January 17, 2012 1:43 PM Subscribe
Tell me what I need to know about dubstep.
posted by Shepherd to Media & Arts (25 answers total) 40 users marked this as a favorite
Somehow -- despite having a music-fan pedigree that started with Skinny Puppy and Ministry in the late '80s, and kind of morphed through groups like Meat Beat Manifesto into IDM in the '90s concurrent with trip-hop and hip-hop, and enjoying the Ninja Tune stable of bands and sounds through the early 2000s -- I have missed dubstep entirely. As in, I like, just heard about it a couple of months ago via MeFi, and other than a few basic concepts (beat dropping, "wobble") know nothing at all about it.
If I were to make a two- or three-week listening schedule to try to pick up on what dubstep's all about, what are the seminal releases? What's the absolute essential stuff I need to listen to if I want to have a fairly decent overview?
I'm really not interested in hearing reasons not to listen to dubstep. I appreciate that it's got a lot of detractors, but please make recommendations from the angle of a Richard D. James/u-Ziq/Amon Tobin fan trying to get a 101 on this whole sub-subgenre he's never explored before.