The latest thing is still Dubstep and the warrior queen leading the charge on Radio 1 is Mary Anne Hobbs (not pictured).

  • Mary Anne Hobbs - Warrior Dubz

    Reviewed by Gerry Hectic (FLY)

    <b> Mary Anne Hobbs </b> - Warrior Dubz

    The compilation Mary Ann Hobbs Presents The Warrior Dubz is already a Beginners Guide to Dubstep as things move on at a lighting pace, reminiscent of the early drum’n’bass scene where last night’s acetate was old news.

    Even so, MAH has put together some serious tracks that may not all be your underground hardcore dubsteppers choice but there’s some early classics included. ‘Music Box’ by Benga is exclusive to this release so worth getting for that track alone (also see Dubstep Allstars Vol4) and the dubbed out 4/4 of ‘Black’ by Andy Stott.

    Digital Mystikz ‘Anti-War Dub’ is the toasting end of electro dub’n’bass, ‘Pence’, ‘Worries Again’ and ‘Give It To ‘Em’ are at the dirty grime end whilst ‘Versus’ (another exclusive track) is almost ‘dark’ house/trance like.

    It’s not all instrumentals as the set ends with ‘Deadman Walking’ and another classic from Kode 9, the vocal version of ‘Kingstown’ featuring Space Ape. Anything missing? Well Skream’s debut album is out now so that’s another one to keep an eye out for.

    Regular readers will know I’m a fan of the Sterotyp vs. Al Haca stylee and the nearest we get to that is ‘Jah War’ (another exclusive and quality track) and ‘Cha Vocal’ whilst yet another exclusive, ‘Hydra’ is a minimal track with throbbing bass wobble, which is truly worrying for the health of your speakers.

    On first hearing, you might wonder what the fuss is all about with this dubstep but if you need convincing, at the end of her list of sleeve notes ‘shouts’ she says, “John Peel - Original And Endless Inspiration RIP”. This sums it up for me, original UK underground.

    Good to see there’s no scrimping on the 4 slabs of vinyl set and the only Hectic grip is the cover. Personally not convinced by the slightly titillating ilustrations but don’t let that put you off.

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