[HARDCORE] Gammer & Darren Styles Bring Hardcore to the Masses with “Sad Machine” Remix
When most electronic music fans think of the genre, they don’t take it seriously. Hardcore music is associated with the pre-EDM era; in fact, a lot of people in the scene today probably couldn’t even identify what it sounds like.
EDM is in a weird place in 2016. It’s dominated by corporations, profits, and “DJs” that play strictly what the crowd is expecting to hear. It’s always refreshing to find new, lesser known music to pique your interest. Hardcore is very much under the radar right now, but I have a feeling that won’t be for long.
Obviously, it’s a much bigger deal in Europe than it is in America, and British artists Gammer and Darren Styles just released a remix that is sure to get everyone’s attention around the world. Their remix of Porter Robinson’s “Sad Machine” premiered on NEST HQ last week.
The track starts with the familiar, melodic buildup and lyrics of the original Porter track. I was seriously impressed with the drop in this song. It keeps the mysterious, emotional feel of Worlds while adding hardcore elements. I’m not a huge fan of Porter’s new sound, but “Sad Machine” is no doubt one of the best tracks on his album. It was no easy task to remix it – especially considering such a vast difference between the genres – but this really was done incredibly well. The duo also remixed Jack Ü’s Where are Ü Now last year.
I hope this remix helps give happy hardcore the attention it deserves. It would be phenomenal to see hardcore acts next to similar hard-hitting genres like dubstep and trap on festival lineups this summer. As stated in this awesome blog post by Gammer himself, 2015 was a great year for 170 BPM. Expect 2016 to be an even better one.