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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.

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Eh, still awake? Here´s more music that screams to be heard through a brutally loud sound system, yeah! Kevin Martin a.k.a. The Bug (and part of EAR, Techno Animal, Ice, among other projects) has a grimier view on dancehall sounds, offers filthy bass lines, hard-edged beats, ruff-in-the-jungle ragga and a killer selection of MCs spitting over this boiling shit. It starts with with ragamuffin hip-hop pioneer Daddy Freddy and continues with Toastie Tailor (do you know his work with New Flash?). Rootsman and He-Man are other highlights, but no fillers here. Some sweet vocal inspiration comes in the shape of Paul St. Hilaire, the artist formerly known as Tikiman. Longtime visitors of urbanology may remember his fantastic performances on the Stereotype record. The up tempo highlights that don´t let you time to breath are “Politicians & Paedophiles” and “Run the Place Red”, of course with the ill Daddy Freddy. “Fuck Y-Self” with Wayne Lonesome is a brutal smasher breaking your neck and you will scream for more after this.

Excellent soundbwoy killas!


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