Coachella 2012: On Stage, Backstage and Behind the Scenes

80 Billboard Rating

FLUX PAVILION FEATURING EXAMPLE
"Daydreamer" (3:32)
Producer: Joshua Steele
Writers: J. Steele, E. J. Gleave
Publishers: Maximum Boost Publishing/Sony-ATV
Big Beat/Atlantic

Flux Pavilion (aka DJ/producer Joshua Steele) makes tremulous dubstep with a hip-hop swagger -- so much so that Kanye West and Jay-Z sampled his "I Can't Stop" on "Watch the Throne's" confrontational cut "Who Gon Stop Me." Flux's signature Wall of Sound-like drop is front and center on "Daydreamer," a collaboration with British singer/rapper Example, who is recording his debut U.S. album for Mercury. But Flux elevates this one to anthem status: The intro builds the necessary tension with a militaristic snare pattern, while a lilting synth-harp loop adds the type of unexpected beauty that often separates popular dubstep from underground dubstep. Add in Example's hopeful-slacker delivery and lyrics ("Escape to another world/Live for another day"), and a lighter-hoisting rave staple is born. Does dubstep have a heart? Flux Pavilion says yes.

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