Dubstep has made quite a bit of progress since becoming the sound of Generation Y; transforming over the years from its underground status in the clubs of the UK to its rise to the top of mainstream American charts (in one form or another). Originally a blend of drum & bass and breakbeat, grime and garage, dubstep has since evolved to basically anything with a “wobble” and heavy synth distortion that has powered dance music back into the limelight. Many producers tend to forget that dubstep holds many roots in dub music, a subgenre of reggae that relies heavily on the use of drums, bass and reverb. Sound familiar? It should because that’s basically the premise of dubstep.
Circa 2008, a talented young British musician by the name of Joshua Steele emerged onto the scene and brought with him those classic dub vibes that have become the staple of his productions. You might know him better as Flux Pavillion. At just 24-years-old he has earned his place as one of dubstep’s top acts, catapulting the genre into America’s backyard with hit singles like “Bass Cannon” and “I Can’t Stop.” Over the years Steele has accomplished a lot more than most producers. He co-founded Circus Records back in 2009 and has headlined festivals and sold out concerts across the globe. Riding a rocket of success that continues its trajectory ever upwards, Steele welcomes 2013 with the release of his first EP in over two years, Blow The Roof.
With eight tracks spanning just over 30 minutes, it’s an ideal momentary escape from reality with a meticulous mix of EDM styles and Flux’s traditional dubstep touch. The EP starts off strong with his debut trap original, “OneTwoThree (Make Your Body Wanna).” Steele reels you in with his steady downtempo, trip-hop beats that escalate into a frenzy of screaming synths and dancehall drum-kicks. His cohesive interchanging of styles will make your body wanna, as the kids say these days, twerk and “womp-out” at the same time (if that’s even possible). Like most electronic music producers in the game, Steele wants to “run the trap” just as much as everyone else and successfully does so with this first track. He maintains that steady, high-energy dubstep feel that has clearly defined his image while working in that unmistakable trap flavor. This is truly a great start to his latest compilation of music efforts.
The rest of Blow The Roof features hip-hop collaborations like “Do or Die” with Childish Gambino and “Double Edge” with Sway and P Money. The EP also features an edit to his hit “I Can’t Stop,” titled “I Still Can’t Stop,” as well as Steele’s self-recorded vocals in “The Scientist.” Blow The Roof is now available for purchase on iTunes and Beatport, with “OneTwoThree” available for free download via his website in case you’re looking for a freebie to sample to new EP.