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Various Artists Dubstep Allstars Vol. 2

The Tempa label gives XLR8R the credit for spreading the "dubstep" tag when it appeared on a 2002 cover with a picture of Horsepower. While we‘re flattered, it was really the first installment of this series that introduced the term, along with names like DJ Hatcha, Skream, Loefah, and D1-the names of the scene, all under one shanty. This emerging sound combines traditional dub elements with junglist intensity, except half-stepped and under heavy, heavy sedation. Every track on this collection, mixed by DJ Youngsta, is exclusive and being issued for the first time, which means that D1‘s "Crack Bong" has yet to become a staple (which it will). Then there‘s Digital Mystiks‘ "Neverland," which closes out the disc: an anthem in disguise, it amps up with a dancehall tempo and a dutchy production style that‘s slow cooked and potent.

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