You’ve just heard a new band for the first time. How do you describe them? Aretha Franklin meets Skrillex at a Mumford and Sons family reunion? Megadeath Mozart at Beyoncé’s baby shower?

Typically we try to comprehend the new based on what we already know. But when we break it down to musical terms rather than general impressions, we can gain a clearer understanding of just what makes new, new.

This week we’ll take the musical approach to understanding dubstep – a genre that sometimes defies definition due to the multiple influences