Best Music of 2015: Dubstep

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A look at the best dubstep music of 2015.

Best Music of 2015: Dubstep

Dubstep was one of the most popular genres of music in 2015. The genre is known for its heavy bass and signature wub-wub sound. Dubstep artists like Skrillex and Zomboy helped to popularize the genre with their high-energy performances and catchy tunes. If you’re a fan of dubstep, then you’re sure to have enjoyed the best music of 2015.

What is dubstep?

Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in South London in the late 1990s. It is generally characterized by sparse, syncopated rhythmic patterns with bass lines that contain prominent sub-bass frequencies. The style emerged as an offshoot of UK garage, drawing on a lineage of related styles such as 2-step and dub reggae. In the United Kingdom, the origins of the genre can be traced back to productions by artists such as Oris Jay, Steve Gurley, Zed Bias and El-B in the late 1990s.

The term “dubstep” in reference to a genre of music began to be used by around 2002 by labels such as Big Apple, Ammunition, and Tempa, by which time stylistic trends used in creating these remixes started to become more noticeable and better defined.

The history of dubstep

The history of dubstep is often told through the lenses of two very different groups of people: the original dubstep producers from South London in the early 2000s, and the American EDM producers who popularized the sound in the 2010s.

The original dubstep producers were a tight-knit group of friends and collaborators who all came up together in South London in the early 2000s. The most important figure in this group was undoubtedly Skream, whose groundbreaking 2006 album Skream! is considered by many to be the first true dubstep album. Other key members of this group include Benga, Dizzee Rascal, and Burial.

The sound that these producers created was a dark and atmospheric style of electronic music that was heavily influenced by 2-step garage and grime. The key elements of dubstep are sub-bass wobble basslines, syncopated drum patterns, and dark, atmospheric textures.

In the 2010s, dubstep was popularized by American EDM producers such as Skrillex, Bassnectar, and Pretty Lights. These producers took the basic elements of dubstep and combined them with other genres such as house, techno, and trap to create a new hybrid style of electronic music. This style of dubstep is often characterized by heavy bass drops and energetic build-ups/breaks.

The best dubstep artists of 2015

The best dubstep artists of 2015 include a wide range of musicians, from relative newcomers to the genre to veteran producers. These producers have helped to shape the sound of dubstep over the past year, creating a unique and fresh take on the genre that is sure to please fans old and new.

Some of the best dubstep artists of 2015 include:

Skream: One of the original dubstep producers, Skream has been integral in shaping the sound of the genre. His music is characterized by catchy melodies and a heavy bass line, making it perfect for dancing or simply listening.

Benga: Another veteran producer, Benga is known for his use of eclectic samples and experimental production techniques. His music often incorporates elements of hip hop, garage, and grime, giving it a unique sound that is sure to get your head nodding.

cryptography: A relative newcomer to the scene, cryptography has quickly made a name for himself with his atmospheric and emotive productions. His music often features delicate vocal samples which add an ethereal quality to his tracks.

Soom T: A Scottish producer with a unique style, Soom T’s music is influenced by her own background in reggae and dancehall. This results in a sound that is both fresh and familiar, with catchy melodies and heavy bass lines that are sure to get you moving.


Who is Skrillex?

Undoubtedly one of the most popular EDM DJs in recent years, Skrillex (born Sonny Moore) first gained notoriety as the frontman for post-hardcore band From First to Last before striking out on his own in 2007. Blending elements of dubstep, rock, hip-hop, and pop into his own unique hybrid style, he released a string of well-received singles — “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites,” “Kill Everybody,” “First of the Year (Equinox)” — between 2010 and 2011 that would eventually lead to his debut LP, Bangarang.

Skrillex continued his upward trajectory in 2012, landing a Grammy for Best Dance Recording (“Bangarang”) as well as producing and co-writing songs for Justin Bieber (“As Long As You Love Me”), Korn (“Get Up!”), and Ellie Goulding (“Lights”). That same year he also founded OWSLA, an imprint label under Atlantic Records that would release music from rising stars like Zedd, Jack Beats, Alvin Risk, Flux Pavilion, and 12th Planet. A second Skrillex album, Recess — which featured guest appearances by Kid Harpoon, Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos, chance the Rapper, Niki & the Dove’s Malin Dahlström — followed in early 2014. ~ Matt Collar

The best Skrillex songs of 2015

It’s been a big year for Skrillex. The dubstep pioneer released his debut album Recess, toured the world and continued to push the boundaries of electronic music.

Here are our picks for the best Skrillex songs of 2015.

1. “Recess”
2. “Stranger”
3. “Ragga Bomb”
4. “Try It Out”
5. “Ease My Mind”

Why Skrillex is the best dubstep artist of 2015

1. His drops are catchy and go hard
2. He has a unique style that sets him apart from other dubstep artists
3. He knows how to put on a good show
4. He’s always experimenting and trying new things
5. His music is accessible to a wide audience

Zeds Dead

If you are a fan of dubstep, then you have to check out Zeds Dead. They are a Canadian duo who have been making some of the best dubstep music out there. Their song “Collapse” is one of the best dubstep songs of 2015.

Who are Zeds Dead?

Zeds Dead is a Canadian electronic music duo from Toronto, Ontario. The duo consists of Zachary “Husky” Quillen and Dylan “DC” Mamid (formerly known as Massivedrum). They produce dubstep, trap, drum and bass, and house. Their song “Collapse” was used in a commercial for the Microsoft Surface 2. Zeds Dead has remixed tracks for Artists such as Radiohead, Beasts of Karma and The Prodigy.

The best Zeds Dead songs of 2015

Zeds Dead is a Canadian electronic music duo consisting of Zachary Quittem and Dylan Mamid (also known as DC). They are known for their signature dubstep sound, which incorporates heavy bass and often features futuristic or haunting melodies. The duo first gained popularity with their 2010 track “Eyes on Fire”, and have since released several singles and albums, including two albums on Diplo’s Mad Decent label.

Their songs “Collapse” and “Lost City” were both featured in the 2015 film “Fast & Furious 7”, and their song “Demons” was featured in the 2016 film “The Purge: Election Year”. Zeds Dead has also remixed songs by artists such as deadmau5, Metallica, and The Killers.

Below is a list of the best Zeds Dead songs of 2015, as voted on by fans.

1. “Demons”
2. “lost city”
3. “collapse”
4. “Dangerous (feat. MEMBA)”
5. “Frontlines (feat. Gawtbass)”
6. “Lights Go Down”
7. “Stardust (feat. Twin Shadow & D’Angelo Lacy)”

Why Zeds Dead are the best dubstep artists of 2015

Zeds Dead is a Canadian electronic music duo from Toronto, Canada. The duo consists of Zachary Rapp-Rovan (aka “Hooks”) and Dylan Mamid (aka “DC”). They are best known for their unique style of bass-heavy, melody-driven dubstep.

Since forming in 2009, Zeds Dead has released multiple EPs and singles, all of which have been met with critical acclaim. In 2015, the duo’s popularity exploded with the release of their second album, Northern Lights. The album featured guest appearances from vocalists like Twin Shadow and Rivers Cuomo, and cemented Zeds Dead as one of the most exciting and innovative dubstep artists around.

If you’re looking for the best dubstep music of 2015, look no further than Zeds Dead. With their forward-thinking production and willingness to experiment, they are constantly pushing the boundaries of what dubstep can be.

Flux Pavilion

Flux Pavilion is the stage name of Joshua Steele, a British dubstep producer and DJ. He is the co-founder of the record label Circus Records, along with Doctor P and Swoon. He has been described as the “wartime general” of the dubstep army by Rolling Stone.

Who is Flux Pavilion?

Flux Pavilion is the stage name of Joshua Steele, a British dubstep producer and DJ. He is the co-founder of Circus Records along with Doctor P and Swindle. His tracks “Bass Cannon”, “I Can’t Stop”, and “Do or Die” have been viewed/played over 300 million times on YouTube. Summing up his sound, one critic described it as “a mix of dirty basslines, blasting drums, and childlike melody.”

The best Flux Pavilion songs of 2015

Flux Pavilion is one of the most popular dubstep producers of 2015, and his songs have been topping the charts all year. Here are our picks for the best Flux Pavilion songs of 2015:

1. “I Can’t Stop”
2. “Bass Cannon”
3. “Do or Die”
4. “Exostomp (Jump Up High)”
5. “Get Down Low”

Why Flux Pavilion is the best dubstep artist of 2015

Flux Pavilion is the best dubstep artist of 2015 because his music is original and creative. His songs arecatchy and have a wide appeal. He has a unique style that sets him apart from other artists in the genre.

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