Here’s some things that have been sitting around in my inbox for too long. Time to get rid of them before the year ends and it starts becoming really embarrassing. :)
Synthamesk‘s Regression release on Kaometry records presents some very cinematic breakcore which makes me think of Venetian Snares’s “My Downfall” and “Rossz Csillag Allat Született” album. So basically that means you get some crazy chopped up breakbeats at hyper speed with some more chill classical instruments on top. Good stuff.
Another release I’ve been digging from the more drum’n’bass/jungle front, but still whack enough to be classified as somewhat breakcore is something from the Jigsore label. It’s the More Love EP from DJ L.A.B, featuring some classic chopped up jungle beats and heavy sine wave subs and ragga vocal bits. The choppage is pretty high level so it’s jungle for the advanced listener I guess. :) Also good stuff, so check it out.
Check out the Jigsore and Kaometry Soundcloud profiles if you’re wanting for more, cause there’s plenty.
UK-based collective Nian Dub is making some really cool dark and dubby drum’n’bass on EXE project.
I ran into them on Soundcloud and I recommend checkout out the EXE podcast Transmission 002 with Nian Dub and Semiotix linked below. There’s a bit of banter and chatting in there, but the tunes in between are awesome and you learn a thing or two about the lads.
If you like it without chatting there’s the EXE M004 mix featuring much of their music as well.
More cool stuff on the EXE project stream as well like an old favorite Aaron Spectre and Gore tech. Check it *does some of those wicked streetwise finger gesture shizzle and all*
The press release is hilarious so I’ll just copy this here. Droon stands for Belgian breakcore (think Breakcore Gives Me Wood parties baby) and he just releases 27 of his best tracks in one big album. Check it out and certainly the Cripplefight tune cause it’s fucking awesome.
Your favourite Belgian B-list Breakcore Live Act! (That you might not have heard of until now)
Fighterjet helmet? Beard? Makeshift plywood ASCII keytar that looks like a post apocalyptic flying V ? That’s the one.
Still not ringing a bell?
Droon serves improvised mashup gabber breakcore
topped up with ample chipmunk bastard pop sprinkles, country nuggets & speedmetal shards.
He’s been flown out to Osaka, Moscow, Sydney, London, New York, LA, Sao Paulo, Tel Aviv, Beirut and Beijing to crack eardrums.
But also Handzame and Maldegem and Aalbeke and Tubize and Buizingen and countless youth houses and cow stables in Belgium.
So. Hundreds of gigs all over the world in the last decade. Great. Over 30 huge Breakcore Gives Me Wood parties? Brilliant.
But that’s just it. Droon was primarily an organiser and a live act. He neglected his releases.
Poor songs never got the love they deserved from their daddy. Snif.
Droon collected all the tracks he’s ever made, picked the 27 best ones and put them all in one big album.
He was gonna call it “B-list Breakcore Bargain Bin Bonanza”,
but then thought .. Fuck it.
It’s every track he ever made that’s any good, really.
Over the last 12 years, these were only released on beer stain encrusted limited vinyl EP’s .
Or cracked-on-arrival compilation cdr’s. Or never at all.
This is and will be the only Droon compendium/greatest hits/best of/anthology thingamajig ever.
There’s never been any other albums or LP’s. This is it, the only time he’ll be “widely availeable”
So it’s kind of a big deal.
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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Free tunes, what’s not to like. Free tunes from Evol Intent, that’s even better. How about 35 free tracks and remasters of classic tunes like “8-Bit Bitch”, “Where’s The Score”, “Corrupt Cops” and many more? Awesome indeed.
You get all of this goodness straight from their Soundcloud Throwback Tunes playlist. Be sure to fav it and keep an eye on it cause they aren’t done adding stuff to it either.
Not enough? Alright, you can fill up on their mixsets playlist too then. More free frigging downloads. Check out the Evolcast sets (podcast stylee) for some all over the map style sets, or any of the others. Not all drum’n’bass, but all of it filled to the rim with yummy beatness.
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Just going to drop these two mixes for your summer BBQ parties. Depending on the people you have over to enjoy some grilled meat and alcohol with, I’m presenting you some different flavours (BBQ-style) so you can select the right one for your particular grill-fest.
For the more sturdy kind of BBQ, I recommend this mix from a lad called DJ Producer. He’s known for the rougher kind of techno known as hardcore techno. This particular set is one he dropped at the Bangface festival in Glastonbury in 2010. It goes well with lots of red meat and plenty of BBQ spicy sauce.
For the lighter kind of BBQ where a more soothing type of music is required for your meat-digestion needs, perhaps a mix by the gentle chap called The Teknoist is just what you need. Inspired by the legendary John Peel he mixed a rather excellent selection of Jungle tracks into one piece of continuous music. Goes down well with some fish and chicken sprinkled with plenty of BBQ herbs for that sweet neighbourhood smell.
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Bandcamp is great. Not only because it allows artists from all over the earth to share their tunes and albums with the inhabitants of that same earth. No. There’s plenty of other ways to do that. Bandcamp is great because if you pay for the music, the artist gets most of the money directly. Not a record shop, their label or big-ass distribution companies. The artists get your money. Those guys that make the tunes. Sweet.
It’s like walking up to their door, ringing their doorbell, getting their latest record out of their hand and giving a crumpled-up banknote from your side pocket in exchange. It’s exactly like that! Except the walking up to their door, ringing their doorbell and getting a physical record part. But you are giving them your cash. In lots of cases you can even decide how much exactly. So that’s nice innit?
Here’s some cool stuff I noticed is up there. Even if you’re not willing to shell out one of those crumpled banknotes, there’s plenty of free stuff up for grabs too.
Older stuff from End-user for example. Expect some breakcore/drum’n’bass there. If you want more of that you can check out the Adnoiseam label who have most of their releases up there as well. More breakcore? Check out the mighty Venetian Snares, Ruby My Dear, or Gross Prophet. For the darker and broken beats check out Somatic Responses and CAPSLOCK. If you prefer it more jungle and ragga-core style then there’s always Peace-Off Records, or perhaps a bit of Bong-Ra if you can dig it. Harder style drum’n’bass is waiting at DJ Hidden‘s camp or at PRSPCT Recordings and of course the good old Tech Itch. Even if it was just for nostalgic reasons.
If you feel like spending more cash, you can always find a few gems by exploring some random tags.
You get the idea.
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