From a Croydon record shop called Big Apple to sold-out arenas in the city that goes by the same name, in the mid part of the 2000s to early in the following decade, a scene was born, exploded and its cultured ashes pissed on from a great height by an ugly American wave known ominously as EDM. Digital Mystikz, Coki and Mala, Loefah, Kode 9 a young Skream and Benga and many more helped transform a dark offshoot of UK garage into a dub-inspired haven of crackling tension and claustrophobic bass that would thunder through sound systems and onto dark and dank dancefloors. Those familiar with the sound's post-2010 demise may struggle to comprehend the gravity of this movement on electronic music at large. For those few years, dubstep was London's new punk. A blistering, DIY bolt of energy that warped sounds, crossed genres, and made clubbing exciting again. Honouring the scene's true sound, DJ Simm takes us on a quick tour from the underground to the edge of crossover with a selection of dubstep classics that stay true to their roots from beginning to end.
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