Thanks to Skrillex, you have probably heard of dubstep. The full-bodied, bass-heavy cousin of techno has been taking over the world the last several years, dividing the dance floor with the hip hop culture as they escort in the new rave. The first time I ever heard dubstep (although I didn’t know it to be called that at the time) was back in March of 2008 at the Langerado Music Festival in Sunrise, Florida. I’ll never forget it mainly because it was in the middle of a tropical storm and I ended up trudging through knee high mud the whole time, but the artists still put on a great show, even despite the risk of electrocution and stage backdrops ominously teetering in the 60 MPH gusts.
Nobody really knew who Bassnectar was back then, and the crowd to watch the show was comprised of maybe a hundred people. The rain had stopped, and I was sitting in the grass with some friends waiting for the show to start. They did a bass drop for the sound test, and I felt the power of the bass shake the everglades beneath me. It was like nothing I had ever felt before. Needless to say, they had my attention.
If you haven’t ever experienced Bassnectar, check out the track he did with Mimi Page called Butterfly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-K_xgxrL4s
I love the heavy dub when I want to dance, but I found myself drifting to the softer side of dub when I want to relax. I would dig through the tracks on YouTube and Sound Cloud, searching for those same haunting female vocals I found in Mimi Page. Through this search, I discovered a subgenre of dubstep: Chillstep. There are some great Chillstep tracks out there, mostly constructed by individual mixers more than specific artists. I have compiled a list of several notable favorites, and I invite you to turn up the bass on your stereo, and explore this new genre to see if it speaks to your soul like it does mine.
(1.) Lisa Miskovsky – Still Alive (Mario M Remix):
(2.) Gemini – Fire Inside (Mr. FijiWiji Remix):
(3.) Gemini – Blue:
(4.) Empire of the Sun – Walking on a Dream (Yinyues Remix):
(5.) Kaj – Journey:
(6.) Morgan Page and Lissie – The Longest Road (Venooms and Rob Dire Rechill):
(7.) Pika – World:
(8.) Resonata – Elise (Hit Rewind):
(9.) Cry (Six-Ti-Six Ft. Rae Rae – Interstella Moonbeam):
(10.) Draper – A Light:
Thank you for taking the time to explore this new genre of music, and if you happen to find these tracks as invigoratingly emotional as I do, I would recommend subscribing to a few of their YouTube channels to watch for any new music coming out. There’s a whole new world out there, all you need to do is click on random artists every now and then and give it a try. You might like what you find.