Reviewed by Alex MacPherson (The Guardian)
Radio 1 DJ Mary Anne Hobbs's one-off January show Dubstep Warz marked the emergence into the mainstream of a genre which has been fermenting in south London raves and pirate stations for much of this decade. Her follow-up compilation, a mixture of exclusives and recent dubstep anthems, continues her sterling work. Dubstep's sonic palette is one of cavernous bass twinned with skanking beats and the occasional sample. It is dark and murky, an instrumental reflection of gloomy London nights, but the dancefloor imperative of Digital Mystikz's Anti-War Dub or Burial's Versus is hard to resist. It is also intensely physical - the broad brushstrokes of bass that underpin the sampled police sirens and club chatter on Loefah's Mud VIP seem designed to make your entire body judder. Elsewhere, Manchester's Virus Syndicate crew are spectacular on Dead Man Walking, all rapid-fire distortion and frenetic MCing, while JME's playground flow lightens the mood briefly as he coolly dissects hand-to-mouth living on Pence. This is a superb introduction to some of the most thrilling, forward-thinking music in the UK today.
- Rudi Zygadlo - Great Western Laymen
- FaltyDL - Endeavour
- Ikonika - Dckhdbtch
- FaltyDL - Phreqaflex
- DJ Nate - Hatas Our Motivation
- Oriol - Night And Day
- Vex'd - Cloud Seed
- Terror Danjah - Power Grid E.P.
- Oriol - Coconut Coast
- Ital Tek - Moment In Blue E.P.
- Rossi B & Luca (feat. Killa P.) - E10 Riddim
- Starkey - Ear Drums And Black Holes
- The Internal Tulips - Mislead Into A Field By A Deformed Deer
- Starkey - Stars (feat. Anneka)
- Slugabed - Ultra Heat Treated E.P.
- Venetian Snares - Horsey Noises
- FaltyDL - Love Is A Liability
- Luke Vibert - We Hear You
- Boxcutter - Arecibo Message
- Shitmat - One Foot In The Rave
- Terror Danjah - Industry Standard Part 4
- Terror Danjah - Gremlinz (The Instrumentals 2003-2009)
- Burnkane - You Know
- Subeena Ft. Jamie Woon & Om'Mas Keith - Solidify