It started in 2001 when Dubstep started tiptoeing its way into the British Bass music culture that was immersed in Jungle, Drum & Bass, and Garage; and by the end of the 2000s decade, it had comfortably positioned itself as one of the biggest genres in electronic music and one that consistently manufactured superstars.
Dubstep moved from its compact bass noises in the late ‘90s to its deep, gritty, and meditative numbers in early and mid-2000s, before moving to its piercing and eye-rolling drops like style by the end of the decade which made Dubstep a force to reckon with in the electronic music realm.
Honouring the decade that gave Bass music fans some of the biggest tunes to which we stomped our feet, we take a look at some gems from the golden Dubstep era that will never go out of fashion.
LA ROUX – IN FOR THE KILL (SKREAM REMIX)
There are very few Dubstep tracks that come close to trumping this remix’s ability to be the perfect Festival or gig closing tune. Moving away from the funk-fuelled textures of the original, Skream stretched the tune by adding an air of defiance with its rumbling bassline and poignant vocals. The Jungle breakdown at the end makes the perfect way to finish an explosive remix.
CHASE & STATUS – EASTERN JAM
Part of the legendary duo’s debut album, ‘Eastern Jam’ is a charged-up Dubstep banger that put Chase & Status in the eyes of the biggest names in music. The track featuring a sample from the 2002 Bollywood film, Devdas’ ‘Silsila Ye Chaahat Ka’ also caught the attention of Snoop Dogg, which he used for his track, ‘Snoop Dogg Millionaire’. In a festival setting, ‘Eastern Jam’ has set venues on fire with its sinister bass growls and 14 years on, it barely leaves the duo’s DJ sets.
ZEDS DEAD – WHITE SATIN
Zeds Dead are one of the finest exports from the long and famed list of top Canadian electronic music producers. Since their debut, they have mastered the art of converging the bright and murky shades of Dubstep music. Staying true to their style, ‘White Satin’ weaves and spins through the blasts of its powerful bass pulses while bringing an irresistible eloquence through its vocals. The tune also makes for a proper mid-set banger when DJs want to switch up energies in their sets.
NERO – PROMISES (SKRILLEX AND NERO REMIX)
The original was a banger in its own right but, Skrillex’s inclusion in the remake turned ‘Promises’ into a bonafide Dubstep classic. Despite the remix’s success after being heavily used in DJ sets across the world, we’ll never be able to wrap our head around the fact that the track, despite hitting number one on UK Singles charts, sold less than 50,000 copies; which is one of the lowest since the Top-40 charting began in the UK. Nevertheless, the remix still ‘Promises’ to wreck any dancefloor it’s played at.
FLUX PAVILION – I CAN’T STOP
Arguably one of the biggest tunes in the history of Dubstep, if not the biggest. A warmer edition of ‘I Can’t Stop’ by Canadian producer, Ekali can now be seen heavily on Instagram reels. The original tune in its purest form can shake any place to its foundations. It is rightly said that YouTube is arguably the closest humanity will get to a time machine, and it’s hard to believe that this banger was uploaded 11 years ago.
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