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'''Dubstep''' is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in South London, England. It emerged in the late 1990s as a development within a lineage of related styles such as 2-step garage, broken beat, drum and bass, jungle, dub and reggae. In the UK, the origins of the genre can be traced back to the growth of the Jamaican sound system party scene in the early 1980s The music generally features syncopated drum and percussion patterns with bass lines that contain prominent sub bass frequencies, as well as shuffled or incorporating tuplets. The tempo is nearly always in the range of 140–150 beats per minute (however, there can be exceptions, such as Forever by Reach [130 bpm] , The Vale by Trivecta featuring Miyoki, in the last drop [100 bpm] ), with a clap or snare usually inserted every third beat in a bar, providing the characteristic half-time "feel", essentially halving the tempo ''of the drums only, ''inducing the sentiment that the songs are slower than they actually are.<ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubstep Wikipedia]</ref>
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'''Dubstep''' is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in South London, England. It emerged in the late 1990s as a development within a lineage of related styles such as [[Garage|''2-Step Garage'']], ''[[Breaks|Breakbeat]]'', ''[[Drum and Bass]]'', Jungle, Dub and Reggae. In the UK, the origins of the genre can be traced back to the growth of the Jamaican sound system party scene in the early 1980s The music generally features syncopated drum and percussion patterns with bass lines that contain prominent sub bass frequencies, as well as shuffled or incorporating tuplets. The tempo is nearly always in the range of 140–150 beats per minute (however, there can be exceptions, such as "''[[Forever|'''Forever''']]''" by ''[[Reach]]'' [130 BPM] , "'''''[[Dream In Color]]'''''", by ''[[HALIENE]] ''[132 BPM], "'''''[[PLAY]]'''''" by ''[[Tokyo Machine]] ''[128 BPM - in a transition], "'''''[[The Vale]]'''''" by ''[[Trivecta]]'', featuring ''[[Miyoki]]'', in the last drop [100 BPM] ), with a clap or snare usually inserted every third beat in a bar, providing the characteristic half-time "feel", essentially halving the tempo ''of the drums only, ''inducing the sentiment that the songs are slower than they actually are.<ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubstep Wikipedia]</ref>
   
One characteristic of certain strands of dubstep is the wobble bass, often referred to as the "wub", where an extended bass note is manipulated rhythmically. This style of bass is typically produced by using a low-frequency oscillator to manipulate certain parameters of a synthesiser such as volume, distortion or filter cutoff. The resulting sound is a timbre that is punctuated by rhythmic variations in volume, filter cutoff, or distortion. This style of bass is a driving factor in some variations of dubstep, particularly at the more club-friendly end of the spectrum.<ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubstep Wikipedia]</ref>
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One characteristic of certain strands of dubstep is the filter modulated bass, often referred to as the "wub", where an extended bass note is manipulated rhythmically. This style of bass is typically produced by using a low-frequency oscillator to manipulate certain parameters of a synthesiser such as volume, distortion or filter cutoff. The resulting sound is a timbre that is punctuated by rhythmic variations in volume, filter cutoff, or distortion. This style of bass is a driving factor in some variations of dubstep, particularly at the more club-friendly end of the spectrum.<ref>[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubstep Wikipedia]</ref>
   
 
Dubstep is associated with a purple/violet color on Monstercat. It is important to note that for labeling purposes, Monstercat also includes the following '''subgenres''' under the 'Dubstep' umbrella:
 
Dubstep is associated with a purple/violet color on Monstercat. It is important to note that for labeling purposes, Monstercat also includes the following '''subgenres''' under the 'Dubstep' umbrella:
   
 
== Commonly Referenced Subgenres: ==
 
== Commonly Referenced Subgenres: ==
* '''Brostep: '''A subgenre of Dubstep commonly associated with “plain noise", using no real melody, screeches, growls, and "wubs" are commonly used in this subgenre, as well as short, hard kicks and a booming, heavy snare, heavy use of sub-bass is used as well, with a consistent bassline.
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* '''Brostep: '''a subgenre of Dubstep pioneered / brought to popularity by the likes of Skrillex, Zomboy, ''[[Getter]]'', ''[[Kill The Noise]]'' and ''[[Eptic]]''; it features intricate, modulated basslines consisting of interlaced bass chains produced with characteristic, diverse, gritty, heavily processed (multiband compression being the order of the day - granting a widely known compressor of this type - "OTT" - (Over-the-top - originating from an Ableton Live compressor preset, turned into a standalone third party plugin by Xfer Records) - "meme" status) "growl"-styled synths, possessing formant quality (a vocal-styled timbre - hence the nickname "growl") , created with active filtering motion; this subgenre took off in the American scene and is still popular to this day; Heavy emphasis is placed on a deep sub bass; Heavy, sharp transient / attack, '''halftime '''(one snare per bar)''' '''drums establish a steady rhythm; the drum pattern can deviate from the standard "Kick on beat one, snare on beat 3" and can feature varying amounts of syncopation; the snares are usually designed with relatively long white noise / reverb tails, and sidechain ducking is an important factor in maintaining space for the drums and as a stylistical effect, to reinforce the aggression-factor of the subgenre; it transitioned from a 140-bpm dominant period into a 150 bpm one, speeding up in the process; simple triad supersaw chords can be used as fills, while off beat chants, accompanied by off beat chords (mainly supersaws, organs or guitars) could often be heard; the subgenre has also been heavily influenced by dub reggae at its beginnings, borrowing "ragga"-styled vocals; acoustic instruments can be heard, such as the guitar, piano and violin; another influence the subgenre took from is video game music / chiptune; iconic elements such the Reso bass, formant basses and high pitched, screechy Crookers / Pressure Cooker FM-styled synths were often heard; ample drop atmospheres are created with crowd chanting noises and background arps, designed to fill space. "Pre-drop" instigating vocal shouts are common.
* '''Chillstep: (Not to be confused with Liquid Dubstep & Melodic Dubstep) '''''<nowiki/>''A subgenre that uses very minimal sound design in its main lead and generally the whole song, it has become less popular in recent years, due to the Brostep and Riddim revolution, this subgenre is commonly identified by heavy basswork and a minimal snare sound with more melodic leads and synths.
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* '''Dubstyle / Carnival: '''A subgenre of Dubstep that uses a full-time 4/4 beat pattern, heavy kicks, and usually a fast hat pattern, it is usually combined with heavy Brostep growls, screeches, and synths as well.
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* '''Liquid Dubstep: (Not to be confused with Chillstep & Melodic Dubstep): '''Liquid Dubstep is a subgenre of Dubstep that uses a typical heavy dubstep snare and kick drum, but none of the screeches or growls associated with heavy Brostep or plain old Dubstep, heavy bass and syncopated hat patterns are commonly used as well, usually synths are absent in this genre, making the leads virtually nonexistent besides some commonly used plucks and bass noises.
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* ''Zomboy'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kod5PkTm_ts Like A Bitch]"''[[File:Zomboy - Like A Bitch|none|thumb|480x480px]]
* '''Melodic Dubstep: (Not to be confused with Chillstep & Liquid Dubstep): '''Melodic Dubstep is a very common subgenre of Dubstep, using euphoric lead sounds, a slappy snare, and a very hard kick. use of excessive white noise is also used in this style, making for a more atmospheric song. secondary percussion is usually very minimal in this style of Dubstep as well, rather than the heavy shakers commonly used in Dubstep, the lead sound can variate in how it sounds, but is usually something similar to a synth to create a melody in the song often using supersaws as a stuttery lead, the off drop is focused on as well, trying to sound inviting and uplifting in the song itself.''<nowiki/>'''''
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* ''Skrillex'' & ''Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley'' - "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGpzGu9Yp6Y Make It Bun Dem]"[[File:Skrillex & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley - Make It Bun Dem|none|thumb|480x480px|
* '''Neurostep: '''Neurostep is a self-explaining genre of Dubstep, using a buzzy neuro bass as its main source of a lead sound, short kicks, usually a very fast Drum and Bass esque hat pattern, and a heavy sub-bass pattern of low frequency to high frequency dependent on the pitch of the neuro bass used, the snare is carefully selected as well, needing to be a heavy snare focused on a punch of high sound.
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* '''Riddim'''
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* ''Skrillex'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t2TzJOyops Ruffneck Bass]''" [[File:Skrillex - Ruffneck - FULL Flex -Music Video-|none|thumb|480x480px]]
* '''Tearout'''
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* ''[[Virtual Riot]]'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHNkKhX9dzo Preset Junkies]''"[[File:Virtual Riot - Preset Junkies (FREE DOWNLOAD)|none|thumb|480x480px]]
* '''Metalstep'''
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* ''Chime'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuDcIp-TBDo Experience Points]''"[[File:Chime - Experience Points|none|thumb|480x480px]]
* '''Grindstep'''
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* ''[[Barely Alive]]'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfyklFvstck CA$H]''"[[File:Barely Alive - CA$H -Official Audio-|none|thumb|480x480px|
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* ''[[Slippy]]'' - "''[[Metaphysical]]''"[[File:Slippy - Metaphysical -Monstercat Release-|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Slippy]]'' - "''[[Haunted]]"'' (Original Mix)[[File:Slippy - Haunted -Monstercat Release-|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* '''Carnival (Dubstep)''': a relatively small (in terms of popularity and frequency of production) micro variation of Dubstep which features a steady, full-time four-on-the-floor kick pattern, like in [[House]] music, at Dubstep tempo. This style mostly gets applied to Brostep, and is often accompanied by the subgenre, in the same track.
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* ''[[Pegboard Nerds]]'' - "''[[Purple People Eater]]''"[[File:Pegboard Nerds - Purple People Eater -Monstercat Release-|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Grabbitz]]'' - "''[[Turn Around]]''" (2:43 - 2:54)[[File:-Dubstep- - Grabbitz - Turn Around -Monstercat Release-|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Dirty Audio]]'' & ''[[Slippy]]'' - "''[[Quake]]"'' (3:00 - 3:10)[[File:Dirty Audio & Slippy - Quake -Monstercat Release-|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* '''Deathstep: '''the main characteristic of this genre are its very dark, ominous, evil, impending doom atmospheres which are established through very heavy distortion / saturation and significant amounts of compression; this goal is also accomplished through the use of ample choral sections, off beat minor choral chords, wide, dark orchestral sections accompanied by frightful vocal samples; a renowned feature of this genre are triplet, heavily percussive basslines that are usually not as intricate or diverse as in Brostep, supported by dissonant melodies; very heavy drums are sometimes layered to confer them a metallic / odd harmonic resonance; heavily processed growl fills are used, together with dark background elements; this subgenre is produced exclusively with a minor key in mind.
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* ''D-Jahsta'' & ''Code: Pandorum'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TngnJcka3T8 Blasphemy]''"[[File:D-Jhasta & Code- Pandorum - Blasphemy|none|thumb|480x480px|D-Jahsta*]]
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* ''Evilwave'' - "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG8AMNu10yc Wakanda]"[[File:Evilwave - Wakanda|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''Evilwave'' & ''Antima'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpndRjpmgVk Tinnitus]''"[[File:Evilwave & Antima - Tinnitus|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''Code: Pandorum'' - ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fkwtq2uhbmU "Cthulhu" (God Complex VIP)]''[[File:Code- Pandorum - Cthulhu (God Complex VIP)|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* '''Liquid Dubstep: '''the polar opposite of brostep, a lot more relaxed, calming, in its atmosphere, features liberal use of reverb and reverb fills; the subgenre takes a more minimalistic approach to its structures and places heavy emphasis on a deep sub bass layer, supported by wide, ethereal plucks and ample pads. This subgenre is envisioned as very atmospheric. Cinematic pulsing rhythms can be supported by orchestral, choral, vocal and acoustic layers to create a vast, euphoric soundscape. Filtered reese-styled basses can also be, occasionally, heard.
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* [[Rameses B|''Rameses B'']] & ''[[Laura Brehm]]'' - ''[[Transformations]]''[[File:-Dubstep- - Rameses B - Transformations (feat Laura Brehm). Laura Brehm) -Monstercat Release-|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Mr FijiWiji]]'' & ''[[Openwater]]'' - "''[[Growing Up]]"''[[File:-Electronic- - Mr FijiWiji - Growing Up (feat Openwater). Openwater) -Monstercat EP Release-|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Xilent]]'' - "''[[To Dust]]''"[[File:Xilent - To Dust|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Virtual Riot]]'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jtrvz-N1taQ Minimalist]''" (except for the [[Glitch Hop|''Glitch Hop'']] transitional sections)[[File:Virtual Riot - Minimalist (Free Download)|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Rezonate]]'' & ''[[Bijou]]'' - "''[[Lonely]]''"[[File:-Dubstep- - Rezonate - Lonely (feat Bijou). Bijou) -Monstercat Release-|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* '''Early Dubstep''' / '''"UK" Dubstep''' / '''Deep Dubstep''': as a descendant of ''[[Garage|2-Step Garage]]'' and Dub Reggae, this genre features less of an emphasis on abrasiveness and aggressiveness than the Brostep of today, instead focusing on very deep atmospheres. This subgenre can feature more off-kilter, syncopated rhythms. Intricate, varied bass chains are not the focus of this subgenre.
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* ''[[Direct]]'' - "''[[Parallax]]''"[[File:-Dubstep- - Direct - Parallax -Monstercat Release-|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''Skream'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEmM6vVFrao Rutten]''"[[File:Skream - Rutten|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''Benga'' & ''Coki'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dvZAD2uraA Night]''"[[File:Night|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''Benga'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKFGrg--Cc4 I Will Never Change"]''[[File:Benga - I Will Never Change|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* '''Melodic Dubstep: '''as the name would imply, the subgenre heavily places emphasis and relies on melodic structures, such as wide layered chords, to create ample, euphoric atmospheres, "Sync" (from the "Sync" warp mode in Xfer Serum - gradually increasing in pitch then descending, through the use of an LFO) or otherwise styled leads, which can be the driving force of a Melodic Dubstep track and vocal chops, which can be commonly heard; the subgenre can borrow sound design from Brostep. Tracks in this genre can evoke many emotions, featuring a wide variety of styles, such as dramatic and uplifting.
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* ''[[Virtual Riot]]'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAbsdjUXBhw Throwback]''"[[File:Virtual Riot - Throwback|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Astronaut]]'' - "''[[Quantum (Virtual Riot Remix)|Quantum]]''" (''[[Virtual Riot]]'' Remix)[[File:-Dubstep- - Astronaut - Quantum (Virtual Riot Remix) -Monstercat EP Release-|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Virtual Riot]]'' & ''[[Danyka Nadeau]]'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiuo-xy5NSg Time Stops]''"[[File:Virtual Riot - Time Stops ft. Danyka Nadeau|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Trivecta]]'', ''[[AMIDY]]'' & ''[[RØRY]]'' - "''[[Riptide]]''"[[File:Trivecta, AMIDY & RØRY - Riptide -Monstercat Lyric Video-|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''Jason Ross'' & ''Melanie Fontana'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVZX7N0FJkQ Shelter]''"[[File:Jason Ross Feat. Melanie Fontana - Shelter|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Seven Lions]]'' & ''[[Crystal Skies]]'' - "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7yRk5Rl99M ''Soujourn'']" (First drop)[[File:Seven Lions & Crystal Skies - Sojourn|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Seven Lions]]'' & ''[[Kerli]]'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULqdjtDI-bs Worlds Apart]''"[[File:Seven Lions feat. Kerli - Worlds Apart|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Seven Lions]]'', ''[[Wooli]]'' & ''[[Trivecta]]'' feat. ''[[Nevve]]'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y29Wk7Sw_QY The Island]''" (''[[Au5]]'' Remix)[[File:Seven Lions, Wooli, & Trivecta Feat. Nevve - Island (Au5 Remix)|none|thumb|480x480px|
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* ''[[Seven Lions]]'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JVBGftoSE8 Without You My Love]''" (''[[Trivecta]]'' Remix) (except for the ''[[Future Bass]]'' segments)[[File:Seven Lions - Without You My Love (Trivecta Remix)|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Seven Lions]]'' & ''Jason Ross'' feat. ''Paul Meany'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhw8kpLc9DI Higher Love]''" (second drop)[[File:Seven Lions & Jason Ross feat Paul Meany - Higher Love. Paul Meany - Higher Love (Official Lyric Video) -Anjunabeats-|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Seven Lions]]'' & ''Illenium'' & ''[[Said The Sky]]'' & ''[[HALIENE]]'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nw2qYEqRLa4 Rush Over Me]''"[[File:Seven Lions x Illenium x Said The Sky - Rush Over Me Feat HALIENE (FULL LYRICS)|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* '''Metalstep: '''As the name implies, this genre is a fusion of Metal and the varying styles of Dubstep (such as Brostep and Riddim).
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* ''[[Sullivan King]]'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4drb_b6dvgQ Don't Care]''"[[File:Don't Care|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Dirtyphonics]]'' & ''[[Sullivan King]]'' - "''[[Hammer]]''"[[File:Hammer|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Sullivan King]]'' - "''[[I'll Fight Back]]''" [[File:Sullivan King - I'll Fight Back -Monstercat Release-|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Dirtyphonics]]'' & ''[[Sullivan King]]'' - "''[[Navigator]]''"[[File:Navigator|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* '''Neurostep: '''originated from the fusion of ''[[Drum and Bass|Neurofunk Drum and Bass]]'' and Dubstep; crunchy, distorted reeses (derived directly from ''[[Drum and Bass|Neurofunk]]''), intensely filtered, "sine compression" basses are often employed; the atmospheres are often cold, robust, mechanical and dark in a different sense from Deathstep, featuring science-fiction influenced soundscapes and very deep sound design; cymbal patterns, which can be hectic, accompany the heavy drums which are occasionally very syncopated; every element closely interacts with each other, reverb and delay are used in a psychedelic manner and granular synthesis can play an important role in this subgenre. What can set Neurostep apart from ''[[Drum and Bass|Halftime]]'' could possibly be the amount of syncopation and swing in the drum region, Halftime being more influenced by Hip Hop.
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* ''[[Xilent]]'' - "''[[Particles]]''" (first drop)[[File:Xilent - Particles -Monstercat NL Remake-|none|thumb|480x480px|
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* ''Frequent'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoBJ0Noyf4Y The Search]''"[[File:Frequent - The Search|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* Evoke & Bijou - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0Nb8yqtI90 Bittersweet]''" (Frequent Remix)[[File:Evoke & Bijou - Bittersweet (Frequent Remix)|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''Rawtekk'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XSinSw9YdY Here's To Them]''" (debatable - blurs genre lines)[[File:Rawtekk - Here's To Them (Official Video)|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''Rawtekk'' & ''[[Audeka]]'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1FFTbPjjW4 Solar Grace]''"[[File:Solar Grace|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Audeka]]'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QJ5W2AE588 Oracle]''" [[File:Audeka - Oracle|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''Frequent'' & ''[[Clockvice]]'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhcl4GKcfX4 Memory Den]''"[[File:Memory Den (feat. Clockvice)-0|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Clockvice]]'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZPKXYHwy8g Disgrace]''"[[File:Disgrace|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Clockvice]]'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXGcsq6iAfw Hideous]''"[[File:Hideous|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* '''Riddim: '''a more minimalistic subgenre founded on simple, repetitive, two-sided "seesaw" / "swing" rhythms (although the patterns can become more varied) formed from usually wide, sometimes percussive, detuned, metallic-styled basses, designed with the use of "reverb" filters, phasers / phaser filters, flanger filters and comb filters; in the drum pattern region, it's very common for the snares on beat 3 to be replaced with a kick layered with a clap; with time, modern riddim has developed to intake influences from brostep, blurring the lines between the previously named genres and the fusion; the drum patterns are usually straight and feature little syncopation; it can feature a wide use of reverb, triplet bass patterns and off beat chants. The Riddim-Brostep hybrid has been nicknamed "Briddim" in the scene (coined by Wooli).
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* ''[[Virtual Riot]]'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XanmJI63mnk Dragons]''"[[File:Virtual Riot - Dragons|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Virtual Riot]]'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFoy-QH3Bso Purple Dragons"]'' (Dragons VIP)[[File:Virtual Riot - Purple Dragons (VIP)|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Virtual Riot]]'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS2EkLregEg One Two]''" (more experimental)[[File:Virtual Riot - One Two|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''Subfiltronik'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2rNZYrKdbE Level Up]''" ("classic" Riddim)[[File:Subfiltronik - Level Up|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[TroyBoi]]'' & ''Skrillex'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_Bn7j-H2Eg WARLORDZ]''"[[File:TroyBoi - WARLORDZ (feat. Skrillex)|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''Subfiltronik'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQDvXT2bTe8 Take That]''" ("classic" Riddim)[[File:Subfiltronik - Take That!|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Wooli]]'' & ''Kompany'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXjIZAPgYBo Thicc Boi]''" (hybrid between Brostep and Riddim nicknamed "Briddim")[[File:Wooli & Kompany - Thicc Boi|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Wooli]]'' & ''Mastadon'' & ''Travis Richter - "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAyRUy_xB9M Elephant March]" (hybrid between Brostep and Riddim nicknamed "Briddim")''[[File:Wooli & Mastadon - Elephant March (feat. Travis Richter)|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[PhaseOne]]'' & ''YOOKiE'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CY4IM7Q2ugg State Of Emergency]''"[[File:PhaseOne & YOOKiE - State Of Emergency|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''Oolacile'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7YCCDy8uN0 Defense System]''"[[File:Oolacile - Defense System|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''Oolacile'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icDwiirDjK4 Weapon System]''" (more "conventional" Riddim)[[File:Oolacile - Weapon System|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''INFEKT'' - "''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5AR1CkyO1s Score]''"[[File:INFEKT - Score|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Delta Heavy]]'' & ''[[Dirty Audio]]'' & ''[[HOLLY]]'' - "''[[Stay (PhaseOne Remix)|Stay]]''" (''[[PhaseOne]]'' Remix) ''(hybrid between Brostep and Riddim nicknamed "Briddim", with melodic segments)''[[File:Delta Heavy & Dirty Audio - Stay ft. HOLLY (PhaseOne Remix)|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* '''Tearout: '''a''' '''dark, early, more bare / rudimentary, less intricate subgenre of dubstep; its main features are more simplistic / minimalistic, very distorted basses (similar to industrial) created from basic waveforms (such as the sawtooth, triangle, square or sine wave) through processes such as FM (Frequency Modulation) synthesis; it is structured similarly to brostep within its rhythm sections and bass chains. The subgenre can be very violent / aggressive, placing high emphasis on rather harsh distortion used a stylistic effect, aiming to push "traditional" norms / boundaries.
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* ''[[Obsidia]]'' - "''[[Illusion]]''" [[File:-Dubstep- - Obsidia - Illusion -Monstercat Release-|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Obsidia]]'' - "''[[Outside The Box]]''"[[File:-Dubstep- - Obsidia - Outside The Box -Monstercat Release-|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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* ''[[Obsidia]]'' - "''[[Oblivion]]''"[[File:-Dubstep- - Obsidia - Oblivion -Monstercat Release-|none|thumb|480x480px]]
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Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in South London, England. It emerged in the late 1990s as a development within a lineage of related styles such as 2-Step Garage, Breakbeat, Drum and Bass, Jungle, Dub and Reggae. In the UK, the origins of the genre can be traced back to the growth of the Jamaican sound system party scene in the early 1980s The music generally features syncopated drum and percussion patterns with bass lines that contain prominent sub bass frequencies, as well as shuffled or incorporating tuplets. The tempo is nearly always in the range of 140–150 beats per minute (however, there can be exceptions, such as "Forever" by Reach [130 BPM] , "Dream In Color", by HALIENE [132 BPM], "PLAY" by Tokyo Machine [128 BPM - in a transition], "The Vale" by Trivecta, featuring Miyoki, in the last drop [100 BPM] ), with a clap or snare usually inserted every third beat in a bar, providing the characteristic half-time "feel", essentially halving the tempo of the drums only, inducing the sentiment that the songs are slower than they actually are.[1]

One characteristic of certain strands of dubstep is the filter modulated bass, often referred to as the "wub", where an extended bass note is manipulated rhythmically. This style of bass is typically produced by using a low-frequency oscillator to manipulate certain parameters of a synthesiser such as volume, distortion or filter cutoff. The resulting sound is a timbre that is punctuated by rhythmic variations in volume, filter cutoff, or distortion. This style of bass is a driving factor in some variations of dubstep, particularly at the more club-friendly end of the spectrum.[2]

Dubstep is associated with a purple/violet color on Monstercat. It is important to note that for labeling purposes, Monstercat also includes the following subgenres under the 'Dubstep' umbrella:

Commonly Referenced Subgenres:

  • Brostep: a subgenre of Dubstep pioneered / brought to popularity by the likes of Skrillex, Zomboy, Getter, Kill The Noise and Eptic; it features intricate, modulated basslines consisting of interlaced bass chains produced with characteristic, diverse, gritty, heavily processed (multiband compression being the order of the day - granting a widely known compressor of this type - "OTT" - (Over-the-top - originating from an Ableton Live compressor preset, turned into a standalone third party plugin by Xfer Records) - "meme" status) "growl"-styled synths, possessing formant quality (a vocal-styled timbre - hence the nickname "growl") , created with active filtering motion; this subgenre took off in the American scene and is still popular to this day; Heavy emphasis is placed on a deep sub bass; Heavy, sharp transient / attack, halftime (one snare per bar) drums establish a steady rhythm; the drum pattern can deviate from the standard "Kick on beat one, snare on beat 3" and can feature varying amounts of syncopation; the snares are usually designed with relatively long white noise / reverb tails, and sidechain ducking is an important factor in maintaining space for the drums and as a stylistical effect, to reinforce the aggression-factor of the subgenre; it transitioned from a 140-bpm dominant period into a 150 bpm one, speeding up in the process; simple triad supersaw chords can be used as fills, while off beat chants, accompanied by off beat chords (mainly supersaws, organs or guitars) could often be heard; the subgenre has also been heavily influenced by dub reggae at its beginnings, borrowing "ragga"-styled vocals; acoustic instruments can be heard, such as the guitar, piano and violin; another influence the subgenre took from is video game music / chiptune; iconic elements such the Reso bass, formant basses and high pitched, screechy Crookers / Pressure Cooker FM-styled synths were often heard; ample drop atmospheres are created with crowd chanting noises and background arps, designed to fill space. "Pre-drop" instigating vocal shouts are common.

Examples:

  • Zomboy - "Like A Bitch"
    Zomboy - Like A Bitch

    Zomboy - Like A Bitch

  • Skrillex & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley - "Make It Bun Dem"
    Skrillex & Damian "Jr

    Skrillex & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley - Make It Bun Dem

  • Skrillex - "Ruffneck Bass"
    Skrillex - Ruffneck - FULL Flex -Music Video-

    Skrillex - Ruffneck - FULL Flex -Music Video-

  • Virtual Riot - "Preset Junkies"
    Virtual Riot - Preset Junkies (FREE DOWNLOAD)

    Virtual Riot - Preset Junkies (FREE DOWNLOAD)

  • Chime - "Experience Points"
    Chime - Experience Points

    Chime - Experience Points

  • Barely Alive - "CA$H"
    Barely Alive - CA$H -Official Audio-

    Barely Alive - CA$H -Official Audio-

  • Slippy - "Metaphysical"
    Slippy - Metaphysical -Monstercat Release-

    Slippy - Metaphysical -Monstercat Release-

  • Slippy - "Haunted" (Original Mix)
    Slippy - Haunted -Monstercat Release-

    Slippy - Haunted -Monstercat Release-

  • Carnival (Dubstep): a relatively small (in terms of popularity and frequency of production) micro variation of Dubstep which features a steady, full-time four-on-the-floor kick pattern, like in House music, at Dubstep tempo. This style mostly gets applied to Brostep, and is often accompanied by the subgenre, in the same track.

Examples:

  • Deathstep: the main characteristic of this genre are its very dark, ominous, evil, impending doom atmospheres which are established through very heavy distortion / saturation and significant amounts of compression; this goal is also accomplished through the use of ample choral sections, off beat minor choral chords, wide, dark orchestral sections accompanied by frightful vocal samples; a renowned feature of this genre are triplet, heavily percussive basslines that are usually not as intricate or diverse as in Brostep, supported by dissonant melodies; very heavy drums are sometimes layered to confer them a metallic / odd harmonic resonance; heavily processed growl fills are used, together with dark background elements; this subgenre is produced exclusively with a minor key in mind.

Examples:

  • D-Jahsta & Code: Pandorum - "Blasphemy"
    D-Jhasta & Code- Pandorum - Blasphemy

    D-Jhasta & Code- Pandorum - Blasphemy

    D-Jahsta*

  • Evilwave - "Wakanda"
    Evilwave - Wakanda

    Evilwave - Wakanda

  • Evilwave & Antima - "Tinnitus"
    Evilwave & Antima - Tinnitus

    Evilwave & Antima - Tinnitus

  • Code: Pandorum - "Cthulhu" (God Complex VIP)
    Code- Pandorum - Cthulhu (God Complex VIP)

    Code- Pandorum - Cthulhu (God Complex VIP)

  • Liquid Dubstep: the polar opposite of brostep, a lot more relaxed, calming, in its atmosphere, features liberal use of reverb and reverb fills; the subgenre takes a more minimalistic approach to its structures and places heavy emphasis on a deep sub bass layer, supported by wide, ethereal plucks and ample pads. This subgenre is envisioned as very atmospheric. Cinematic pulsing rhythms can be supported by orchestral, choral, vocal and acoustic layers to create a vast, euphoric soundscape. Filtered reese-styled basses can also be, occasionally, heard.

Examples:

  • Rameses B & Laura Brehm - Transformations
    -Dubstep- - Rameses B - Transformations (feat Laura Brehm)

    -Dubstep- - Rameses B - Transformations (feat Laura Brehm). Laura Brehm) -Monstercat Release-

  • Mr FijiWiji & Openwater - "Growing Up"
    -Electronic- - Mr FijiWiji - Growing Up (feat Openwater)

    -Electronic- - Mr FijiWiji - Growing Up (feat Openwater). Openwater) -Monstercat EP Release-

  • Xilent - "To Dust"
    Xilent - To Dust

    Xilent - To Dust

  • Virtual Riot - "Minimalist" (except for the Glitch Hop transitional sections)
    Virtual Riot - Minimalist (Free Download)

    Virtual Riot - Minimalist (Free Download)

  • Rezonate & Bijou - "Lonely"
    -Dubstep- - Rezonate - Lonely (feat Bijou)

    -Dubstep- - Rezonate - Lonely (feat Bijou). Bijou) -Monstercat Release-

  • Early Dubstep / "UK" Dubstep / Deep Dubstep: as a descendant of 2-Step Garage and Dub Reggae, this genre features less of an emphasis on abrasiveness and aggressiveness than the Brostep of today, instead focusing on very deep atmospheres. This subgenre can feature more off-kilter, syncopated rhythms. Intricate, varied bass chains are not the focus of this subgenre.

Examples:

  • Direct - "Parallax"
    -Dubstep- - Direct - Parallax -Monstercat Release-

    -Dubstep- - Direct - Parallax -Monstercat Release-

  • Skream - "Rutten"
    Skream - Rutten

    Skream - Rutten

  • Benga & Coki - "Night"
    Night

    Night

  • Benga - "I Will Never Change"
    Benga - I Will Never Change

    Benga - I Will Never Change

  • Melodic Dubstep: as the name would imply, the subgenre heavily places emphasis and relies on melodic structures, such as wide layered chords, to create ample, euphoric atmospheres, "Sync" (from the "Sync" warp mode in Xfer Serum - gradually increasing in pitch then descending, through the use of an LFO) or otherwise styled leads, which can be the driving force of a Melodic Dubstep track and vocal chops, which can be commonly heard; the subgenre can borrow sound design from Brostep. Tracks in this genre can evoke many emotions, featuring a wide variety of styles, such as dramatic and uplifting.

Examples:

  • Metalstep: As the name implies, this genre is a fusion of Metal and the varying styles of Dubstep (such as Brostep and Riddim).

Examples:

  • Neurostep: originated from the fusion of Neurofunk Drum and Bass and Dubstep; crunchy, distorted reeses (derived directly from Neurofunk), intensely filtered, "sine compression" basses are often employed; the atmospheres are often cold, robust, mechanical and dark in a different sense from Deathstep, featuring science-fiction influenced soundscapes and very deep sound design; cymbal patterns, which can be hectic, accompany the heavy drums which are occasionally very syncopated; every element closely interacts with each other, reverb and delay are used in a psychedelic manner and granular synthesis can play an important role in this subgenre. What can set Neurostep apart from Halftime could possibly be the amount of syncopation and swing in the drum region, Halftime being more influenced by Hip Hop.

Examples:

  • Xilent - "Particles" (first drop)
    Xilent - Particles -Monstercat NL Remake-

    Xilent - Particles -Monstercat NL Remake-

  • Frequent - "The Search"
    Frequent - The Search

    Frequent - The Search

  • Evoke & Bijou - "Bittersweet" (Frequent Remix)
    Evoke & Bijou - Bittersweet (Frequent Remix)

    Evoke & Bijou - Bittersweet (Frequent Remix)

  • Rawtekk - "Here's To Them" (debatable - blurs genre lines)
    Rawtekk - Here's To Them (Official Video)

    Rawtekk - Here's To Them (Official Video)

  • Rawtekk & Audeka - "Solar Grace"
    Solar Grace

    Solar Grace

  • Audeka - "Oracle"
    Audeka - Oracle

    Audeka - Oracle

  • Frequent & Clockvice - "Memory Den"
    Memory Den (feat

    Memory Den (feat. Clockvice)-0

  • Clockvice - "Disgrace"
    Disgrace

    Disgrace

  • Clockvice - "Hideous"
    Hideous

    Hideous

  • Riddim: a more minimalistic subgenre founded on simple, repetitive, two-sided "seesaw" / "swing" rhythms (although the patterns can become more varied) formed from usually wide, sometimes percussive, detuned, metallic-styled basses, designed with the use of "reverb" filters, phasers / phaser filters, flanger filters and comb filters; in the drum pattern region, it's very common for the snares on beat 3 to be replaced with a kick layered with a clap; with time, modern riddim has developed to intake influences from brostep, blurring the lines between the previously named genres and the fusion; the drum patterns are usually straight and feature little syncopation; it can feature a wide use of reverb, triplet bass patterns and off beat chants. The Riddim-Brostep hybrid has been nicknamed "Briddim" in the scene (coined by Wooli).

Examples:

  • Virtual Riot - "Dragons"
    Virtual Riot - Dragons

    Virtual Riot - Dragons

  • Virtual Riot - "Purple Dragons" (Dragons VIP)
    Virtual Riot - Purple Dragons (VIP)

    Virtual Riot - Purple Dragons (VIP)

  • Virtual Riot - "One Two" (more experimental)
    Virtual Riot - One Two

    Virtual Riot - One Two

  • Subfiltronik - "Level Up" ("classic" Riddim)
    Subfiltronik - Level Up

    Subfiltronik - Level Up

  • TroyBoi & Skrillex - "WARLORDZ"
    TroyBoi - WARLORDZ (feat

    TroyBoi - WARLORDZ (feat. Skrillex)

  • Subfiltronik - "Take That" ("classic" Riddim)
    Subfiltronik - Take That!

    Subfiltronik - Take That!

  • Wooli & Kompany - "Thicc Boi" (hybrid between Brostep and Riddim nicknamed "Briddim")
    Wooli & Kompany - Thicc Boi

    Wooli & Kompany - Thicc Boi

  • Wooli & Mastadon & Travis Richter - "Elephant March" (hybrid between Brostep and Riddim nicknamed "Briddim")
    Wooli & Mastadon - Elephant March (feat

    Wooli & Mastadon - Elephant March (feat. Travis Richter)

  • PhaseOne & YOOKiE - "State Of Emergency"
    PhaseOne & YOOKiE - State Of Emergency

    PhaseOne & YOOKiE - State Of Emergency

  • Oolacile - "Defense System"
    Oolacile - Defense System

    Oolacile - Defense System

  • Oolacile - "Weapon System" (more "conventional" Riddim)
    Oolacile - Weapon System

    Oolacile - Weapon System

  • INFEKT - "Score"
    INFEKT - Score

    INFEKT - Score

  • Delta Heavy & Dirty Audio & HOLLY - "Stay" (PhaseOne Remix) (hybrid between Brostep and Riddim nicknamed "Briddim", with melodic segments)
    Delta Heavy & Dirty Audio - Stay ft

    Delta Heavy & Dirty Audio - Stay ft. HOLLY (PhaseOne Remix)

  • Tearout: a dark, early, more bare / rudimentary, less intricate subgenre of dubstep; its main features are more simplistic / minimalistic, very distorted basses (similar to industrial) created from basic waveforms (such as the sawtooth, triangle, square or sine wave) through processes such as FM (Frequency Modulation) synthesis; it is structured similarly to brostep within its rhythm sections and bass chains. The subgenre can be very violent / aggressive, placing high emphasis on rather harsh distortion used a stylistic effect, aiming to push "traditional" norms / boundaries.

Examples:

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