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Hardstep is a subgenre of drum and bass which emerged in 1994.[1] It is characterised by a gritty production style, that has an inner-city feel to it. The breaks are less cut-up sounding than oldschool jungle, and have faster and harder simple electronic melodies. One characteristic is an accentuated, yet sparse percussive beat.[2]

The genre found favour with junglists, and though it has been overtaken in popularity by techstep, the fans of the style still remain. Nowadays, hardstep is particularly popular in the North American drum and bass scene, with artist like Evol Intent, Ewun and Dieselboy. Earlier 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
  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.