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The day that dubstep died

January 12, 2011

Despite having made electronic music for many years, and despite having spent a lot of time in the very street in my hometown of Croydon where the genre was invented, I managed to not knowingly hear any dubstep until about 2008. Initially I didn’t ‘get’ it but I liked some of the sounds. I then saw the Nasha crew spinning some dubstep at a mela in East London through a hefty PA system – then I ‘got’ dubstep!

I and various of my friends have been huge dubstep fans ever since and have brought all kinds of dubstep influences into our own music. We’ve also heard dubstep-derived sounds creeping into other genres (and vice-versa) and most of it has been immensely creative. Lately, though, we’ve started to hear more and more wobble-by-numbers formulaic dubstep tunes being churned out in great quantities.

This week, though, dubstep may have been finally killed. Britney Spears killed it.

I heard this:

It’s a typical Britney Spears pop tune (ie well produced, good quality pop) but in this case with particularly crap lyrics.

What sets it apart, though, is the bassline and particularly the breakdown at about 2 mins 20 seconds in. Dubstep. If half-crazed popslapper Britney is making dubstep, half the dubstep community will be heading for the hills and the other half will be confused.

Dubstep is dead.

Long live dubstep!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 14, 2011 3:24 pm

    The Video has now been removed from youtube. Probably under grounds of decency and crimes against music. Long live dubstep!

  2. January 19, 2011 4:02 pm

    Try this link:

    There will no doubt be an official video pretty soon. Also, it’ll have been all over mainstream radio so you’ll have heard it in supermarkets.

  3. January 24, 2011 2:03 pm

    David Starfire has remixed the Britney tune in a much harder dubstep style. Check it out here:

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