before darkstep and neurofunk there was techstep. a time dubstep head can’t remember cause they were busy with there toys. it was a time were you spend time in vinyl store to find the tune. Everything was a lot slower. Dnb was a UK scene first. It was so hard to be released on a english label when you weren’t from Brittany.
But it was also a time of true underground soldiers. Don’t know why but you don’t seem to find the same dedication in a lots of dubstep head. Of course people are not pure angel there is a lot of reason to be part of the scene for each of us. But there was a kind of continuum of the hardcore rave scene which keep pushing the enveloppe. Stuff was evolving so fast at that time. Every nu technologies, nu ideas was use to it fullest. Nowadays it seem the deal is is to automate wavetable and put popish melodies.
Sometime i think it’s the Internet that have fucked up everything. Everything is so easy (youtube tutorial about production and so on). We need to adapt and i’m sure in the end we will reach higher standards.
Don’t get me wrong there is a lot of dubstep artist and dj that push the enveloppe. I’ve talked in this blog of Balkansky, Sinister souls, Brainpain or Bratkillah, to name a few, of creative hard and dark dubstep.
Anyways i’ve planned to make a fews post about history of darkstep and crossbreed. I’m no authority about history but i think knowing a bit of the past can help to push thing forward.
Anyways back to techstep. Techstep was the sound of the futur and you know what ? Futur is darkside. Techstep fuse element of techno (the detuned saw reece bass) and uk hardcore rave with breakbeat and blend all this with a fucking fuckitall attitude. it’s fast, nasty, dark and take no prisonners.
Later on techstep split in two directions. The one for those who wanted to push the sound design enveloppe with scifi soundscape wich will known as neurofunk. The first real neurofunk music for me is Ed Rush and Optical – Wormhole
And the second part is what we now know as darkstep. There was some producer who want to push darkness and violence even further than regular techstep. Major artist in this darkstep directions were Dylan (and the infamous Freak Label), Technical Itch (and Penetration label) , Facs, and Resonant Evil.
Anyways i’ll make a post eventually about this, with more details
01 Trace & Nico – Amtrak – Nu Black
02 Decoder – Fuse – Elementz
03 Dillinja – Silverblade – Prototype
04 Ed Rush & Nico – Torque – No U Turn
05 Ed Rush & Nico – Technology (Boymerang Rmx) – No U Turn
06 Everything but the Girl – Before Today (Dillinja Rmx) – Virgin
07 Genotype – Toxic – Renegade Hardware
08 Makai f/ Nico – Omen (Unfair Cut) – Nu Black
09 Dillinja – Acidtrack – Pain (out)
01 Dillinja – Acidtrak – Pain (cont.)
02 Ed Rush & Nico – Proton – No U Turn
03 T Power – Mutant Jazz (Trace Rmx) – not sure what one?
04 Lemon D & Dillinja – 12.01 – Valve
05 Doc Scott – Shadow Boxing (Rmx) – 31 Records
07 Ed Rush & Fierce – Locust – Prototype
08 Optical – What’s The Difference? -Prototype
09 Ed Rush & Nico – Technology – No U Turn
10 Photek – Ni-Ten-Ichi-Ryu – Science