Various – This Is Dubstep Vol 2 review

Artist: Various
Title: This Is Dubstep Vol 2
Label: Get Darker
Genre: Dubstep/Grime
Format: CD, Digital
Buy From: Juno Records, Juno Download

The Get Darker crew are back with their second instalment of This Is Dubstep. Featuring 40 of the biggest tracks and artists on the scene, this is the most comprehensive collection of dark dubs out there.

This Is Dubstep Vol 1 has gone on to become the biggest selling dubstep compilation of its kind, prompting Get Darker to follow up with a sequel whilst the iron is hot. This time though, they take the series to the next level by showcasing more angles of the dubstep scene. Throughout the 40 tracks, the compilation journeys through a multitude of moods, tempos and influence whilst maintaining a healthy balance between rave tracks and songs more geared towards listening at home. It is an all encompassing snapshot of the scene, showcasing the artists at its forefront and its biggest anthems including upfront tracks, unreleased gems and classic anthems.

We see ragga influence on Caspa & The Others’ remix of Breakage, delicate bass structures on Skream’s “Memories Of 3rd Base” and the slower dubs of Benga’s “Eye Tunes”. Benny Page & Zero G deliver psychedelic bass twists, we get some tribal action from Ruckspin & Planas, some rolling future bass from Hatcha and even some blissed out, spacey dubstep courtesy of Ikonika. The true rave smashes come from the likes of Chase & Status, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Sub Focus, Nero and Caspa.

Review: Tom Jones