Various Blow Your Head Vol.1: Diplo Presents Dubstep

Dubstep has exploded into the international spotlight and its highly adaptable style has made it extremely accessible to artists the world over. This is most evident on a disc like Blow Your Head Vol.1: Diplo Presents Dubstep, where the genre mixes with hip-hop, reggae fusion and even dubstep on dubstep. While the album is a slice of the genre making its presence known worldwide, Blow Your Head Vol.1 feels more like an introduction of dubstep to the masses, a good way for newcomers to get a taste of what all the fuss is about. That's all well and good, unless you're a hardcore fan, in which case the album's triteness is evident. Diplo pulls some definite standout material for the disc, like "Youth Blood (12th Planet and Flinch Remix)" by Little Jinder, which inventively strays from the standard beat and warbling bass, and the slow, subtle Starkey remix of Rudi Zygadlo's "Resealable Friendship." Blow Your Head is also filled with the usual UK dubstep heavyweights familiar to most, yet a good intro to the simply curious, like Zomby, Benga, Caspa remixing Rusko, Joker, Untold and Skream trying his hand at a Major Lazer track. (Downtown)