‘Various – ‘Community’ review’

Rick Moreno, Tick the Other Box, March 2010

Have you ever taken a trip down the shops for some bread and milk recently; headphones in ears, shaking your head spontaneously yet vigorously from time to time, side-to-side? If yes, next question; was this because your local drug dealer is a legal alien? Putting aside references to songs by Sting, concurring to both questions, probably means ‘community’ is your sort of stuff. The fifteen track head trip might as well be your backtrack to own personal 16-bit computer game, where your mission to Cost Cutters to that all important hallowed munchies is blocked by the pesky elderly, push trolleys in hand whilst chav kids man untamed staffs. Forgetting and boxing up my generic, overused drug stereo types, that in my mind never get old, Bad Sekta’s latest compilation does make your body spasm a bit, but only in a good way of course.

My journey (apologies if I sound like I’m providing a historical reference to my spiritual past) of bedroom dancing through this compilation several times over the last week is as an understatement ‘utterly diverse.’ Diversity is a pop word used in today’s society to describe our differences in the local community, but in this case, we get a potential Collin’s dictionary definition in bold audio format for the kids that are bored reading stuff. You may feel I have beefed this up to its puff story extremity but listen and you’ll see tracks by artists you may not heard bantered about such as DJ Wrongspeed, Kovert, Lastboss, Stitch and many others that really manage to capture different dance floor moods quite sophisticatedly – some fairly relaxed where you might chance having candles in the background (not advised) whilst others, purely, wholeheartedly …. Bloody mental!

Seeming like I have sat on the metaphorical fence till now, this free download (although donations accepted gratefully) on Bad Sekta’s webpage really provides a solid preparation to the Saturday night drink-up. No cheap 16-bit pop cheap thrills here (even through my imagination in the text above said so earlier) – A praiseworthy 7/10.

‘‘Breakcore’ article’

Underground Hardcore, 2010

Breakcore has forever been changing and branching. Many newer breakcore artists focus on melodic progressions and complex drum programming while other artists still focus on distorted hardcore breakbeats and dark-edged musical influences (such as heavy metal and industrial).

The prolific Venetian Snares has produced breakcore blended with elements of classical music. Other artists such as Shitmat, Sickboy, DJ Scotch Egg and Drop the Lime take another direction towards mash-up, happy hardcore and rave to make a lighter, more humorous sound. The rise of chiptune music has also blended with breakcore with artists such as Patric Catani, Baseck and Tarmvred. Some musicians such as Edgey from the power noise scene have begun to take influence from breakcore.

The UK Free Party scene has also expressed a large interest in producing and distributing its own takes on breakcore, with crews and labels such as Life4land, Hekate, Audacious and Bad Sekta helping to push the scene and sound forward, as well as bringing over a number of international artists to play at their parties and club nights.

All this makes it quite plain that breakcore is steadily gaining even more popular than before and aspiring artists are found scattered across the Internet.

‘Usedtobecool – The Independent Fallacy’ review’

Grindthieves, 2009
Hey, I heard you like good music! You do? Awesome. Hopefully you like great music, as well. Because Usedtobecool makes nothing but great music.

I don’t really remember the first time hearing of and/ or running into Usedtobecool on the internets, but I know it was quite a while ago. Perhaps from the short lived Breakwhore message board, I’m not sure. Either way, it was a while ago and the tunes then were incredible, teetering on being ahead of their time while still holding on to some well-known and respected tenets of early experimental breakbeat music. This release, brought to us be the well-respected Bad Sekta camp (who’ve appeared on this fine blog before), shows there has definitely been no asleep at the wheel time for Usedtobecool. Brilliant 8bit tinged, classically orchestrated, downtempo driven, finely sliced’n’diced, gabber kicked awesomeness from the first second until the last. Straight up. Righteous artwork to boot? Sure, why the hell not. This shit’s golden.

‘Usedtobecool – ‘The Independent Fallacy’ review’

Cuttingagent, Archive, 20 November 2009

The audio recording “the independent fallacy” is definitely a worthy release and if you are near an internet connection, you should download it. I enjoy the scratchy, chippy feel of the album. it uses a lot of basic waveforms in a way that’s very lively and interesting. the drum programming is pretty good, and I can’t think of any reason one would not want to bring this album home for dinner with mom and dad sometime.

‘Various Artists – ‘We Are Legion’ review’

Decker, Grindthieves, 18 September 2008

Ahoy there, maties! Sorry for the relatively small lack in audio updates, was busy settling fully into my new/old home town and enjoying a nice weekend of partying it up with friends in/from the new/old homeland while enjoying some musical performances and partying it up with friends from/in the old/new homeland. If that makes any sense. Anyways …

The middle of this last summer Will from Bad Sekta hit me up and nudged me in the direction of his fine establishment of ruckus and noise. Bad Sekta is a fine melding of artists releasing music via CD and free MP3 (& vinyl, soon!) in the experimental, breakcore, IDM, noise, etc. realms. I’ve, admittedly, only delved into their most recent mammoth compilation but what I’ve heard has me on further download as I sit in front of my screen and prepare this entry.

I’m on my fifth listen of the first batch of material I’ve checked out, the massive compilation entitled “We Are Legion”, and it grows on me further with each listen. Which is not to say it’s taken repeated listens for me to enjoy, quite the opposite – I enjoyed it straight away. But at a whopping 23 tracks, it’s quite the main course to take in one sitting.

There really is, literally, a bit of everything from the depths of the hard, weird, and wild realms of experimental and leftfield electronic music. I can’t even begin to pick which of the 23 tunes on here to run down in order to give you an idea of what to expect, but rest assured it’s all well wicked for what all of them are. There’s atmospheric beat fuckery, grindcore/ breakcore hybrids, futuristic drum.n.bass, straight up frenetic IDM, noise, and more… All of it awesome.

On an aside, someone close to and/ or involved with Bad Sekta was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness and they are looking for donations to St. Helena Hospice, so demonstrate how reciprocity makes the world go round and toss a few at them, eh.

‘Machinochrist @ Mutiny, The Bongo Club, Edinburgh, Scotland (28/11/07)’

Rosie McLean, The Skinny, 4 December 2007

Conceived by Nass (Edinburgh’s DubPressure) and DJ Tamobanter, the manifesto for Mutiny is an alluring one: cheap and cheerful door tax, a battering ram of twisted noise, and a combo of red-raw local talent with resolutely underground guests. In a similar vein to nights such as Nuthouse and Wobbly, it’s the cream of the topmost rigs and party collectives in the UK we’ll be seeing ce soir. Tamo delivers a sick assault of techy dnb to get the ball rolling, followed by Cambridge’s Scamp (Life4land) with a collection of his own bastardised tunes, welding frenzied drum and bass with explosive breakcore. Varying from the theme of broken beats, Mattycore, (also Life4land) pounds through a mosh-worthy DJ set of hardtek, hardcore and rowdy nonsense. The live set from Machinochrist (Bad Sekta/ Noize:tek) is his first appearance this side of the border, and it’s absolutely bangin’. As one of the central figures in the southern breakcore arena he’s the golden boy tonight, and he makes himself known by puncturing the Bongo Club with a juggernaut of skittering junglism and ragga samples at the start of the set, taking a turn into full-on nasty breakcore for the conclusion. A thoroughly unruly first night for Mutiny.

‘Live Review – Zeropointenergy @ ? (2006)’

Paul Morgan, Honest Music for Dishonest Times, Issue 6

…turning in the night’s most interesting performance (of the theatrical variety) was another young man with laptop going under the name Zeropointenergy. Using some kind of self-designed motion control system, with sensors attached to his hands and head, Zeropointenergy used his own twitchy movements to manipulate the squishy, tech output from whatever software it was he had running. Never falling into the trap of actually starting to dance, and thus potentially ruining everything, he instead took advantage of being able to appear to be transported / taken over by the technology itself. Quite successful and very entertaining; the effect was also compounded by the unfamiliar nature of his sounds.