Different Types of Dubstep Music

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Different Types of Dubstep Music

If you’re a fan of dubstep music, then you know there are many different sub-genres and sub-styles. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the different types of dubstep music and what makes each one unique.

Introduction to Dubstep

Dubstep is a type of electronic dance music that originated in London in the late 1990s. It is characterized by its heavy bass, UK garage-influenced beats, and complex rhythms. The use of wobbly basslines and robotic vocal samples are also common in dubstep.

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 sub-bass lines and shuffled drum patterns. The style emerged as an offshoot of UK garage, drawing on a lineage of related styles such as 2-step and dub reggae.

The earliest dubstep releases date back to 1998, and were mostly experimental 12-inch singles produced by regional producers such as Oris Jay, Steve Gurley and EL-B. These early tracks were often darker and more experimental than the garage tracks that they drew inspiration from; they frequently featured manipulated vocal samples, reese basses, and minimal percussion.

The History of Dubstep

Dubstep is a genre of electronic music that emerged in South London in the late 1990s. It is generally characterized by sparse, syncopated rhythmic patterns with dominant basslines and drumbeats, layered with abstract or semi-resonant melodies and heavy bass. The style often features a minimalistic, mid-tempo feel that is sometimes reflective or dark, and often accompanied by MCing.

The earliest dubstep releases date back to 1998, when producers such as El-B and Clint Eastwood began releasing 2-step garage tracks on labels such as Big Apple Records and Penguin Force. These early tracks generally contained sampled amen breakbeats, which were then cut up and rearranged into new rhythm patterns. In 2001, producers such as Horsepower Productions and Zed Bias began infusing dub elements into their 2-step tracks, resulting in a new subgenre of garage music known as dubstep.

Dubstep spread from London to other parts of the UK in the early 2000s, eventually gaining popularity in North America and Australia by the late 2000s. By 2010, the genre had become mainstream, with artists such asSkream, Burial, and Benga releasing highly acclaimed albums. In 2012, dubstep underwent a major revival with the popularity of Bassnectar’s album Vava Voomand the emergence of a new wave of producers such as Flux Pavilion and Adventure Club.

Today, dubstep has evolved into a wide variety of subgenres and related styles that are popular around the world. Some of the most commonly heard subgenres include brostep (a more aggressive style associated with American artists such as Skrillex), wonk (a quirkier style often associated with UK artistSBTRKT), future garage (a more atmospheric style popularized by artists such as Burial), post-dubstep (a more experimental style popularized by artists such as Mount Kimbie),and trap-dub (a fusion of trap music and dubstep often associated with American artists such as Flosstradamus).

Different Types of Dubstep

Dubstep music has become increasingly popular over the past few years. There are many different sub-genres of dubstep, each with their own unique sound. The four most popular types of dubstep are brostep, wonky, darkstep, and future garage.


Brostep is a subgenre of dubstep that developed in 2010. It is characterized by heavy basslines, detuned leads, and aggressive lyrics. It often features collaborations with vocalists and rappers.

The term “brostep” was first used by DJs Rusko and Caspa in a mix they did for Mary Anne Hobbs’ show on BBC Radio 1. The mix was intended to be a parody of the growing commercialization of dubstep, but it was later adopted as a label for the heavy, industrial sound that was becoming popular in the US.

In 2012, Skrillex popularized the sound with his album Bangarang, which featured collaborations with rappers like Lil Wayne and Alvin Risk. Brostep has since become one of the most popular forms of dubstep worldwide.


Chillstep is a subgenre of dubstep that is characterized by its slow tempo and mellow sound. Chillstep tracks often have a dreamy or atmospheric feel to them, and often feature female vocal samples. The genre first gained popularity in the late 2000s, and has since become one of the most popular subgenres of dubstep.

Chillstep tracks are often slower than other types of dubstep, typically ranging from 60 to 80 BPM. The slower tempo allows for more complex melodies and harmonics, which gives the genre its distinctive mellow sound. Chillstep tracks also often feature atmospheric pads and synth melodies, as well as heavily-reverbed snare drums.

The genre often uses samples from other genres of music, including trip hop, ambient, and even classical music. This helps to create a unique sound that is both familiar and new at the same time. Chillstep has been praised for its ability to evoke emotion in the listener, and has become popular among those looking for relaxing or sad music.


Dubstep comes in many different forms, but one of the most popular is darkstep. This style of dubstep is characterized by its dark and often menacing sound, with heavy bass lines and atmospheric melodies.Darkstep tracks often have a slow and deliberate pace, making them ideal for late night listening or headbanging. If you’re looking for some dark and dirty dubstep tunes, check out the tracks below.


Drumstep is a type of dubstep that incorporates a more prominent drum andbass feel. The tempo is generally faster than regular dubstep, and the percussive elements are often emphasised. Drumstep tracks are often characterised by lots of cuts and breaks, making them perfect for dancers who enjoy quick changes in tempo and direction.


Funkystep is a soulful, uplifting subgenre of dubstep that is known for its use of funky, disco-inspired basslines and horns. This style of dubstep is often compared to house music, and it often incorporates elements of other genres such as funk, soul, and hip hop. Funkystep tracks are often characterized by their positive, feel-good vibes and their ability to get people moving on the dance floor.


Halftime, sometimes called wonky, is a sub-genre of dubstep that emerged in the 2010s. The defining characteristic of halftime is a tempo of around 140 beats per minute (70bpm in half-time), and often features heavy syncopation and complex Drum and Bass style breakbeats. wonky is sometimes used interchangeably with halftime, but usually refers to a more playful and whimsical style within the halftime genre.


Neurofunk is a subgenre of drum and bass that first emerged in the late 1990s. It is characterized by dark, menacing basslines and complex, syncopated rhythms. Neurofunk tracks often have a very competitive or confrontational feeling, and they are often used in dance battles or as accompaniment to extreme sports.

The term “neurofunk” was coined by Goldie, a pioneering producer in the drum and bass scene, to describe the new sound that he was developing. Neurofunk is often contrasted with “intelligent drum and bass,” a more atmospherice style that emerged at around the same time.


Riddim is a subgenre of dubstep that was pioneered by artists like Rusko and Caspa. It is characterized by its heavy use of sub-bass and glitches. The vibe of riddim is often dark and aggressive, making it a favorite among dubstep fans who love to headbang.

##Heading: Wonky
Wonky dubstep is a more recent subgenre that has been influenced by wonky house and techno. It is characterized by its off-kilter beats and quirky sound effects. Wonky dubstep often has a playful, whimsical vibe that makes it stand out from other types of dubstep.

##Heading: Darkstep
Darkstep is one of the darkest and most aggressive subgenres of dubstep. It often features spine-chilling sound design and eerie, atmospheric pads. Darkstep tracks are typically very slow, making them perfect for headbangers who want to trudge along at a snail’s pace.

UK Garage

UK garage is a genre of electronic music originating from England in the early 1990s. The sound developed from a British interpretation of the American house and hip hop scenes, which itself was largely influenced by the music coming from Jamaica. The style is typified by a cosmopolitan blend of influences, including soulful singing (often with R&B or gospel-influenced vocal styling), rapid bleeps and sub-bass, jazzy or funky keyboard lines, and minimalistic production techniques.

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