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Hardstep is a subgenre of drum and bass which emerged in the mid-1990s.[1] It is characterized by a gritty production style that consists of an inner-city feel. The breaks are less choppy than oldschool jungle, and have faster and harder simple electronic melodies. One characteristic is an accentuated, and yet sparse percussive beat.[2]

The genre found favor with junglists, and though it has been overtaken in popularity by techstep, the fans of the style still remain. Early hardstep artists include DJ Hype, and DJ Zinc.[3]


  1. ^ "Top 10 Stupid Music Genre Names". Kmag. 20 May 2010. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Hard Step Music Definition". Archived from the original on 2008-12-30. Retrieved 2008-12-22.
  3. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir (2001). All music guide to electronica: the definitive guide to electronic music. Backbeat Books. p. 638. ISBN 978-0-87930-628-1.