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Blow Your Head - Diplo Presents: Dubstep (Explicit)

by Various Artists
Blow Your Head - Diplo Presents: Dubstep by Various Artists
Released: Oct 2010
Label: Mad Decent / Downtown Records
You might not immediately associate Diplo's name with dubstep. Regardless, this introduction he's assembled is no dilettante's guide to the rapidly evolving U.K. club genre. Aside from the odd pop crossover track, like Rusko's "Hold On" (here in its heavier, Sub Focus remix), the comp draws heavily from genre outliers like Joker, Zomby and James Blake, bass experimentalists who have moved far beyond the genre's adolescent status quo. Dubstep pioneer adds heft to Major Lazer's "Hold the Line," while canonical hits from Rusko and Benga lend authority to the collection.
Philip Sherburne