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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!

short dark shock 5, a darkstep, breakcore compilation

A while back I ran into a tweet from the Darkstep recordings label, asking for submissions for a compilation album. To apply you had to send in a 1-minute clip, which would all be compiled and mixed into a single album.

Track style could be anything, as long as it’s hard & fast. Darkstep, breakcore, jungle, drum’n’bass, glitch, industrial techno, you name it.

I thought I’d give it a shot in Renoise to get to know the software a bit, and it turned out to be pretty much a hardcore techno track. Not the greatest thing I’ve come up with, but it was good enough.

If you’re in the mood for a very noisy and glitchy mix, this might be right for you.

bandcamp friday, if you like it fast and hard

It’s almost the last Bandcamp Friday of 2020, and maybe it’s the last Bandcamp Friday ever, so I decided to make a list of great music I got in 2020 and list it here. The post turned out to be rather big, so I split it up into several posts by genre (sort of) because y’all don’t like reading long posts anyway.

So here’s post number one, and it’s all about hard techno and industrial style beats. Don’t forget to stuff them in your Bandcamp wishlist!

I was looking for the Man Made Evil TOA remix when I ran into Dither’s full album The Architect on Bandcamp. This is a banger of an album if you like your beats on the industrial side of techno. It’s not just a collection of tracks, but it really is worth the name album, as it takes you through a musical landscape from beginning to end. Well-balanced and full of good tunes.

Foreign Objects by Strange Arrival is another hard industrial release I like a lot. Fits in nicely with things from TOA and PRSPCT.

Helios Is Dead by Mutagenesis is a great dark techno/industrial album if you’re in for something a bit different. It’s atmospheric, noisy and industrial sounding. I’m not sure what genre this is exactly. Doomcore? Darkcore? Who cares, it goes boom boom boom and it sounds great.

PRSPCTXTRM 019 by Fracture 4, more top-notch banging industrial. This is an older release, but because of Bandcamp Fridays I went through the PRSPCT back catalog and dug up this gem. Fracture 4 never disappoints!

More beats tomorrow, so stay tuned.