BASED ON THE HISTORY OF DUBSTEP BY BENJI B AT BBC1, “THE INDEPENDENT”, “THE GUARDIAN” ,DISCOGS AND GENERAL KNOWLEDGE.JAREK JAZ’
The first duostep tracks were Ike a hybrid of the dark uk garage sound, usually released on the b sides of the 2 step twelves, sometimes they were called dub versions Nobody, of course called them dubstep then, but the
experimentations of EL.B, ad Bias, Cris Joy or Steve coder were the pillars for the new style waiting for its moment to arrive.
The first release by Tempe rev gets to die distribution. Number DOI is a seminal track ,When You Hold Me" by Horsepower Production,. The collective later is pictured on the cover of the legendary issue of XLR8TR magazine. Two
years later they have their first album "In The Fine Style".
The name dubstep was used by the promoters from Ammunition Promotions to describe the fresh sounds released by their label Tempo and played by some underground London Dls at parties called Forward v c. The wider audience
got familiar with the name also in 2002, after it was printed on the cover of XL080 magazine to define a style that combined the influence of the UK garage, grime and 2step. In the photo, next to the word dubstep, the guys from
Horsepower Productions were pictured.
Another crucial moment for dubstep. Kode9's Hyperdub records releases the debut album by enigmatic producer Burial. The world is on the knees and the journalists from the prestigious 'The Wire" chose it the album of the year.
First collaboration between Skre-Benga was release.. Later there two producers wil be responsible for taking Me dubstep sound to the main stages clog festivals. The track is called The lodgement" and, of course, was released by Big
After releasing their first twelve for Big Apple, Digital Mystikz was formed by Mala and Coki (producers), Loefah (a promoter and an originator of the cult DMZ night and also a producer) and MC Sot Pokes. - We are not a part of
some kind of celebrity culture - Loefah was explaining to curious journalists, and he was also talking about another inspiration-legendary album "Timeless" by Goldie. "We do Oct need anything except for a huge sound system in some
dark room. I was never ever writing anything on our leaflets, just the date, the djs and the fee. (did not even use the word dubstep" Loefah explained. Somehow it was not necessary. Digital Mystikz became other key producers for the
scene, following the Jamaican-dub tradition of pressing dub plates and contemplating the power of bass on the events free of any traditional club light equipment.
It cannot be stopped anymore. Dubstep is probably the most important guest of the very influential Sonar Festival in Barcelona. It becomes also interesting for the techno artists- "Blood On My Hands" by Shackleton gets the remix
treatment from Ricardo Villalobos- the god of minimal techno. Some well known German artists like Ellen Allien, Apparat and Modeselektor also got the bug. The legendary Berlin based Hard Wax shop known for selling dub techso
artists from the cult label Basic Channel starts distributing Skull Disco label that belongs to Shackelton.
Scuba releases his album "Mutual Antipathy" in his label hotflush. Scuba, a Britain born artist who resides in Berlin is an iconic person for the later development of dubstep which is heading towards house or techno. Women also have
their piece of cake- Vaccine, lkonika or Subeena have their first releases. Experimentators such as Zomby flirts with dubstep. Also some jungle/drum and bass artists such as Chase and Status have some dubstep tracks on their first
album 'More Than A Lot" for Ram Records. The dubstep Scene is getting more mainstream and mature.
Croydon, Big apple rec and shop, poludniowy Londyn
The key place for the burgeoning Oubstep scene and its development. Croydon is the place where all the important producers come from- Benga, Skream, Leofah, plastician, N-type, Rinse Fm crew. They all were meeting at the
beginning of the previous decade in a record shop called Big Apple where Du Hatcha was serving the customers. At that moment UK garage was dying becoming very stagnant and commercial a. ail the young producers felt that
something new, darker and less commercial is going to happen pretty soon. The teenage boys Benga, Skream, Loafer, still buy their twelves in the shop and observe their older friends and their style. Big Apple becomes also the record
label a. releases the classic track "Red by Artwork. Later Artwork, becomes one-third member of the very influential trio Magnetic Man I together with Benga and Skream). Allen its closing down, the shop was rrepe.ci in 2010 under
the name Mixing at Surey Street in Croydon.
Mary Anne Hobbs helps once again. She invites to Marcia Vale studio another wave of dubstep artists. Cyrus. starkey, Onernan, OW, Silkie, One., JOker, Nomad, Kurtureget their chance. The show "Generation Bass' was hosted by MC
5gt Pokes. The same year a Pule paradox occurs: Lee Scratch Perry, the father of dub, the inspiration for many modern dubstep producers release, an album with dubstep versions of his classic tunes
Dubstep is a multinational, speeding fusion heading to a great success .Deep in the underground it inspired the whole new movement already labeled "postdubstep" or "future garage". On the other hand some of the "old' producers
achieved a mainstream success. Benga, Skrearn and Artwork's project called Magnetic Man pushed the dubstep sound to the big festival stages. One pop-ravey hit " I need Air" was enough to conquer the charts and the to sign the
album contract for Sony and to tour the world. Despite the great commercial success the guys remembered to keep the connection with "the old school" employing for their live shows MC Set Pokes from DMZ. There are more
producers hungry for glory. Nero is one of them, there is also a club singer Katy B, who supported by Benga and the Rinse FM crew achieved quite a lot in British pop. Chase and Status are interested in getting to the mainstream too.
Their second album sounds less underground and more charts friendly. We cannot forget about Breakage and Emalkay's albums which are like perfect combinations of jungle and dubstep. Quite a lot is happening in the underground too-
great album by Horsepower Production, of course Burial who is following his own path, and plenty of producers and His from the beginning are also active.