Last January I got booked to play Techno Belligerent’s “Jason Takes Los Angeles” party in downtown LA. Once again I sent the call out to producers everywhere to clue me in on their latest and greatest so I could come out the box slaying. Well I got a lot of stuff that came in. It took a while to go through it all but I did. There were a lot of great tracks that unfortunately I couldn’t play, just because of the time I had for the set (about 50 minutes). So I didn’t get to play everything, but listed below is the stuff that made it into the set. At bottom I list some other stuff that was interesting as well, but didn’t quite fit in that night. Immediately below is the actual mix from the event.
Skandal (aka slave maker) - Kill Him –https://www.facebook.com/Geoffrey.Raes
Ripping hardcore crossbreed from Belgium. For those of you struggling to keep up with the dizzying new array of hardcore sub-genres, “Crossbreed” is like a combination of 4-to-the-floor hardcore techno, and drum and bass rhythms. This track has a nice lead and really gets the crowd pumped when you play it. It’s about 175 BPM. I don’t have a direct link to the track, so get in touch with Geoffrey Raes on Facebook and he can tell you where to get the track.
TechDiff – Eat Drink Fuck https://soundcloud.com/peace-off/techdiff-eat-drink-fuck
Tight ripping breakcore from the legendary Peace Off Label. This track is taken from the Brothers in Blood 02 release. Already available digitally, this might be available on vinyl by the time you read this review. Clocking in at about 233 BPM, the beats are hyper chopped-up but still danceable and fun. A real crowd-pleaser.
Mindcontroller – Go! **Preview** https://soundcloud.com/mindcontroller2011/mindcontroller-go-preview
Blasting OG Hardcore from Mindcontroller with all the classic elements. Thundering kick, screaming hoovers, stabby stabs, cool samples, and even some high hats. Somewhere around 172 BPM, one of the things I like about this track is that it has some hi-hats and cymbals in it, and a snare that just doesn’t make a guest appearance. This track is a well-constructed song that doesn’t simplify itself to the point of ridiculousness just so that it sounds louder after being mastered.
Pink Abduction Ray - Roguelike https://pinkabductionray.bandcamp.com/album/roguelike
Periodically slicing through the Darkmatter Sound System is a shocking pink ray beam. Why? We don’t know. But this traction beam has a dope sound as evidenced by this track, “Roguelike.” 160 BPMs of quirky, in your face… hmmm techno? It’s honestly hard to classify a track like this now days, as there are elements of breakcore, hardcore, tekno, techno and acid. The classicist in me wants to label this techno or “tekno” as I could hear P.A.R.’s tracks going over big at teknivals. Check it out for yourself and see what you think.
Twin Braids - Baseck (featuring Joy Through Noise) https://soundcloud.com/twinbraids/twin-braids
Baseck of Darkmatter Sound System and Joy Through Noise teamed up to create a new project called Twin Braids and this is one of their first tracks. Innovative, melodic 200 BPM hardcore techno made with all outboard analog instruments. This is one of those tracks you just sort of let play because there is so much cool stuff going on you just let the crowd get into it. The ending really picks up so be ready to mix in something high energy to follow it up. This track appears on the compilation PHOTON COLLISIONS (Curated By Somatic Responses) by Various Humans . There are plenty of other great tracks on this compilation so you might as well download the whole thing. https://somaticresponses.bandcamp.com/track/baseck-feat-joy-through-noise-twin-braids
S L A C K E R Y O U T H 2 – Hinoi Team Night of Gabba https://soundcloud.com/s-l-a-c-k-e-r-y-o-u-t-h-2/hinoi-team-night-of-gabba
A fun 175 BPM Anime-inspired breakcore track that really is 350 BPM. The sample says “Nights on Fire” and quite frankly I’m not sure what the heck it is about, but it really picks the crowd up and is a lot of fun.
Mismasta – The T3rrorBass https://soundcloud.com/kevin-mixmasta/mixmasta-the-t3rrorbass
200 BPM Frenchcore with some classic well-known samples. This well constructed track covers all the basics of hardcore, bringing to mind old Chosen Few tracks from the Mokum Label. A real nice kicking mix.
Monad – Influenced Bruv https://soundcloud.com/monad/influenced-bruv-sample
Mad effects-laden breakcore from the Legs Akimbo Label. This 200 BPM break explosion is dense with synths and sweeps washing over a wall of bass.
DJ Filth – Revenge, Serve Cold https://soundcloud.com/djfilthmusic/dj-filth-revenge-serve-cold
This 202 BPM Hardcore track has a nice hoover-groove to it and some cinema samples to jazz it up.
Ambivalence – Gyroscope + Ambivalence. = https://soundcloud.com/ambivalence1/gyroscope-ambivalence
A nice 170 BPM breakcore collaboration of Gyroscope and Ambivalence. And something about a chicken… see for yourself at the link above.
DJ Freak – 4 to the Floor 4 To The Floor (available on Amazon)
I ended my set at Jason Takes Los Angeles with this old classic from DJ Freak. Though released more than a decade ago, this track devastated the crowd. Mass distortion, super hard kicks, and if you think the tracks now are mastered loud, you ain’t heard this. 250 BPMs of super classic hardcore that rocks to this day and probably forever. It’s on iTunes too, https://itunes.apple.com/album/id218474426
Johnny Sideways – Tales From the Darkside (Johnny Sideways RMX) https://soundcloud.com/johnnysideways/johnny-sideways-tales-from-the-darkside-rmx
Johnny Sideways updates the classic Tango and Ratty hardcore drum and bass track. Clocking in at 175 BPM, it really pumps up the kick drum and gives it that rolling hardcore feel that Johnny Sideways is known for.
Paralysed Monch - D.I.E (Paralysed Monch Rmx) https://soundcloud.com/paralysed-monch/d-i-e-paralysed-monch-rmx
Paralysed Monch does his take on the classic eRRe & Hardlogik vs. Syrinx track. Ball-busting Frenchcore that sounds more like pumped up breakcore or crossbreed to me. 177 BPM and cut loud. Watch your levels!
Deadly Buda & Seppuku – Wolf Love
I know it’s cheesy to review your own track, but no one else has it, and I did open my set with it that night. Right now it’s still unreleased while we finish mastering the track, but when it’s done you all are gonna like it. Super hard 4 to the floor Kicks and Synths and a touch of breaks and cool samples to jazz it up. It answers the question, “Where am I going?” Stay tuned for more info. I will post it on my Soundcloud page when it is ready. https://soundcloud.com/deadly-buda
Here are some of the other tracks that were sent in: