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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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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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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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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Pitbull’s ‘Planet Pit’ is very ‘sex’y

Pitbull’s ‘Planet Pit’

Like it or not, this guy is currently the man of the hour. If you still do not know who Pitbull is, he is the man ‘sort of’ responsible for the resurrection of Jennifer Lopez’s musical career with her latest single ‘On the Floor’ and if that is not good enough, he also collaborated with J.Lo’s husband Marc Anthony on his latest single ‘Rain Over Me’.

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Weird Al Yankovich – Alpocalyse – not the best, but not bad either

Weird Al Yankovich – Alpocalyse

You know you are in for a wild goose chase when the name Weird Al Yankovich is mentioned with any sort of music release. So with his latest offering, it is no surprise that this man who made a career and gained much popularity making parodies out of top hits around the world is back again.

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