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.
Checking some emails containing news beats and sounds lately I came across some nice finds. The brothers of Somatic Responses are pumping out electronic music albums like the things grow on trees judging from their bandcamp page. Some stuff is great, some stuff is less to my taste but it’s always on the edge, dark and breakcory and glitchy.
Their last album Obscure the Future however has nice, chill ambient tunes on it instead of the usual hectic beats and harsh sounds. So if you are looking for something more easy-going yet deliciously electronic, this might be just it. Perfect value for your money as you can name your own price for most of their albums. Nice.
Another great find comes from Kaometry records, pushing interesting and quality electronica/breakcore/drum’n’bass/experimental stuff for quite a while now. They publish across the full electronic spectrum (or at least the interesting more beat-driven part of it) so it’s worth checking out.
Came across this particular drum’n’bass gem in one of their more recent albums Méta-Féeries
They have some free downloads on their website (see downloads), a shop on bandcamp and a lot of streamable music on soundcloud.
Check em out if you’re up for some new beats.
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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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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I’ve got a few albums for you I bought this year, that are so good you should buy them too. So what do we have here? How about some hard-stepping drum’n’bass? Oh but that’s not all. It also has some, wait for it… dubstep influences! Or drumfunk, or whatever they call it these days.
Anyway, Peer to Peer Pressure by the duchies Eye-D and DJ Hidden is full of tunes with hard beats switching between tempo’s and genres making it one of the most original drum’n’bass/dark-electronic music albums I’ve heard in a while. When it comes to dnb they are certainly pushing the genre another notch up.
Not hectic enough for you that drum’n’bass stuff? How about turning up the tempo a notch or two, cut the breaks up into nice tiny slices and then stick them back together in a different order and use some non 4/4 patterns? Sounds good enough? Well, then you should check out the Frenchy called Ruby My Dear with his excellent Ginkgo album. Think bastard child of Venetian Snares and Mr. Oizo after a champagne orgy in the Moulin Rouge(*). If that doesn’t make sense (and it shouldn’t) you’ll just have to check out what it sounds like to find out.
This lad has released some equally sweet beats for free under the name of Doc Colibri btw.
(*) He’s French remember?
“What’s up with all the fast shit?” I hear you complain? Alright, here’s some good ear-dope to unwind after getting all souped up on the breakcore stylee. The first track I ever heard featuring Hecq was Spheres of Fury and it just blew me away. When I checked out his latest and debut album avenger, it did the very same thing. Calling this album dubstep would be insulting if you think of the typical wobbly bass-line stuff that gets pushed out by the ton these days. But this is a kick-ass album with tracks full of bass, growling and moaning synths, intricating chopped and stuttering beats which sounds quite dubsteppy at times. There, I’ve said it. But it’s a solid electronic piece of music here to stay.
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More music! That’s right! And it’s the kind that most of you seem to like. Well maybe. I’m talking about The Otherside Radio, an actual radio show broadcasted over a good old F and M frequency in the United Kingdom.
“Hey, but you’re not from the UK” I hear you ponder. Well that’s right again! In fact, thanks to the wonders of technology known as The Internet and Twitter and HTML and stuff, everyone else in the world that can’t tune in to 106.6 FM can download the mp3’s of the broadcast instead. How sweet is that? Very, I know.
The show is hosted by the lovely Lisa Righteye (I’m making assumptions here, but she appears lovely anyway) with an excellent taste in music. She thus spends large portions of her wage buying the latest, freshest and most excellent tunes to play on her show for our enjoyment (I told you she was lovely). Her selections range from ever so hip dubstep over to other great electronic music genres like IDM, drum’n’bass, jungle or whatever she ends up finding awesome. If you like a tad of variation in your mixes, you’ve come to the right place.
So if you feel like discovering some great new tunes and artists, check out the online archives for a few hours of great music pressed into mp3’s.
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