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« on: November 21, 2006, 21:20:06 »

Inspired by a fellow blogger Love and Rage's list of all time favorite punk tracks, I wanted to take a trawl through the Breakcore scene looking some of my favorite tracks and in the process compile my tale on a 'must have' list of breakcore.

Delete Yourself! - Atari Teenage Riot (1995)

I don't really listed to Atari Teenage Riot (ATR) much these days, but back in the day – they were rarely of the stereo. I tended to listed to more bootlegs of band member Alec Empire's DJ sets that their studio albums, but their first album, Delete Yourself! Is great. The opening track 'Start the Riot!' with its totally OTT super-fast drum sample was a clear announcement that this sound was going to take no prisoners. The album was a tour-de-force for it's time, and while it sounds a little tame by todays standards, it set a benchmark of mashup that would, for me, open the story of breakcore. It was not just the sound I identified with, I was also taken with their strident anti-Nazi stance and the mixture of punk/metal/techno sounds. It was punk with electronics and I liked it and wanted more. When I finally got the see them play live (in the Bristol Bierkeller supported by Lolita Storm) it was amazing. The band gave it their all and the gig was not only loud and proud, but was as full on as I had imagined. My ears were ringing for days afterwards. I now have tinatus – thanks ATR!

Bomb20 – Field Manual (1998)

This is a definitive album in the evolution of the breakcore sound. Keeping with the punk vibe, its young, angry and rough around the edges. More that rough around the edges, its rough through and through. At the time of creation, Bomb20 was 19, angry and it shows in his sound. A lurching mishmash of samples, beats, breaks and turns - great stuff! I feel it began to define the breakcore sound by establishing the broken beat structure, the frenetic jumping from one break to another that is at the center of true breakcore. Its a great album and an essential part of any breakcore collection.

Parasite – Baby 9mm (2001)

Ok, so the guy is a mate of mine, but that does not diminish the impact of his sound. I pick this on it's quality and nothing else. Period. This was Parasite's first 'proper' album (as in not a CDR) and was released by Peace Off. Until now, the breakcore sound was quite a blunt instrument - it was a big sound that came at you pretty fast. What Baby 9mm shows is that it can be subtle, yet distorted. It can sound almost laidback while still being broken. Parasite brought a lot of hip-hop and jungle influences into the mix while aided the evolution of the sound.

Venetian Snares – Higgins Ultra Low Funk Hits (2002)

So I was listening to breakcore and pretty much exclusively listening to DHR to get my fix. But after a while it stopped giving me the same buzz. It was as if the sound, while dynamic and exciting had stopped moving forward. Then I heard Snares – and boy, was it a revelation. Track one of Higgins Ultra Low Funk Hits begins with an opera singer effusing, "Junglist!" while the breaks crash and smash around her. This sound was a revelation. It took breakcore to a new level. Set it fully apart from other forms of dance music. It also meant that the sound was still alive and had plenty of places left to go.

Various Artists – Ballroom Blitz (2003)

Not the work of one artist, but a compilation of many. There is a tendency to look down on compilation albums as a lesser work than the original setting. Not so here. The whole was definably greater that the sum of the parts. Death$ucker (Parasite's label) gather together some amazing performers – some know and some unknown, and crammed them together. Its got lots of different styles, the anthemic sound of Parasite's own 'Strong Like a Lion' to the irreverent and wonderfully OTT 'Bohemian Crapsody' by Sickboy. I think it set a strong standard for the scene that, as a result, forced to to rise higher in response. Plus it's great to masup to!

PS - Parasite has set up his own blog, that covers him and his projects - http://dswat.blogspot.com/ - plus he's also setup the Bristol Breakcore blog for the local scene - http://bristolbreakcore.blogspot.com/ - check 'em out!
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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2006, 21:38:23 »

im stil a reative newby to all this breakcore business so the pointers are appreciated, cheers mucker  Two Thumbs
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2006, 22:06:14 »

Good start there! Personally, I'd like to see some DJ Scud in part 2...

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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2006, 22:31:59 »

ah, field manual... massive album. 

that and higgins were definitely some of the ones that did it for me aswell..
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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2006, 22:35:57 »

I've only be listening to breakcore since 2006. Janurary.
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« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2006, 22:48:13 »

good work to mr parsite on the bristol breakcore blog too.. tis a top idea!
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« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2006, 22:56:43 »

I saw Atari Teenage Riot when they opened for Wu-Tang Clan and Rage Against the Machine in Summer '97 in Maryland, USA.  Fucking mental show I tell thee!  Don't think I (or many others there tbh) really got it at the time.  Cheers for reminding me about them - might have to go school myself now.  Two Thumbs
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« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2006, 23:08:19 »

You fucking bastards who've seen ATR.
 I'M SO ANGRY!

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« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2006, 23:09:38 »

You fucking bastards who've seen ATR.
 I'M SO ANGRY!



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« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2006, 23:29:58 »

still listen to alot of ATR, they have such a ferocious nasty sound whilst actually having something to say, quality.  plus, nic endo  Perv, mmmhmmm, yummy *rubs hands* Perv, mmmhmmm, yummy *rubs hands* Perv, mmmhmmm, yummy *rubs hands*  



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« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2006, 23:30:38 »

ATR Rulezzz, i got the album when it came out.

Punksi sucks!
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« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2006, 23:39:53 »

still listen to alot of ATR, they have such a ferocious nasty sound whilst actually having something to say, quality.  plus, nic endo  Perv, mmmhmmm, yummy *rubs hands* Perv, mmmhmmm, yummy *rubs hands* Perv, mmmhmmm, yummy *rubs hands*  



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oh god, nic endo...

aaaah.

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« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2006, 23:46:15 »


oh god, nic endo...

aaaah.

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you know dat

...ohgod. OH. GOD.






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« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2006, 19:10:42 »

 plus, nic endo  Perv, mmmhmmm, yummy *rubs hands* Perv, mmmhmmm, yummy *rubs hands* Perv, mmmhmmm, yummy *rubs hands*  




Too right  Perv, mmmhmmm, yummy *rubs hands*

She was always my favourite member of ATR  Love
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« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2006, 19:12:38 »

I've seen the other girl from ATR's fanny. in person aswell..

just thought i'd let you know.
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« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2006, 19:31:32 »

now you see, i wasn't aware atr were breakcore...so i've been a breakcore fan for nearly ten years! you learn something new every day... Bad Teeth
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« Reply #16 on: November 22, 2006, 19:47:55 »

now you see, i wasn't aware atr were breakcore...so i've been a breakcore fan for nearly ten years! you learn something new every day... Bad Teeth

well, they're not, neccessarily... but some of what they did was. and they were certainly sowing the seeds..

and getting their fannies out.
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« Reply #17 on: November 22, 2006, 20:23:00 »

now you see, i wasn't aware atr were breakcore...so i've been a breakcore fan for nearly ten years! you learn something new every day... Bad Teeth

well, they're not, neccessarily... but some of what they did was. and they were certainly sowing the seeds..

and getting their fannies out.

please explain the fanny story, including proximity, and your intentions toward it.

i had a chat with alec empire once. we talked about polish jazz. at no point were there any fannies in my direct line of sight.
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« Reply #18 on: November 22, 2006, 21:47:41 »

monitor speaker, with the lady in question's foot upon it. no panties.

fortunately i wasn't too close.

this was at reading festival... i'm sure it wasn't just my eyes deceiving me.
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« Reply #19 on: November 22, 2006, 21:58:05 »

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I saw Atari Teenage Riot when they opened for Wu-Tang Clan and Rage Against the Machine in Summer '97 in Maryland, USA.  Fucking mental show I tell thee!

 Script That sounds like the best gig ever.  LIGHTAH!

wasn't really aware the term 'breakcore' was coined until hearing Billy Jungle on a random outdoor rig in the Dam about 18 months ago, this led me to mashits once i got home and then onto wrong music for glade '05.  But yes, it has been around for well long now and long may it prosper!
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« Reply #20 on: November 23, 2006, 01:31:49 »

I've seen the other girl from ATR's fanny. in person aswell..

just thought i'd let you know.

Luke! d'ya give it a good lickin?
oh no, i forgot, your not that way inclined  Laugh
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« Reply #21 on: November 23, 2006, 01:39:10 »

seen ATR play twice! Grin

first time was at a goth/industrial club which was pretty funny as me and my mate were pretty full-on ravers at the time so we were the only people in the building not wearing black! the second time was at a festival and they were like first or second act of the day on the main stage. trying to get 1000 or so kiddy-punk fans to "START A FUCKING RIOT!!!" at midday on a blisteringly hot Australian summer's day was never gonna work very well Alec! Laughing

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« Reply #22 on: November 23, 2006, 01:50:22 »

Quote from: Rick Otter
I saw Atari Teenage Riot when they opened for Wu-Tang Clan and Rage Against the Machine in Summer '97 in Maryland, USA.  Fucking mental show I tell thee!

 Script That sounds like the best gig ever.  LIGHTAH!

that its the best gig ever :lighter:Rage at their best,Wu-Tang-Clan were the godfathers at that time. ATR starting!  Slayer
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« Reply #23 on: November 23, 2006, 01:58:04 »

I've seen the other girl from ATR's fanny. in person aswell..

just thought i'd let you know.

Luke! d'ya give it a good lickin?
oh no, i forgot, your not that way inclined  Laugh

nope... i bite.
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« Reply #24 on: November 23, 2006, 02:54:37 »

resonance fm introduced me to breakcore, redzero radio kicks serious ass,it all went downhill from there Grin
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« Reply #25 on: November 23, 2006, 09:27:15 »

wasn't really aware the term 'breakcore' was coined until hearing Billy Jungle on a random outdoor rig in the Dam about 18 months ago

If I hear that fucking tune, or Ransom The Senator, one more time I'll kill whoever is playing it.

I think Higgins was the first time I really fell in love with breakcore. I think I found my way into the scene mainly through Addict/Distort and after putting on the Doormouse gig at the Lousiana and playing the Snares Thekla gig in '02. I'd rate Ablecain very very high on the list too.
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« Reply #26 on: November 23, 2006, 09:56:19 »

monitor speaker, with the lady in question's foot upon it. no panties.

fortunately i wasn't too close.

this was at reading festival... i'm sure it wasn't just my eyes deceiving me.

I remember seeing ATR at Reading back in the day.  Don't remember this incident though.  Probably eating a plate of bad noodles.
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« Reply #27 on: November 23, 2006, 10:05:24 »

to be honest i was slightly scarred by it.
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