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Blow Your Head Volume 1 — Diplo Presents Dubstep (Mad Decent)

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Producer and DJ Diplo knows his stuff: He's helped shape many of M.I.A.'s best songs. On this 16-track overview of dubstep — a bass-heavy subset of electronic music — he handpicks cuts by pals, labelmates, and influences. The best of them — Joker & Ginz's skittering "Re-Up," Major Lazer's "Hold the Line" remix with Santigold, and Rusko's "Cockney Thug," which uses a recurring "fuck" as part of its hook — sound just as good at a home chill-out session as they do in the club. Diplo offers a few of his own tracks (a remixed "U Don't Like Me" with Lil Jon is a zigzagging haunted house of a cut), but Blow Your Head Volume 1 is mostly about schooling new listeners and giving devotees a solid compilation that shows off the genre's versatility. Pad the walls, turn it up, and prepare for some major low-end rumble from this terrific ass-moving, head-bobbing overview. Michael Gallucci

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