Blow Your Head Vol 1: Diplo Presents Dubstep Mad Decent/Downtown [Three and a half stars]Albums, Reviews November 10, 2010
The fat, squishy bass blasts on Britney’s 2007 ‘Freakshow’ were many listeners’ first exposure to the sounds of dubstep, the UK style favouring syncopated beats and huge low-end. Now, M.I.A. producer Diplo has put together a dubstep party platter: His jam with Lil Jon (‘U Don’t Like Me’) is positively unhinged, while UK producers Benga and Zomby represent for the style’s experimental side. Elsewhere, Stenchman’s remix of ‘Burn’ by Australian Idol diva Jessica Mauboy posits how dubstep could rescue modern R&B from groove tedium.
Key Tracks: ‘U Don’t Like Me,’ ‘Burn,’ ‘26 Basslines’