Posted by: Matt
Several readers of my last post about the Wonky side of Dubstep expressed that they’d been expecting the tunes to be a little more…..wonky. The Rustie remix was probably the most off-kilter, and while the others did have a lot of the correct elements in (or out of) place, I did go back and listen and have to agree. I definitely pulled some punches in favor of tracks that I personally felt would be more palatable. That may make for a more pleasant listening experience, but it does a disservice to the educational value of this blog.
To correct that, this is my originally-unplanned follow-up. If the last batch of tracks were a few bumps in, these are head first down the hole, and far better examples of how the style got its name. It is worth noting however that while the genre tag is popular with music writers, it is less so amongst its actual practitioners:
“No one does ketamine right?,” [Zomby] asserted in a MySpace bulletin and blog post. “I thought it died in the late Eighties after that shitty Madonna tour ended…
Though I have seen a crusty white dude with dreadlocks rolling around in his own puke ‘going off on K’ in Brixton not long back,” he continues. “Dunno how inspirational an event for an artist that is however.” - Zomby (interview, The Quietus)
If this kind of thing floats your boat, there is an excellent mixtape full of wonky dubstep and hip-hop goodness over at one of my favorite electronica blogs, Curb Crawlers by a Toronto DJ named Ultragamma. Great stuff. Check it out.