, clipped samples, and occasional vocals”. Dubstep has had its own interesting evolution over the years but I won’t get into that. The other day I got an album that was someone’s collection of 201 “best dubstep songs and remixes”, so naturally I’ve been listening to it. There has been a lot of great stuff so far but what really caught me was the fAux dubstep remix of “Castle Walls”, the original song I had also not heard before by American rapper T.I. featuring Christina Aguilera.

I think the original is great single, an amazing hip-hop track and Christina’s vocals are as always fabulous! But I am really into the fAux dubstep remix, and though it leaves out T.I.’s rap throughout the remix is darker and haunting. I can’t stop listening to it!