Subtomik From the Gutter: The Best of Dubstep Music

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Subtomik From the Gutter is a blog that focuses on the best of dubstep music. If you’re a fan of dubstep music, then this is the blog for you!

Introduction to 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 prominent sub-bass frequencies. Dubstep music is often created using a looping or repeating samples from a record.

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 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.

Early dubstep was often more experimental, characterised by complex, skeletal rhythms and occasionally sparse melodies reminiscent of dark or industrial music. This early style was often championed by artists such as Horsepower Productions, Burial and Benga. Later developments in the genre would see the tempo increased to around 140 beats per minute (bpm), with more stripped-down and conventional basslines, along with increased use of samples and synthesizers. These tracks would come to be known as sub-bass or “filthy” tracks due to their emphasis on low-frequency sound design, often featuring highly distorted basslines and percussion sounds. This usage of samples would come to be characteristic of the grime subgenre that emerged in the early 2000s.

By the mid 2000s, dubstep had become fairly mainstream, with artists such as Dizzee Rascal, Wiley and Skepta releasing mainstream hits that incorporated aspects of the genre. In recent years dubstep has undergone something of a revival, with younger artists such as Rusko, Knife Party and Skream helping to lead the way.

The History of Dubstep

Whereas house and techno were developing in the clubs of Europe and America in the late 1980s, dubstep emerged out of the UK underground garage scene in the late 1990s. One of the earliest and most important dubstep productions was ‘Rhythm & Gash’ by UK garage producer Zed Bias, which was released in 1999. This track incorporated elements of 2-step and dub reggae, and is considered to be one of the first examples of dubstep.

Other important early dubstep producers include El-B, Horsepower Productions, and Zinc. These producers were influenced by UK garage, Jamaican dub reggae, jungle music, and other sounds from the UK underground. They started to experiment with new production techniques and sounds, resulting in a new style of music that would come to be known as dubstep.

In the early 2000s, dubstep began to gain popularity in London clubs such as FWD>> and Plastic People. These clubs were important breeding grounds for the development of dubstep, as they provided a space for DJs and producers to experiment with the new sound. Some of the most important early dubstep tracks were produced by Plastician (formerly DJ Pinch), Doomsday (aka Benga), and Skream. These tracks often had a dark, atmospheric sound, with deep basslines and eerie textures.

In 2005, a key moment in the history of dubstep occurred with the release of ‘Night’ by Burial. This track was widely hailed as a masterpiece, and it helped to bring Dubstep to a wider audience. In subsequent years, Dubstep would go on to achieve mainstream success both in the UK and abroad.

The Best Dubstep Songs of All Time

If you are a fan of dubstep music, then you have come to the right place. This article will feature some of the best dubstep songs of all time. From the early days of dubstep to the present, these are the tracks that have stood the test of time.

“In for the Kill” by La Roux

This song might be better known for its place in pop culture (it was featured in an episode of Skins and in the trailer forresidents Evil: Afterlife), but “In for the Kill” is also a frontrunner for best dubstep song of all time. The track, which is a collaboration between La Roux and electronic music duo Knife Party, is an up-tempo, bass-heavy anthem with just the right amount of sass.

“Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” by Skrillex

With its pounding beats and menacing growls, Skrillex’s “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” is the perfect example of what dubstep is all about. The track was released as a single in 2010, and quickly became a hit with fans of the genre. It has since been featured in numerous video games, movies, and television shows.

“Bare Noize” by Bare Noize

Bare Noize is one of the most respected and well-known producers in the dubstep world, and “Bare Noize” is one of his best-known and most beloved tracks. The song’s huge, booming bassline will shake any speaker system to its foundations, and the carefully crafted percussion will keep your head nodding for days.

“Get Dark” by Flux Pavilion

“Get Dark” by Flux Pavilion is one of the best dubstep songs of all time. It was released in 2011 on Flux Pavilion’s album “Bass Cannon”, and it quickly rose to popularity. The song features a heavy bassline and catchysynth melodies, which make it an instant favorite among dubstep fans.

The Future of Dubstep

In the past decade, dubstep has taken the world by storm. With its signature wobbly bass and mind-bending melodies, the genre has won over the hearts of music lovers everywhere. But what does the future hold for dubstep? Will it continue to evolve and stay relevant in the years to come?

The Rise of Trap Music

In the early 2010s, a new style of dubstep called “trap” began to emerge. Trap music is a subgenre of hip hop that incorporates elements of electronic music. trap music is characterized by its use of synthesizers, drum machines, and heavy bass. It often features samples from other genres, including pop, R&B, and hip hop.

The term “trap” originally referred to a place where drugs were sold illegally, but it has come to refer to the music itself. Trap music has been described as “dark”, “aggressive”, and “intense”. It often has a slower tempo than other forms of dubstep, and its lyrical content often concerns drug use, violence, and crime.

Trap music originated in the American South, specifically in the Atlanta area. It has been influenced by various genres of music, including Miami bass and Chicago drill. Its popularity has spread to other parts of the United States and to other countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

The Fall of Dubstep?

It’s safe to say that dubstep’s popularity has waned in recent years. The bass-heavy, wobbly sound that once dominated the dance music landscape has all but disappeared, making way for brighter, more accessible styles like future bass and trap. Even the biggest names in dubstep have largely abandoned the sound, with artists like Flux Pavilion and Knife Party abandoning the genre altogether in favor of different styles. So what’s the cause of dubstep’s decline?

There are a few theories. One is that the sound simply ran its course; after years of increasing popularity, it was inevitable that the sound would eventually fall out of fashion. Another is that dubstep was never really meant to be popular in the first place; it’s an acquired taste, and as such, it was always destined to be a niche genre.

Whatever the reason, it’s clear that dubstep is no longer the cultural force it once was. But that doesn’t mean it’s entirely dead; there are still a few dedicated artists keeping the sound alive, and who knows? Maybe one day dubstep will make a comeback.


In closing, we would like to say that dubstep music is an interesting and unique genre that is definitely worth checking out. If you are a fan of electronic music, or even just music in general, we highly recommend giving it a listen. Thank you for reading and we hope you enjoy the music!

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