Magnetic Man – I Need Air
Is this still dubstep? Does anyone care? This, obviously, is the chart-baiting coming together of Messrs. Skream, Benga and Artwork, all leading lights of the dubstep, uh, ‘scene’ and all familiar to anyone who’s listened to remixes of pretty much anyone over the last year or so.
This is clearly not about staying true to underground roots, thankfully. It’s about stealing a march on the usual filtering of dance music through into the mainstream, often as appropriated by scene-chasing laggard pop stars. It’s all over the place now anyway and that can only be a good thing. And there’s better to come.
Incidentally, their wikipedia page lists ‘trancestep’ among their chosen genres. A coinage too far, I don’t doubt, but also not exactly descriptively inaccurate.