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Dubstep part two: looking at albums March 29, 2009

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Kode9 and the Spaceape: Memories of the Future

Kode9 and the Spaceape: Memories of the Future

It’d be impossible to really go into detail about dubstep singles and mixes and podcasts, and for the average music fan with a casual interest, it’d be pointless. Being a product of the LP and CD generation myself, even though those aren’t the main forms of dubstep transmission, I tend to focus on albums rather than singles. There are exceptions, of course; the Hyperdub label is on eMusic, so it’s easy to keep up with their releases, and I’ve used other online stores like Bleep and Boomkat to get singles from a few other respected labels (Punch Drunk, for example) and artists.

But albums give you more to work with. You get a broader perspective of what an artist or the music’s about. In dubstep, there’s a growing number of single artist albums, but there’s also a hell of a lot of compilation and mix albums. You need some of each to really get a sense of the genre’s development. Before I get into some commentary on individual albums, here’s a list from the Dubstep Forum of available and forthcoming albums. Not all of them are available on CD; many are download-only, through sites like Beatport, Addictech, and Digital-Tunes as well as the aforementioned eMusic, Bleep, and Boomkat. A few were simply released as free downloads from artist websites. Several are CDs that were only released as a bonus item with an issue of a magazine. This isn’t authoritative, necessarily, but I’ve done a fair bit of digging, and other forum members have pointed out a lot of other items that have been incorporated into the list.

Currently available single artist albums

2562: Aerial
Bass Clef: A Smile Is A Curve That Straightens Most Things
Bass Clef: Zamyatin Digitised
Benga: Diaries of an Afro Warrior
Benga: Newstep
Boxcutter: Glyphic
Boxcutter: Oneiric
The Bug: London Zoo
Burial: Burial
Burial: Untrue
Cyrus (Random Trio): From the Shadows
Distance: My Demons
Distance: Repercussions
Dusk + Blackdown: Margins Music
Ekaros: Exhumating Ikaros (free download)
Forensics: The Singularity
Forensics: Zero Billion
Forensics: Silver Linings
FSTZ: Troostwood Blues (free download)
Geiom: Island Noise
Grievous Angel: Belief is the Enemy
Hatcha and Kromestar: Brothers Grim
Headhunter: Nomad
Horsepower Productions: In Fine Style
Horsepower Productions: To the Rescue
Intoccabile: Grime-Related (download only)
iTAL tEK: Cyclical
Kazuo: Free Internet Album (free download)
Kode 9 and the Spaceape: Memories of the Future
Lloop: 60 Hertz
Maddslinky: Make Your Peace
MarkOne: One Way
Matty G: Take You Back
Milanese: Extend
Monsta: Dubstepalbum (free download)
MRK 1: Copyright Laws
Parson: Tractor Pull (free download)
Phuturistix: Feel It Out
Pinch: Underwater Dancehall
Plastician: Beg to Differ
Pure: Pure Beats Part 1
Scorn: Stealth
Scuba: A Mutual Antipathy
Secret Agent Gel: No Floor
Secret Agent Gel: More Floor
Skream: Skream
Soundbox: Entry Point (download only)
Starkey: Ephemeral Exhibits
Sub Swara: Coup d’Yah
Sub Version: Sub Versions
This One: Tunnel Music (download only)
Trill Bass
Various Production: The World is Gone
Various Production: Versus
Vex’d: Degenerate
wAgAwAgA – mrepsican lp

See also (albums with dubstep influences or some dubstep tracks)
Cardopusher: Unity Means Power
Chase and Status: More Than A Lot
Deadbeat: Journeyman’s Annual
Deadbeat: Roots and Wires
Displayaz: Control the Event
Disrupt: Foundation Bit
Disrupt: The Bass Has Left the Building
Harmonic 313: When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence
Juakali: Come From Yard
Kush Arora: From Brooklyn to SF
Meat Beat Manifesto: Autoimmune
Neil Landstrumm: Restaurant of Assassins
Neil Landstrumm: Lord For £39
Raz Mesinai’s Badawi: Unit of Resistance

Currently available mixes and compilations

10 Tons Heavy
Back to the Underground
Bay Area Dubstep Volume 01
Bay Area Dubstep 2
Benga: Rinse Mix (DJ Magazine)
Box of Dub
Box of Dub 2
Built for Boundaries Volume 1
Cinematic Dubstep Vol. 1 (download only?)
Cinematic Dubstep Vol. 2 (download only?)
Crucial Step Vol. 1
Crucial Step Vol. 2
The Definition Series: Dubstep
Deuce Magazine J Da Flex 1xtra Anniversary Mix CD
Dubstep Allstars Vol 1 Mixed by DJ Hatcha
Dubstep Allstars Vol 2 Mixed by DJ Youngsta
Dubstep Allstars Vol 3 Mixed by Kode 9
Dubstep Allstars Vol 4 Mixed by DJ Youngsta and DJ Hatcha
Dubstep Allstars Vol 5 Mixed by N-Type
Dubstep Allstars Vol 6 Mixed by Appleblim
Dubstep Drama soundtrack compilation
Dubstep LP (PN Records Dubstep Sessions) (download only?)
Dubstep Sessions Volume II (PN Records) (download)
Dubstep Sessions (DJ Hatcha, download)
Dubstep Takeover (Mixed by Caspa)
Echodub Presents: Anechoic Chamber (free download)
Eesti Dubstep (download)
Fabriclive 37 Caspa and Rusko
Fixations : Series One
FWD>> + Rinse Live at the End 6CD pack
Go Magazine Kode 9 Sonar Mix CD
Grim FM
Grime
Grime 2
Hotflush Presents: Space and Time
I Love Dubstep mixed by Youngsta and Geeneus
Lo Dubs Presents Analog Clash (mixed by 6 Blocc)
Lordz of Dubstep
Mary Anne Hobbs: Evangeline
Mary Anne Hobbs: Warrior Dubz
Our Sound (vinyl only?)
RedVolume Catalogue Part One
Rinse 01 Mixed by Geeneus
Rinse 02 Mixed by Skream
Rinse 06 Mixed by Plastician
Round Black Ghosts
Round Black Ghosts 2
Rusko Presents Bloc Mix (DJ Magazine)
Russian Subs Vol.1
Science Faction: Dubstep
Skream: Watch the Ride
Skull Disco: Soundboy Punishments
Skull Disco: Soundboy’s Gravestone Gets Desecrated by Vandals
Sleazenation Soundclash Mix CD Volume 01: J Da Flex vs Oris Jay: Future Garage
Steppas’ Delight: Dubstep present to Future
The Structured LP (download)
Sub Stance
Tectonic Plates
The Roots of Dubstep
The World’s Heaviest Dubstep, Grime, and Bass

Coming: albums from:

Ammunition and Blackdown present: The Roots of El-B
Bomb Squad
Boxcutter: Arecibo Message
Caspa: Everybody’s Talking, Nobody’s Listening
ClubRoot
DFRNT: Metafiction
Fused Forces
Gemmy
Heny G
Jakes
King Cannibal
Kode9 & The Spaceape
Kryptic Minds: One Of Us
Martyn: Great Lengths
Reso
Rob Sparx: Trooper
Rusko
Silkie
Sparrow
Vaccine
Vex’d
Wascal
Werd2jaH

Forthcoming mixes and compilations:

200Eight:FX – What’s come so far & What’s yet to come
Built For Boundaries 2 (Including CD mixed by Reso)
Deep Medi Musik Presents
DJ Kicks: Burial
Dubsense Vol 01
Immerse Sessions Vol1
Joker Mix CD (mentioned here on the forum on October 10, 2007)
Rinse 08: Alexander Nut
Step Into the Unknown
Vocals and Versions Volume One
Vocals and Versions Volume Two

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