Can dubstep be stopped?! Not that it needs to be or anything. SPIN:
Given dubstep’s lumbering cadences, it’s only appropriate that the genre has left a ginormous footprint in every corner of the pop landscape — from the brain-battering swagger of the new Korn album to the crackling midnight symphonies of recent Radiohead to Waka Flocka Flame’s club-destroying fist pumps, to the noir croon of James Blake to the Solo-cup-raising breakdowns of Britney Spears.
The sullen spawn of U.K. garage and British sound-system culture, dubstep first took root a decade ago in London club nights like FWD (and a couple years later, DMZ), where chest-hollowing bass lines met Spartan breakbeats under the invocation: “Meditate on bass weight.” Maybe it was all that low-end pressure that made it explode so quickly: By the late 2000s, dubstep had splintered into numerous factions, from brostep to wonky to the evocative “purple,” even rumbling stadium audiences with earthquake drops. Today, pinpointing a single locus of dubstep would be like trying to nail down “indie rock” to a single guitar chord. But here’s our attempt to identify the 30 greatest examples of the genre, after we finally emerged from a cloudy aquarium of subterranean wooze and woofer-warping boom.
3. Burial “Archangel” (2007)
The Mercury Prize-nominated 2007 album Untrue inspired legions of imitators to try and match producer William Bevan’s skittering, pitch-shifted vocals and stumble-drunk rhythmic feints — but none can approach his static-obscured emotional depths. The anthemic entreaty “Tell me I belong” in “Archangel” reflects the yearning of anyone who has ever searched for acceptance on the dance floor, rumbling with tempestuous exhales, swaths of goose-bumpy strings, and the faceless ghosts of Saturday night crackling through the tinnitus of a Sunday-morning hangover.