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Half Shelf Dubby Dip 1 [Old Skool Dubstep Vinyl Mix for Begrime] (2023)

What most people don't know, is that I love myself a bit of Dubstep. Yes, I am openly admitting it. I love the oldskool Dubstep. And after a quick visit to a trustworthy website called Wikipedia, it gave me some more information. I didn't know it originated in South London back in the early 2000s, as an offshoot UK Garage sound, and its roots go back to the Jamaican sound system party scene from the early 80s! Well, you do learn a lot from going onto Google or Wikipedia!

Pearsall, a regular contributor to this page, made a mix for Begrime SUB FM Radio Show, which aired on the 17th of May of this year. And it contains early Dubstep anthems. Some forgotten about, but also a few all time classics. And it's nice to go back in time, and hear the tunes I fell in love with, especially when 2010 happened: to me that was the greatest year for Dubstep music.

It was obviously influenced by the sound coming out of the UKG scene. Hell, a lot of artists crossed over from one UKG style to the other. It was such a gorgeous sound, one that I still hold close to my heart. As said before, 2010 was (for me) a very important year. The music that came out of the scene was just everywhere. The sound of Dubstep dominated the charts and the dancefloors all over the world. From South London to the rest of the world..

It was a very underground, gritty, and very innovative, that's for sure. It paved the way for a new generation of producers and DJs, and have given us so many memorable tunes. And some you will find in Pearsall's mix!

  1. Om Unit - Searching

  2. Joker - Do It

  3. Benga - One Million

  4. Silkie - Hooby

  5. Kito - Cold

  6. Synkro - Angels

  7. Skream - Blue Eyez

  8. Digital Mystikz - Unexpected

  9. Matty G - 96 Style Smooth

  10. Breakage - Untitled

  11. Benga - Skunk Tip

  12. Cyrus - Mind Games

  13. 2562 - Embrace

  14. Goldie - Inner City Life (SBTRKT Remix)

  15. Seven - Sirens

  16. D1 - Trial Run

  17. L-Wiz - Strength

  18. Skream - The Shinein

  19. Digital Mystikz - Coral Reef

  20. Rusko - Go Go Gadget

  21. Skream - Exothermic Reaction

  22. Jakes - Justice

  23. La Roux - In For The Kill (Skream's Let Get Ravey Remix)

One of the things I've noticed, is that early Dubstep records had short titles. Or is it just me who noticed it? Not just in this mix, but the majority of records I've heard over the years had very short titles. Well, it makes it easier for me to type the titles... much easier.

Pearsall's mix is a glorious one. It contains the right records, mixed together nicely, and the hour flies by before you know it. You will be in awe throughout the mix, as the tracks are solid as a rock. I wouldn't say that these were the more commercial records, ones that would appear in the charts, but what I do know is that they were successful on the dancefloors all over the UK.

He literally just went through his own collection, grabbed a handful of records from his Dubstep shelf, and made a mix out of it. That's the concept of this mix, and I love it. They are solid records, and all blend in nicely. But leave that up to Pearsall to make a splendid mix: this isn't his first mix, and certainly won't be his last.

It's a splendid mix, and it shows us how awesome Dubstep was. It might still be, but I've lost track a bit of what happens in the scene. Hopefully it's as awesome as it once was?

There are too many to choose from. I think the biggest hit in this mix has to be La Roux's song, remixed by Skream. It is still an awesome record. Could choose that one, but what is your favourite record?

A solid mix to get us through the weekend! Enjoy it!

DJ: Pearsall

Genre/Style: Dubstep

Mix Info: Half Shelf Dubby Dip 1 [Old Skool Dubstep Vinyl Mix for Begrime]

Length Mix: 00:58:50

Tracks: 23 (twenty-three)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): CLICK HERE

File Size: 134 MB

File Type: mp3

Audio: Stereo

Bit Rate: 320kbps

Release Year: 2023

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