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03.10.2012, Noiseangriff @ Lauschangriff

noiseangriff /
AMBOSS (Restroom rec./SubVersion) noise-drone liveset/
soundcloud.com/amboss
RE:NOT /liveset/
soundcloud.com/re-not
Gluing Plastic To Finger Making Artificial Things /live with diy-synths/
soundcloud.com/re-not
BIG NUMBERS /audiovisual set/
soundcloud.com/mr_bedroom

resident djs: fgnugn, Crash 0.1

visuals:
Peter Rampazzo
Aikia (http://www.alessandraleone.com/)

entry on donation

It is meant to be an “early” night (by Berlin standards), meaning that we will go till one or two and then it will depend on the audience, the bar staff as well as ourselves if we carry on and make it a late one after all.

Incl. Praxis Record stall! check http://praxis.c8.com/shop and pick up your order at the party where you can also browse through and listen to a selection of our stock!

http://noiseangriff.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Lauschangriff.Berlin

Lauschangriff Rigaer Str 103 10247 Berlin


 

20.10.2012, Datacide Release Party & Conference, Subversiv

datacide konferenz /
datacide twelve will be out in October and we will celebrate with a RELEASE PARTY & CONFERENCE // 20.10.2012
in the spaces of subversiv e.v., Brunnenstrasse 7, Berlin-Mitte

The new issue will be available for the first time at the event!

PARTY (starts at 11 pm):
live sets & DJ’s:

XANOPTICON // www.xanopticon.com
SPLIT HORIZON // soundcloud.com/splithorizon
DIMENTIA // soundcloud.com/dimentia
KEY // soundcloud.com/ioekey
LFO DEMON // soundcloud.com/lfodemon
AMBOSS // soundcloud.com/amboss
H-KON // soundcloud.com/h-kon

visuals by SANSCULOTTE // vimeo.com/sansculotte
confused images for the confused / upstairs

TALKS:
(talks will start in the early evening – a more precise time-table will be posted closer to the date – and will be free to attend.)

“Electronic and experimental music in Asia and Africa” by Cedrik Fermont
The official history of experimental and electronic music is mostly centered on developments in the “West” from the end of the 19th century through the 1960s, and yet, in 1944, the first known piece of African so-called “experimental music” was recorded by Halim El-Dabh in Cairo. This talk addresses the fact that electronic, experimental music, and by extension noise music, cannot been seen as a typically “Western” kind of music. The origins of the very notion of noise music do not entirely belong to “Western” culture, but most probably stem from technology, modernization, and often urbanism. What about non-Western composers of experimental, electronic and noise music, who have been written out of histories? Which culture(s) and which non-Western nations are they influenced by? Are they still maintained under a post-colonial cultural yoke?

“2012 IS THE SEASON FOR TREASON: An Assault on Establishment Culture in Germany” by the OKK Team Chus Martinez, Francisco José Avestruz & Otto Karl Kamal
Extending the assault on capitalist society through a radical take on Berlin Biennale 7, dOCUMENTA (13) and similar propaganda tools, the OKK Team will present their analysis of and strategies for countering these bourgeois gentrification festivals and their “activist” participants who are often sporting either extreme naivety or some “brown” (i.e. fascist) ideology. For more info go to: http://2012istheseasonfortreason.wordpress.com/

“On the Map – Control and Freedom in Geographic Information Systems” by Split Horizon
The merger of cartography, statistical analysis and database technology threatens our privacy and autonomy, while simultaneously pluralizing our consensus of what exists, or has existed, at a place. Digital map making is now a crucial form of communication, and a newly contested media that begs exploration. This talk addresses the most severe technological consequences of location tracking, while presenting creative directions, détournements, and strategies that free and open source GIS/GPS technologies now make available to the general public.


 

02.11.2012, 20 YEARS OF PRAXIS, STÜBNITZ LONDON

praxis logo /
BAMBULE
EITERHERD
KOVERT
BASE FORCE ONE
DAN HEKATE

visuals by SANSCULOTTE

… and more to be announced


 

02.11.2012, FREAKWENZ FEST BERLIN, Brunnen 70

freakwenz /
freakwenz.com

2 rooms with : techno ■ electro ■ acid ■ dubstep ■ ṃutḁnt jungle ■ dnb ■ breḁkςore ■ drone

[ROOM 1] – SPEKTRAUM
electro, techno, acid, ambient

DEZ WILLIAMS (Elektronik Religion || Cheap Records || SCSI-AV) Electro – UK
soundcloud.com/dez-williams
ACID MERCENARIES (Narcosis || Bunker || Creme Organization ) Techno/Acid – BE
soundcloud.com/bat-acid-mercenaries
THE MARX TRUKKER (Greta Cottage Workshop) Techno/Ambient Act – DE
soundcloud.com/the-marx-trukker
L-REAK (The Electronic Resistance) Techno – BE
www.mixcloud.com/LReak
DIMENTIA (Void Tactical Media Europe Tour) Electro/Industrial – USA
soundcloud.com/dimentia
TEKNOSEEKER (Analog Tecné Model || Trinacria) Tekno/acid – IT
soundcloud.com/teknoseeker
DeeELFE (Structural Damage || Maldita Fiesta) Electro – BE
soundcloud.com/dee-elfe-1
LAIN vs NEVROZ (Audioactivity || Mind´ustry) Ambient/Noise – CH/BE

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[ROOM 2] – NERVRAUM
dubstep, dnb, mutant, breakcore

RAXYOR (Rancorous || Peace Off) Hard-Hybrid-DNB-Core – USA
soundcloud.com/raxyor
PZG (Dobrebity) Dubstep/Total Funk – PL
soundcloud.com/pzg
AMBOSS (Sub/Version || Clash of the Titans) Hard Dnb – DE
soundcloud.com/amboss
SPLIT HORIZON (Void Tactical Media Europe Tour ) Electro/Broken bass – USA
soundcloud.com/splithorizon
CAUTO (Disboot) Dubstep/Idm – SP
soundcloud.com/cauto
GRR (Industrial Strength || Praxis || Audiodrome) Breakcore/Hardcore – IT
soundcloud.com/grrsgnarl
GORY MEASURE (Subotnik Kombinat) Darkstep – DE
soundcloud.com/gory-measure
SIM ON KOR FUNKLE (Berzerk-produkts || M.o.k.) Rave/Breakcore – BE
soundcloud.com/simon-korfunkle

There will also be Art Exhibition by DARKAM and VONKOR LAB , Film Projection and Merch Table with art and clothing!

WHERE: @BRUNNEN70, Brunnenstraße 70, 13355 Berlin Mitte.


 

24.11.2012, 20 YEARS OF PRAXIS, KÖPI

praaaxis /
At the end of November and the beginning of December 1992 the first two releases on Praxis were officially released. This means the label turns 20 this autumn!

SOMATIC RESPONSES // soundcloud.com/somatics
PURE // (Sub/Version 001 – 1997)
KOVERT
BASE FORCE ONE // praxis.c8.com
ELECTRIC KETTLE // soundcloud.com/electrickettle
NEMETON// darkmattersoundsystem.com
ZOMBIEFLESHEATER // soundcloud.com/zombieflesheater

live visuals by SANSCULOTTE // vimeo.com/sansculotte and LAIN // lain.audioactivity.net


 

13.12.2012, 20 YEARS OF PRAXIS, Kaserne Basel, Switzerland

praxis logo /
Coincides with book launch of a new book on Swiss music in the 80′s which includes an article by CF about the Vision label.

LES REINES PROCHAINES
CORTEX
BASE FORCE ONE
ELECTRIC KETTLE
VILE ENGINEZ
ZOMBIEFLESHEATER
H-KON

live visuals by SANSCULOTTE

This release is out for a couple of weeks already, but we missed it, but it’s worth to announce still:

Hecate – Brew Hideous Remixes – adn143

 

Truth through diversity: Hecate breaks a long period of silence with an EP on which four of her closest collaborators get to remix and mash up material from her “Brew Hideous” album. From the fast paced breakcore of the Amboss and Vile Enginez remixes to the solemnity of the White Darkness (a.k.a. Bong-Ra) and Slutmachine ones, Hecate’s music gets revealed and amplified under each of its aspect. Let is be heard that the reigning queen of breakcore is back, not alone, and with a vengeance. (get this on 12″ / as digital files)

Hecate breaks the longest silence in her career with this eagerly awaited companion EP to her latest album, in which four of her closest collaborators get to remix, mash up and re-compose material from the “Brew Hideous” full length.Pitch dark, gritty, mysterious, the touch of this essential and veteran figure of breakcore is easily recognized here, but treated in four very distinct ways. Berlin’s Amboss comes with a shattered (and shattering) breakcore tune in which rapid fire drum’n’bass beats collide on top of Hecate’s trademark dark noise. The later is at the core of Slutmachine (a regular Hecate partner in crime) remix, more solemn, mid-tempo and providing more space for Hecate’s incantation-like vocals in an oppressive, creeping manner.

On the flip side, Zhark’s Vile Enginez gives way to Hecate’s extravaganza with a speedcore-leaning broken tune, something in which the darkness of the original material is set aside to the profit of sheer madness Bong-Ra, who has often shared stages, records and remixes with Hecate, is of course present with a closing track on this new EP, this time under his White Darkness moniker, with which he signs a suffocating, heavy and particularly dense piece; almost beat-less, but somber and massive.

A gloomy, noisy and aggressive EP, “Brew Hideous Remixes” is a way for Hecate to come back to the front of the stage and bring a new light to what was arguably one of her most under-rated release. A rare treat for fans of utterly shattered beats and rhythms, it finally brings her again to the vinyl format with four solid collaborations that enable her material to be presented in as many ways as possible. From her more solemn side to the hardest of her breakcore nature, “Brew Hideous Remixes” is Hecate’s music displayed at its truest, most varied and possibly hardest.
Hecate - Brew Hideous Remixes - Ad Noiseam adn143

Hecate - Brew Hideous Remixes - Ad Noiseam adn143

Artist:

Hecate

Title:

Brew Hideous Remixes

Cat#:

adn143

Format:

12″ / digital

Release date:
June 24th, 2011Tracklisting:

A1. Tooth Of Inquisition (Amboss remix)
A2. Kiss Of Death (Slutmachine remix)
B1. Secret Ingredient (Vile Enginez remix)
B2. Dysfunction (White Darkness remix)In the store: -Buy this on 12″
-Buy this as digital files

BildSo Simple and Darkmatter Soundsystem present:
TAKE OFF

Baseck and Marci Pizza are peacing out from Berlin and moving back to Los Angeles. “We will miss all our homies! It has been amazing”

Join us as we smash sounds with some of Berlins finest!

Thursday May 26th @ Subland (Weisenweg 5, Berlin 10365)

Featuring:

DURAN DURAN DURAN
http://soundcloud.com/duranduranduran

CHRISTOPH FRINGELI
http://soundcloud.com/praxisrecords

ELECTRIC KETTLE
http://www.electrickettle.fr/

BASECK
http://baseck.net/

AMBOSS
http://soundcloud.com/amboss

ADDITIV
http://soundcloud.com/additiv/

SILVERMAN
http://soundcloud.com/thesilverman

5 euros
doors @ 10pm
Subland (Weisenweg 5, Berlin 10365)

Facebook Event:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=152519521480891

Please enjoy this free 22min Promo Mix by Baseck featuring tracks from all the Take Off artists!
http://baseck.net/mp3/baseck_-_take_off … ck.net.mp3

Tracklisting:

Silverman – My Neck, My Back (Silvermangle)
Duran Duran Duran – Face Blast (Live Mix)
Baseck & Marci Pizza – If you can’t beat’em, KILL YOURSELF
Christoph Fringeli – Untitled (Newskin)
Amboss – Bocki zum Frühstück
Electric Kettle – Shoot the Moon
Duran Duran Duran – 2020
Baseck – Crusin’
Additiv – Bolus

THANKS FOR LISTENING AND HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!


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hART?de.FAKtE and the BASSLINE ROCKERS

präsentieren:

31.07.2010 @ Chemiefabrik Dresden

RaggaJungle – Breakcore -Thrill´n Bass

Acts:
AMBOSS – LiveSet Breakcore Thrill´n Bass
http://www.myspace.com/amboss [/color][/size] [/b]

DANCEHALLCHRUSCHERS – RaggaJungle
http://www.myspace.com/dancehallcrusher

ashtar-DXD – DJset Breakcore RaggaJungle DigitalHardcore in da mix
http://www.myspace.com/ashtardxd

DAMAGED MINDS – Thrill´n Bass
http://www.myspace.com/damagedminds

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11.06.2010
Datacide and Cagliostro Present:
Datacide Soliparty

*Christoph de Babalon (CFET)

*Amboss (Sub/Version)

*LFO Demonoid Ulthar (Sprengstoff)

*El Gusano Rojo (Hijos de Puta)

*Anna Bolena (Idroscalo Digitale)

*Manecante (Noise in Wonderland)

*Christoph Fringeli (Praxis, Datacide)

*LT (Calgiostro)

* Sansculotte (Visuals, Clash of the Titans)

Breakcore – Noize – Hard DnB – Experimental

http://datacide.c8.com
http://www.cagliostroberlin.de/index.php

@ Knochenbox
Boxhagenerstr. 99 10245 Berlin F’hain
Start: 23h / 4 euros

Breakcore. Незамеченным ему пройти не удалось. На сегодня он является одним из самых экстремальных стилей электронной музыки, который объединил в себе на основе Breakbeat и IDM, такие элементы музыкальных стилей как (Ragga-)Jungle, Hardcore Techno, Drum & Bass, а также некоторое влияние New-Rave.
Задатки стиля появились примерно в середине 90-х годов. Каким образом на свет появился Breakcore – достоверно не известно, но имеется ряд сведений, когда в Берлине и Кёльне (Германия), одна диджейская команда под названием “Bass Terror Crew“, начала ставить на своих вечеринках более тяжелые Breakbeat-пластинки, достигалось всё это игрой винила на 45 RPM, вместо изначально намеченного 33 RPM (ударов в минуту). Но при этом само название Breakcore, зародилось в другом месте. В то же время DJ Tanith, специализирующийся на Hardcore Techno вечеринках, начал ряд новых Party, где впервые в качестве стиля указывался “Breakcore“.
Примерно тогда же, в начале и середине 90-х годов, многие Hardcore Techno-музыканты уставшие от мало изменяемого в звучании и практически не эволюционирующего Hardcore Techno, и в частности Gabber, начали перенимать идеи из Jungle-музыки конца 80-х и начала 90-х (чем примерно объясняется появление Ragga-Jungle). Что стало еще одним шагом вперед в развитии нового стиля. В последствии в эту музыку стали чаще и больше добавлять ломаные ритмы, так называемые Break Beats, и особенно любимый Ragga-Jungle-музыкантами – Amen Drum. Примерную же технологию построения трека было любезно заимствованно из уже окрепшего тогда IDM, с чем связанно его большое сходство. Фоновое же звучание бочки и басса традиционно происходило из концепта Hardcore Techno, атмосфера зачастую была заимствована из индустриальной музыки, такой как различный Noise, Industrial Ambient и всевозможные урбанистические пейзажи.
Breakcore Party
В дальнейшем стиль начал выходить в отдельностоящую категорию, вырабатывать свою концепцию и “традиционность” звучания. Со временем от него ушла некоторая “рейвовость” звука, и на его замену пришла небывалая скорость, плотность, агрессивное настроение и тотальный дестрой, всё это также было сдобрено хорошей порцией стёба и угара.
Так же в развитии стиля сказался тот факт, что цены на компьютеры были в то время достаточно малы, и любой желающий умеющий обращаться с программой-трекером мог оказать помощь в развитии стиля, и таких оказалось не мало.
Считается, что первые серьезные релизы в этом стиле вышли в Берлине (Германия). Немаловажную роль в развитии Breakcore-сцены сыграли и такие известные лейблы как Riot Beats и Digital Hardcore Recordings. В частности необходимо выделить таких музыкантов как Aphex Twin и Venetian Snares, которые вывели Breakcore на новую ступень в эволюции, задав тем самым темп и зародив новое звучание.
Aphex TwinVenetian Snares
В виду того, что Breakcore изначально питал силы от совершенно разных направлений музыки, в него также пришли практически отовсюду: Breakbeat, IDM, (Ragga-)Jungle, Drum & Bass, Drill & Bass, Cyber Grindcore, Hardcore Techno музыканты, а также многие другие были не прочь попробовать себя на ниве ультраскоростных ломаных ритмов и небывалого до сего момента скопления безумной энергетики. Скучно не будет всем!
Абсолютное большинство Breakcore-музыкантов работают в рамках своих “тусовок”, и потому лейблы создаются, как правило, друзьями-диджеями или же самими музыкантами. В результате этого на лейблах существует особая концентрация, где обитают и рождаются новые доселе невиданные “стилесмешения” из самых различных, казалось бы, несмешиваемых стилей.
Дальше будут представлены основные, наиболее выделяемые подвиды Breakcore, а также “сожительство” с другими стилями.
Traditional Breakcore
Сегодня классическое звучание ассоциируется прежде всего с Venetian Snares – это жесткий и мегаскоростной Hard IDM, так же не лишённый мелодичности, и в тоже время несущий мегатонный заряд бодрой энергетики. Конечно же, Venetian Snares не был первым, но с ним мир узнал, что такое Breakcore, дав тем самым юным музыкантам новый стимул и направление.
Что слушать: Acrnym, Venetian Snares.
Venetian Snares
Mashcore
Довольно популярное и почти ставшее самостоятельным течение Breakcore. По большей части данный подвид распространён в Европе. Здесь минимум дурацкого пафоса, максимум рейвового драйва и угара. В качестве сэмплов здесь используются нарезки из популярных песен, откровенной попсы, да и практически всего, что попалось под руку автору. Всё это мешается с необыкновенной скоростью и вываливается на юные головы.
В качестве устоявшего названия используется термин Mashcore. Иногда допускают ошибку в слове, и можно встретить такое название как Mushcore.
Что слушать: Sickboy, Maladroit, Toecutter, Droon, Main$treaM.
DroonToecutter
Raggacore
Можно смело сказать, что этот подвид стал своеобразным осколком от Breakcore и теперь уже движется по самостоятельному пути. Название этому симбиозу состоящему из Ragga-Jungle и BreakcoreRaggacore. Есть несколько версий, что же такое Raggacore на самом деле. Первая, это почти тоже самое, что и Mashcore, только в качестве сэмплов используется исключительно сэмплы из Jungle-смежных стилей. По другой версии, это следующая эволюция в развитии Ragga-Jungle: убыстрённый, более ломанный и замысловатый, но, по сути и духу это тот же самый Ragga-Jungle. Обе эти версии имеют право на существование, придерживаться какой-то одной версии, по моему мнению, не стоит, а вот совместить их воедино, было бы полезно.
Что слушать: Bong-Ra, Cardopusher, Enduser, FFF.
Bong-RaCardopusher
Drum & Bass / Breakcore
Так же наиболее популярное, в виду распространённости Drum & Bass, смешение, по одной из версий, собственную руку которого приложил сам Aphex Twin заиграв несколько убыстрённый и лишённый собственной головы Drill & Bass. Так же можно выделить очень талантливого Enduser, который умело совмещает различного вида Drum & Bass c мелодичными и ёмкими Breaks, выдавая великолепное сочетание этих стилей.
Что слушать: Enduser, Amboss, DJ Floorclearer.
Enduser
Hardcore Techno / Breakcore
Казалось бы по истине классическое звучание Breakcore следует искать именно здесь, но на самом деле всё немного по другому. Здесь Breakcore-ритмика выступает на переднем плане, тогда как различный электронный Hardcore звучит на подложке. Сплав с Breakcore может быть весьма многоликим, это, как и типичное Hardcore Techno так и Gabber, и Speedcore, а так же Frenchcore (французский электронный хардкор).
Что слушать: Doormouse, RotatoR.
RotatoR
Shitcore
Это можно было бы отнести к Hardcore Techno, но данное слияние имеет место выделятся из обшей смеси с электронным Hardcore. Это весьма “тёмное” крыло, с очень грязным и тяжёлым звучанием, здесь весьма популярно всё это приукрасить нагромождением из пульсирующих шумов и снарядить гнетущей индустриальной атмосферой. Так же не редко здесь выступает на передний план различная Terror-составляющая и полнейший дестрой.
Что слушать: Electric Kettle, Passenger of Shit, Rotators Kids, Slam, Society Suckers.
Electric KettleSociety Suckers
Dubcore
Стремительно набирающий обороты, довольно новый стиль Dubstep проник в головы и к Breakcore-музыкантам. Сам по себе Dubstep в первую очередь характеризуется глубоким суб-басом и мрачной дождливой атмосферой, теперь к этому необходимо прибавить Breakcore-ритмику, и в итоге получим настоящий ломанный чилл-аутный “изюм”.
Что слушать: Aaron Spectre, Ebola.
Aaron SpectreEbola

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Abstract Breakcore (Ambient / Breakcore)
Один из наиболее мелодичных подвидов Breakcore-музыки. Он не такой быстрый и жёсткий, да и присущая ему ритмика используется исключительно для “резкого” подчёркивания мелодий. Без старых друзей в лице Aphex Twin и Venetian Snares, конечно же, не обошлось. За основу был взят Illbient, что является смесью из Ambient и IDM-мелодики, но здесь вместо IDM было взято на вооружение Breakcore-составляющая. Что из этого получилось можно услышать самим.
В качестве альтернативного названия зачастую используют термин – Abstract Breakcore. Так же не удивлюсь, если это будут называть Breakbient, что является наиболее точным определением.
Что слушать: Aphex Twin, Shinra, Tatamax, Maintain Silence, Mirra, Venetian Snares, Vorpal.
Vorpal

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Intelligent Breakcore
Добиться “интеллигентного” звучания в Breakcore не так уж и просто. В действительности это очень тонкая грань между IDM и зачастую не разделимая. С весьма большой вероятностью можно говорить о том, что под Intelligent Breakcore подразумевается мелодичный Hard IDM, но при этом всё же выделяющийся своей core-востью в звучании.
Что слушать: BLAERG, CDataKill, Enduser, Venetian Snares.
CDataKillBLAERG
Dark Breakcore
Считается, что его начало бы положено, когда сформировался творческий тандем в лице Sickboy и Bong-Ra, получивший название Servants of The Apocalyptic Goat Rave. Мрачное звучание, зачастую с Horror-атмосферой и использованием сэмплов из фильмов ужасов и различных пугающих эффектов. В качестве подложки не редко использование Dark Ambient, типичная же Breakcore-ритмика бывает иногда размыта.
Что слушать: Distimia, Hecate, rAXYOr, Servants of The Apocalyptic Goat Rave.
HecateDistimia
Brutal Breakcore
Один из самых обезбашенных и “зверских” подвидов Breakcore-музыки. Зачастую здесь используются сэмплы заимствованные у Grindcore и Death Metal-банд, но так же это может быть и “классическое” Breakcore-звучание с очень плотным и брутальным саундом. Всё это пропускается через мясорубку с такой скоростью, что даже не успеешь разбить голову о стену от получаемого экстаза. Одним из самых почитаемых музыкантов в данном направлении является человек, под псевдонимом Drumcorps, который не скрывает свою явную страсть к Grindcore.
Что слушать: Drumcorps, Curse of The Golden Vampire, Heartworm.
Curse of The Golden VampireDrumcorps
Industrial Breakcore
Довольно спорное разделение, характеризуется по большей части в более жёстком звучании и наличии индустриальной атмосферы. По сути же является довольно элегантным смешением Dark Breakcore с Noizecore Techno, в виду чего присутствует значительная часть Noise-звучания, а также наличие индустриального амбиента на подложке.
Что слушать: Kirdec, Subskan.
Kirdec

from the website of LFO Demon:

The evolution of hard Ragga-releated music

Is distorted Jungle with Raggasamples already Raggacore? For example D-Jungle like stuff on Riot Beats? Or Gabber with Ragga like WEDLOCK´s “Ganjaman” (Ruffneck Records) from 1994). Propably part of the origins but not an genre by its own- in fact these examples were Gabber or Jungle with Ragga but not something completely new yet.

How did everything start? Hard to define it specifically but the first time Raggacore became well known was with VENETIAN SNARES – „snares man“ 7“ (History of the future) and KNIFEHANDCHOP – „bounty killer killer“ 7“ (irritant/dyhane) in 2001 and BLOODCLAAT GANGSTA YOUTH – “kill or be killed” 7″ (full watts). This was the first when it wasn´t Ragga Jungle any more but a step beyond- Breakcore combined with Raggavocals.

Since 2001 there are many records out combining Breakcore with Ragga. Like in Breakcore these records can´t be defined as one, specific style but as many ones. There is not one certain set of elements used to define a style but every artist inventing his or her individual style. So Raggacore is fusion or crossover of many styles getting combined in various ways. In many cases these are elements of Gabber, fast Amenbreakbeats, Ravesounds and Dancehallvocals or –elements.

Triangle of the sound: Dancehall, Ragga Jungle and Breakcore

So Reggae/ Ragga/ Dancehall is the common element sampled from. The reference to it is not clear at all: Most acts out of the Breakcore-scene didn´t have any relations to this scene. They simply sampled the music and didn´t care for the background of the music at all. So for them it didn´t matter first either sampling country&western, Heavy Metal or Dancehall- it was just a resource to get some musical material from.
But in the meantime when more and more Ragga stuff was sampled there seemed to be also more discussion about Dancehall music. This was raised by the discussion about Dancehall and Homophobia.
But people still see themselves as “Breakcore”, many of them having roots in Punkrock. So the approach is not to make “Raggacore” or even “Breakcore” but to create an own, individual sound and not caring for some asthetic ideals of a scene.

In contrast to this many people in Ragga Jungle refer to Dancehall and the scene and identified themselves with Dancehall music and the releated culture out of Jamaica. Ragga Jungle seems to be a scene quite similar and connected to Dancehall putting out mainly versions with amenbreaks of Dancehall tracks.

Compared with Ragga Jungle Raggacore is harder and wilder. There are many more experimental elements in the music than just Ragga+Breakbeats. Also there is more distortion in the music and it´s not based on the same breakbeat all the time.
So for many Breakcore fans both Dancehall and Ragga Jungle seemed to be too monotonous and repeating all the time. This changed in the last time with the newschool Ragga Jungle which is quite big in North America. Acts like Twinhooker, Debaser, General Malice, DJ K, Soundmurderer do much harder music than the old Ragga Jungle from the UK in the mid-1990s.

But there are also some differences to Breakcore in most of the Raggacore records: the experimental approach is constricted in favour to dance compability. The impact of Industrial sounds and pure noise can be kicking and sexy, but it also can be extremly boring after listing to too many poorly produced records. Beat is still more danceable than noise, so in contrast to Breakcore the principles of dancefloor usually top the experimental approach often. So Raggacore seems to be more easily consumable to many people than “normal” breakcore.

It´s not definable where Raggacore starts or end. Boundaries are fluid. There are also similar combinations like Raggacore with music related to Dancehall- especially Dub but also Ska and Reggae. So “Noisedub” would be Tracks of DJ SCUD (Full Watts#3), some tracks of THE BUG or SAOULATERRE “We are da Rasta.

Raggacore-no scene?!

In fact there is no “Raggacore”-Scene. This has various reasons: At the one hand the output of releases is simply too small. At the other hand, most artists can´t be subsumed as “Raggacore” only. So many artists sample Raggarecords in some tracks, but in many other tracks not. Take VENETIAN SNARES for example. He started the hype with the “snares man” 7″, but most of his tracks have nothing to do with “Raggacore”. Even a artist like BONG RA put out a record with non-Ragga music (“Praying Mantis e.p.”). Take all the other artists from DJ SCUD to ENDUSER- least of them fit to the term “Raggacore” only. Also if you would ask them “Are you Raggacore?” most of them would propably deny it. Most of the producers do what they want and not trying to produce Ragga based stuff only.
Same is valid for labels. Most of them also publish “normal” breakcore. Clash, Full Watts, Razor X and Shockout are the only ones specialized in Ragga-related releases only. All the others release different music, too.

Also there is no infrastructure for a scene: no networks, no fanzines for “Raggacore only” yet. For most of the communication and networking the infrastructre of the Breakcore scene is used.

So it doesn´t make any sense to talk of Raggacore as a “scene” or even a specific “genre”- it´s simply a collective term to describe hard, Ragga-related music.
So does it make sense to use the term “Raggacore” at all? I think: yes. Instead of describing it as “certain Breakcore records with Ragga-samples and/or Ragga-related sounds or rhythm structures” we simply call it Raggacore. Other people call it Speedhall, Yardcore or whatever…we call it Raggacore.

Producers & Labels

I don´t want to bore you with endless lists of records – so here is broad overview of of some of the people behind these releases. Please keep in mind that most of these people are also doing much interesting music than only Ragga-related Breakcore.

DJ SCUD from London had an massive influence on both the Raggacore and the Breakcore scene. He produced many records that are still played today on every party. The more Ragga-orientated are „Total destruction“ (maschinenbau recs) and „Mortal Clash ep“ (Ambush). He also runs Ambush records. „In Chains“ (Soot#3; rereleased on NETTLE- „Firecamp Stories 1“ (Agriculture17). Best Dub+Core with hard bassdrums and noise, offbeat-piano and dubby sounds. A “Best of” selection of his tracks was released on Rephlex records on 2×12″ “Ambush!” (Rephlex Cat 133). Also did some projects together with PANACEA (together as THE REDEEMER with some releases on Position Chrome).

DJ SCUD. Picture taken by BONG RA


Ambush´s sisterlabel Full Watts, run by the New Yorker I-SOUND, and specialized in Ragga+Noise has released 3x 7inches yet, where aka BLOODCLAAT GANGSTA YOUTH (DJ SCUD) – „kill or be killed” is a classic record. Ambush has also the Sublabel Amex where Remixes of “kill or be killed” have been released.

Homepage Ambush Records




BONG RA is one of the most famous producers subsumed under “Raggacore”. Comes from Holland and released several records yet from labels like Djax, Death$sucker, Russian Roulette, Hydrophonic, Clash. Runs his own 7″ Label Clash Records for Raggacore and hard Ragga Jungle.


Homepage Clash Records
Homepage BONG RA

A special case is THE BUG aka Kevin Martin who did formely play in projects like GODFLESH / TECHNO ANIMAL.Less breakbeat orientated but more distorted Dancehall-Industrial and released records with “official” (means not only stolen from some resources) acapellas from CUTTY RANKS and DADDY FREDDY – also performs live with MC´s.

He released yet the 2×12″ “Pressure” on Rephlex, also various 12″ and 7″ (7″ all released on the label Razor X). Also was remixed by APHEX TWIN on the AFX-„smojiphace ep“ (Men2), which is remix of THE BUG´s „run the place red“. THE BUG also did some remixes: for T.RAUMSCHMIERE on „Rabaukendisco“ (NovaMute). In fact his mixes aren´t electroclash any more, but strictly distorted dancehall.

Interview with THE BUG in UNCARVED BLOG

THE BUG. Picture from Planet Rock Booking.


Then we got KID606 who does mainly glitchy Idm but released many really nice Raggacore tracks on his last full lenght album “Kill sound before sound kills you“ (tigerbeat 100). Fat Gabberbasses, kicking breakbeats, Raggasounds and everything chopped with DSP-effects and Noisesounds.


The tigerbeat6 sublabel Shockout is specialized in Raggacore+ Ragga Jungle and releases as concept only legalized accapellas – on the first releases of MC Wayne Lonesome.

Homepage Shockout Records (tigerbeat6)


SOUNDMURDER & SK1 runs his own label called Rewind where he only releases own tracks. Hardcore Ragga Jungle, the most freaky programmed ever. He did some Ragga-Gabber tracks on OMEKO records from Japan (split12″ with ENDUSER). A “Best of” collection from his tracks on Rewind has been just released on Rephlex records.

Homepage of Rewind Records (with Discography of SOUNDMURDERER)


Also important is THE PANACEA aka RICH KID. He not only released on Germany´s hardest Drum´n Bass Label Position Chrome as THE PANACEA, but as RICH KID also on various breakcore and industrial related labels like Mirex, Ad Noiseam and also on Hardliner Records, Ambush. From Ragga-hardcore-noise-Drum´n Bass to distorted Dancehall (”Bad Man ep” 7inch on Mirex002). He did several projects together with DJ SCUD like THE REDEEMER.

Discography RICH KID
Homepage THE PANACEA
Homepage Mirex Records

Also a hot man in these days is SHITMAT from Brighton/UK, who releases mainly on Planet Mu records but also a 7″ on Parasite´s Label Death$ucker. His style is totally crazy- he mixes weird old records with Ragga Jungle, Rave, Noise, Gabber and Oldskool Breaks.

Listen to 2 tracks of the KILLABABYLONKUTZ 2×12″/ CD
original babylon
rudeboy babylon


Homepage Planet Mu Records
Homepage SHITMAT
Discography SHITMAT

PARASITE from Bristol/UK does also some great hardcore stuff. He release already on Peace Off records and on BONG RA´s label Clash some hard tracks with a very unique distortion between Ragga, Breakcore, distorted Ragga Jungle and Gabber. Also released on his label Death$ucker yet BONG RA and SHITMAT. Does also the “Toxic Dancehall” parties in Bristol.
Homepage Death$ucker Records

FFF from Rotterdam/NL is another hot act. He´s the king of harsh Amen breaks combined with Dancehall elements and fat synthesizerlines from old Rotterdam Records- the term “Thunderdome Junglist” (refering to the first gabber compilations ever on 2xCD when the sound was good in 1993). He uses also sometimes Happy Hardcore Pianos but arranged so well that they don´t become boring. Released on several Breakcore labels like Clash Records, K-Hole and Mindbender. He often plays together with ASSASSIN from Rotterdam, another fine DJ (and sometimes MC). They organized together with BONG RA the legendary Breakcore a Go-Go Parties in Waterfront/ Rotterdam.

Discography FFF


DJ ASSASSIN @ Clash of the titans II. Berlin 3.7.04
Picture taken by AMBOSS


Also Peace Off records from Rennes/ France should be mentioned. One of the main breakcore labels with nice layouted sleeves on all of their latest releases.

They have various Sublabels and Ragga-related stuff mainly was released on Damage, like REPEATER – „Terrestral Activity“ 12inch or KOVERT- “versioning” 12inch. The “versioning” 12inch is quite unique with no acapellas but a unique basis of hard breakcorish breaks, ravish sounds and vintage Reggae/ Dub sounds. Totally dry produced and …Murderstyle!

The label is run by Frank aka 50% of ROTATOR which did some Highspeed-Raggajungle-core-Bombs already e.g on Difraktion Recs.
Oh…and they also organized the famous “Anticartel” parties in Rennes with up to 2000 people.

Homepage Peace Off Records


In Hamburg/ Germany there is ISTARI LASTERFAHRER who runs the label Sozialistischer Plattenbau. Also he´s doing some regular breakcore, some of his later releases are getting more and more Reggae influenced. For example his split7inch „Dubcore Vol.1“ of ISTARI LASTERFAHRER / PARASITE with a Highspeed-Remix of ALEC EMPIRE´s „Bassterror“.


The nice thing about is style is that he´s sampling mainly old Roots-Reggae and not Dancehall combined with Jungle and Breakbeats and a good portion of Punkrock-Attitude. He released together with Sprengstoff Records the “do you think” 12inch.

Homepage Sozialistischer Plattenbau Records

ISTARI LASTERFAHRER@ Clash of the titans II.
Berlin 3.7.04 Picture taken by ZOMBIEFLESHEATER



LFO DEMON
(me, haha) runs the label Sprengstoff Recordings. His Raggacore releases are so far: 7inch „Rave for communism“ (with Speedcore-Ragga-Remix of german Chart-Dancehall project SEEED) and a split12inch with FFF “Clash of the titans” (in cooperation with Mindbender records).

Mindbender, the label of DJ ROKKON also put out the ZOMBIEFLESHEATER 7“ or „Shizuo goes Raggacore“, how some call it. Influenced by old DHR stuff and Dancehall ZOMBIEFLESHEATER from german region Westerwald/ West-Germany destroys music with his splatterbreaks in a wild cut up mash up style.

Also from the same region (and actually the same village) comes AMBOSS (the 2 put also out a split12inch on Restroom Records). He usually does dark, hardcore-drum´n bass core (influenced by old Postion Chrome stuff) but also released 2 Raggacore tracks on the SPEEDHALL 12″ of the Label Kool Pop from Berlin (one of Germany´s oldest and most influencial Breakcore label also the owner says he´s “not part of any scene). “Speedhall” was a term invented by Something J (the owner of Kool Pop) together with DJ Scud describing the style we use the term “Raggacore” for.

Homepage Kool Pop Records
watch a video of Something J live at IWTBF-Festival 6.12.04/ Berlin: SOMETHING J
watch a video of DJ Rokkon live at Utterly Wipeout 10.4.04/ Berlin: DJ ROKKON
Videos by KOI GEORGE taken from http://www.godless-screenbotz.de/


Worth to mention is GEROYCHE from Chemnitz with his
„GalongGalong Rmx“ on SuburbanTrash. Hardcore-Dancehall-Riddim-Style.

Homepage of GEROYCHE

There´s ENDUSER from Cincinnati/ Ohio from Sonic Terror records who released also on various other labels Breakcore and Ragga-releated Breakcore.

Biography/ Discography ENDUSER
Homepage of ENDUSER (with mp3 section for downloading)
Interview with ENDUSER in Exploding Plastic magazine


Also to mention is Mash it Records, the label of DJ C. Check out their website, you can listen to all releases over there and also download some DJ Mixes. One of the acts/ DJ´s of the label is AARON SPECTRE who is playing all over the world at the moment his mixes with laptop and records combined to one huge Ragga Jungle-Mash-up thing.


Homepage Mash It Records


A new label from Belgium is M.A.S.H. Records run by Nonprohet releasing hot stuff soon on the first 12inch “Raggagum and Bubblecum” with Igor, Society Suckers, Istari Lasterfahrer, Puzzelweazel and DuranDuranDuran.

Homepage MASH
(with mp3 section)

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