When: Thu., March 10, 10 p.m. 2011
Bok Bok and Girl Unit have canceled due to visa problems.
Like drum 'n' bass before it, dubstep was once cherished only by a rare breed of dance-music fan, one attracted to its brain-twisting rhythms and ice-blooded mood. And like drum 'n' bass, dubstep has—despite its seeming unmarketability—become about as mainstream as dance music can get. That's mostly thanks to hedonistic "bro-step" producers like Rusko, as well as the appearance of the style's trademark wobbly bass lines in some unlikely places, like Britney Spears singles. Now under-the-radar DJs and beat makers are living in a postdubstep world, and London's Alex Sushon—a self-described "multi-platform designer" whose pursuits include fashion and font design—is one of the more promising talents. Under the name Bok Bok, Sushon makes and spins heady, addictive tunes, which he frequently posts on a dance-oriented blog called Lower End Spasm. There's a vague trace of dubstep in his clipped, tweaky rhythms, but he's folded the style back in on itself, dialing up the influence of predecessors like house and grime. Sushon also incorporates jams from other new artists, whose daring innovations will probably turn up on B96 in a watered-down form within a few years. —Miles Raymer