I was scanning dubplate.net just now when I noticed something very disturbing. Tempa are releasing a 12" by conscious drum & bass MC SP:MC. I remember when dubstep was pretty new and people were calling it slowed-down drum & bass, and now that is just what (most of) it has become. There's no denying it. They are even letting sub standard d&b MCs produce on their supposed 'gold standard' label at the drop of a camouflage baseball cap just because they are big in the d&b scene. SP:MC is the white GQ. It wouldn't be too bad if they were amazing tunes, but they are totally inane, anonymous "wobblers". Listen to clips here and here.
I've been listening to "Stung" by Kode 9, my Martyn 12" and that new Appleblim and Peverelist 12" on Skull Disco on repeat for the last hour to try and block out the pain. (BTW, thanks to whoever sent me those Skull Disco 12"s recently. I lose faith in dubstep quite a lot but it's good to be reminded there is still good stuff out there).
In other good news, Grooverider has been jailed for four years for carrying 2.16g of weed into Dubai. The real story here is the amount. He blatantly was sold the 2.16g as an eighth (an eighth = 3.5g). He should be more pissed off about the fact that his dealer would rip him off so badly, than the minor inconvenience of having to spend four years without Fabio.