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.
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.
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!
Here’s some music I liked in 2015 that I either talked about before or forgot to mention so far. I get stuff emailed to me, listen to it and then forget to write about it sometimes. Dang.
So I’ll mix those in here so they get their mention at last.
Ah, the good old dnb. If you haven’t already checked out the weekly Noisia Radio podcasts on Soundcloud it’s about time you did. You’ll hear new tracks, old ones and get a lot of inspiration on what tracks you can spend that New Years money on.
Another place to check for some fresh, dark drum’n’bass is Syk2ne’s Bandcamp or Soundcloud page. Lot’s of wicked EP’s right there and not strictly dnb either. It easily crosses over into the next category…
Here we have Ruby my Dear of course with his latest Balloon album. Then there’s Venetian Snares, as always, who not only released Your Face this year but also put up the awesome Thank Your For Your Consideration after fans stepped up when Snares hit a rough patch and could use some extra cash. Sissy Growl and Burgershot are my favorite tracks of 2015 for sure.
Mo breackore? Aww yiss. How about YabaiKore! from the Japanese breakcore collective the Ragga Terror Front. Some really wicked sick stuff in there. Totally worth a listen.
Here I have 2 podcasts/radio shows to point out, full of all the hardcore goodness you’d want. First there’s the PRSPCT Recordings radio episodes on Soundcloud. Awesome guests, “great” interviews and quite some nonsense in there. And smashing kicks of course.
We can’t leave without mentioning The Outside Agency podcasts as well. Not quite as frequent but that just makes them all the better.
Hope you find your type of beats and bass in here.
Enjoy the holidays, have a happy NY and see you back in 2016!
It’s been a while so let’s drop it hard thanks to some awesome mixed from our favourite Dutch cross-breeders The Outside Agency, UK madman The Teknoist and some PRPSCT radio bizzle.
Stream online or download them, all free. Your pick.
The Outside Agency lads just put out the first Outcast mix on Soundcloud. As usual, it’s full of hardness.
The Teknoist is placing on Bangface and wants the world to know. Nothing wrong with that IMO.
Then there’s always good stuff coming from the PRSPCT label. Their Soundcloud account is full of goodness, just like this recent one.