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Darkstep (also known as Darkside) 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.[2] Darkstep comes from techstep,[1] whereas neurofunk relies on science fiction soundscape and clean production. Darkstep uses traditional 1990s basslines like the Reese bass[3] 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 Ishkur (2005). "Ishkur's guide to Electronic Music". Retrieved May 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ Ishkur (2005). "Ishkur's guide to Electronic Music: Darkstep". Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ 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.