There’s a lot of debate about whether dubstep is a fad or a style of music that’s here to stay, but love it or hate it; it’s taking over the world. Dubstep Invasion 3 is OneLove Recordings’ latest compilation of Australian originated, compiled and mixed dubstep. With over 45 tracks of hard hitting fierce dubstep, this compilation is a force to be reckoned with.
Glovecats are responsible for mixing disk one and it’s safe to say they’ve done an impressive job. They have brought an enthusiasm and knowledge to the production process. It’s no secret that when done incorrectly, dubstep can be a boring mix of lazer and video game sounds, so we have a lot to thank Glovecats for because they’ve kept it fresh and dynamic.
Phetsta has also done an impressive job with his mixing. The popular West Australian producer’s fans include Pendulum, Skream and Richard Kingsmill and after listing to his contribution to Dubstep Invasion 3, it’s obvious why. The entire second disk is a seamless giant explosion of filthy, gritty dubstep that’s could get even the dullest party going.
One stand out track was Datsik’s remix of Kaskade & Skrillex’s Lick it. It’s everything dubstep fans have come to expect from these two artists plus more. Datsik’s filth upon filth style radiates throughout the track. This remix, with its absolutely massive drop has left several fans saying that Datsik has better remixes than actual songs!
Calvin Harris’s Feel So Close was an anthem to many a person’s summer. How can this song that was played to death be reborn? With dubstep of course! Disk two features a remix of the tune by Nero. The track doesn’t have the fierceness of some of the other tracks on the album, but this makes it refreshing rather than disappointing (sometimes it’s nice to have a break from lazer noises).
Another attention-grabbing track is Kill the Noise’s remix of Noisia‘s Diplodocus. This is a track that takes you on an amazing aural experience. It does what every good song does and takes you on a journey, entrancing you with the best bass and drums have to offer. It’s creative and it’s well-mixed.
If there is one thing this compilation has in abundance it’s energy and that is a real indicator of how successful it is. Although some tracks like Skream‘s remix of Rusko’s Somebody to Love might be too filthy for some, the tracks are carefully arranged so fans of filthy and lighter dubstep can enjoy the compilation and the contrast in this versatile musical genre.
Dubstep Invasion 3 – Australian Tour Dates
Friday, July 27th – Chinese Laundry, Sydney
Thursday, August 2nd – The Brewery, Rouse Hill *
Friday, August 3rd – Shape Bar, Perth
Saturday, August 4th – Onefiveone, Wollongong
Friday, August 24th – Club House, Canberra
Saturday, August 25th – Electric Circus, Adelaide
Friday, August 31st – King Street Hotel, Newcastle
Thursday September 6th: La La Land, Byron Bay
Friday September 7th: Fampire, Brisbane
Saturday September 8th: Sugarland Tavern, Bundaberg
Stand out tracks: Knife Party – Fire Hive, Calvin Harris – Feel So Close (Nero Remix), Noisia – Diplodocus (Kill The Noise Remix)
Summary: Perhaps the best thing about this compilation is how it all comes together. Unlike other dubstep compilations, it takes you on a guided tour of the best in the industry. Whether you’re a rookie dubstep listener or a hardcore fan, you’ll be sure to find something you like on Dubstep Invasion 3.