Darkstep

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A darkstep track example. Pay attention to the beat at 1:57 and the atmosphere at 0:20. (credit: Tripod by Anthony Bartone)

Darkstep is a subgenre of drum and bass[1] that fuses elements of dark drum and bass with uptempo breakbeats and ambient noises (similar to those characteristic of neurofunk). Darkstep music is typically composed in a chromatic scale. Off-time and erratically cut breakbeat samples feature prominently.[1] Darkstep comes from techstep,[1] whereas neurofunk relies on science fiction soundscape and really clean production. Darkstep uses traditional 90s basslines like the Reese bass[2] and soundscapes as well as random distorted drum fills and overdistorted drum patterns.

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The Panacea deejaying in 2006.

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  1. ^ a b c d Ishkur (2005). "Ishkur's guide to Electronic Music". Retrieved May 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ Reynolds, Simon (2013). Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture. Soft Skull Press. The 'Reese bass' has since been resurrected and mutated by a number of artists in the nineties, most notably by darkside jungle producers Trace and Ed Rush.