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.
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.
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*