Will dubstep be this era's disco? Will film directors of the future turn to the subatomic bass drops of artists like Flux Pavilion when they need a track that just screams 2013?
There's no denying dubstep's reputation as the current big thing, and there's no denying that Flux Pavilion is one best DJs spinning it right now. The young British artist and producer has helped popularize the genre in America, most memorably when Jay-Z and Kanye West rapped over his “I Can't Stop” on their track “Who Gon Stop Me.”
Spin calls Flux's 2011 hit “Bass Cannon” the 20th best dubstep song of all time, and EDM site The Untz named him fifth best dubstep DJ of all time, one spot better than Skrillex. His newest hit, “Steve French,” features DJ Steve Aoki, is in heavy rotation in clubs all across the States and Europe. Dubstep purists may deride this evolution in Flux's sound, but who cares about whether its dubstep or brostep when he absolutely brings the noise.
Flux's Freeway Tour will be at Stage AE Friday, along with fellow Brit SKisM and the North London duo ROKSONIX. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
-- B. Conway