DJ Flack and I often reminisce about the era when 2-step garage was pop music in the U.K., and though many of the big hits there were on the R&B side of the fence, our faves were the ragga and dub influenced tracks like the ones on the 2001 compilation Garage Dubs â€” an obvious precursor to what would become dubstep.
As dubstep evolved it went deep and dark into atmospheric, minimalist territory that’s interesting as listening music, but can be challenging to booties on the dance-floor. More recently it seems that the reggae/dub influence in dubstep is coming back strong, most notably on many of Skream‘s tracks like Blue Eyez:
As it turns out, Flack’s been in the Beat Research labs cooking up some of his own dub(2-)step and he’s been so generous as to share his brand new track That Sound:
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