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My Year of Mixtapes Week 16: Hardstep

My Year of Mixtapes Week 16: Hardstep

Playing tracks by

Rude Bwoy Monty, Remarc, Pharoahe Monch, DJ Zinc, Evil vol. III and more.

My buddy kyleklip (who you may remember as the dude who requested the New Jack Swing tape) asked me for a hardstep tape, so here is a hardstep tape.
"BUT WHAT IS THIS HARDSTEP OF WHICH YOU SPEAK?!" I hear you asking:

Well back in the early-mid 1990s you had this thing called Jungle (I know I'm going way slow but some people have catching up to do). It was a sped-up british rave subgenre revolving around heavy bass, lots of reggae & hip hop influence, and a ton of really intricate drum programming—taking a drum loop, chopping it up, and rearranging it into infinite different permutations. Super-fun and energetic, but all that variation in the drums made it a bit of a daunting dance style to the uninitiated.
DJs picked up on the fact that this stuff could be tricky to dance to; by 1995 you had some people streamlining those drums to make something a little more dancefloor-friendly. They preserved... (full text at http://yearofmixtapes.blogspot.com/2009/09/week-16-hardstep.html)

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