PHENOMENON OF DUBSTEP A HISTORY LESSON

To most people, the genre dubstep is a fairly new concept now hitting the mainstream, but people who’ve been dancing or mixing underground garage and grime know its been lurking in the shadows for over a decade. This hybrid phenomenon grew as the garage and grime genres merged, originating in clubs and dubstep record shops in and around Croydon, South London.

The actual title ‘dubstep’ was given by record label Ammunition Productions in their effort to best describe the beats being used at the time. Although dubstep formed at the turn of the century, it didn’t really become known until 2006, partly thanks to Radio 1 airing it on DJ Mary-Anne Hobbs’ Experimental Show. Thanks to Hobb’s involvement, pushing the genre, dubstep DJs played their way into the London club scene from their Croydon roots, featuring regularly at nights such Fabric on Drum and Bass night.

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Whitney Houston – the passing of a legend

The news of the death of Whitney Houston sent shockwaves around the world. The singer of the all-time favourite hits like ‘I Will Always Love You’, ‘How Will I Know?’, ‘The Greatest Love of All’, and many more died in the hotel where she was supposed to attend the 2012 Grammy Awards and early investigations and speculations said that she drowned in her bath tub of the hotel room.

Houston is regarded as one of the legends in the music industry and was primed for the bright lights when she came into the scene with her ‘good girl’ image then. Her attitude began to change around the late 1990s after he marriage to Bobby Brown, of whom many believed to be her influence that took her into her drug addiction. She started missing interviews, performances and even lost her voice in recent years.

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Yuna – Decorate

The album title is Decorate and you would by now have heard of Malaysia’s very own Yuna. Because if you haven’t, then you just need to buy her album and it feels like you seemed to have known her for ages. Yuna’s debut album is surprisingly personal probably due to the way she sings and her little voice gestures which seemed to be talking to you more than singing to you. But sing she did and she does it so beautifully that she seems so close by.

There are 10 tracks where you can forget all the talks and concepts of 1Malaysia by our politicians because this is as ‘kampung’ was we can get. And we mean it in a very modern way. If you want to know Malaysian music and our language, then Decorate is the most ideal one for you. This is because you get the balance of Bahasa Malaysia and English songs here which is the natural of conversation among Malaysians.

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Boyce Avenue – Latest Youtube sensations

Boyce Avenue is one of the latest YouTube sensations of the moment. It is basically a trio musical band which began in Sarasota in Florida and has been performing together since 2004. Represented by 3 Peace Records, they are currently one of the highest viewed bands on YouTube. The members of the band is made up of Alejandro Manzano, Daniel Manzanoa and Fabian Manzano. Calling themselves an acoustic rock band, the three brothers came up with the name through the 2 streets they grew up in.

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Sam Tsui – Youtube Sensations

Sam Tsui is a singer who became popular through YouTube. Born in 1989, he gained popularity through his own music video productions of singing cover versions of current chart hits through YouTube and has enjoyed millions of views on his works. Born in Blue Bell in Pennsylvania, he has been actively producing his own work and posting on YouTube since 2008. The Chinese American musician is one of the latest internet celebrity who recently graduated from Yale University.

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Blink-182 – ‘Neighborhoods’

Blink-182

Blink 182 is one of the pioneer modern rock bands. In their sixth offering entitled ‘Neighborhoods’, they are looking to tell the world to take them seriously. Since bursting (literally) into the music scene in 2003, Blink 182 had not looked back and has established themselves as one of the serious hard rockers of the modern world. Their pop cultured style was very much certain and in their last album, they went through some soul searching and came out with an experimental album which met with some mixed reviews.

With this new outing, Blink 182 is showing that they are not merely a rock band made of guitars, bass and drums but one which can handle the pressure of growing older and mature. This is an album where they want to tell you to sit up and listen to them and it is time to take them seriously. It feels as if Green Day had decided to pull off a The Eagles tour.

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Nirvana – Nevermind 20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

Nirvana – Nevermind

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of perhaps the greatest album every produced, there will be a Nirvana Nevermind 20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition. This is one of the best ways to remember the person, the band and the music that has changed the music industry around the world forever. And to top it all off, this was supposed to be the sophomore album from the Seattle rockers.

Hence, after it was announced last June, many were anticipating of what it would be like and as if a trip down memory lane is not enough, there were some previously unreleased tracks for you to savour and perhaps reminiscent, when life was good and everyone basically hated everyone. In CD1, there are the standard tracks in the original with the likes of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, ‘Come As You Are’, ‘Lithium’ and all that. Most of the tracks sound the same as it was, raw, honest and loud. And Cobain delivers this with so much passion, life and conviction.

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Tony Bennett – Duets II

Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett has a voice that not many can match. In fact, he brings with him this persona that is very difficult to emulate by today’s artists. He set the standards high enough and then performs so effortlessly that it is hard to determine if he is serious or not. So when they released his latest Duets II album it took a while to actually register that he is actually 85 years old. This was released to celebrate his birthday and is the sequel to his Dues: An American Classic offering previously.

The fact that this album debuted at number 1 in the Billboard 200 meant that he is the oldest living artist to have achieved that remarkable feat. Perhaps the most notable track here is the one he sang with the late Amy Winehouse entitled ‘Body and Soul’ although there are many others which could well be chart toppers too. By pulling in the likes of Lady Gaga (The Lady is a Tramp), John Mayer, Michael Buble, Norah Jones, Josh Groban and Carrie Underwood, it shows just how contemporary Tony is and that he is still very much relevant to today’s industry.

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Incubus stop off at the Susquehanna Bank Centre on their ‘If Not Now, When?’ tour

Incubus

Every stop on their new tour has been eagerly anticipated by fans of Incubus. Vocalist Brandon Boyd, lead guitarist Mike Einzinger, bassist Ben Kenney, drummer Jose Pasilas and DJ Killmore have been wowing fans for years, and it looks like they have still got it. The genre of their music has been described in various different ways, including ‘nu alternative’, ‘alternative rock’, ‘rap metal’ and ‘electro’. Whatever it can be classified as, they have truly succeeded in the test of time as their fans remain as loyal as ever.

One of their destinations while touring was the Susquehanna Bank Centre. Fans waited patiently for the tickets to go on sale, listening to their music or playing Partypoker. When the tickets were released, there was a huge flurry of activity as people hurried to claim their place at the show. They were supported by Young and Giant, who played their two big hits ‘My Body’ and ‘Cough Syrup’, as well as other songs that were just as good. Their sound combines driving riffs with slower acoustic sounds and adds in singer Sameer Gadhia to give them an alternative rock sound.

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Mizz Nina – Malaysia’s Pride

Mizz Nina

By now, the track “What You Waiting For” would have been played to death on radio. In fact, it is one of the most catchy tunes in recent times and as icing on the cake, it is a sung by Mizz Nina, a Malaysian. Now if you haven’t already know, Mizz Nina has been in the Malaysian entertainment scene for a while now where she has been in and out music, taking on different roles before her passion for music drove her back into the groove and out come this lovely and catchy track.

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