Category Archives: techno

bandcamp friday, if you like it a little slower

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.

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.

tear it up with the outside agency

TB-303 waveform

Those Dutch gabberlads from The Outside Agency (aka DJ Hidden and Eye-D) are definitely one of the most interesting and innovative hardcore/industrial techno and drum’n’bass producers out there at the moment.

Since I’m not alone in this view, the Danish DJ Wavolizer has mixed together a 4 hour long mix containing only TOA tracks. 99 tracks in total. Not for the faint of heart I tell you. Download links and track listing are included if you follow the link. That file hoster is hosting some NSFW advertising btw so better have AdBlock running if you’re getting this at “W”.

As if this 4 hour mix isn’t good enough already, there’s also this mix with a bunch of remixes but not all because they forgot on or two up on their soundcloud page. Nice.

That should be enough hardness for this week I reckon.
Let it bang!

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awesome free electro music

The WEEE Man

I usually listen to the harder type of electronic music but a good 808 drum and some squealing synth (if done right) can soothe me greatly. A good electro or acid techno track seems simple when you listen to it, but if done right, they just work and sounds awesome.

Thanks to some twitter retweets I came across this Anti-Social Network’s Electro Compendium on Bandcamp. A free download with a whopping 116 (I kid you not, one-hundred-and-six-teen!) kicking electro tracks. If you are in need of a fair dose of vintage drum computers and squelching synths, some sci-fi soundscapes and samples and some typical vocoder robotics samples to balance out for the hardcore breaks I’m usually posting here, this might be your cup of tea indeed.

It’s free and so worth the download IMO.
Get it and spread the word to your electro loving peeps (*cough* tweet button below *cough*).

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music linkage: dubstep, breaks, electro & industrial techno

001. the first day of my life

Time to share some links to awesome and free musical resources to charge those iPods and mp3 players with. Here’s what landed in my inbox recently or flew across my twitter stream.

  • Cogent is celebrating the first birthday of his Slugplates dubstep label with the release of a free EP. The release contains 2 free tracks of which Karki Kid is definitely my favourite. If you’re digging this, check out this earlier dubstep set as well.
  • Do you know Hexstatic? I saw this guy once at the Belgian Beach Rock festival on a Ninja Tune night and he blew my socks off. His tunes could be described as breakbeat electro with a good dose of humour mixed in. The live shows are very much about the combination of their beats and visual. Their latest Scan Me EP is freely downloadable so go and check them out to get a taste of those beats.
  • Enough of the slow stuff? Well The DJ Producer has some more speedy beats for you at Soundcloud. If you’re feeling like blasting some of those industrial hardcore techno kicks through your speakers or earplugs, I recommend his DJ set from the Glade Festival. If you still wan the slow stuff however, he also has a retro electro set up for download. Not something you’d expect from this lad I’d say.

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