Somewhere back in 2004 I got this mix from an LA based DJ called Diskore filled with gritty, distorted electronic breaks and beats and I loved every bit of it. It has tracks from all over the electronic music spectrum. All of them sharing a dirty, unpolished and beat-heavy sound. Without a track listing I had no idea what I was listening to, but here and there I could detect some known artists like Speedy J (check out his A Shocking Hobby), a hard Aphex Twin track, some Hellfish and Producer tracks (Bastard Sonz of Rave is awesome) or some hardcore/breakcore/dnb I know.
Most of it I didn’t know however, but over time I ran into tracks here and there, finding out more bit my bit.
Recently Diskore started posting his mixes on Soundcloud and from the looks of it, he’s still mostly into the dark and dirty side of electronic music. Excellent.
Check out his downloadable mixes if you want some fresh distortion.
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Get it at Soundcloud. It’s The Teknoist! You know what that stands for.
It’s full of hardcore beats and chops like these:
THE TEKNOIST & SMYLA – BEASTAGE
DOLPHIN – AWAKENING VIP
ALGORITHMIC – NOOSE NECKED ROYALTY
DOLPHIN – BLACK GOLD
THE DJ PRODUCER – HISTORY LESSON (1997 DNB REMIX)
DR BASTARDO – CRIMSON MASK
BKEY & SMYLA – TEMPTRESS
TUGIE – SYMPHONIC DESTROYER
UNDEAD RONIIN – MUTILATED CORE
THE TEKNOIST – DREDD MY HEAD
THE TEKNOIST – RICHIES BREAKCORE LOVESONG
DOLPHIN – TERPSICORE
THE TEKNOIST – THE CRYING CHIMERA
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The Themeless releases from the Dutch breakcore.nl site always have tracks that make it worth checking them out and giving them a few listens.
You can download their latest instalment “Themeless 6” as a zip archive or stream it straight from the breakcore.nl bandcamp page. If you feel like getting some more of that, check out the other releases too on bandcamp, like this Non Human one, which is your typical (yet good) jungle/ragga breakcore-type mayhem.
People email me links to their releases sometimes, and when they are free to download I tend to check them out. This one ended up somewhere way down my inbox because of life and being busy and stuff like that. However, this one is too good not to mention.
Check out the Abnormal Behaviour EP from Syk2ne. Took me a while before I got that name really. Anyway, it’s 2 hard drum’n’bass/breakcore tracks you’ll like if you’re into music from folks like DJ Hidden or Enduser. You’ll find more down-tempo yet equally glitchy and experimental electronica on his other EP’s Escape From Quarantine and Sick Man. He just released a new one on Battle Audio Records called The New Disease as well which is only €0.99.
Last but not least another free digital breakcore release on the Bitcrusher label, number 14 by BeK + WhiteRatBeat called Mask of the Shame. It’s glitchy, it’s fast, it has tons of samples and breaks, 8 bit crunchy sounds, ragga vocal snippets and the necessary breakcore humor with hard fucking beats in it. Oh yeah and it’s free too so why don’t you give it a shot?
Who needs record stores if you can get all this free stuff right?
Quite a while ago I got an email from Brian Albers over at Humorless productions with a link to a 2005 live set of Venetian Snares. I was planning to post it but I lost track of it really and ended up not doing that. Bummer.
So earlier this year I got another email from the man and apparently he has been quite busy recording tons of breakcore live sets from artists like Enduser, Abelcain, Autechre, Fanny, Xanopticon, I:Gor, Techdiff and many more (Autechre isn’t breakcore, I know, but see, he does other electronic music genres too). These aren’t shitty bootleg recordings btw. He combines the board feed with room mics and then remasters them for top-notch live-album like quality and stuff. Worth checking out alright.
So instead of just sitting on these links I’d rather have you lot feast on them too. Mixcloud sets are stream-able only of course, which is a bit of a pity, but the internet always finds ways around those kind of limitations…
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Time for another hardcore overload. We’ll start with the awesome Outside Agency again (can’t fail there) with the Twisted Darkside podcast mix #112 they did for the Impact 11th b-day warehouse party (direct link & mirror). It’s a shorty, but it’s damn good. If you’re dying for more hardcore podcasts, well, that Twisted Darkside page is full of ’em, so I’m sure you’ll find something there.
In case you don’t, there’s always this one: a mix by no other than UK legend The DJ Producer for the PRSPCT XL 17 party (mirror). I don’t think I need to waste any more words on this. Lot’s of Hellfish & Producer in this one of course, so enjoy.
Now something I’m sure you haven’t heard of before. A Berlin based producer who’s been going at it for 10 years started a dark sounding electronic music project under the name RML_. You can download his first EP for free which has some cool, dark & hard techno at a bit of a slower pace so you can chill down from the previous mayhem posted here.
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Shame on me!
I’ve been sitting on some sweet breakcore but didn’t find the time to share the awesome with you. So here it is, in a triple dose (sort of) to make it all dandy again.
The Dutch breakcore.nl site has brought out various breakcore releases at regular intervals, like their Themeless album series featuring lots of new breakcore talent. The range of breakcore variation on this albums is so that you’ll always find something you like in those high quality tracks.
Dowload Themeless 5 and check it out for yourself.
A second release on breakcore.nl worth checking out is the free EP called Midnight Notes released by WSicko, who’s runs the forum & label if I’m not mistaken.
The album has 5 high energy tracks which combine classical music with gabber and jungle beats. You know, that stuff that’s pretty common in breakcore. Good stuff, somewhere in the range of The Teknoist if you ask me, so download it or listen to it on bandcamp.
The third one is another goody coming from z999 and is called Distorted By Design. Breakcory jungle breaks mixed up with melodic classical bits and pieces with a nice distortion sauce on top. Best served loud.
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This podcast is one to rock your hardcore ear-buds alright. The Outside Agency played a (hold on) 4 hour-long DJ set for the Signal Flow Podcast blog. Expect only the best in hardcore breakcore/industrial techno/darkstep/whatever that stuff is called in this awesomely long set. Just take a look at the huge tracklist and see the gems in there.
Download the mix from Soundcloud and visit the Signal Flow blog for more musical goodness.
01. Fracture 4 – Mortal Message
02. The Outside Agency – The Wandering Mind
03. The Outside Agency – Forest Children
04. Cybersonik – Red Alert
05. The Outside Agency – Metal Slug
06. The Outside Agency – Machine Slavery
07. Surgeon – Shaper of the Unknown
08. Chris McCormack – They Feed You Scraps Like Starving Bongo Dogs
09. Armageddon Project – Of Dreams and Disillusions
10. The Outside Agency – Hidden Strengths
11. Sperminator – Uptempo
12. Dr. Strange & Satronica – The Land Runs Red (The Outside Agency Remix)
13. Mindustries – Therapy
14. Chris McCormack – Crazy Legs Crane
15. Embrionyc – Protector
16. The Outside Agency – The Spooks
17. Robert Armani – Blow That Shit Out (Joey Beltram Remix)
18. Fracture 4 – I Never Want to See Your Face Again
19. The Outside Agency – 740MHz: Inertial Overtone
20. The DJ Producer – That Guitar Track
21. Armageddon Project – In the Underworld
22. E-Man – E-Shifter
23. Mindustries – Black
24. Demanufacturer – The Only Way
25. Arkus P – Reisa
26. The Outside Agency – Godspeed
27. DJ Hidden & Broken Note – Existence
28. Sei2ure – Mutations
29. Mute. – 10.000 Needles
30. The Outside Agency & Mindustries – The Immobilizer VIP
31. The Outside Agency – Dream Denial
32. The Outside Agency – Acid Track #2: Caustic Ingestion
33. Mescalinum United – We Have Arrived (Aphex Twin QQT Remix)
34. Broken Rules – Minimize It
35. Panacea – We Have Never Arrived
36. The Outside Agency – Motherfucking Ants (Parts 1 & 2)
37. The Outside Agency – The New Master VIP
38. Ophidian – Qotile
39. The Outside Agency – The Strangers
40. The Outside Agency & Mindustries – Carnage in C-Minor
41. The Outside Agency – Oscillation Overthruster
42. Meccano Twins – Theory of Steel
43. The Outside Agency & Tapage – Choice Mission
44. Dep Affect – Covered in Black
45. Zenith – Black Alienation
46. Negative A – White Fluids of DNA
47. Forsaken Is Dead & Unnatural Selection – The Unconquerable Man (The Outside Agency Remix)
48. SPL – Elbow Deep
49. The Outside Agency – Necropsych
50. Rave Creator – Into Sound (Marshall Masters Remix)
51. Negative A & Counterfeit – Hypnotize the Weak
52. The Outside Agency – A Perfect World
53. Tymon & Ophidian – The One
54. Broken Rules – Synth Drop
55. The Outside Agency – The Smog Sin & The Omen Sights
56. Waldhaus – Anathema
57. Ophidian – Phaseshift
58. The Panacea – Word of Thoth (Dean Rodell Remix)
59. Angel – Can You See Me
60. N-Vitral – The End of the World
61. Dep Affect – Ruins Follow
62. Enzyme X – Rauwkost
63. The Outside Agency – Antichrist VIP
64. Ophidian & Tapage – Head VI
65. Petrochemical – Netherworld (The Outside Agency Remix)
66. The Outside Agency – Sithspawn (Petrochemical Remix)
67. The Outside Agency & Ophidian – The Shadows
68. Mindustries – Craftiest Trick
69. Angel – Freak of Nature (Angel Remix)
70. The Outside Agency & Ophidian – The Infinite
71. The Outside Agency – The Neutralizing Agent
72. Mindustries – Endurance
73. The Outside Agency & Ophidian – The Silence
74. Equinox – Acid Rain VIP (Breakage Final Chapter Mix)
75. The Outside Agency & Current Value – They Are Human
76. Raiden – Sputnik
77. Sinister Souls & The Outside Agency – Perfect Organism
78. Deathmachine – The Journey VIP
79. The Outside Agency & Sei2ure – Undermind
80. The Outside Agency – Cautionary Tale
81. The Outside Agency – The Fabric of Life
82. The Outside Agency – Headphone Wisdom
83. Fuckin’ Hostile – Fuckin’ Hostile (The Outside Agency Remix)
84. Angel – Psycho (The Outside Agency Remix)
85. The Outside Agency – Centipedes & Sentinels
86. The Outside Agency & Tapage – Industrial Cooking Spray
87. The Outside Agency – Our Fear
88. The Outside Agency – Waste Management
89. The Outside Agency – Backpack Wisdom
90. The Speed Freak – Time to Die Harder (The Outside Agency Reboot)
91. The Outside Agency – End Boss
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