|Cultural origins||Early 1990s, Europe and North America|
|Typical instruments||Synthesizer, sampler, sequencer, tracker|
Darkstep (also known as Darkside) is a subgenre of drum and bass that fuses elements of dark drum and bass with uptempo breakbeats and ambient noises (similar to those characteristic of neurofunk). Darkstep music is typically composed in a chromatic scale. Off-time and erratically cut breakbeat samples feature prominently. Darkstep comes from techstep, whereas neurofunk relies on science fiction soundscape and clean production. Darkstep uses traditional 1990s basslines like the Reese bass and soundscapes as well as random distorted drum fills and overdistorted drum patterns.
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The 'Reese bass' has since been resurrected and mutated by a number of artists in the nineties, most notably by darkside jungle producers Trace and Ed Rush.