Shawn McAfee, Staff Writer

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Many people think Skrillex started the dub-step genre of music.  In the Mid-1990s bass drum put a series of fast breakbeats, typically between 160-180 beats per minute (bpm) with a heavy bass guitar line, and sub-bass woofer lines at the forefront of rave music. It wasn’t until 2010, when Skrillex made this music popular. There also a person, Skream, who started to play dub-step in 2000.  He is still famous today.  

Skream recorded “Midnight Request Line” which is a good representation of dub-step music.  Other song from Skrillex that create breathtaking dub-step include “Scary Monsters and Nice Spirits”.  Their melodies are indescribably perfect and the bass drop is amazing.  Skrillex creates this flawless song.

“Tremor” and “Animals” from Martin Garrix are also on the top most downloaded dub-step songs on Apple Music. Apparently they are tied at first for best song of the year 2014. “Animals” was released by Spinnin’ Records as the official 2014 anthem in the Denmark. where Garrix lives. It was released as a digital download on April 21, 2014.

Excision, a dub-step band, will be in Denver, CO on March 17 and 18, 2017.  Their song, “Deviance” is highly recommended for dub-step fans.  

Marshmallow, another dub-step performer, will be in Denver on June 11, 2017.  Marshmello is chillin’ hard at the top of the chart lists. His latest release “Ritual” is his best yet – with layer on layer of feel-good melodies, and a driving rhythm that pushed forward without overwhelming the listener. He’s perfected the appeal on this one, and whatever comes next is bound to be a total smash.

Recommendation on these songs and bands is 3.5 stars.

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