Very few artists can create a really influential foundation from the art of the remix. Nessex’s entire catalog seems like one massively intertwined remix, nabbing from all sorts of sources and intermingling them like a master explorer. This, in part, can seem like a derailing of the talent of ‘Nessex.’ But the journey of his music is limited only by the scope of what has come before. In a weird way, Nessex is treading new ground by remixing and reinvigorating what came before.
The genre of dubstep has been the victim of so many polarizing opinions, many of them decrying dubstep as “electronica for college frat boys and hipsters” and of course the culturally acclaimed “brostep.” I see the logic. When artists like DJ Tiesto plague the massive electronic rock arenas with his dub-influenced dance formula, and Skrillex wins not only one Grammy, but two, we have an influx of dub-crap attacking the airwaves for a good few hours. This mainstream blistering helps the genre in some ways with exposure, but damages the credibility sustained by artists such as Nessex.
Nessex (Nester Lee) released his third EP, “Where’s Molly?”, which is inarguably and explicitly dubstep. No sub subgenre argument could reinvent the wheel of the particular genre. But it is dubstep done with a professional and experimental edge, a combination of some of the most spectacular aspects of dubstep without ever losing focus of the songcrafting and melody that makes any great pop song work.
A sampling of Nessex’s catalog brings us a rambunctious and exhilarating track ‘Let Me Go.’ The Nessex original ‘Eloquent Death’ is brooding and mysterious, taking advantage of some absolute wild effects for a haunt like no other. It is far from traditional dubstep, a refreshing change of pace for the staleness of the genre’s main ideas.
I can’t say for sure if dubstep will be a thing come the end of the year. But I can rest assured, as can fans, that dubstep may metamorphasize into a new beast, helmed by the creative output of artists such as Nessex. The formula has been taken to the extreme, literally, where Justin Beiber releases dubstep smashes to teen girls everywhere. Once you reach that basement-level rise to exposure, it’s hard to really go any further into the ridiculous. Underground artist realize that, and Nessex has worked the necessary steps to align himself into the future of electronica, R&B, and dubstep- a world where brostep is the disco of the 21st century, and Justin Beiber disappears forever.
Ryan Merkel is a cool writer guy and contributor all over the internet, from blogs on music to magazines about music to sites about playing music. He is currently founder of SunState Investing and is head editor of the music entertainment magazine, CultureTease. He has written two novels, and is currently working on a third full-length novel, surprisingly, not about music. His novel “Splatter the Noise” earned accolades for independent publishing. Be sure to check out: www.sunstateinvesting.com
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