A teacher once told me that after you learn a new word, you will hear it five times in the following day. That is what has happened to me with post-dubstep, but to an extreme. I only learned the term post-dubstep in the past month or so, and now not only do I use the term myself, but I see it everywhere. And by everywhere, I mean everywhere. Apparently it's some sort of movement. I prefer to just call it a sub-genre. A sub-genre where your name apparently has to be some variation on James (or of course the name James itself).
The first James, who practically defines the genre (sub-genre, movement, whatever..) of post-dubstep is James Blake. But along with defining post-dubstep, I'd say that James Blake has been the most hyped about new artist of 2010 in magazines and blogs alike. Quite frankly, I think he's deserving of it. His self-titled debut LP that was released on February 7, is my favorite of the year so far. He manages to take a very simple, minimalistic piece, and make it very interesting. Take a listen below to a clip from one of my favorite James Blake tracks titled "The Willhelm Scream."
After listening to that little clip you have probably decided either that a. you love James Blake, or that b. you can't stand him. That's how most post-substep works. It's really a love/hate situation. I'm on the love side of it. But, if at this point you have decided that you are on the hate side, then there really isn't any point in reading the rest of this post... Well, I guess there is. Don't expect to like the next few artists I write about though.
So the next two artists are both by the name of Jamie, and the similar names really do get confusing at times... especially when you create a playlist out of only Jamie Xx, Jamie Woon and James Blake. But anyways, let's take a listen to some Jamie Woon and then go from there.
Though what you just listened to was a remix of Jamie Woon, you can still really get that post-dubsteppy feel. And although many consider Woon an R&B artist, I really think of him as in the same category at the other James/Jamies. You can feel the electronic influence, and the deep bass, especially if you're listening through an intense subwoofer (trust me on that one). If you like to really feel the bass, then post-dubstep is for you. It really is. I'm not going to write much more about Jamie Woon, but he is a very talented artist from the UK with a truly amazing voice and he is releasing his debut album, Mirrorwriting on April 4th. Don't wanna miss it.
Last but not least we have Jamie Xx. If you could not tell from his "last name," he is from the band 'The Xx,' one of my favorite indie rock groups. If you haven't heard them before, then you should definitely check them out. However, at the moment we are just talking about Jamie. If your name is not related to James, then you are not relevant at the moment. My favorite Jamie Xx track (or Jamie Xx remix), is his most recent re-making of the song "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele. He really takes the song and turns it into something completely different. It goes through some form of conversion from singer-songwriter to well, you could've guessed it... post-dubstep. Take a listen and you will understand what I mean.
If you've heard the original song then you now understand how different the Jamie Xx shuffle is, and hopefully enjoyed it. So, that's about all I have to say for now. I hope you enjoy the several James and Jamies as much as I do. Hopefully post-dubstep is now your thing and you are now blasting bass out of your subwoofer, shaking your house and getting yelled at by your mom. Well.. maybe that's just me.