"The Best Breakcore Songs Of All Time" PT.4 by JASON FORREST a.k.a. DJ Donna Summer
It will be hard for me to make a top 10 breakcore albums list because I know all of the producers on my list, and many of the albums I have also released and have helped release. But that said, here’s the records that clearly stand out to me:
Ove Naxx - Bullets From Habikino City HxCx
Ove Naxx was the first person that ever contacted me as a fan of my music, and I think I was one of the first people to hear his music too. We became friends and toured a few times together. I love this album he did for Soot records - it’s surprisingly mature with so many genres and sounds bouncing around inside music that is as hard as it is complex.
End - Sounds Of Disaster
End was probably one of the best producers who made something that sounded like Breakcore but probably “never was”. Or rather, like myself, End and I always really were interested in breakcore, but also just wanted to incorporate other sounds in our music. Regardless, this album rules, it’s full of fantastic beats, fantastic melodies, it’s fun, fun to dance too, and packed with brilliance.
Warst - Tower of The Sun
The album that introduced me to J-core and also totally blew away what I thought Breakcore - or Gabber - cold be! Still mind blowing, hard, and ravetastic! When I first started playing these songs out to European audiences people WENT CRAZY! Ultra hard to find, so get out there and look!
Venetian Snares - Shitfuckers
My favorite Venetian Snares album, and I own 2x copies of the 12” so I could DJ both sides at once. haha Sounds better to my ears than almost anything.
Dev/Null - Lazer Thrash
One of the albums I’m most proud to have had a hand in, this release took years of production to pull together, and I think that Dev/Null actually made something truly unique in this album that no one has ever made before or since! For being full of the most chaotic break-mash that ever was, musically, this album holds together amazingly as a full-length album, and that (again) is a testament to the outside influence Dev/Null quotes as a musician.
And best of all - IT IS NOW FREE! So go download it and have your mind blown once again!!
Drumcorps - Grist
Aaron is a great friend and we toured Japan for Murder Channel years ago. This is another record that I helped release and it’s just fantastic. He became quite famous for it and he deserves every bit of praise for it. It fucked ROCKS!
Shitmat – Hang The DJ
Shitmat is a fucking legend and this album is just one of the many, many reasons why. Henry is such an amazing guy and especially super funny, but I think people forget that he’s just extremely clever too. He singlehandedly re-defined what a mash-up was and turned it into “mashcore” along with his friends in Wrong Music.
Duran Duran Duran - Very Pleasure
I started Cock Rock Disco in order to release this album, and I neither of us realized that it would be such a big album in the scene. Duran Duran Duran is and one of my best friends and I have literally 1 million stories about this guy, haha.
But musically this album is just full of surprises. Yes, it’s the quintessential breakcore album, but it also has a really natural flow to it, as the harder songs are supported by the softer ones, and - whoops - watch out for the “sound of blow-job” track! haha! It’s just perfect!
Christoph De Babalon – If You're Into It, I'm Out Of It
Another fantastic album that uniquely mixed dark, ambient sounds capes with blistering beats and bass. There’s just nothing else like it. And what’s more, it’s epitomises a certain non-conformist “fuck-you” attitude that is so prevalent with the genre that I might even call it a political statement.
…Wait, maybe I need to get “If You're Into It, I'm Out Of It” tattooed on my chest…
Lady Scraper - The Death Of Mary Poppins
There are times when you hear someone make music and you realize they have re-defined what is possible. Wayne (aka Ladyscraper) did that at a show we threw in Berlin and I quickly came up to him and was like, “yeah, you should make a release on CRD” after he was done, and the result is THIS ALBUM! And that’s what I love about this album, because it’s not really breakcore and it’s not really gabber - it’s this recombination of brutally hard sounds between the two and THAT is why it deserves to be in the top breaker albums.
Alec Empire / Death Funk – Funk Riot Beat
I met Alec Empire twice and was not impressed by him as a person but he helped define my musical tastes so I will always owe him for that. This album is one of my absolute favorites and it’s hard as fuck. I bought it on 12” when it came out and it completely confused me at the time. 1 song might be fast and sloppy amen breaks, the next just digital noise, then next over-distorted hip hop. it’s GREAT!
Hrvatski – Swarm & Dither
Hrvatski is another guy that I owe massively for helping me when I was just getting started, and he is a heck of a guy. His album “Swarm And Dither” was a very big release in the scene for Planet Mu at the time and is brilliant all the way through. Time and again he has proven himself to be a genius and listening to this album is an exercise in what it’s like to have an encyclopedic knowledge of experimental music. It is full of great beats, great samples, and is just so iconic that it is more than a collection of tunes - it’s a complex portrait of the thoughts of the a great man.
JASON FORREST a.k.a. DJ Donna Summer