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>started out listening to liquid dnb mixes on youtube
>Enjoyed this for about a year until it got very boring
>Start listing to older dnb tracks by the likes of goldie, LTJ bukem and Adam F
>Love it
>Start listening to more artists
>check out jungle
>this is amazing
>check out a few breakcore albums
>its like jungle on crack and is great

Anybody got any breakcore albums to recommend to me?


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no, but this is really cool, thanks OP
It reminds me of JSRF a bit, somehow


Was about to start a breakcore thread, lol.

Warning: most (maybe all) of this stuff is drastically different from the jungle-y sound you posted. If this isn't what you're looking for, I'm really sorry!

Anyway, try checking out goreshit's bandcamp. He uploads a bunch of stuff on there (lolicore, idm, breakcore) and it's all free. My particular favorites from him are "my love still feels all wrong," "my love feels all wrong", and "semantic compositions on death and its meaning."

Also consider checking out these: "Breakcore Never Die," released by the Japanese breakcore label Tsugihagi Records, "アーメンマン vs メカアーメンマン," released by otherman records (another very nice Japanese breakcore label), Kei Toriki's Childhood Memories E.P. (also released by Otherman Records), YabaiKore! (released by Ragga Terror Front), and AMEN FREAKS Vol.1 (also released by Tsugihagi Records).

If you want some non-weeb, regular stuff, check out au2pilot's album "Stones."




http://www.raggaterrorfront.com/about-us.php (The kind of stuff they release is probably the closest to what you posted in the OP.)

http://dojin.co/c/?a=38509 [Breakcore Never Die]

http://dojin.co/c/?a=43463 [AMEN FREAKS Vol.1]

I know this post will be a total clusterfuck, so I apologize for the lack of organization. Anyway, good luck, I hope you find something you like in this mess.


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Only came here to post the only breakcore album I've listened to aside from goreshit. Neat stuff. That probably isn't too strong a recommendation considering I'm no massive fan of the genre, but still.


Does anyone have an archive of this release? Didn't know it existed.


Nevermind, the EP and a lot of his other releases are still up on lolicore.org



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shako pani has some of the best breakcore. especially if you like chill, upbeat things


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Damn, thats some nice shit.
Holy fuak.
Thanks my dude.
Too bad he doesn't seem active anymore.





I fucking LOVE breakcore but I've never really known anyone else in-person who did. One time I played Venetian Snares for someone and he said it was just random drums with no rhythm. Like do some smooth-brained people really think all songs are 4/4?
Here's some breakcore/IDM-ish stuff I like:


I think it goes without saying that the venerable Venetian Snares' iconic style really set the bar for the genre, though he's not the be-all and end-all of this kind of music. I guess you could say he's an entry-level breakcore artist – not in terms of his ability, but in terms of accessibility.

I think breakcore, ambient, and IDM go really well together – not just for playlists, but even for a single song that combines multiple genres. After all, ambient pads/soundscapes are a big part of breakcore (aside from the obvious amen break sampling/chopping). Aphex Twin and Venetian Snares might claim that their music is different, but I think they complement each others' work well.

Breakcore is strikingly frenetic and often evokes feelings of devastating anxiousness and/or excitement, though darker breakcore can be morbid and depressing.

Some of my favorite aspects about the genre include the brain-tickling drums and complex time signatures that keep your mind busy while you listen, as well as the overall dynamism and subtle nuances of the many combined layers and influences. There's a multitude of distinct sub-styles of music that fall under the umbrella category of breakcore. Breakcore is kind of a meta-genre in the sense that there's so much influence from other styles. Jazz is a huge deal in the world of breakcore, especially in tracks like Venetian Snares' Moonglow (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meMWBky15jw), Run the Place Red by AFX (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsE9RVnTzso – a Richard D. James side project semi-separate from Aphex Twin), or Aaron Funk's more classically-styled Kétsarkú Mozgalom off the album Rossz Csillag Alatt Született, arguably his magnum opus, before the first generation of breakcore began to die.

Breakcore takes inspiration from drum and bass, hardcore jungle, and a plethora of other genres, usually in the form of plunderphonics. Sampling is an integral part of breakcore's aesthetic, sometimes blurring the lines between remixes and traditional sampling techniques.

La Roche is one of the more breakcore-like tracks from one of my favorite experimental artists/musicians, Yeongrak – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppLHvWmxU_w. Their work isn't necessarily pure breakcore per se, but some of Yeongrak's tracks boast amen break drums and other stylistic choices derived from breakcore. However, many of their experimental tracks are more rooted in dark ambient and have next to no breakcore traits. Still worth checking out though, as they're a trendsetting artist who pushes the boundaries of experimental electronic music as well as digital visuals.


I'm personally not a huge fan of the quintessential 'gross' style of breakcore – that is, Shitmat, Igorr, DJ Skull Vomit, Bong Ra, etc. Dudebro breakcore, basically. Remniscient of dubstep, in terms of nastiness (I mean that in a bad way). I don't care if they're popular, they just don't resonate with me at all. I'm much fonder of the pensive and introspective styles, often sad, sometimes anxious, or sometimes very high-energy speedcore-esque crossover tracks, such as Slavik Goblins by goreshit: https://goreshit.bandcamp.com/track/slavik-goblins
But contrast the above track to something slower and more melancholy, such as Vida, which is the video I embedded with this post.
I feel as though the aforementioned style of, well, navel-gazing breakcore, helps convey more complex emotions, delving deep into the darkest reaches of the human psyche, whereas speedcore-focused stuff is just simple, raw energy. Engaging, yet one-dimensional. I'll occasionally blast out my eardrums to it, sure, but it's not my favorite. And it's really not indicative of what the genre is all about.

I'm also not that keen on the anime imagery that often comes with breakcore, but I guess it's just something that comes with the territory. Odaxelagnia, a Polish breakcore duo, churns out excellent tracker-based breakcore albums, though with questionable album art. Here's a great Odaxelagnia track that doesn't have a dodgy album cover: https://odaxelagnia.bandcamp.com/album/sour

4lung is another interesting up-and-coming Bandcamp/Patreon era breakcore artist (as opposed to old-school 2000s breakcore), with their defining fusion of multiple drum-centric genres, most notably trap and footwork – in addition to breakcore. The end result is a more palatable and danceable style that is more accessible than a lot of really harsh and impenetrable music deeper in the genre.

Another interesting multi-genre artist is CDR, one of the most prominent Japanese breakcore artists known for his unique acid breakcore: https://cdr1234.bandcamp.com/album/7-200
Some other Japanese breakcore artists worth mentioning include shako-pani, y=0t (https://othermanrecords.bandcamp.com/track/sink-into-nothingness), and Umio.

Aside from individual artists, it's good to check out breakcore-related record labels, such as Stereo Records (https://stereorecords.bandcamp.com/) and Planet Mu (https://planet.mu/).

It's a shame that the genre has fallen out of style. Breakcore probably peaked in the mid-2000s, maybe around 2006-2008. However, independent music platforms such as Bandcamp have contributed to a quasi-revival of the seemingly-dead style of music. I would classify indie Bandcamp releases as the 2nd generation of breakcore. Venetian Snares, while historically significant, is culturally irrelevant these days. Hasn't exactly released a banger in a while. With the advent of mainstream EDM in the early 2010s, it became apparent that pop-sounding, easy-listening electronic music will win out over harsh, dark, and complex genres like breakcore. But there's still life in it, thanks to the democratization of social media. It's a niche, but a niche with a presence on multiple platforms that allow artists and listeners to enjoy their netlabel bedroom producer subculture together.

There are many more artists I could have listed, but this post is long enough as it is, so here are just a few more honorable mentions: Bethas, Autechre*, Death Grips*, Merzbow*, and Squarepusher*.
* Not breakcore but tangentially related, and if you like breakcore, you'll like their music too.

I wonder what the future of breakcore will be. Will it adapt, and if so, how? Can you really keep on making more music in a genre that's based off of a single drum sample? If it evolves over time, is it even breakcore anymore? There's a lot to unpack.

Overall, I think a good way to characterize breakcore is that it's often a genre you listen to in order to accentuate your emotions and really feel through them, as opposed to blithe, milquetoast music (such as pop or rock) that is only intended to sound good and make you think mundane thoughts, possibly for temporary escapism from the daily grind. The latter is for avoiding your darkest feelings, whereas the former helps you face them with introspection. Breakcore is often dark and makes you think and feel dark things. I think that's beautiful. It's a coping mechanism I employ when I'm feeling down.


Lastly, if you like breakcore, I highly encourage you to learn more about the amen break (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SaFTm2bcac), and free jazz/Sun Ra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3Tk6Z6XbMs
For the sake of comparison, a Venetian Snares track called Pouncelciot (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-I2723x44uc) has some free jazz elements a few minutes into the song during the crescendo, about 2 minutes and 15 seconds in. It's chaotic, glitchy, dissonant, and abruptly tears apart preexisting notions about what constitutes music. It's a simultaneously visceral and cerebral experience.


I listed all that music and yet I somehow managed to forget Machine Girl. In any case, give Machine Girl a listen here: https://machinegirl.bandcamp.com/album/wlfgrl


> Run the Place Red by AFX
I meant jungle in Run the Place Red


Its interesting that lolicore as a genre has sort of died for a while now except for goreshit. It seems the only thing from lolicore that has been left behind is the anime and net culture inspired aesthetic.


if you like some gabber mixed in with your breaks


Hakushi Hasegawa is amazing. Really ahead of its time stuff that is sadly criminally underrated


Man, this album is so good. Thanks for introducing me to this artist.
Have another underrated composer in exchange.


I'm new to the genre myself, but I found it through Sewerslvt and I'm shocked nobody here has mentioned them yet


Sewerslvt’s stuff is great. It’s more DnB than breakcore but still nice!

This one is my favorite

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