JUKO CLOTHING : DUBSTEP T SHIRTS
JUKO was born from a love of dubstep, drum n bass and other underground music. We have fused what we love about music and partying and tried to encapsulate the elements that we love on to print. Here you will find a ever changing collection of street wear, marked a fair prices, and all hand hand printed in Cornwall.
Juko represents urban music fashion, with close ties to the music scene we will be reppin some artist, label and event brands in the coming months.
What is Dubstep?
Dubstep was formed after the demise of UK garage in around 2000. Musically Dubstep uses similar 2 step rhythms found in UK garage how ever they are played half time over a 140bpm bass line. Basically it sounds like the first snare of the bar is missing. And it's the bass lines that are the main focus of the genre. Unless you have been to a Dubstep rave it would be hard to fully appreciate the music as a whole. At a good club like the mass, or the coronet in London the bass drives through you with such force as to intoxicate you. Its highly addictive. Early Dubstep can be found as early as 1999 as were typically found on the B side of garage releases. It was not until around 2006 that the Dubstep scene really started to gather pace, this was mainly down to a radio one DJ. Mary ann hobbs. She is part responsible for championing the Dubstep scene upon the airwaves of the masses through her show 'Dubstep warz'.
Dubstep and Grime, the same thing?
Dubstep and grime bare similar traits with each other, however grime is focused on the MC were as dubstep is usually instrumental (like drum n bass). You do find some tracks with vocals, however they are predominantly vocals cuts from films (enter from stage left caspa!) and snippets from other records, usually highly processed and effected. Dubstep and grime are not the same at all, there is a completely different crowd, different attitudes and dress code. Grime has been called the UK equivalent to Hip Hop, but most would not agree with that at all.
What sounds get used in dubstep?
Recently the main sound in dubstep has been the 'wobble'. This is made using various synthesizers and using an effect called the LFO or low frequency oscillator. The effect of the wobble on a dance floor can be highly destructive and is favoured by many. Other key sounds include the more dubbed out variety, such as delayed vocals, delayed trumpets and guitar 'skanks' all the way through to really edgy techno stabs and drum and bass 'Reese bass' notes. One of the main things that draws people in to dubstep is the massive variety that can be found in it.
The future of dubstep ?
Dubstep seems to be heading towards the break up of parts like drum and bass did with the arrival of high contrast. One side of dubstep is making dark and wobble lead 'jump up' and the other half is opting for more musical bass heavy liquid style. However like everything a good balance between the two sub genres will keep the scene healthy for years to come. It is interesting to note the fractioning of dance music, its amazing how it never sits still, its always breaking apart and reforming as another thing - and to think it all started from acid house in the late 80's. In our eyes, the dubstep community must stay true and underground to survive, commercialism murdered UK garage to the point were it is almost a bad word now. The truth being that there were heaps of wicked underground UKG, like 'Ice' by DJ Tension for example (search TEN001 in chemical records)- Now if you mention it, images of craig david and the artfull dodger spring to mind (and that's never a good thing). However, drum and bass has remained in tact, so far (event if it is a bit over run by 3 stripe brigade) so it shows us that it's possible to protect dubstep for, hopefully another 3 to 5 years. Even longer maybe if they style keeps fresh and keep evolving. Just make sure you support fresh talent!