Hi darksider !
i haven’t post for some days cause i’ve quited my flat to a new one. you know the deal : no internet, lots of carton box everywhere, really tired now. but enough talking about me let’s talk about music 🙂
I’ve seen a lots of new people interested by darkstep because of crossbreed. that what lead me to introduce industrial hardcore into this blog (for more info about this check my post about The Darkside Nation) but there have been some rant about the evolution of darkstep. I’ve think quite a bit about this and i think some people really made a point. lot’s of people are missing the point of Crossbreed i think. In my first post about crossbreed (called brokencore at that time because of the lack of a real name) I talk about a wrong turn where people would make crossbreed mix.
Crossbreed is not a substyle of hardcore for me. It could be much much more. It’s all about hybridization of different part of music. Crossbreed could be about industrial distorsion, dark melancholic melodies, dissonnant sound design, complex broken rythm. It could hybridize part of drum’n’bass, and hardcore but to work it need to be much more than the sum of it part. Crossbreed is also not only a style of production but also a way to make mix of music. A Crossbreed mix is based of a blend of different ambiance and texture. If you mix only crossbreed tracks with crossbreed tracks where is the hybridization ? If on the other hand you mix a roller with a hardcore track than a crossbreed then a military rolling snare thingy it’s a lot more creative.
My point is not to tell you what you should do. you should do what is good for you of course. But when i see people putting Mainstream Hardcore track into underground mix,, when i see mainstream hardcore artist jumping into the band wagon of Crossbreed, when i see mix made of nearly the same track for one hour, I just see a big risk of the whole scene selling out and becoming boring, generic and dull.
I can’t change that if that is what people want but i can do my own part to avoid this. That is why i will now from time to time have a series of post called Good Ol Gem of the Darkside Nation. I will try to dig for you some of the gem of our scene to try to showcase you what have been tryed in the scene (what work for me of course).
My little contribution to a scene that change my life. By knowing our past hopefully we can keep to move forward
So enough talking now some music :
Dj Hidden – The untouched
Label Smackdown Record 001
Release Year 2009
Why i like this track : everything is perfect in this track. Probably one of the best track of Dj Hidden. Start with a creepy intro. Lot’s of ambiance. Cool edit on the vocal. that introduce a dark stringy kind off lead. Industrial kick and lot’s of break mangled so well together. It just flow and give you the urge to dance. The break is really complex with lot’s of different melodic sound. The melodies actually evolve and grow continually. It’s not dj tool it’s just pure music.
Intense, dark, creative, complex and heavy. What i like with Dj Hidden music is just that : it’s music.
Musical ideas are not just there : they grow all along the track. Lot’s of underground music thing being underground is all about distorsion or violence but for me that is non sense. Being underground is avoiding stupid hook music without being boring. And if you have studied a bit music, the only actual solution is to develop your musical ideas.
The Dj Producer – Damage by Dj
Label Deathchant 08
Release Year 1997
This track is a gem for me. It’s not as complex as the previous one but with the limited power of creative tools of that time it’s still very fresh. This is good fun music but still intricate and musicaly engaging. in the days of crossbreed of drum’n’bass and hardcore people got to remember that crossbreed could be much more that alternate and distorted kick between a snare. This track is really funky but still hardcore as fuck. a great classic for me