Blow Your Head - Diplo Presents: Dubstep
by Various Artists
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.