Solypsis: Is This Breakcore? (self-released, 2020)

November 18, 2020 at 6:36 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Solypsis: Is This Breakcore?

Asking a literal question of whether his music belongs in the scene he’s been associated with for decades, Solypsis’s recent EP also dredges up the never truly answered question of what breakcore really is in the first place. There’s always been so many different approaches to it, usually revolving around fast, complex, distorted breaks, but no real set-in-stone rules or guidelines, which is why it’s always been so fascinating. The first track, “Nostalgia Plunderer”, definitely fills the quota of noisy breaks and heavy kicks, but “Fuck It (Ver2)” is closer to industrial techno which just gets more distorted and terror-filled. “Crumbs of 2003” has a neat trick of combining complex d’n’b breakbeats with slow industrial kicks which accelerate at times. “Break Gourds” is another in-the-red throttler with breaks and kicks so flame-smothered they’re crispy. Final track “I Don’t Make Breakcore” is some of the most hellish drum’n’bass imaginable. To answer the question, I would say yes, because it does have hard, noisy breaks, but also because pushing the limits of the genre has always been an important part of it, and this certainly does that.

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