Sure, it's tacky, but a moment of narcissism is in order for the staff of XLR8R, as the last two weeks have yielded both acknowledgment of and gratitude for the magazine's involvement with the dubstep scene over the last several years.
First, the BBC's Radio 1 DJ Mary Anne Hobbs thanked XLR8R for coining the term dubstep. Whether or not we actually did remains unclear to this writer, but why argue with one of the UK's premiere Radio 1 DJs?
Not too many days later a copy of Tempa Recordings' The Roots Of Dubstep compilation came through the editors' mail bins. Included on the CD cover was a snapshot of Issue #60, our very first dubstep feature that came out in July 2002. As the CD liner notes go, "The Roots Of Dubstep is the first project to return to the nascent dubstep scene circa 2000-2004 to document its birth." XLR8R is honored to be considered a part of that history.
The Roots Of Dubstep is out now on Tempa.