A lot has happened in the last ten years. The Arab Spring, the global recession, BBC News 24 accidentally interviewing the wrong bloke on live television — a time of change and redefinition. Yet, you may be surprised to learn that as of yesterday 11th it is also ten years since Mary Anne Hobbs hugely significant Dubstep Warz was first broadcast. You'd struggle to find two hours of radio that did better encapsulate a moment in time, and the urgency of the talent that was driving it. Here's what Hobbs said of the show when she marked the 5th anniversary, well, five years ago:. Dubstep Warz still sounds as vital, as primal and as thrilling as the night we threw it down.. By signing up to the VICE newsletter you agree to receive electronic communications from VICE that may sometimes include advertisements or sponsored content. This simple cheat was allegedly available for months. Veganism is going through its own racial reckoning that's a long time coming, considering white vegan influencers have appropriated traditional foods forever. Swedish pop star Zara Larsson took a strong stance against Beijing and ended a lucrative endorsement deal with Huawei.
Our editorial content is not influenced by any commissions we receive. Mary Anne Hobbs has been one of the biggest champions of future music. She spent fourteen years providing electronic and experimental music for BBC Radio 1 via her Breezeblock program, has compiled projects for Planet Mu, and has even mentored students at the University of Sheffield Union of Students. Her sharp ear for quality producers and genres have made her one of the most important figures within the dance music spectrum, and she's toured the world providing these beats to hungry club kids and EDM lovers. On January 10, , Mary Anne Hobbs presented "Dubstep Warz", a special edition of the Breezeblock show that featured a number of talented producers and DJs introducing the world at large to the sound known as dubstep. While the birth of dubstep precedes this show by a few years or more, depending on where you place the flag , "Dubstep Warz" was the most important showcase for the scene at that time. Pokes , Vex'd, and Kode 9 with Space Ape , each with their own definitive style, shedding light on this genre's different vibes.
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Jump to navigation. There are radio shows that entertain, there are radio shows that leave a legacy - and there are radio shows that change things. It's perhaps an exaggeration to say that Dubstep Warz changed electronic music, but it certainly represents the first of many tipping points for the dubstep sound.
As the game-changing transmission celebrates its 10th anniversary, revisit the historic set by listening below. That lineup was considerably influential. However, Dubstep Warz is worth a listen not necessarily because of the lineup but because the two hour event managed to distill a genre-defining moment in musical history when the dubstep sound and its scene had just about reached critical mass. About an hour and twenty minutes into the mix just when Loefah takes his turn on the decks, he describes the scene: "no one's watching each other really, they're just in their own space having a good time. Loefah further explains that one doesn't attend a "dubstep rave" to "check out girls" and that it's not really a drug scene, so the dance floor isn't clogged with drug deals.