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Robert Wilson: Influential bassist with 1980s funk group The Gap Band

In the mid-1970s the bass guitar became a pivotal instrument in the funk and electro-funk genres. While not as flamboyant or flashy a player as Larry Graham, "Bootsy" Collins or Rick James, Robert Wilson was an influential musician whose distinctive bass lines helped The Gap Band, the group formed by his older brothers Ronnie and Charlie, make some of the most infectious party anthems of the '80s.

Dubstep it up

Fans of dubstep are divided over attempts to merge the sound with other genres. But DJs and producers are adamant that cross-pollination is good for the scene. Rebecca Lindon talks to the pioneers

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