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Marry Anne Hobbs presents “The Warrior Dubz”

Posted on: January 26, 2009


Personally not convinced by the slightly titillating ilustrations but don’t let that put you off: Marry Anne Hobbs is the adequate successor of John Peel at BBC and in general. For “The Warrior Dubz” she compiled a great collection of her favourite pioneering artists from the underground scenes she supports on her radio show. And considering how young a genre Dubstep is, it’s astonishing what a broad and textured palate of sound has been incorporated by the various proponents. Hobbs even managed to persuade more than half the producers here to submit exclusive tunes. “Warrior Dubz”  is a breathless journey through the dubstep infirmary – with everyone from Burial and Benga, through to Andy Stott and Loefah making an appearance.

It is dark and murky, an instrumental reflection of gloomy London nights, but the dancefloor imperative of Digital Mystikz’s “Anti-War Dub” or Burial’s “Versus” is hard to resist. It is also intensely physical – the broad brushstrokes of bass that underpin the sampled police sirens and club chatter on Loefah’s “Mud VIP” seem designed to make your entire body judder. Elsewhere, Manchester’s Virus Syndicate crew are spectacular on “Dead Man Walking”, all rapid-fire distortion and frenetic MCing, while JME’s playground flow lightens the mood briefly as he coolly dissects hand-to-mouth living on Pence. This is a superb compilation of the most thrilling, forward-thinking music in the UK today.



2 Responses to "Marry Anne Hobbs presents “The Warrior Dubz”"

Good Lord you have gone post crazy! Thanks again. This was a good listen. I always need some fresh stuff to switch up the pace. I have too many to try!

she also has released another compilation: Evangeline

which is a killer too, look out for it, you will love it 🙂

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