One of the most exciting things about dubstep the scene is the relative lack of consensus about what exactly dubstep is (other than that most of the tracks are produced at the same tempo). Do the epic, break-driven tracks of popular Hot Flush artists like Boxcutter and Toasty fit in? What about the work of M.R.K. 1 and The Plastician (formerly Mark One and Plasticman), whose tracks bridge the divide between grime, dubstep, and dark, 4/4 house?
As in any healthy scene there's plenty of discussion about where dubstep's boundaries begin and end, but the one thing that is clear is that the scene supports an amazing diversity of background influences: from Vex'd's heavy metal leanings to the crypto-mysticism of Kode 9 and his gravel-throated MC, The Space Ape, to the cinematic leanings of DJ Distance, who was brought up on rock and trip-hop.
"Everyone's pushing the boundaries, everyone's adding their own flavor," says Skream. "All the tracks that are getting played, the quality's good and it's all different sounds. You hear a new tune by Distance and then one by Benga and they're totally different."
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