You know dubstep. It’s that mutated descendent of dancehall and techno that features a massive bass warble and whip-snapping drums. It all sounds the same. Well, no, not quite. Diplo sets about proving this common misconception wrong with the first volume of Mad Decent’s ‘Blow Your Head’ series, and his work is done from Joker & Ginz’s opening ‘Re-Up’ – a static-surfing, ambient piece of groove music. From then on we do get the dubstep-by-numbers likes of ‘Down’ by DZ, but also the glitch-friendly ‘Glazed’ by Zomby, RnB starlet Jessica Mauboy remixed by Stenchman and some weird, zombie soul from James Blake, while Doctor P includes all of the above and throws in early 90s house piano through ‘Sweet Shop’. A just celebration of a genre more varied than it’s given credit for.

By Mandy Drake

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