Yes, Circus Records mostly peddle the worst kind of music to the worst kind of people, but Doctor P’s breakthrough single ‘Sweet Shop’ is – if you can ignore the images of gurning boys fighting for space that you’ll associate it with if you’ve ever seen it played at a festival – a top dog on its own terms. A bassline that belchy would usually be enough to pull the rest of a track down into a sea of stodge, but ‘Sweet Shop’’s jagged lead, mournful diversions into 8-bit-style sounds and, let’s face it, fantastic piano riff, makes it a winner.
In 2007, Rob Smith from seminal Bristol duo Smith & Mighty turned to dubstep (RSD is, in fact, short for Rob Smith Dubstep, in the manner that only a ponytailed old stoner can really get away with) and released a succession of singles that stands toe-to-toe with any of the genre’s most celebrated figures. ‘Pretty Bright Light’, on Punch Drunk, receives most of the plaudits, but we’ve plumped for its overlooked, even more dramatic cousin, the untouchable ‘Accepted’.
See also: RSD – ‘Pretty Bright Light’
Like climbing a stack of building blocks, only for the whole thing to tumble down on top of you. Absolutely brilliant; better than ‘Night’.
See also: Benny Page – ‘Step Out’