• hodderian about 1 month ago

    Hi! My latest mix is a journey into nu skool darkside hardcore, '93 flavored tunes with modern production techniques. Suitable for personal joy, perplexing small children, and upsetting elderly neighbors.

    Pearsall - Get It 005: Get Dark

    Streaming link: https://soundcloud.com/sonicrampage/get-it-005-get-dark-new-skool-darkside-hardcore

    I also write a blog post about it, which continues an ongoing conversation I have been having with music journalist Simon Reynolds on new skool rave: http://sonicrampage.org/blog/2019/04/pearsall-presents-get-it-005-get-dark-new-skool-darkside-mix/

    Mixed in Berlin, March 2019
    100% Vinyl
    (49:29, 113 MB, 320 KBPS MP3)

    Tracklisting:

    01. Response & Pliskin - Anima Morta (Western Lore)
    02. Pill & Dread - Bogus Nightmare (Lucky Muffin)
    03. FX - Some Place Dark (Demonic Possession)
    04. Alpha Omega - Congo Dread (AKO Beatz)
    05. Innercore - Pinnacle (Innercore Project)
    06. Tim Reaper - Globex Corp Vol. 5 (Side B2) (7th Storey Projects)
    07. Dead Man's Chest - Cutthroat Hardcore (Ingredients)
    08. TenTun - Emergency (Rikka Jam)
    09. Angry Joe Bass - Danger At The Dinner Dance (Profusion)
    10. Manix - When You Hold Me Close (Enjoy Remix) (Reinforced)
    11. Peter Darker - Soul Calibur (7th Storey Projects)
    12. Champa B - Drop It Back (Ruff Cutz)
    13. Tim Reaper & Dwarde - Globex Corp Vol. 7 (Side B1) (7th Storey Projects)
    14. Pete Cannon - Flash Your Lighter (Kniteforce)
    15. DJ Monita - Nightmares (Ricky Force VIP Remix) (Skeleton)
  • Fluffbomb about 1 month ago

    Great mix.

    I understand the comment about these tunes not being of the same pushing boundaries approach that was the case back in the day. But I don't think that there is anything 'wrong' about making new music in this style. The vast majority of genres (dance, rock, soul, etc) consist of very little innovation and are following the established formula of sounds and arrangement
  • uomeX13 about 1 month ago

    Great read, everything said is pretty spot on. I look at these tunes as more as a fun throwback. There is always a longing for the past, seems to be the human condition. Great mix btw
  • hodderian about 1 month ago

    Thanks guys!

    But I don't think that there is anything 'wrong' about making new music in this style. The vast majority of genres (dance, rock, soul, etc) consist of very little innovation and are following the established formula of sounds and arrangement


    I hope I didn't come across as saying there was anything seriously 'wrong' with this stuff (after all, if there was, I wouldn't be buying and playing it!), I guess after the first one Simon said there was something 'philosophically suspect' about retro-rave, so we've been having a back and forth to try to nail the topic down (he did after all write a book called Retromania). Maybe I'm just overthinking it!
  • Fluffbomb about 1 month ago

    I was quickly replying and struggling to think of the right word so I used wrong but put it in italics
  • traffic_cone about 1 month ago

    i think part of the reason why the retro rave stuff can sound like that is because the original iteration of that style was made by producers who were influenced by a range of other music, but the revivalist stuff is often made by producers whose main influence is all the old records in that style. so it can become self-referential. at it's most noticeable is when artists use samples already famiiiar from oldskool tunes.

    but - that's why some of the best of those new tunes are ones that do add something a little different - even in a relatively small way.
  • hodderian about 1 month ago

    Yeah, great point! It's often a bit jarring when people reuse the kinds of samples that were rinsed dozens of times in the early 90's. I think this is why I've been such a big fan of Sully's jungle tunes - he's making modern jungle that can snuggle up nicely next to the old tunes, but that also clearly reflects musical styles occurring since then (i.e. grime, UK garage, dubstep, etc)
  • hodderian about 1 month ago

    did a little roundup of some comments on this and the broader theme of new breakbeat hardcore: http://sonicrampage.org/blog/2019/05/more-thoughts-on-get-dark/

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