Dubstep - Split Into Fractions?
In today's Dubstep we see mystical and ancient music influences as it goes for Shackleton and his specific MythStep sound, we see influences of Detroit Techno as in Martyn's tunes, rave & wobble all over as well as pure Reggae / Steppers-influenced tunes, some Post UK Garage-beats as delivered by TRG, more Electronica-like stuff as Burial and the whole Hyperdub-camp and lately some bootlegs with a slightly commercial and party banging background that make Dubstep more accessible to those who haven't hopped on the bandwagon until now - we saw that latest development in UK Garage, BigBeat or Drum'n'Bass before and realized it is a kind of natural progression that happens along the way.
Taking all these different influences and sounds and realizing that there are enough releases on the circuit so that everyone is able to listen to "his" or "her" preferred Dubstep vision without denying that it is Dubstep at all talking about different styles or sub-genres will not destroy any scene or doing no harm to what those being afraid want to protect. It will still be one scene, one movement, one whatever - one scene that has started from scratch and built a blossoming family tree of different styles that are - hopefully - leading to something new and unheard. This sound to come might not match with those who've been around Dubstep from day one - this goes for myself as well as I'm mainly bored of today's releases compared to the excitement of late 2003 and 2004 - but that's natural as well and as genres or styles develop into the future there are always people that come and people that go away. This hasn't killed Techno, it hasn't killed Drum'n'Bass and it won't kill Dubstep as well.