Dubstep has crossed over to the masses, so that's the end of dubstep right? Wrong! Just because the wobble-heavy brigade has reached festival-goers, it won't stop the purists from seeking out new varieties of the bass-heavy genre. In fact, while Skream, Benga, Chase and Status and Nero have been cosying-up to widespread audiences, the scene has merely taken a few new twists and turns towards ghost-step and minimal post-step with Ramadanman, Pistonsbeneath, Appleblim, Shackleton, Burial (who's been around for ages anyway), Mount Kimbie and output on Hessle Audio, R&S and Hyperdub.
Representing the more verbose end of dubstep and the latest sensation to grab the attentions of those award-compilers is Joshua Steele, aka Flux Pavilion. A relative newcomer, his first big club-hit appeared last year in the form of "Bass Cannon", a track that comes complete with a bassline fit to scare pitbulls half to death and frighten parents out of the house (which sort of makes it credible). Much to some people's chagrin, Flux was nominated for the BBC Sound of 2012. He didn't win it, so the kiss of death may have been sidestepped.
2012 will see the release of his collaboration with Doctor P entitled "Superbad" and more tour dates around the UK, albeit in limited form (so far). The three confirmed April shows are in Manchester (3rd), Norwich (4th) and Bristol (5th). Demand for the trio will be pretty high and will cost around a tenner or less.
Prior to these shows, Pavs (as we like to call him) will also be hitting Cardiff on Saturday night (sold out), London next Wednesday and the Wireless Festival on Rihanna Day (the Sunday).