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.
Final installment of the “dig up some good tunes from the Bandcamp digital crates and stuff your wish lists with because it’s going to be the last Bandcamp friday” posts.
Today, we’re going for some breakcore vibes.
Greg Hates Car Culture (20th Anniversary) by Venetian Snares. Good old snares breakcore. Need I say more?
Ronin Audio 01 by Ronin. You take some hard dark/skull-step drum’n’bass, mix it up with a fair dose of breakcore and gabba, and you’ll end up with something that sounds like this two track EP from Ronin. I have to be honest, I got these from the lad himself to promote his own fresh, new label, but I actually like them, so they are worth a mention here.
Dead Things EP by Meander is a brutal cross-over experimental kind of EP. It clashes drum’n’bass with breakcore in something that’s quite unique and hard as fuck. Great to blast hard and freak people out.
Another live stream discovery, Anorak with 2 great albums GAPANGA! and Aggiratic. Breakcore that snuggles up with the sounds of the Snares himself, but original enough to stand out on its own.
How about something quite different to finish with? The Samurai Math Beats re-release by Bogdan Raczynski. It’s very electronic sounding IDM/techno kind of stuff. Maybe not really breakcore, but it’s weird enough to fit the bill. You’ll have to check it out to get the picture though. Music is hard to describe anyway.
If this short list doesn’t cut it for tomorrow, check out my previous jungle, industrial and slow- beats post too. You’re bound to find something you like. ;)
The more chill, slow-beats edition of the “last Bandcamp Friday stuff-your-wishlist” posts.
I ran into Saturate Records by following a Bandcamp suggestion. This German label hosts a number of artists making mostly instrumental electronic inspired beats, influences by hip-hop, trap, glitch, grime and dubstep. Yes. That should pique your interest. You can even get most releases for free. But if you like them, you really shouldn’t. ;)
eustress from spike malice is a slow trappy/dubstep sounding album which is great to chill to. I love the atmosphere and the synths on this one. Good stuff.
The Gift Of Ligjht by SUAHN make me think of early Vex’d stuff at times, which is the kind of gritty dubstep sounds I like. This probably isn’t dubstep, but it leans towards it. It’s got beats and fat bass-lines and gritty electronic sounds. Nice.
Sustain Attack Release by HØST (those names) is another similar grimey, trappy, dubstep sounding album.
More hard stuff tomorrow, and check out my previous posts if you’re into jungle or industrial.
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.