Refracture is an important figure of the electro-breaks scene, who's known for delivering very powerful and energising, but not agressive breaks. Now he's giving away 17 tracks and there are quite a few outstanding tunes.
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As electronic music grew from a basement in the suburbs of Chicago to a worldwide phenomenon, reshaping the dance culture and industry, it became the breeding ground of many controversies and debates. If you're reading this article you probably know a lot about it, even if you were living under a rock on Mars in the last 30 years. The screams of fanboys and the angry mumbling of deep-heads can be heard from other galaxies as well, I suppose.
listening to the repetitive sound of Satan There's a lot of talk on the commercial vs. underground topic. Non-music people or if you will it put that way, common people refer to the underground as a dangerous place where the kids your parents warned you about meet to do drugs and other socially "unacceptable" and "dangerous" things while *listening to the repetitive sound of Satan*. On the other hand there is the commercial bunch, who in the eyes of the "underground" are some Regular John's and Janes listening to something that is barely music...
You give up after listening to hundreds of mediocre tracks on soundcloud, you retreat to facebook for a bit of relief, and BAAAM. You click on a link from a friend who's notorious for finding "off the scale" music, and all of a sudden you're in paradise.
The Blackwood EP is breathtaking in an intelligently mean way. Progressive and atmospheric breaks are something that you don't hear on every corner. In fact it's deep down in the underground right now. It wasn't always like this: in the mid-late 90's, when progressive and atmospheric breaks were sort of well known, Hybrid and Way Out West being the most important influences as far as the internet can tell. Almost two decades later the scene is on the rise once more. It is a flourishing scene with Labels like Morphosis or artists like Slighter, Dave Gluskin, E.F.G., and many more.
If you consider the above mentioned "ingredients" mixed together as a cake then the Blackwood EP is the cherry on the top, or the strawberry, because I...
If it comes to cars then it's mostly related to the cursing of the mechanic while trying to reach bolts in the stupidest places while replacing a light bulb. But you've bought that car for a reason, isn't it? It is very likely that the reason for buying a French car can be traced back to things like character and design.
So let's talk sound design. Regardless of what kind of party it is, everybody loses their minds when it comes to "Technologic" or "We Are Your Friends". As we commonly like to refer to it, "French Electro" is always king. We all tend to know what it is, how it sounds, and how much energy we get while listening to it. Of course, to be technically correct what we refer to as French Electro is a large scale ranging from French Touch House to Justice-like Electro-Trash madness. If you look a bit further there is Etienne de Crecy making something that no one understands, or Lifelike who is making top-notch electro-synth.
If it comes to cars then it's mostly related to...
As a form of art and as a profession, DJing relies heavily on technological advancements. From the introduction of the first DJ mixer "Rosie", to the latest flagship model of Native Instruments "S8" everything has a huge impact on the DJ-world.
At first it was just two turntables and a mixer. Everything was done manually by the DJ. There was no BPM counter, nor Sync and every DJ was carrying a huge collection weighting a ton to each gig. Compared to that, today we have CDJs, programs and countless controllers with zillions of buttons and options, but the whole stuff can fit in a regular backpack (at least most of the time).
(Please note: The video is not about Funkanomics but showing the heart of the deabte that we're discussing about)
You might ask what's interesting about this as this is only evolution. The tricky part comes with the fast pace of music-related gadget evolution. This pace was so rapid that in 40 something years the industry went from turntables to laptops and...
When it comes to dark music we prefer to think of brutal sounds, nightmarish tempo and screaming vocals. For me, tracks like these are just like the most common daemons using the most conventional methods to scare our very souls into the endless abyss of fear. If you want something more you have to seek the dark intelligence, where it's not about random spooky stuff, but something that comes from deep inside. So I gathered some tracks that I consider the best dark intelligent ones. Sit back and enjoy.
1. The Throbbing Gristle - Hamburger Lady
2. Slighter - Outbreak
3. Soulwax - E Talking (Hybrid remix)
4. Loco & Jam - Medusa
5. Psure Psyon - Though Case
6. Dub Phizix and Skeptical feat Strategy - Marka
7. Q.G. - Six Feet Under
8. Perturbator - Raining Steel
9. Gesaffelstein - Pursuit (and the whole album - Aleph)
10. Social Kid - Heart Energy
In interested in more compilations check out Top 10 Free Downloads, Top 5 Electro Bangers and The Best Progressive Breaks of 2013-14
There's a never ending debate about what should be in focus for the music biz. Art or Money? Some are surfing on waves of money while some need a daytime job to make a living. There is a gap of creativity between these groups regardless of the fact that not all super rich DJ/producers are sellouts and not all bedroom producers are making gold. In the previous article lines were clearly drawn between art driven and "McDonald's" music with the help of Lifelike. Now that we see the tip of the iceberg it is time to stick our heads in the shallow water in order to capture fragments of something that might be really big. We could only guess the size underneath the surface.
The first article ended with questions about what should be the correct path for a DJ or a producer to balance his craft to earn some money and to express musical visions at the same time. I realized that the best way to map this uncharted topic is to talk to producers and DJs from each side. So I found a couple where...
An uprising takes place in Eastern-European countries. Romania could be considered one of the new wave pioneers with artists like Petre Inspirescu, Rhadoo, Ada Kaleh, Raresh and Horace Dan D just to mention a few. Before anyone would misinterpret what I'm saying, I'm totally aware of the presence of other big musical subcultures based on straight four on the floor beats like Detroit techno, the German tech scene and so on and so for. The only thing is Romania, amongst other nations, went crazy on this line. New venues appear every year and all of these are sold out with prices like 3 bucks for a water in a country where the average wage is about 500$. The other interesting thing is the significant role of the upper ten in the rise of the minimalistic culture.
What are the reasons behind this huge success? I as a non-digger of this genre was fueled by the curiosity to find out what makes this kind of music so appealing to so many people worldwide. The situtation was obvious, for me...
You can feel that in the sound. There are tons and tons of new noises to grab your attention. It would be a major mistake form me to label this good or bad. It is how it is, musical evolution is something far greater than us. Mostly the reasons for my statement in the previous paragraph is that many non and music-head people are telling that there is no new music and nothing compares to the good old times and blah-blah.
Breakbeat hardcore had everything I love such as electro driven sounds, acid spicing and breaks of course This is where Lee Coombs steps in. Lee has been around the breaks scene for quite a while. During 2014 he was releasing EP's and singles with another producer Costas G. It took me quite a while to find them and to gather the power to wirte the review, but it's worth it.
Breakbeat hardcore or rave music was the phenomena that made the people of England go crazy over electronic music. Breakbeat hardcore had everything I love such as electro driven sounds, acid...
It was the music of Beatman & Ludmilla that kicked me over the edge and now I've found the latest EP of DiiSTORTiiON.
Breaks with a heavy electro vibe and guitar are the perfect compound that kicks you in the face and all you can do is to beg for some more. When you're out of motivation and the crows of depression are circling around your head, this is the very stuff you need. At least this is the stuff I need.
turn a fully depressive and unproductive day into a workaholic daydream It has everything that makes it equal to the music of Beatman & Ludmilla that turned my head towards the world of music. This EP, or three tracks, or whatever you want to call it gives the instant extra power that is needed to turn a fully depressive and unproductive day into a workaholic daydream.
Besides that I cannot wait to hear these tunes on the dancefloor. Instant mind and ear-blowing will occur only to be followed by days of moving like Quasimodo because of the damage done to the muscles...
When I've found this EP I was in kind of whatever mental state. I couldn't listen to the whole EP. I found it disturbing for my soul at that time. The sounds were very unusual themselves and the way they were put together was odd. Despite all of the above the spark was being ignited inside of me. I knew that I had to listen to it a couple of times.
That was somewhere in the noon. I was doing my daily household work, had a nap and stuff until the point where the day was turned into dawn. I decided to listen to it before I go to sleep. It was a unique experience.
It's like philharmonics on heavy drugs, or philharmonics in a parallel distorted universe. The way that the pieces of the musical puzzle are put together is something that I've never heard before. For the first time it appears to be horrible, like it is falling apart, but if you have the patience to grab the essence than you will discover the magical side of Burial's music.
It's like philharmonics on heavy drugs, or...
It's enough, let's talk music. Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, here are some of the very best progressive breaks that I've found during 2013 and 2014. The date is not referring to the actual release of the tracks it is just the time period when I've found these pearls. I don't say that it was hard-hard work, but it took days of browsing and some luck the click accidentally on some links to find these tracks.
Yet again, too much text. So I'll let my keyboard rest,
here are the tracks, sit back and enjoy.
Last but not least, there is Douglas Horvath's track called "Would you make toasts with me". Good luck finding it.
But before discussing it some insight might be needed about the previous works of Slighter for the sake of better understanding his craft.
Slighter latest album the "Science of Noise" is a strange creature and a musical challenge. It didn't surprised me that it evolved even further into something that is far beyond the well-known shiny surface of the sea of music.
The most of us are just swimming on the surface of the music. Some submerge after taking a deep breath too look around what's underneath. But these are shallow waters and there is light. By going deeper and deeper one finds itself in the twilight zone and this is exactly where "Science of Noise" is. There is no sense in going deeper. It is cold, it is dark, and it's dangerous.
The most of us are just swimming
on the surface of the music
These dark, cold, unknown places are filled with dangers, new stuff and a heck of an adventure I might add. This is the point where the whole thing turns from hobby into profession and a...
House, acid house and breakbeat was melted into one giving a unique sound that defined the electronic scene till the mid 90's. For those who considered 4/4 too organized and saw hip hop as something too loose breakbeat hardcore was the real thing. The pumping basslines, the uplifting vocals and the energizing vibes made the illegal rave scene such a phenomenon in England that police had to intervene on a high profile. It is mad and it just gives anything that one needs to dance like hell and forget about anything.
It is mad and it just gives anything that one needs to dance like hell and forget about anything Than evolution came along and breakbeat hardcore became the feeding ground for new styles like oldschool jungle, bigbeat, Uk garage and Drum and Bass. Breakbeat hardcore became a part of the past and by today is only knew by the people who were living it or those who get stuck in the world of the music like me and many others. The fact is that mainstream music consumers and...
My musical life took a sudden turn when my aunt who was a teenager at that time moved to us. I was listening to tons of music with her like The Prodigy, Pink Floyd and many others. Jean Michel Jarre became my favorite. I was 3-4 years old. The sounds of his albums had a great impact on me. Then I turned eight and my parents have brought our first TV. From that point I was listening to any commercial music that was on the screen. That was in 1998 – 1999. I was listening to virtually anything except for folk music
Jean Michel Jarre became my favorite. I was 3-4 years old As time was passing by, I was listening to Britney Spears, Eminem, Scooter, Dj Alligator, Dj Bobo etc. Jean Michel Jarre fell out of my view. After finishing elementary school, I started to attend parties and started to drink as well. In my teenage years I just thought that partying is about drinking and getting laid.
Than the day that changed my life forever had arrived. I just turned 19, I have finished High School...
As the vibe hits the frequnecy of your brain you're going to rush to your device to see what the heck is that track.
If this had happened than you are in the zone already. The instincts take conrol and you just start digging like a mad man. The „worst" scenario for me that could happen is that I find a single track. The best scenario is when I find a new underground record label and an album that adds something to my personality. This is the very case with „Evolved Breaks" released by Morphosis records.
The music is from producers that you've never heard
of but all these sounds crafted into one is something
that can be considered a true masterpiece
The music is from producers that you've never heard of but all these sounds crafted into one is something that can be considered a true masterpiece. These masterpieces of the musical existence are hard to find in the endless dimension of music. But the search is the part of the joy. The feel of the exploring always pays off. Some might...