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Dubstep Allstars Vol. 07
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2CD

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TEMPA 015CD TEMPA 015CD
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RELEASE DATE
11/10/2009

This is volume 7 of Tempa's original and essential Dubstep Allstars series, previously featuring mixes curated by DJ Hatcha, DJ Youngsta, Kode9, N-Type, and Appleblim. Discovery, not familiarity, has been the key to the success of this series, and this philosophy continues as Chef and Ramadanman take the reigns on this double disc expedition which unearths newfound pleasures aplenty. Chef, much lauded for his main room DJ sets, employs a more show-and-tell technique for this mix. Released from the obligations of moving a peak-time crowd, Chef affords each riddim good time to be absorbed. Rapid-fire mixes are replaced with subtle mixer effects and 1 bar loops. In some cases, tracks are simply cut out to make way for the next. On paper, this style could be almost nonchalant, but upon listening, you realize nothing has been left to chance. The peak-and-trough workout continues in earnest with Ramadanman on the second disc, which reveals an acute sense of rhythm in both production and mixing. Testing a rookie raver's balance, he throws elastic rhythms into the mix and collides sonics to create multi-textured soundscapes. Consistently demonstrating impeccable taste, Ramadanman draws on a school of artists who, like him, favor a clean, considered sound. He throws in dashes of grime with a handful of assured and abrupt riddims as well as the technoid, ethereal and rave-era influenced production which has allowed him to carve his niche as a DJ. Artists on both mixes include: Dub Mechanics, Chefal and Coki, Doctor, G Double E, Von D, Lady Phe Phe, Skream, Kito, DJ 200F and J Kamata, Cyrus, Mala, Mr. Lager, Alys, Distance, Conquest, Benga, Silkie, Noah D, Cotti, Unknown, Ghost, Christine Vaccine, Kito, LD, Trolley Snatcher, Kutz, D1, Cluekid, Untold and D. Franklin, Peverelist, Blawan, Mickey Pearce, Footsie, Pangaea, Scuba, Shortstuff, Martyn, Headhunter, RSD, James Blake, Quest, Joe, Earl 16, Compound One, and Mount Kimbie.