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good breakcore/drum’n’bass/beats for your bandcamp friday lists

It’s been a while since my last Bandcamp friday posts, so here’s some stuff I bought since then that is worth checking out, if you’re into the harder kind of electronic music.

ENRO by DJ Ride album cover

Some beats I’ve been enjoying are First Light from Sleepnet and Enro from DJ Ride. These are on Vision, which is run by the lads from Noisia, so you know it’s going to be high quality. These too are a bit more on the experimental side of the beats spectrum, which is what makes them beautiful.

Let’s increase the speed a bit and enter the land of drum’n’bass.

The Words Below Remastered album cover

The Words Below Remaster by DJ Hidden is a gem if you also like his previous album The Later After. I apparently missed this one in 2009, so I’m glad I spotted this remastered version.
It’s DJ Hidden, so don’t expect him to stick to the strict rules of the genre. He’ll venture out into an ambient landscape or some hardcore pounding now and then, but it’s a fantastic ride to listen to.
Good stuff from DJ Hidden, as always.

Ronin Audio 02 album cover

Also heavy on the drum’n’bass influence is Ronin’s second release on his own label, Ronin Audio 02. This is a lot more of a dancefloor oriented release, with 4 tracks ranging between hard drum’n’bass, darkstep and breakcore. I like the Obese remix, which jumps out as being slower beats track, still in the same dark vein. Obese is another moniker for Ronin’s more breaks oriented material.

Choose Death by Duran Duran Duran album cover

Here’s another interesting one. Choose Death from Duran Duran Duran. This breakcore album is so heavy on the jungle influences, I’d almost call this a jungle album. There’s an FFF remix on it too, so that certainly takes it into nu-jungle territory (if that’s even a genre). There’s also a Ronin remix on there, you know, the one from the album above. I’m not sure about that album cover though. A hotdog?

Glamerous Cool Kids Stuff by Detest album cover

Now we’re getting closer to the hard & heavy stuff, Detest has the Glamerous Cool Kids Stuff LP out on PRSPCT, which is filled with that hardcore banging beats we know him for. On this album he’s showing off his skills and influences (check out Oldschool Trash) by creating a varied set of bangers. Movie Junkie XXL bring a more beat-like oldskool electro-ish vibe in the middle of the album, before getting back to the hardcore industrial style Sleep Knowledge.

Strange Arrival, Anticitizen album cover

Now we’re talking industrial style music anyway, we can’t overlook Strange Arrival’s recent Anticitizen EP on PRSPCT. Eerie soundscapes combined with banging beats is what Strange Arrival stands for. If you like his style, also check out his earlier releases. Borderworlds on Love Hz has a more sci-fi feel to it. Plastic Death on Heresy takes an environmental view on the plastic in the ocean, and finally there’s plain industrial crossbreed darkness on the Imposter Syndrome EP on Genosha recordings.

MERS, Mechanical Paradox album cover

To top it off, here’s some advanced beat-trickery I can only categorize as breakcore-fuck-yeah. Mechanical Paradox is an older release, but a beauty, by M.E.R.S. If I have to name some influences, I’d say Ruby My Dear for the melodies and Squarepusher for the beat mangling. Now we’re talking Ruby My Dear anyway, I missed his Phlegm release from 2019, apparently. It’s filled with more electronic sounding, atmospheric kind of breakcore goodness in his typical style. Love it.
Somewhat in the same vein as the releases above, is the Morphic EP from Anorak on Greymeta. Analog synth sounds and advance, fast-paced beat fuckery is what you can expect here.

darkstep 022 remix compilation

This was a fun one. A remix compo on darkstep.org I joined a while ago, and got a drum’n’bass/crossbreed kinda track selected on called “Fist Fight”.

There’s more track on it by other artists, ranging from jungle, drum’n’bass to speedcore, breakcore and whatever is in between.

You can still send in your own remix if you like, it’s still open. Download the sample pack and get tracking!

bandcamp friday, if you like jungle and drum’n’bass

For the second “last Bandcamp Friday” post, we’ll dig up some good ol’ drum’n’bass from the digital catalog. Here’s some stuff I enjoyed in 2020 to fill your wishlist with:

Let’s kick it off with The Nightmare Connector by DJ Hidden. It’s a bit of a hard one to fit in a single category, but I guess it fits best with drum’n’bass. Gritty, hard-ass drum’n’bass that occasionally crosses over into hardcore territory. You know that means awesomeness.

SETTIME LP by Limewax is another hard and gritty drum’n’bass album. You know this man if you’re into the harder style drums, so you can expect some hard hitting snares and violently slashes breaks on this one.

The various artists SYNONYMS LP caught my attention because Enduser and The Teknoist are on it. That takes me back to when Ad Noiseam was still a label. Good times. But this is the now, so that means you’ll be getting some breaks-heavy jungle and drum’n’bass sounds for your ear-holes.

Ready for the jungle vibes? After seeing a live-streamed set by FFF I needed to get myself a serious amen fix, and boy did I get me some.

I’ll bundle the FFF stuff, because well, it’s all fantastic sounding jungle/rave/hardcore business and I don’t want to be repeating myself too much. There’s PSPCTRVLT 011 which is a great amen/rave throwback gem. This goes well together with DEFFFORMER, a collab with (you guessed it) Deformer. If you like it a bit crazier and faster, certainly check out the currently free download of Can’t find a dub like this on Murder Channel. It’s so fucking good.

Not enough amens for you? Well check out the Amen-tal label then. It has more amens than Trump has lies. I got me the Amen-talist movement rounds 8, 7, 6 and 5 to get me an amen fix.

nian dub, dark and dubby dnb

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*