Dubstep is what begun this revolution, of course - which shook electronic music loose from its dependence on the rhythms of the 1990s and gave it enough heft to kick through scene and genre barriers - and there's plenty of it here to show that it is still alive and well and shaking the foundations as effectively as ever. The second disc in particular is full of the raging noises and fast edits of the likes of Eptic, TC, Flux Pavilion and Zeds Dead, and it hits like a freight train. But forget the cliché of this just being for muscle-flexing moshpit-forming dudes: there's enough variety, wit, tempo twists and FUNK in this to remind you that it's for dancing before all else.
Disc 1 is heavy on the southern-fried 808s to start off with - Buku, Chase & Status and TNHT all proving that whether or not you like the dreaded term "trap", those hip hop kicks are just straight up irresistible in the dance - but then it goes every which way but loose. The metal-step intensity of KillSonik's 'Slaughterhouse' takes some beating, but it's the sudden left turn into deep and heavy drum'n'bass for the disc's coda, and particularly the skull-crushing subs of Dubphizix and Fox's subtly malevolent classic 'Never Been' that really proves how versatile you can get once the bass has got into your listeners' bones.
Yes that's right - skull crushing and subtle. It makes no sense. But none of this does. This is music for a weird, wired world; for a generation who are beyond information overload and love it; for a ludicrous present and an even stranger future. The mutant hybrid styles and sounds that squirm and bounce off each other are hyper-fertile, and part of the thrill of the ride here is the sense of where it's all going. There are no dead-ends here, just even more deranged and boggling possibilities that open up at every turn. This is what the 21st century was always supposed to sound like.