Mainstream music journalists are still recklessly throwing the word ‘dubstep’ around – assuming that any modern music they hear must be inspired by that genre if:
- It sounds like it was made on a computer,
- There’s any electronic business on it whatsoever, or
- It’s performed by a group with no vowels in their name.
For journalists who are still confused – dubstep is:
- Music that has a dubstep beat,
And dubstep isn’t:
- Everything else.
Although there are various sounds, noises, and production techniques which are commonly associated with the genre, many of these have often originated from other styles anyway – the one thing that holds the whole shebang together being that unmistakable and hypnotic beat – a beat which blatantly doesn’t feature on 99% of the tracks that are eliciting these comparisons.
Of course, music journalists wrongly assuming that anything which sounds a bit modern or confusing must be part of that mysterious “new” genre that they’ve seen listed on club posters is nothing new – the past comparisons of choice having included drum and bass, electroclash, trance, techno, and even disco.
What is surprising is that they’re still all writing words that might as well be Mandarin to them, and also that there are so many of these lazy idiots in gainful employment.
Of course, by the time you read this, they might have moved on to comparing Coldplay’s latest audio ringworm to whatever’s taken the underground by storm next – a genre which we assume will be named either:
- Ejaculatron, or
- Snare Kitten.
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