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Dubstep

I tell people that one of my favorite genres of music right now is called Dubstep. Many respond, “what’s that?”  Okay, here we go…

I describe Dubstep as the next evolution of Techno/Hip-Hop/House/Club music. Major characteristics include a lot of deep, electronic bass, bass wobble, along with half-step and often syncopated rhythms that usually build in intensity to the song’s ‘drop’. If you need some help in understanding these characteristics, you can check out Wikipedia’s entry on Dubstep. Or if you’d rather, take a sample of these tracks below.

Now, I admit, I don’t like all of the stuff put out by Dubstep DJs. What I tend to gravitate toward more are the remixes where they take one song and remix it with a Dubstep vibe.  Ready?

The first Dubstep remix features the Doobie Brothers “Black Water”…

Doobie Brothers – Black Water (Love and Light Remix) by ThisSongSlaps.com

Ellie Goulding never sounded so great…

Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed (SubVibe Bootleg Remix) by SubVibe

Honestly, the best Dubstep remix with Katy Perry follows. Wait for the incredible drop around the 3 minute mark…
E.T. (KATFYR Dubstep Remix) by KATFYR

One of my favorite Dubstep tracks… [DUBSTEP] Jomekka – Dinosaurs Love 808s – Eighto [FREE] by Jomekka

And another original by Breath Carolina…
Blackout by Breathe Carolina (Paradigm Remix) by Dubstep.NET

I love the laid back vibe of this one… GRiZ – Wheres The Love? by ThisSongSlaps.com

Or perhaps you can relate to these kids reacting to dubstep (View the original)

And now for the video that truthfully introduced me to the entire genre of dubstep and the incredible dance moves of Marquese Scott and his dance trio “Remote Kontrol”…

Perhaps you saw Marquese on Ellen or his dance trio Remote Kontrol on ‘So You Think You Can Dance?

For some of the best Dubstep tracks available, keep your browser pointed to ThisSongSlaps.com or Dubstep.net.

Either way, Dubstep is here. I mean, people can even beatbox Dubstep! (here, here, here, and here (all worth an investigation))

Some Tracks I’m Diggin’ Right Now

Every once in a while I plan to share some tracks with you that I’m really diggin’ at the time. Most will probably be Mashups and Dubstep.

The following tracks are all Mashups from two different artists: Tonight’s Mashup (DJ TM) and Mashed And Confused. One thing I really like about some Mashups is not just when two songs mash together well for a great sound, but also when the lyrics complement each other as well.

For example, the first track I’m sharing takes a Katy Perry song where she is reminiscing about a boyfriend who was ‘the one that got away’. Along with that theme, DJ TM brings in a throwback track from Maxine Nightingale (a great track from 1975!) in which she sings about getting a relationship back to the beginning so they can start over. What a perfect blend!

DJ TM does it again in the last track I share. Beyonce has a very popular song where she encourages single women to dance. So DJ TM pulls in a Billy Idol song where he sings about dancing by himself! Ha! And both songs have a riff of “oh oh oh” that get blended so cleverly.

Enjoy!

[MASHUP] Right Back to the One That Got Away (Katy Perry vs. Maxine Nightingale) by Tonight’s Mashup (DJ TM)
Right Back to the One That Got Away (Katy Perry vs. Maxine Nightingale) by Tonight’s Mashup (DJ TM)

[MASHUP] The Joker One Of Us (Steve Miller Band Vs Gladys Knight & The Pips) by Mashed And Confused
The Joker One Of Us (Steve Miller Band Vs Gladys Knight & The Pips) by Mashed And Confused

[MASHUP] Put On Your Red Shoes and Dance Naked with Dad (George Michael vs. David Bowie) by Tonight’s Mashup (DJ TM)
Put On Your Red Shoes and Dance Naked with Dad (George Michael vs. David Bowie) by Tonight’s Mashup (DJ TM)

[MASHUP] Canned Low (Flo Rida Vs Jamiroquai) by Mashed And Confused
Canned Low (Flo Rida Vs Jamiroquai) by Mashed And Confused

[MASHUP] Dancing With(out) My Single Ladies (Billy Idol vs. Beyoncé) by Tonight’s Mashup (DJ TM)
Dancing With(out) My Single Ladies (Billy Idol vs. Beyoncé) by Tonight’s Mashup (DJ TM)

The Camelot Harmonic Mixing Wheel

This is quite interesting to me. If you are into music theory, a DJ, or just a fan of music mashups (like I am), a guy named Mark Davis created this chart to help figure out what songs go with other songs based on their key.

Camelot Harmonic Mixing Wheel

From the site:

On the Camelot wheel, each key is assigned a keycode number from one to twelve, like hours around a clock.

For the first mix, we recommend mixing two songs that have the same keycode, like 8A and 8A. It will sound like a professional mash-up made in the studio, even if you are mixing on live DJ equipment.

Many professional DJs move around the Camelot wheel with every mix.

To select a compatible song, choose a keycode within one “hour” of your current keycode. If you are in 8A, you can play 7A, 8A or 9A next. If you are in 12A, you can play 11A, 12A or 1A. This mix will be smooth every time.

You can also mix between inner and outer wheels if you stay in the same “hour.” For example, try mixing from 8A to 8B, and notice the change in melody as you go from Minor to Major.