LA based emcee IAMOMNI says this album is a "...call to the youth to claim control of themselves, and to understand that in a world where nothing seems real, they are the only thing left that is."
Tricky's name is all over this release, and understandably so because his production really brings this album to a higher level. The tracks have a constant sense of groove and motion and are varied in a pleasantly unpredictable way.
KOOL SKULL + M. Dot Strange is a match made in psycho heaven. In line with a growing trend, M. Dot has created a "music video(game)" for Kool Skull's song COLD PIZZA. Available for Mac, Linux, and Windows.
ANDRAS is known for his distinctive visual and auditory work in the witch house / post-witch house scene and his latest album on Aural Sects is a worthy addition to his already impressive catalog. This contemplative release features remixes by ∆AIMON and Party Trash, and is mastered by Brant Showers of ∆AIMON
Sir.Vixx's mobcore banger "I Want Him Dead" remixed by an all star cast of experimental breakcore & noise artists, including Tooth_Eye, Randomatik Blast, Speak Onion, Passenger of Shit, Ars Dada, FFF, and more. Cover art by Joshua Decker.
Dada Cat and Hormonal Vibrationz (a fine label run by the fantastic miss KlitoriX) present "Raggacore" a short release clocking in around 15 minutes filled with, you guessed it, raggacore. This brand of raggacore is a less distorted, less "breakcore" variety than what is normal for the genre. Shedding, for the most part, distorted amen attacks and filthy bass for a sound that gets back to its roots in ragga, dancehall, and dub. Its a nice change of pace. Grab this and don't forget to check out everything else from Dada Cat and Hormonal Vibratoinz. MUCH quality SUCH gypseycore/breakcore/awesome to be had!!
Grab some new toys for production fun timez. From the Anarchy Rhythms site: "Anarchy Rhythms is a hybrid between an effect and a drum machine. It takes an audio input and applies a user-controlled matrix of amplitude modulation, bandpass filtering, feedback loops, internal oscillation and compression. It allows you to compose rhythmic patterns from the sonic timbre of the input."
Copious amounts of splatter breaks, rave leads, and bubbling bass lines. Super cracked out jungle. 90s rave puked from a breakcore sound system. Everything sounds crisp and clear. Well chosen samples provide extra energy compelling you to bang your head and simultaneously fluid. Even the more subdued parts are nearly bursting with barely contained energy. More on the jungle side compared to alot of breakcore releases these days. Track four "News Please" starts off with some clever faux-news samples of the raunchy variety which lead nicely into a heavy hitting ravecore banger. While everything is well produced and edited, there is an over use of certain rave-y synths/leads and jungle bass. The usage of said sounds does provide a continuing theme, though a little variation would have stepped things up a notch. The title track "Work The Math" begins with a melancholy string section seemingly promising a path different from the first five tracks, but it quickly falls back in with the vibe of the rest of the album. It would have been awesome to have the initial strings come back in to create a more energized emotionally compelling track. "Yesterday" provides an answer to these problems. Finally breaking away from the themes of the majority of the record, you're reminded of greats like Squarepusher and Wisp. Emotionally stirring arrangements and spot on vocal sampling backed with nicely edited breaks which are a tad more toned down. THis blends into a beautiful entity. "Serious" also breaks away from the standard sound of the release. It begins with a playful IDM ditty that eventually evolves into a pretty hard and dark breakcore jam. "Unknown Vibes" is wonderfully jazzy, another instance where we are reminded of Squarepusher's apparent influence on Matheus. That said, this is no rip off. The rhodes get trippy in delay land having fun playing with all their panning partners in crime. Hi-hats and rides dance between your ears swinging back and forth while snares set the pace and the rhodes piano continues to soothe and make things rather stoney. "Work The Math" ends with "The End of the Beginning", a distinctly Matheus breakcore banger clocking in at just over ten minutes long. The real stand-out tracks have to be "Yesterday" and "Unknown Vibes". Despite the fact you may be reminded of other talented artists, they are unique to Matheus and reveal sounds and potential that will keep you wondering how Matheus will grow in future releases. "Work The Math" is a solid full length of breakcore tinged jungle with the odd IDM flourishes that will keep you coming back to the Matheus trough for more. Co-released by Sociopath Recordings and Core Collective Records. Core Collective Records is co-owned by Matheus and another great UK producer, MATT:Scratch.
JAHTARI is an interesting label. For one, they release 8-bit/chip style reggae, dub, dancehall, etc. They also do what they call net 7 inches, releases set up to be much like a physical 7", even going as far as to include the sound of the needle hitting wax and looping before and after the music. Disrupt's net 7" is superb. Taking vibe and imagery from the awesome classic 2D fighter "Samurai Showdown" and slapping a smokey skank on it. Disrupt also draws inspiration from classic Japanese characters such as Zatoichi (get the full run down on all the dopeness that inspired this album from the link below). Its been raining alot here today in Chicago and the stoney groove of "Samurai Showdown" and "Last Blade" mix perfectly with the calming pitter patter of the foggy wetness outside. Japanese wind instruments mixed with classic reggae guitar licks made a perfect accompaniment to a hazey chill out session. Careful while listening and playing the releases namesake.... these are jams for after the battles done.
This 5-track valentine's day record release by UK auteur Kamikaze Deadboy is lush with vibe. Straightforward and fun, this melded-genre record really connected with me from second one. It feels instantly classic, like it's been in your library for years- and brings you a delightful mix of film-score instrumental sounds, battle record tier samples, glitchy melody bits and a smattering of head-nodding hip-hop/triphop esque beats. The percussion is just perfectly understated, complementing the melodic aspects- and the vibes are just non-stop; holy shit- just so wonderfully bouncy and groovy. I dare you to listen to it just once- and then tell me about it so I can ridicule you to anyone who will listen.
It's a really pleasant ill-scape journey through the mind of Kamikaze Db, skipping out on the pretentious wankery a lot of artists like to put into their work- the record doesn't need to tell you it's deep- it just delivers you a quick, full listen that begs you to download it and play it on loop. I can't get enough.
The scene of the Shining Sun is the newest release by Ghostly Intl. artist JDSY. The album's title track is reminiscent of early Beck while also maintaining its own unique flavor and ethereal elements throughout all the productions. Both eerie and soothing, this album is a good way to start off your week.
this album is all over the place. at times its digital hardcore-ish chiptune, other times its quite reminiscent of Stuntrock (track 3). Then it will switch up into ambient glitchy idm kinda stuff a la Mouse on Mars. Will you go on a trip with i, cactus? I did. Besides some inappropriate touching, it was a blast!
Fuckin' nasty 3 track EP from Marcanta on the fabulous Breakcore.NL Music. Never heard of Marcanta before this. I am happily relieved of that ignorance. Supremely unique backgrounds for sweet well crafted amen edits. Its like a 16 bit jungle invaded my mind on the wings of some mighty divine bird with snare rushes for feathers. The last track "Rubberoom - White Hot Razors (Marcanta Remix)" gets utterly brutal. Raging rhymes, breakcore, and br00t4l metal flourishes. Do YOURSELF a favor, PUNCH a RAVER.
New compilation coming from Tsundere Violence, one of the few active lolicore focused labels around. CDR kicks off the album with a pretty sweet mix of jungle leaning breakcore with a dash of wub wub and japanese vocal sampling. NoSleeves drops a track that is all over the place in all the right ways, jumpin through genres (breakcore, chiptune, jcore, numerous EDM genres) like nobodies business. Just wish it was mastered a little better, the sound is a tad murky. Pencil has a short and sweet lolicore banger after my own heart, though poorly mastered, sounds like its coming from inside a wet boot taking away from sound like well edited drums and a well chosen vocal track. Rotten Blood's two tracks are probably my favorites. Very well produced lolicore/breakcore all around dopeness. Neko Girl's Litter Box throws down three tracks, my favorite being "lolimaidbukkake.jpeg" being very reminiscent of my buddy Tropical Pain Forest. Omorashi's "Grapefruit" brings downtempo hip hop-y glitchy-ness to the fold, not too repetitive patterns develop and flow well. Himeko Katagiri's (who is also Omorashi and about 10 other aliases) offering,"On Your Ass Like Some Drawers", shows a continued improvement in his production abilities. Sounding pretty awesome! Rotten Blood comes at you with some pretty sweet lolicore consumables. Strange Toy (who also appears as The Bad Samurai on the compilation) provides some pretty cool jittery cut ups a la breakcore status. Noise, Vocaloid, Amens.... pretty much sums up this compilation. If those three things sound good to you, this is a compilation for you. Be sure to check out some of the other releases up on Tsundere Violence's website. They have a couple hundred releases for their two years of existence and they are all FREE!
30 tracks of FUCKING HARDCORE awesome. Legs Akimbo Records reaches 100 releases. Fantastic label. Putting out everything dirty noisy angry brutal terror anything core since 2010. Matheus' track has some pretty fuckin' sweet edits goin' on. Egodiscordia's track caught my attention with its continual evolution of sound that keeps you interested all the way through. Legs Akimbo regulars like Hersernoise, Skat Injector, and Noistruct all lend tracks. While all the music on this compilation is of a 'hard' or 'noisy' variety, it stays interesting not only because of the top quality of the music but the mass cross breeding of genres. You like noise? You like breakcore? You like speedcore? Hop on! AND PUNCH A RAVER! (oh by the by, our boy J.DECKER did the sweet menstru-bloody logo!)
cOmaRecOrdz lists SISTERS as "Catwave, Post-trap, Coastgoth". I can't really think of an appropriate genre tag. Not a bad thing either. Some thoughts I've had while listening: "is this what breakcore sounds like real slowed down?" "this would go well as a jrpg soundtrack" "coastgoth? wtf is coastgoth?" and on. Interesting listen, I tagged as conceptual because the intensity (or lack there of) of the music allows your mind to wander and help shape the music into your own little psuedo-magicore adventure. Grab from cOmaRecOrdz now, direct download or torrent. do both. seed that shit. be a digital sea pirate yaar. maybe thats what coastgoth means?
Diss1 drop some experimental Hip Hop down, styles ranging between a smattering of 80s production flare and Die Antwoord delivery/vibe (though with far more substance than Die could ever manage) with a little dirty electronics thrown in for good measure. The whole compilation is led off with Diss1 and their tracks poignant opening sample of A Tribe Called Quest calling "Please don't be deceived by the ugly slice of evil". Boo Hiss brings some digital punk to the table that quickly flows into Black Pus' meandering glitch piece "Beg to Blague". I found Black Pus' offering quite uninspired/boring. Viper Venom "Goosebumps" sounds like most contemporary "Hip Hop" club hits, but extremely dark and digital. For fans of ICP, Twiztid, etc. Much guttural "YAH" wowe. Black Pus follows with the very DIY punk sounding "Food is Great". The compilation continues on with some downtempo breaks smashed with harsh noise from Dreamcrusher, Rind brings much reverb drenched kvlt, Sissy Cobb offers up some pretty straight forward harsh noise (with a little experimentation) on "Hounds"...... the real stand outs on this album are Diss1 and Signor Benedick the Moor (prod. Brrrapture) with their own fairly original takes on Hip Hop, ParallaxScroll with their endearing IDM fair, and Grypt with their well produced kvlt outing. Much of this album didn't really impress me. There are some good points like I mentioned but a lot of it felt uninspired or perhaps juvenile. Juvenile in the way that these projects are still in their relative infancy still trying to develop themselves. Or perhaps some of the material just came across trendy to me? I've heard this has been getting alot of press... I'm starting to wonder why. Regardless, the compilation is for a good cause and there are some stand outs that are definitely worth checking out. The cover was just black, so I decided to choose a better image for this post.
This is what Deathbomb Arc had to say about the release:
Benefit compilation for the anti-debt charity Rolling Jubilee rollingjubilee.org - 100% of money donated for downloads will be given to Rolling Jubilee.
Acts were asked to write songs about evil in whatever form they wished, from the specific to the abstract; from the cartoonish to the most horrible and real. Here at Deathbomb Arc, we consider economic systems designed to keep the majority of people in debt the most evil of all.
For even more information, we highly recommend you read the book 'Debt' by David Graeber.
New EP from San Diego based STYLSS associate Sleeve↓ on Liquid Geometry! Sleeve↓ defies expectations on this very surprising release, taking the listener on an unexpected and pleasant psychedelic journey.
A short EP of ambient chiptunes. Each song is named after a forest dwelling Pokemon. Every track is filled with delay and reverb soaked melancholy chip melodies backed by subdued drums. Very good for playing quietly while stressed out. Dubious Disc is an alias of Melting. You can download this release for free from Melting's bandcamp or purchase a cassette version of the album through the DIY label NOG Records run by SeagullsFuckingSeagulls.
some dirty 'n dark atmoshperic drone breakcore goodness from Australia's Night Terror Recordings and Noistruct. 3 tracks clocking in at almost 1/2 hour plus stems for the title track. Industrial wasteland soundscapes digitally rendered. Ceremonial Remix has got some haunting vocals bumping about... busy ER waiting room. Splitting headache breaks. That feeling before your appendix was removed. Dissonant background layers swallow the break. Cacophony. "RMX" is a far different and less lengthy take on title track. MuCH c0r3 FuNk.
The DEEP HARD N FAKECORE RADIO SHOW Underground Specialist Radio Show focuses on breakcore, jungle, and related styles. The show is curated from Auckland NZ & Los Angeles, USA. Each episode features 7 artists from 7 countries. January features Igorr, Passenger of Shit, FFF, Christoph De Babalon, Speak Onion, Audio-Slut and Gore-Tech. Check it out and tune in to future episodes.
Smashing new release by LA based Forget Me Nauts. Sludgy distortion, gentle synths, and robotic vocals tell a tale of ... something? If you are looking for a band betwixt stoner metal and Weezer with a twist of synthpop flavor, then you will dig this. New, new, new wave..
Hitori Tori's "Beyond the Wake" EP dropped last November, so I apologize to those who are already familiar with this fine release. Those of you who are not, you are in for a treat. Released by Meganeural Records, a net and hard release label specializing in (as Meganueral puts it) "Intelligent Rave Music".
"Beyond the Wake" lives in the realm of quick acid licks and splattered breaks. Nothing new or ground breaking. That said every track is masterfully produced. Clever composition with top tier edits combine for a very energetic listening experience. These tracks tear up the dance floor. The fast attack acid licks are quite reminiscent of the works of Wisp and Squarepusher.
Hitori Tori does a great job of joining the sounds of Bogdan Raczynski/Aphex Twin brand "IDM" with splashes of raggacore and jungle oriented breakcore. While there are similarities between Hitori and the aforementioned greats, there lacks a certain emotional fire to the melodies. They definitely stir the body. Unfortunately they do not stir the heart in the same way that others making this variety of music do.
One of my favorite moments lies in "Mana Pool featuring Helicobacter" which is pretty much standard fare until towards the end, where it breaks down into an awesomely groovy glitch hop ender. There are quite a few vocal samples peppered through out. A few are hip hop a capellas. Others are from movies/TV. Much like with the melodies, there is little emotion provoked. The exception would be the last minute or so of "Remian V2" where the synth lead combines with hip hop vocals and break edits bringing the song to an exceptional finish.
Hitori Tori's "Beyond the Wake" is perfect for the dance floor. Every track holds non stop energy. The music is pretty top notch for the genres contained within. With all this energy bursting from each track, it often lacks direction. Things often seem purely mechanical. A well oiled machine made from the pinnacle of break science, yet it lacks a heart.
The latest in Kyle Mabson's series of bizarre pop tribute/parody albums. Now That's What I Call Mabson 2013 is a ridiculous 62 tracks and features deranged covers and remixes by artists including GRYPT, Bubblegum Octopus, Christopher Danko, Poingly, Laco$te, Damien Blaze (Blok), Party Trash, Margot Pauline Podella (IE, True Neutral Crew), DJ Skull Vomit and more.
After almost five years off the radar, Hansel returns! I received a promo copy of this album from Schizoid (proprietor over at DTrash Records) and was instantly excited. I've been a Hansel fan for 10 years now! Back in 2004 they sent out a hard copy cd "sub atomic particles" for free to people on their mailing list. That act of awesomeness solidified my fandom. Crude Matters does not disappoint.
It so happens my favorite track is probably track one, "One-Bad-Shoulder". It's melancholy synth lines sound as though the synth itself is crying out through delay and decay. A simple yet well written break stumbles prettily along behind it. With 31 songs total "Crude Matters" contains a lot you would not expect from the angst ridden aggressive legacy left by previous Hansel offerings. Vocals don't appear till track three, "We Refuse to Exist", where after being told to "Suck my dick" it appears Hansel hasn't changed too much! Glitched out string arrangements, slightly dirty beats and dark atmospheres all remind of the Hansel I grew to love. While Alan Flux's vocals are well done and the delivery on point, the lyrics are at times adolescent. Couple that with occasional squeals and/or guitar riffs that would fit well in a Marilyn Manson album. That being said its probably why I love Hansel. The combination of hard electronics mixed with sounds that inspire nostalgia because of its reminiscence of metal bands of my youth that combined electronics and hard rock/metal. This may put off some listeners, but I wasn't particularly bothered. There is much to positively balance out those short comings (if short comings they are, depends on your perception and preferences). On "Dividing Red" the song starts off with teenage sounding pleas and accusations filled with sad rage backed mostly by toned down guitar. I particularly like the vocals on this song. It reminds of a dialogue one would have with themselves in a moment of self pity. That is not all there is to "Diving Red". Three quarters of the way through the track, a pitched up sped up beat box break emerges that plays around a crunchy foreground breakbeat and beautiful synth organ outro.
Overall the production is superb. This is a record you listen to on headphones or a good system set up to take full advantage of stereo. Even though there are thirty songs no sound is over used. Every track is at least sonically unique. The vocals stay on the metal side of things. Previous releases like "Sub-Atomic Particles" had vocals that stayed mostly on the a hip hop delivery. One thing noticeably missing on this release is the amen break. This is not a bad thing. The amen is probably the most over used break in music (that coming from a guy who makes breakcore, a genre notorious for its excessive use of the amen). There are moments of psuedo-hip hop. "Halfsharkalligatorman (Dr. Octagon)" is an obvious homage to the great Kool Keith and is executed fantastically. "Leaving the Space Station" also has Alan Flux rapping over a hard drum and bass break. While the use of the amen break is missing, that doesn't mean there aren't parts that get fast and dirty. "Nutmegz" uses beautiful string samples mixed with hard, fast, dirty breaks which back fast distorted aggressive vocals. "Nutmegz" is only a minute and a half long leaving the listener wishing for more. I would have liked to hear it go on longer, but it is followed up quite well with "Time". If Orgy was a digital hardcore outfit it might sound like this. "Time" ends with a well placed harpsichord piece. That combined with the well edited drum and bass breaks that support the whole track, it is easy to think of breakcore masters like Ablecain.
"Crude Matters" is a fairly diverse album, though it does stay within certain barriers. While it is mostly definitely Hansel at heart there is a good amount of experimentation that came out positively. Old paths are retraced and new routes are uncovered. "It's a Shame" shows a less aggressive more vulnerable side to Alan Flux's vocal delivery. "G0odfist" dabbles in the love/hate genre of "Dubstep". A great return release from Hansel all and all. I wish alot of the tracks were longer and more fleshed out. "Soulless Men" is an acoustic track that took me surprise in the most pleasant of ways. The cover of "Eleanor Rigby" titled "Eleanor Big" very much reminds me of the 2000/2001 cover by the goth industrial band Godhead. "Eleanor Rigby" is a song that in my opinion has been covered far too many times.
The production is enviable. And while there is a tad bit of experimentation and exit from Hansel's 'comfort zone', almost every track still is comprised of a few key features. Dark string arrangements, angst ridden vocals, and mid tempo breaks are all key features although they do not appear together on every track. With this release, Hansel's sound has been refined to the point of perfection. I look forward to the next Hansel release. Hopefully they evolve beyond their current template. "Crude Matters" perhaps shows a want of a new direction. It feels like they have done all they can with their present sound but hey, they do it damn well.
Fantastic hard music mostly originating from Eastern Europe and supporting that scene. Tracks from artists most of us know such as Stazma the Junglechrist, Goretech, Ruby My Dear, and a whole batch of talented musicians you probably haven't heard of but will be glad of the lifted ignorance once you digest these tasty bits of nasty pretty dirty sometimes awe inspiring electronica.
Jad Atoui - Leaf Sequence is probably my favorite track on here (besides Gore Tech's dark dirty jungle/breakcore pure awesome offering) and its not just because of the minimally beautiful 'IDM' flavors...... its the sample at the end. Jad Atoui samples Cex. Cex's early 2000's releases "Role Model" and "Oops I Did It Again" are all time favorites of mine. I forget which of these albums Jad Atoui pulls the sample from, but the sample consists of Cex speaking on his perception of music and how he releases it. He essentially says that accessibility is important. That statement is important in this day and age when people are willing to release any old inaccessible garbage they pooped out in their bedroom. I've done it myself. Artistic Quality control is important, you shouldn't be content with releasing anything but your best work. As far as it be accessible to reach the masses as he implies, I would much rather have 1,000 people hear my music than 10, exactly as Cex says. But that is a more personal decision on the part of the artist, whether they care if anyone hears it or not. To elaborate on my previous statement, if you're going to release music and put it in front of people, give them the best you can.
New nOdcast by our man Decker. In case you aren't familiar, the Nodcast is a series of mixes by various artists for the net label cOmaRecOrdz. The track list is pretty damn awesome. Classics like Unibomber and Davros along with newcomers like b.i.n.t and Ars Dada. Bringing Magicore back with a healthy dose of BREAKCORE (and a lil midwest hardcore mixed in).
MAGICORE IS BACK BAY-BAY! BEEN TOO LONG! To start things back off on the right foot, hes a slammin' compilation from our friends over at Breakcore.NL Music. They've been doing this awesome series called "Themeless" for awhile now and have gotten all the way up to the sixth volume. It kicks off with a crossbreed hardcore ass banger from Rott In Pieces. So much tasty kicks und bass. The pace never really slows save a few moments of reprieve allowing the avid listener to come up for a breath of air and give their head-bang abused necks a rest. These moments are few and far between and are always tension building lead ups to more destruction. Great break edits all around, top notch atmospheres, melodies, and composition. This is a fantastic starting point for anyone who wants to hear what the Hardcore electronic family of genres is about. As Tex-nd (track 3) would say.... "Barbra Streisand!"
1.) A free music blog offering a eclectic variety of metal and electronica. The music on this blog is offered for free download by the artists, and is syndicated from various net labels. Currently posts are made by [tlr], tooth_eye, a.beautiful.lotus, Johan Ess and DCKR. *
2.) A style of music primarily deriving influence from various genres of metal, electronic dance music, video-game music, and Japanese pop music. Magicore albums are conceptual in nature and revolve around a science fiction / fantasy storyline, with characters and settings.
3.) A crystal imbued with magical power and used as a energy source for a golem.
* The music on this blog is not "magicore" music, because not enough magicore style music exists to write a free music blog about. However, we try to post stuff that in some way captures the spirit of magicore. But sometimes we just post cool free music.