1 track to represent moods/eras

If you had to pick 1 track to iconify each style of the dubstep genre, what would you choose? I’m interested in looking at dubstep’s roots as well as its development through time. Plus, I always love to find new music so win win.
I use the word style as if you had to create folders or playlists to classify your collection.

I know there is a lot of stigma surrounding dubstep ‘sub-genres’, but i’m more interested in categorising the moods of dubstep rather than declaring what track is of which classification. It’s difficult to put into words to identify moods as it’s so subjective, but thought it might be interesting.

From my own personal experience, and other sources, the most commonly identified ‘moods’ & classifications are as follows:

(Please feel free to add to the list)

  • UKG
  • 2-step
  • Dark Garage
  • Sublow
  • UK Funky
  • Grime
  • Dub
  • Dubwise
  • Dub Techno
  • Deep
  • Vocal
  • Pop
  • Riddim
  • Chillstep
  • Experimental/Ambient
  • Breaks/Break influenced
  • ??
  • ??
  • ??

lol not that I even care but dub techno isn’t a form of dubstep. also you’re gonna have a bad time if you’re using the terms “chillstep” and “riddim” here. also pop lmao

even beyond that I struggle to see the point of this whole thread

Heard many dubtech tracks played in sets before such as
Rhythm & Sound with Willi Williams - See Mi Yah

It definitely deserves a spot here.
I never said that i liked any particular genre mentioned, but it’s a fact that dubstep is categorised into these branches wether we like it or not.

And yes, dubstep had a phase of commercial radio plays such as Skream & La Roux, Magnetic man etc. Would you put these tracks in the same league as tracks such as TMSV - Doom Clone?

“even beyond that I struggle to see the point of this whole thread”
what does it matter to you?

Cheers for your input.

whatever man these types of lists are just so boring and pointless imo

In regards to dub techno, there’s certainly tracks that have a strong influence from it and yeah people will play it, but it doesn’t mean dub techno falls under the dubstep umbrella

I don’t know that such curation is always pointless tbh, but I think where it usually loses the plot is in positing these sounds as concrete “isms” - as if the artists arose within an existing aesthetic instead the artists creating the aesthetic as a result of a living dialectic process. The sounds almost always came first and the term came after, maybe excepting Pop which just bites off whatever’s selling.

Totally blanking rn but that one act whose name was a number - 2642 or sth - was kind of straddling dub techno and dubstep. Anyway, yeah… dub techno proper (like Basic Channel, Pole, etc.) is def its own thing and a cousin at best but not in the direct family tree or we’d have to start counting anything with any dub reggae influences as a progenitor…

PS: you forgot brostep and embers breaks.

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2562 bro


There is has will only ever be one dubstep track for me !


Thanks! “Aerial” was the album I was thinking of.

Aerial is one of the best dubstep albums ever


Would you not say that it flirts with dub techno heavily? Like dubstep rhythms and structures with a dub techno sound palette?

Yeah ofc, why?

Just making the point that - in that release anyway - the two worlds overlapped, if not merged.

IDK what I’m talking about. Too much caffeine this morning. Carry on. :salute:

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I mean I never said there wasn’t any overlap haha. My post earlier was just saying that dub techno doesn’t fall under dubstep, but there are artists within dubstep who have definitely been influenced by it

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^ Yes. This.

Aerial & Dubstep Allstars vol 6 are probably the two most influential albums for me in terms of the music that I’ve been big into the last few years


Jokes aside ! i’m gonna have a go at that list for you right there seeming that you’ve come here and post this thread to get examples of the subgenres you have listed !

UKG - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFP-yMZIWMo

2-step - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVycT8k0tjM

Dark Garage - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmSY10EPYRA

Sublow - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsJnGcOKIg0

UK Funky - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXKl00NIUrY

Grime - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOEX7j7UmUo

Dub - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4XHAZ9hPcs

Dub Techno - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amhatB_ftoQ

Deep - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lar1qvlkgQY

Vocal - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWskQy5-b5Y

Pop - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RVKLcaIAE8

Riddim - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRdMHbzjrlU

Chillstep - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd4mLXSCXI4

Experimental/Ambient - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdRLM8ZWXXs

Breaks influenced - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8GzC-f2Bl8

happy hunting !

and ps ps ps in future probably best to not get too caught up on all of the different subgenre’s it can all get a bit silly and as you can see by peoples and my own reaction to your post we don’t like subgenre’s we prefer to troll anyone when the word riddim comes outta de mouth bled

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jah rastafairaai + big up


Strong choices

i pride myself on having an impeccable ‘tru’ taste in music bro

it’s the one thing that keeps me going through the days


it’s funny cos its only half a joke

i came out of the womb with a ‘nothings final till it’s vinyl’ t-shirt on